Mainstream Coverage

Is it bad that I get excited at the mere sight of diabetes coverage in more mainstream outlets that simply “get it right”? It doesn’t matter what they’re talking about, but the simple idea that the topic of diabetes is reaching eyeballs of the un, or underinformed, makes me happy.

Today a few of my friends shared this article from NPR asking why insulin is so expensive. Last year this article about Sierra Sandison made a number of rounds across the Internet. Remember that dominatrix lady from CSI who also had type 1 diabetes? Maybe that was just me.

I suppose it’s telling that any factual coverage is enough for me, but we have to start somewhere, right?

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Fishing or Diabetes?

Do you fish? No. You know, people who don’t fish think that fishing is lazy or boring, but it is the complete opposite. There are a hundred little decisions to be made, variables to be considered. And you’re never quite sure what made the difference. Did I cast too high, too far to the left? Did I reel it in too slow or… or… or too fast? Is the lure too shiny or too dull? Do I stay here, or should I go over there? And you know it’s not luck, but you do not know… By how much.

Oddly enough, while I was listening to this monologue from the latest episode of Scandal, I kept thinking they were talking about diabetes, not fishing…

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Dealing with the United States Postal Service

Did you know typical wedding invitations weigh too much to be covered by a forever stamp? That’s right, forever stamps will handle postage for envelopes weighing up to one (1) ounce.

Did you know that the cost of typical wedding invitation postage is 70¢? Seems awfully specific, doesn’t it?

Did you know the USPS offers 70¢ stamps that happen to be designed for wedding invitations? It’s true. It’s true.

And, did you know that fun design elements like putting a return address stamp on the back of your wedding invitation yields a 50/50 chance the return address will be interpreted as the destination address if it’s read incorrectly by the sorting machines?

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What If?

I’m currently reading What If? by xkcd’s Randall Munroe. It’s pretty great. One of the sections elaborates on what would happen if you collected all of the elements of the periodic table in little cubes and put them together, as arranged in the periodic table. What unfolds is, obviously absurd given the lack of reality, but fascinating. One of the chemical reactions mentioned is related to the video above, describing what happens when gallium and aluminum hang out.

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