December 25th, 2009


[links] Link salad waits for the Child to wake up

Don't forget the latest caption contest voting poll

Yesterday's post on atheism, cancer and me produced a deep and interesting comment thread — Lots to read there.

alumiere continues to speak frankly about her health, in ways which resonate with my own discussions — Tough times, tough topics. Though on the good side, I was reminded (again) this morning that some of my best pain control can come from exercise, at least for lower grade pain. (Ie, not immediate post op surgical pain)

Bob Spears on writing style

Avatar: Vision or Mere Entertainment? — A review of the new James Cameron movie from a space science perspective.

Is there a Santa Claus? — One of my favorite Straight Dope columns, ever.

Today's Bible readingBad Science cites the first clinical trial, the book of Daniel.

A novel blimp design — (Thanks to garyomaha.)

A graceful arcAPOD with a multiple exposure image of the Milky Way over the Cascade range. A rainbow of stars, promising distance and mystery.

?otD: Did you get a gift of the heart this year, whatever your holiday observance?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 7.5
This morning's weigh-in: 225.6
Currently reading: (between books)


[personal|travel] Christmas, and what follows

Had a successful Christmas today. the_child did pretty good with her haul, including the crowning glory, a Canon multifunction printer/copier/scanner for her to use in her art projects. Dinner at my parents', where the haul was considerably reinforced. My piece de resistance was the restored 1907 Remington Model 10 typewriter given me by Mother of the Child, though numerous other thoughtful gifts were given and received all around.

At 0:dark:stupid tomorrow, the_child and I head for the airport, and off to San Francisco. We'll be connecting with calendula_witch mid-to-late morning. That's my last out of town trip pre-chemo, so I'm looking forward to both the time away and to the memories, if that makes sense.

I'm back on the 3rd. shelly_rae is back on the 5th. calendula_witch is back on the 7th. We hit zero hour on the 8th, where the rabbithole gapes open and swallows me whole.

Hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely, wonderful holiday season of their preference with persons of loving goodwill. Be well, one and all.