May 13th, 2009


[links] Link salad goes on a diet of clears

Don't forget to vote for new caption contest — Some funny stuff there.

Wolfram's new search engine — (Thanks to tetar.)

Shoe World — Another oddity from Strange Maps.

Language Log on "word attraction" — Is there an opposite to "moist"?

Why the original "Star Trek" still matters

Interstellar Bebo spamgasm targeted at 'water world'Web-2.0 tomfoolery could trigger alien jellyfish attack. Life in century 21 imitates, well, something. (Thanks, I think, to corwynofamber.)

Is my marriage gay?New York Times on gender and marriage. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

?otD: Apples or oranges?

Body movement: 10 minute ride on stationary bike, 60 minute workout at gym
This morning's weigh-in: 218.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Engine Summer by John Crowley

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[cancer] There's a fog in the lowlands

Last day or so my emotions have been pretty foggy. As I told calendula_witch, "My head's full of chowder, so ignore everything I say." Monday afternoon K— came and watched movies with me. Yesterday afternoon I went to the not-Fireside Writers Group and actually Got Stuff Done. This morning I kept a trainer appointment at the gym.

Somewhere in the middle of working out, my head cleared again. Hooray for endorphins! I have no idea if it will stay clear today — my pre-test anxiety has been pretty powerful. But it's nice to feel like myself and not some peevish git, at least for a few hours.

I'm on clears today, no food at all tomorrow until after the colonscopy, then only very light intake until after Friday's CAT. calendula_witch will be here this evening. By Friday afternoon all this upset should be gone like summer morning mist.

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