Has the Earth Begun to Enter a Time Warp?

I know this sounds unlikely, but the evidence seems to mounting. Unrelated rates of time flow seem to have intermittently sped up in the last week or two.

1. The Bloomberg TV channel cycles through a large number of displays of many financial data values in a square gray box on the right center of the screen. In just the last few days it has started to sometimes update each screen every second, too fast to read all but the simplest screens.

2. On one occasion so far, on Friday, a credit card telephone computer didn't allow me to get through touch keying more than 4 digits of my credit card number before it interrupted and started offering menu options.

These two cases could be explained by the machines simply becoming impatient. However, case 3. cannot be so explained.

3. Despite years of experience of twice daily injections of type NPH insulin, an intermediate acting insulin that is normally claimed to begin acting within 2 to 4 hours of injection, I have sometimes recently noted severe reductions in blood sugar level within less than 50 minutes.

While all of these cases can easily have independent causes not related to the rate of flow of time in the Earth's vicinity, the coincidences are somewhat striking.

Has anyone else noticed anything unusual?

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1. I guess they just assumed

1. I guess they just assumed that everyone would have TIVO by now.

2. Uh...TIPHO, maybe? Give me the phone number and your credit card number, and I'll see if I can reproduce the results.

3. You know, if you keep importing insulin, the infant industry in your pancreas will never get off the ground. And then what are you going to do when the insulin manufacturers declare war on you? Not a whole lot of blood glucose regulation, that's what you'll do!

Seriously, I don't know about that one. Maybe your insulin sensitivity increased for some reason. Have their been any recent changes in your diet or exercise routine? I don't know much about managing insulin-dependent diabetes, but it seems like something you'd want to ask your doctor about.

Last week I saw a guy in

Last week I saw a guy in tights and a cape flying around the world backwards; maybe that could have something to do with it.

Let's add a piece of

Let's add a piece of evidence, too: various unmaintained sensors around the world are reporting warmer temperatures, and we seem to be getting more hurricanes. That could be explained by brownian motion in the air appearing to go faster due to the time warp!

It's at least as good an explanation as this "global warming" crap.

There are varying types of

There are varying types of NPH (Humulin N, Novolin N, Iletin, etc), not a single formulation. Most are pretty consistent with an onset of action anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, but reach peak activity between 4 to 12 hours.

The dose response may change a bit between brands of NPH, but there are a lot of other variable that can effect your blood sugar, such as timing and composition of food intake.

Brandon and Galen, Thanks. I

Brandon and Galen,

Thanks.

I actually have Type 2 Diabetes, but switched from pills to insulin several years ago.

The dose response may change a bit between brands of NPH, but there are a lot of other variable that can effect your blood sugar, such as timing and composition of food intake.

The NPH has always been Novilin N penfill, although the cartridge capacities have doubled(not a factor).

The timing and composition of food intake is constant with the same 450 calories following the injection within 15 minutes.

A typical response might be a relatively constant 190 mg/dl level for 1 1/2 hours, a moderate rise followed by a controlled fall to 115 between 2 and 3 1/2 hours.

An abnormal response would be a fall to less than 80 mg/dl with low sugar symptoms in less than an hour. Since the meter readings are taken from the forearm, they lag the actual sugar levels by 15-20(?) minutes.

The most uncertainty comes from the pre-injection environment, with a single meter reading saying nothing about a possible rate of change of sugar level, and the degree of physical and/or mental exertion not readily taken into account. At least on an absolute scale, neither amounts to much. -g-

Thanks, Don

The Indian Stock market

The Indian Stock market seems to have lost the sense of gravity over the past few weeks; a phenomenon earlier exhibited with a background of scams is happening in their complete absense.

Isn't it possible to

Isn't it possible to identify the credit card type (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) from the first four digits? If they had that combined with your telephone number (from caller ID) maybe they identified your account from that information alone.

Captain, Isn’t it possible

Captain,

Isn’t it possible to identify the credit card type (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) from the first four digits? If they had that combined with your telephone number (from caller ID) maybe they identified your account from that information alone.

Yes, that might be possible. However, the impatient response was just one in a series of three accesses. Also, it would have been just a horrible human interface design.

Regards, Don