July 2nd, 2009


[links] Link salad is pleased about the long weekend

The toaster project — A British artist tries to build a toaster from scratch. More here. (Snurched from Freakonomics.)

Stunning new technology allows parents to hold a life-size model of their unborn child — Weird. And cool. (Thanks to danjite.)

Can Aging Be Solved?Gerontology pioneer Leonard Hayflick discusses the biological causes of aging.

Volcano awesomeness from Bad Astronomy Blog

You say Burma, I say Myanmar — A post on the cranky_editors group, pointed out to me by garyomaha. The action is in comments, with special guest appearances from danjite.

"The only chance we have as a country right now is" for bin Laden to "detonate a major weapon" in U.S. — And conservatives wonder why the reality-based community thinks they're crazy. Remember, Beck is a major figure in Your Liberal Media. Amazing what that liberal bias gets up to.

?otD: Why not Minot?

Body movement: 60 minute urban walk (Twin Peaks!), 10 minutes of stretching and meditation
This morning's weigh-in: 215.5
Currently reading: P.S. Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood

Originally published at jlake.com.


[cancer] Top 10 reasons why cancer is like the zombie apocalypse

10. Cancer strikes when you least expect it.
9. Like a zombie lurking in your basement, cancer is with you no matter what you do.
8. Cancer scares the hell out of everybody around you.
7. Cancer isn't contagious, but it spreads anyway.
6. Cancer turns your body into an enemy of the state.
5. Cancer makes the familiar terrifying.
4. Cancer is always on the wrong side of the locked door, with you.
3. No matter how hard you hit it with a shovel, cancer can come back.
2. Somehow there's always blood involved.
1. Cancer eats your braaaaaaiiiiiiin, no matter where in your body it's happening.

Originally published at jlake.com.


[cancer] And so it goes

More news today from my oncologist. Unless something crops up to contraindicate, we're committing to chemo. This is based on the MRI results, and her further discussions with my cancer surgeon about my case.

I have some followups in San Francisco the week of 7/20, including further imaging studies of the various sites, and a full chest imaging to evaluate the lung spot and see if there are more lung spots.

I meet with my Portland oncologist on 7/27 to formally prescribe the chemotherapy. On 7/29 I have the chemotherapy orientation class. Sometime thereafter (as yet unscheduled) I will have the port put in — I'll be a Harkonnen! — then commence a six month course, with a break at midpoint for evaluation through further imaging studies.

So sometime in early August I'll be entering the magical land of chemo. This makes WorldCon very iffy, though we'll look at scheduling issues. I'm not going to delay treatment just for the sake of a Con trip, but if it all fits together, that can be my hurrah. I am probably good for all commitments before then. On the plus side, I can probably get the first draft of Endurance wrapped before the killjuice starts melting my brain.

In other news, my mom is in the ER in Portland tonight with a blood clotting issue which is not particularly serious now but needs to be addressed before it becomes serious. I, of course, am in San Francisco, and my sister is at the Washington coast.

Never rains but it pours around here.

Originally published at jlake.com.