Monday, October 27, 2014

Writing my Xmas gift list - Techccessories

I decided that I need to get a list of goodies together that the family can use to buy me stuff. Since I buy my own tech toys, I thought a list of accessories and stuff that I wouldn't normally buy would be a good beginning.

Kris' Xmas wish list

My family is not going to spend a lot for each other this Xmas, so I am putting up a few inexpensive options.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#wearenotwaiting, except we are. How do we get there quicker?


This is the hashtag that is making waves around the diabetes community on the web. (Follow #dsma for a pulse of the diabetes community at-large)

This is a cry, a cry from a vocal, intelligent, and passionate group of people that want to be able to take the data that is created from this disease, and massage it into useable information. Open data movements have been exceedingly growing since "cloud technology" started to become a phrase in our lexicon.

This cry comes from the disparate amount of information that we create, especially those of us with diabetes. I make a ton of data points daily. The information that my Fitbit tracks is amazing from someone who saw quick data gathering as only something that could be done with tricorders on the Enterprise. I take multiple blood sugars a day, plus my food intake has pages upon pages of data that could be cross-referenced.

When I do decide to gather my data together, I tend to not do it because it takes a lot of time to get my data from my insulin pump and meter, then trying to massage that data into a weekly chart I want to use to show weight. glucose, insulin usage, and notes about mental health. I'm smart enough to do this, but it is extremely time consuming.

I'm asking the companies involved with the care of all diabetics to talk to us and try to come up with better solutions. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to protect us, they need to be part of the solutions as well.

What would you want to see has a great way to montior your health? Just using something hosted by Apple, Samsung, or Google? Using something with more healthcare clout, like Microsoft's HealthVault solution? Is there someone who thinks they could come up with a more nimble solution? Let's talk about it.

New plan for this blog - content

When one person decides to change the course of actions in their life, it is best to get it down. That's what this post is about.

I'm planning on turning this blog into something that has a lot more regularity. Starting Friday, October 23, 2014, my new blog schedule kicks in.

  • Mondays will have a post about something that I'm interested in: technology, movies, music, art, photography, and more. If any of these things get popular, I will start a weekly post on the more narrow subjects.
  • Wednesday nights will have a focus of a more serious tone. It could be a current event, a technical issue or problem, social science discussions, or news of the day.
  • Friday/Saturday will be a post about something that is very personal to me: diabetes. The early weekend post will be about my personal thoughts about dealing with this disease.
I will supplement with video blogs as I get better at using my camera and learning video production.

If there is a way that I can separate these posts other than using labels on Blogger, I will try.

If you like or don't like what I am doing, please reply here or on Google+. Let me know what I can do to make it better or let me know what is good!