July 3rd, 2010


[links] Link salad celebrates JayCon X

SMBC on gay engineers — I always suspected this.

Draperyman — From the department of specializations you've never heard of. Art history courtesy of James Gurney.

Another image of extrasolar planets! — From the always awesome APOD.

Early Multicellular Life and Its Implications — interesting reading on several levels, from Centauri Dreams.

Yeah well you can prove anything with science — Interesting stuff on confirmation bias and the power of pre-existing belief.

Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Michael Steele's Afghanistan remarks — In case you missed it, that's the RNC Chairman who said that "Afghanistan was a war of Obama's choosing." Pretty amazing feat by Obama to have started a war in October, 2001, nine years before he was elected. Some Republican dude was president then, but clearly the chairman of the Republican party has forgotten this. All of this reminds of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani saying there were no terrorist attacks during Bush's presidency. Because I guess 9-11 was either during the Clinton or Obama administration, and happened in some city Rudy wasn't mayor of at the time. (And yes, Steele is rightly catching a lot of criticism from Republicans and conservatives for his remarks. At some point the "blame Obama for everything Bush did" strategy does break down.)

?otD: How do you celebrate your birthday?

Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 (decent but interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 227.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Ringworld by Larry Niven


[conventions|repost] JayCon X is today

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon X, my 10th annual 37th birthday party, is today, Saturday, July 3rd, from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. Come help me celebrate both my birthday and my successful completion of six months of chemotherapy in late June. If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

We're partying because I was born, and because I will have beat cancer. Again.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
[ Google Maps ]

As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.


[cancer] Partying like it's 2010, because who knows what tomorrow brings

shelly_rae is sleeping peacefully as I write this. I'm so glad she's here. For the first time I'm not on the pump since January. (This would have been an infusion weekend, if I'd had another round.) calendula_witch, jkoke and karawynn were here yesterday sharing a nice Salvadoran dinner from El Palenque with me and the_child. And today, JayCon X.

I'm definitely coming out the other side of chemo. Not that isn't a long, slow journey, but I can mark my progress almost daily. Last night over dinner I made a horrendously bad, quick-witted, literary dirty joke (well, pun, really). calendula_witch looked at me said, "Yep, you're back."

Some of the time, at least.

This party today is important to me. I survived. Again. A disease erupted from within my body, an inner assassin, a genetic error that has tried twice to kill me. I am still here. After leading an eremetic existence for these past months, seeing people I know and love, meeting online friends in person for the first time, and hopefully some totally new folks as well be both a practical reconnection to my social web and something of a ritual for me.

The reality is still pretty rough. Peripheral neuropathy continues to deepen. Fatigue is a constant companion. My GI still fights me more than it really should. But my mind is waking back up. And I feel a bit better every day. A bit more like myself.

We will know on the 19th if there are any further metastases established. We will know in late August if there are further colon polyps or candidate tumors. And we will never truly know if we have succeeded with this treatment, only that we continue not to fail. That's my best case. But I'm running with it. And today I celebrate.