May 2nd, 2008


[links] Link salad, Friday cutie

Of Dice and Men: Modern Fantasists and the Influence of Role Playing GamesClarkesworld with an article by Justin Howe and Jason S. Ridler. I am quoted.

A reader reviews Rocket Science Powell's | Amazon ]

Ancient Galaxies Packed With Stars — Such a beautiful, deadly sky that would be.

Blind Mice See the Light — Researchers adapt an algal protein to reengineer sight into a broken visual circuit.

Missing Link of Electronics Discovered: "Memristor" — Cool stuff, though the implications are not fully obvious to me.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (sore insides, no vigorous exercise)
Last night's weigh-out: n/a
This morning's weigh-in: 269.0
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]


[cancer] me

i am not the sum of my fears
i am my daughter's graduation, her wedding, her middle age
i am the funeral my parents will never attend
i am a shelf of books
i am travel
i am food
i am love
i am not a tumor
and i never will be

[poll] Cancer funnies

One of the best parts about the last couple of days is the flood of comments, emails, IMs and phone calls. Not that I didn't already know y'all love me or anything, but that has helped my spirits immensely. However, some folks distinguished themselves in cracking me up. Which on this blog calls for a contest!

Herewith is a harvest of some comment highlights. Usual rules apply, vote for the one you like best. I'll be sending off a mass market paperback of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] to the poll winner, personalized with a drawing of my tumor. (Yes, I saw it in the jar before they sent the miserable thing off to the pathology lab.)

Poll #1181370 Die laughing or live sober!

What's your favorite comment on my cancer diagnosis?

daveraines: Thank goodness it was shaped like macaroni, instead of spaghetti or, God forbid, lasagna.
aliquoricegirl: Who knew there'd be a time when you'd say, "I'm so glad it ulcerated!"
lasirenaolce: I can handle the cancer, but if you're going to keep boiling animal heads on the stove, we really have to talk.
jeffsoesbe: In a secret underground bunker somewhere near Washington DC, Dick Cheney is not happy. He thought they could get you. He Was Wrong!
yourbob: Never underestimate the power of a little blood in the wrong place.
martyn44: Nobody would be surprised if you did find a way of Blogging from the hereafter.
jennawaterford: Latin words are never happy things to hear from a doctor.
klingonguy: Vote those polyps off the island, I say.
jonhansen: So, the tattoo is an elder sign, as recommended by Lovecraft to repel the dreaded flying polyps?
deedop: Let me know if you need anything. Like construction of a Tubu-villainous Polyp-smiting superhero costume or something...
johno: On the plus side of your treatment, you are definitely clean inside and out.

[cancer] Medical update

A brief update. Things haven't changed much since the last information, not materially, but I have more details. I did have a productive meeting with my therapist this afternoon. I'll see the surgeon on Tuesday, then my therapist again on Wednesday.

I have given up my plan to postpone surgery to early June in favor of the swiftest possible intervention. I will taking counsel from the surgeon in this respect, of course.

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