Category Archives: Health

Responding to search terms

Got a few good search terms to respond to again, so here goes:

twiki install centos 5.1: Don’t do it unless you know what you’re getting into. I had a bad security experience likely caused by Twiki, and I’ve seen a lot of people reporting similar experiences that they are convinced was Twiki’s fault. At the very least, google “twiki security” before you do it. The codebase is much too large for a single person to audit it in a reasonable amount of time. If you need a good Wiki in general, give Moin a try. Consider using a Wiki hosting service, where someone else has to worry about the security of the underlying machine. Or just don’t use a Wiki at all — unless you truly want what a Wiki in specific has to offer.

iphone unofficial toolchain easiest way: There is no easy way. There is drudge’s way that I point to in another entry, but aside from that I didn’t find any way that was at all easy. binutils can be convinced to generate (possibly-working) tools for arm-apple-darwin fairly easily, but I think GCC is a bit trickier. Don’t try to do it on your own unless you want to spend a lot of time making the tools work rather than using them.

do peanuts have gluten?: Nope, peanuts don’t have gluten in them. They may have gluten on them, though — it depends on how they’ve been processed or flavoured. When in doubt, read the label and assume that “spices” includes something gluten-based. I’ve seen some with and some without gluten, so have a look around.


Dental day

Every now and then it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on in your mouth. It’s hard to see exactly what’s going on, and it’s not hard to fear the worst.

Today was my first trip to a dentist since a 2006 root canal, and I was expecting to have a laundry list of “must-fix” issues to deal with. Instead, I have only one, and it’s one I’ve known about for a long time. I think this is my first cavity-free check-up since I was a child.

I’m relieved, to say the least. I’ll be resting easier this weekend.

Back to TLS-land and dental drama

I just got around to revoking my old server certificate and getting set up with a new one. If you do it will do the right thing. You can download the CA root certificate from, as usual.

Robynne has an infected tooth, so her dentist prescribed her some antibiotics and some Tylenol 3 for the pain. We took the prescription to Save-On-Foods at Park and Tilford and were given an unpleasant run-around by the pharmacist there. Robynne eventually took the prescription back and we went to her regular place where they actually know her well, and it was filled in five minutes with no hassle.

It’s unfortunate on many levels, because this isn’t the first screw-up by Save-On-Foods — it is, however, the last one I’m willing to put up with. I have had nothing but pain and bother in my dealings with their pharmacy. They take far too long to bring in my supplies for my insulin pump, they don’t interface well to my insurance company (and it’s not like Manulife or ESI Canada are difficult to find or get ahold of and work with to make sure they get things right), and their prices aren’t exactly competitive.

For now, Robynne will stick with her place and I’ll stick with mine. They both know us well, we have good rapport with the staff, and above all they have the knowledge to handle the complexities of their clients’ cases and the desire to work with their clients, rather than against them.

(As an aside to the SOF pharmacist in question, numbered Tylenols have 300mg of acetaminophen per tablet, not 500mg. Trying to say that taking 12 tablets containing acetaminophen per day is dangerous is ridiculous — try stating a limit in mg instead, like a professional, who would know that there are two or more common strengths of tablets. If one were to take 12 tablets of extra-strength Tylenol per day they would be taking one and a half times the recommended dose. And one more point — as a pharmacist, you are the dispenser, not the prescriber. There’s a good reason that the prescribers don’t dispense and there are fabulous reasons why the dispensers shouldn’t prescribe. Thank you for your cooperation in demonstrating this so successfully. You can’t replace years of education with a big, blue book.)

CT scan day

Today was CT scan day for me. It was a brief procedure, as they only needed scans of my head. Hopefully the output will give them some idea of why the headaches come like they do.

I was courting a headache at the time, but it wasn’t fully-formed. I was able to take something for the headache after the procedure, so now it’s just on the periphery. Hopefully I’ll be asleep before it hits.

Celiac confusion

My sister has celiac disease, which means she can’t have anything containing gluten. This makes grocery shopping very interesting, to say the least. My mom and I went shopping the other night for food for dinners from then until Christmas, and I got an education. Many things made sense, but there are a few that confused me.

I remembered tamari soy sauce being gluten-free, but the brand they had in the store listed wheat as an ingredient. The bargain-brand soy sauce in the cupboard t home didn’t have any gluten at all. Worchestershire sauce has barley, so therefore has gluten, which didn’t occur to me at all when I went to add it to the stir-fry. It’s fish sauce — why would it have gluten, I thought? Well, chances are it’s based on malt vinegar… And why Planters dry-roasted peanuts have gluten when the Equality brand doesn’t is beyond me, as gluten-bearing ingredients are usually used for cheap fillers and Equality is the value brand in this case.

The politics of food additives aside, it’s a real challenge to cook for diabetics and someone with celiac disease. We wound up with a nice stir-fry (which Colleen unfortunately couldn’t eat, thanks to the Worchestershire sauce — I felt horrible, but she had salmon instead) with rice and a metric heap of ice cream for dessert. Not the most diabetic-friendly dessert, but it is close to Christmas. Our endocrinologiests will forgive us.