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Everything that’s right is wrong again

I was at the doctor a couple of days ago for my separation physical, and at one point in the interview the doctor said, “Oh, you’re the one with the 908 triglycerides. I was waiting for you to come in.”

“Oh, great,” I unenthused, “I’m famous.”

Apparently the diet that my regular doctor has had me on to try to help me lose weight has taken me down the road towards diabetes. The new diet prescribed by this new doctor is pretty much diametrically opposite from the previous one. So my diet is now high-carb, and I’m really hoping I don’t end up with diabetes. My weight? Well, high-carb isn’t exactly the modern dieter’s friend, but avoiding diabetes trumps rapid weight loss. Also, there’s a good chance that getting my dietary shit (so to speak) together will help me lose weight, anyway.

So, yeah, there goes at least six months of dietary effort down the drain. Dammit.

dreaming of electric sheep

An idea just came to me upon waking, and I wanted to get it down before I went back to sleep so that I didn’t forget.

I have sleep apnea, and I sleep with an APAP machine (keeps my airway inflated so that it doesn’t collapse.)

All too often, I find that I have knocked the air hose loose from the machine in my sleep. That, or removed the mask without realizing it.

The machine has an alarm on it to alert you to large air leaks (like those above) but it is way, way too quiet to wake me up.

So what I need to do is have a computer (or better yet, one of my PDAs) listen for that tone and amplify/supplement it. Come to think of it, one of the embedded systems would be better as I could clean off all of the other software and have that be its only job. I’ve found computers to be unreliable alarm clocks, and I wouldn’t want to rely on them for this, either.

I’ll flesh out the entry later. For now, back to sleep.

EDIT: see the project page on the wiki


I’m moving away from Maryland when I’m out of the Army in a few months.

Portland, Oregon looks promising.  It’s got some larger city aspects, but it’s got ultraclean air.   My math degree can, frankly, be obtained from anywhere.  For the sake of collapsing the mountain of possibilities to a single actuality, I’ve applied to Portland State University.