September 13th, 2010


[links] Link salad appears from out of nowhere, then disappears in broad daylight

jpsorrow with a review of Cthulhu's Reign — Including a favorable mention of my short story, "Such Bright and Risen Madness in Our Names".

New SF Column from the New York Times!

The Nubile Savage: 1900 — Not sure I'm on board with Shorpy's title for this photo, but this portrait of a model in significant disarray is quite an image for it's time. (Work-safe, but a bit suggestive.)

How To Record Videos Of Meteor Impacts on Jupiter — Crowdsourcing astronomy.

When In Doubt, Make Things Up — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison documents a key GOP media and political strategy. After all, making shit up out of whole cloth worked so well for Reagan, and the "liberal" media rarely if ever calls them out on it.

?otD: Are you a friend of that cloven-hoofed gangster the devil?

Writing time yesterday: 1.25 hours (Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 249.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 2/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: Worldshaker by Richard Harland


[photos] New Zealand: Ngawi, with Bulldozers

After passing through the Wairarapa Valley, Cape Palliser Road eventually deposited us along the southernmost coast of New Zealand's North Island. There it became windy and coastal, reminscent of parts of the Pacific Northwest, leading to, and through, the fishing village of Ngawi with its herd of bulldozers.

As I said before, Ngawi is a fishing village without a harbor, just a beach. When the boats come it, they're set on handbuilt trailers and hauled up the beach by bulldozers. This is lieu of a launch ramp, or a jetty and moorage. Several dozen bulldozers line the road, each hooked to a largish fishing boat. Some of them are seriously antique, others quite modern. It's a very curious sight, and an interesting solution to the obvious problem of protecting the boats from the chronically rough seas there.

The weather grew increasing wet and windy as we reached the coast, so some of the photos came out blurry.

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[cancer] The recovery curve intersects with the catastrophe curve

Warning: Several kinds of TMI in this post. Don't say I didn't tell you.

A discussion of cancer treatment side effects and the recovery process seems to be in order once more. Over the past few days I've hit several significant if minor improvements in my well being and general functionality. My oncologist had told me quite some time ago to expect to feel better from chemo around September. By golly, she had it right. I don't know how much of this was inflected by the vacation that calendula_witch and I just took, and how much is simply the passage of time.

And of course, with liver surgery in three days, almost certainly followed by more chemo, this is as good as it will be for another year.

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