Scott Hanselman

The Bat Belt Effect - Geeks, Dorks and Diabetics

January 14, 2004 Comment on this post [1] Posted in Diabetes
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Nils has a great piece on changing the view of folks with "Bat Belts."  Nils is a fellow diabetic, unfortunately a new one (October), and believes that we can usher in a new "Diabetes Chic" movement!

"Even if diabetes doesn’t take off as an alternative lifestyle, I believe we can revamp its image. Here’s a portfolio I’m submitting to modeling agencies. The first shot evokes the mobile professional carrying his glucose meter and insulin delivery equipment in a stylish neoprene hip case. Unfortunately, I already tote around a Pocket PC and collapsable keyboard, so the hipster effect is somewhat diminished, as the second shot reveals."

As someone who has been known to carry:

A blood sugar meter

  • An insulin pump
  • A BlackBerry
  • A cell phone (sometimes)
  • An iPod
  • A TabletPC
  • Insulin, Glucose and spare Needles

and in the past:

  • An iPaq
  • A Handspring Visor
  • A Newton

I think that a bat-belt-chic movement is in order.  Perhaps it will start with a Solar Powered Geek vest, like Patrick's?  Is there a geek diabetic version with a cooler for insulin?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 15, 2004 2:01
Of course the insulin cooler would have to double as a cpu cooler (can you OC a tablet?)

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