November 9th, 2009


[links] Link salad looks toward Philadelphia, blinks into the rising sun

Foob on writers — And our "temper mental" selves.

Lucy Knisley on memories of childhood sexuality — Oi. Quite something.

Another fabulous WPA poster on Vintagraph

Dieselpunk Bomber — Mmm.

Martian's "The Big Picture" with a roundup of some of the recent, stunning Mars photography. (Via Bad Astronomy.)

A Tiny Revolution on Reagan and the Pakistani bomb — Yep, those Republicans, always looking out for national security. And principled, too! Nothing to see here, citizen, move along.

Unclear on the concept of separation of church and stateSeveral Democrats, including Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, said they are in touch with their Catholic bishops back home. Altmire said he must have the approval of his bishop in Pittsburgh before he can vote yes. Nice to know that there are some Democrats who hold Constitutional principles in as high regard as their GOP colleagues.

Paranoia Strikes Deep — Paul Krugman on the American Right. He says something I've been saying for years, albeit far more elegantly, in the money shot: ...the G.O.P. has been taken over by the people it used to exploit.

?otD: How many writers does it take to change a light bulb?

Body movement: 15 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 5.25
This morning's weigh-in: 233.0
Currently reading: The Jade Man's Skin by Daniel Fox


[cancer] Visiting the patient

I'd been thinking about having some of my friends attending OryCon visit me in the hospital, but I'm told they're being extremely vigilant about visitation due to risks from H1N1 and seasonal flu. I may have trouble even getting my immediate circle of family and friends in.

So the fallback plan is to have interested folks visit Nuevo Rancho Lake on Sunday. I should be discharged from the hospital on Saturday to continue post-op recovery at home.

However, that presents several potential issues. First, we have no idea what state of mind or body I'll be in. Visitors may be impractical unless it's a tour of Jay snoring in an opiate-induced haze, for example. Second, because this is lung surgery, I'll be incredibly vulnerable to respiratory infections, including common colds, flu and pneumonia. And if someone brings me Con Crud, that would be a wretched gift indeed.

Yet at the same time, I know me. If I'm not toxically wretched, visits from my people are immensely uplifting for me.

So we're talking about face masks and contingency plans and whatnot. At the moment, it's utterly unclear. Watch this space, and the blog of calendula_witch for details as they emerge.

However, if you are interested in seeing me that OryCon Sunday, please let me know in comments here, or by email. That might help in planning.