August 14th, 2008

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[cancer] More gratitude

I slept six hours last night, woke up rested at 4 am, went for a brisk half hour walk, saw a shooting star, came home and weighed in at 239.6.

None of those things would have been true before I got sick.

I’ve talked before about the gifts of cancer [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ], but I haven’t talked about the gratitude so much lately. I’m finally back in my head and looking externally.

First and foremost, lasirenadolce. I literally owe her my life, given how touch-and-go that first night was going to the ER. She then stood by me through the worst experiences of my life, every step of the way.

Right with her were other friends, including karindira and kenscholes. My family, all of them, my aunts who flew in, my parents who waited by my bed, lillypond, the Niece, Mother of the Child, and most importantly, the_child.

My doctors and nurses and all the people at OHSU. My entire online and professional communities (that’s you guys), with a special shoutout to neutronjockey and all his co-conspirators for the tribute anthology, which I will always treasure. The Fireside writers group. casacorona and Tor Books. John Scalzi and Audible.com.

The list is endless, and I could never fill it completely.

Thanks to you guys, each and every one of you, I slept six hours last night, woke up rested at 4 am, went for a brisk half hour walk, saw a shooting star, came home and weighed in at 239.6. Best of all, I’m still here.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[links] Link salad for a Thursday

Scrivener’s Error on historical fiction in literature and the law — Sarcasm alert.

Indigenous nudity — Some heavy duty (and rather amusing) linguistic geekery at Language Log.

Polyhedral maps — This be some cool shit. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Quantum computing with ions — I know people are all about the logical structures of quantum computing, but I find the efficiency more interesting in many ways. (Thanks to lt260.)

Aerial Mono-Flyer of the Future — Apparently our ancestors understood neither physics nor engineering when they dreamt of the future.

Paul Weyrich on George W. Bush — “If Mr. Bush had done what he promised in 2000 - that is, no nation-building - he would go down in history as perhaps the greatest president since George Washington.” Hahahahahahahahaah. And conservatives wonder why liberals think they’re nuts.

Make diplomacy, not war — Shorter Bush administration: “Millions for defense, not one cent for diplomacy.” (Thanks to my dad.)

Bush administration seeks to undermine Endangered Species Act — Because reduced regulation has worked so well in mine safety, financial services and other areas. Facts are stupid. (Thanks to lt260.)


8/14/08
Time in saddle: n/a (brisk 30 minute walk instead)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 239.6
Currently reading: The Avatar by Poul Anderson

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.