Doodle Date, a game that has been out on Steam for a week, and can be bought for the low, low price of two dollars, is not at all what I expected. I expected a dating sim with more player input than usual. What I got was a surreal journey of attempted murder, identity crisis, and divorce.
A glucose challenge test is the shorter less intense version of an oral glucose tolerance test. It can provide valuable insights related to diabetes risk and metabolic health. The test shows how well your body processes a significant amount of sugar. The cost is minimal as it only requires a blood glucose meter, four test strips and 50 g of glucose. I did my test for less than $40 and still have materials left over for another 12+ challenges. The procedure involves recording blood glucose levels before drinking the glucose solution (fasted) and at periodic intervals after ingesting the drink.
- fast ( 8+ hours before the test) – while not critical this will give a clean baseline
- take a blood glucose reading (this is a fasted blood glucose reading)
- mix 50 g of glucose with 300 ml of water and drink the entire solution
- wait 30 min: take a blood glucose reading
- wait an additional 45 min: take a blood glucose reading
- wait an additional 20 min: take a blood glucose reading
The target blood glucose readings would be in these ranges:
- fasted reading < 60-99 mg/dL
- 60 min < 140 mg/dL
- 120 min < 120 mg/dL
The literature suggests that if you are above these ranges to consider going on to testing 75 g and even up to 100 g which are the normal amounts for an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (as opposed to this challenge test).
I did this test on myself and observed the following:
- Blood Glucose Start: 85
- Drank 50 g of glucose
- wait 30 min: BG 159
- wait 75 min: BG 95
- wait 95 min: BG 65
The rocket like jump of my blood glucose to 159 in 30 minutes indicates that I’m quite sensitive to sugars. The last two readings suggest that my insulin is working well and that I caused myself to experience a crash. During the final reading with a blood glucose level of 65 mg/dL I was exhausted and had to lay down.
Podcasts have, through some unlikely sorcery, become the hot entertainment and education medium of the 21st century. Their appeal is still not fully understood, but something about their ability to be listened to while we multi-task, combined with the soothing nature of other people’s voices, makes them perfect for sharing obsessions and interests.
Because we’re geeks, we like to talk about comics. And we like to listen to other people talk about comics. So a big chunk of our subscription page is taken up with superhero podcasts. What follows are eleven of our favorites, approaching the four-color medium from a variety of different angles.
For five years, Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester have released a new episode of Wait, What? every other Monday. That’s a pretty serious run in podcasting terms. The duo cover just about every aspect of mainstream comics, from deep dives into Marvel and DC lore to independent work, webcomics and more. Right now they’re in the middle of a massive project to explore Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four, in a recurring “Baxter Building” segment that grinds through the series in chronological order.
Don’t miss the full list!
If the industrial, supernatural world of Blades in the Dark was the backdrop for anything other than a tabletop role-playing game, I’d have written daily letters to its creator begging them to make one. Blades in the Dark’s world is so full of noir curiosities that it begs players to insert themselves in, and…
Super Mario Odyssey came out last October and continues to delight players. Datamined secrets, awesome glitches, and a fancy balloon hunting mode have kept players exploring the game’s vibrant world long after other games have come and gone.
Windows: No matter your poison—Cookie Clicker, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, or Kittens Game—there’s something weird and fun about games that require almost no input from you to play.
I really like interacting with the Nintendo Labo. I like popping, snapping, folding, and even just looking at each little piece. It’s gotten to the point that I’m having a hard time throwing any of it away.