There are three highly anticipated contenders for this year’s best-selling new game system, and to help you make the choice in what to invest in (or not invest in) I’ve compiled some thoughts about the last time I made a console choice and what makes these consoles so different.
After a brief vacation from computational thinking*, Code Club is returning to main library Young Adults’ Services beginning this Tuesday, November 12th (4-6PM) and will run weekly through December 17th.
Code Club is open to people in grades 6-12 who want to begin to learn how to code. We’ll be using Scratch and Codecademy and maybe even try out other surprise tools. For this series, you may choose to work on any of the following topics and we’ll help you out:
- Scratch graphical programming language
- Basic HTML & CSS
- Basic Python
If you need some tips on using Microsoft Office Word or PowerPoint or Apple’s iMovie or Garageband, you may drop in for assistance with those as well.
*Hanging out playing video games and eating ice cream
Chances are you know someone with diabetes. The numbers of people with diabetes are rising every day. Most people who are diagnosed with diabetes before they are 18 have type 1, or insulin dependent diabetes. This means that their pancreas has ceased to produce insulin. Most people who need insulin today use an insulin pump. I am one of them. The pump frees me from having to take an insulin injection before each meal. Instead I pull out the pump, program it to give me enough insulin to keep my blood glucose (BG) somewhere near the normal range. The amount depends on what I am eating, what my blood glucose reading is before the meal, how much activity I will have after the meal and how my body reacts to insulin. That’s just for one meal. There is also a background dose called the basal rate that keeps me on track between meals. Fortunately, the pump does most of that math for me.
I was diagnosed with diabetes in the Middle Ages – not quite the Dark Ages (We had insulin) and not quite the Renaissance (no home glucose meters or pumps) I had to check the glucose level in my urine (gross!) and that only told me whether my BG was over 180 or not. The goal is never to go over 180! Needless to say, life is challenging when you can’t keep track of your BG.
As near as I can tell, researchers are at about the same place in discovering a cure now as they were in the dark ages, but technology has made great strides in helping manage diabetes. It is now possible to wear a sensor that warns you if your BG is changing rapidly either up or down. The pump allows you to eat at less regular times than an injection or long acting insulin did, and the sensor and the pump interact to keep your BG much more level. It is still a daily challenge, but some of the challenge is handled by the pump. The sensor/pump interaction is the precursor to an artificial pancreas, which may be an the market very soon.