October 21st, 2010


[links] Link salad makes a difference engine

Homer Simpson: A True Catholic? — This makes my head hurt...

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 — This may be a repost of a prior link, but I can't track it. And if so, well, it's still mightily cool. (Via art guru James Gurney.)

Exoplanet Atmospheres: What We Don’t Know — More skiffy goodness from Paul Gilster at Centauri Dreams.

Why Liberals Don't Get the Tea Party Movement The Wall Street Journal conveniently ignores widely publicized facts in order to get both liberals and the Tea Party seriously wrong. The American Right's famed intellectual honesty and principled consistency shine through once more.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission judge says colleague biased against complainants — Ah, yes, the much-vaunted moral standards of conservativism strike again.

?otD: Charles or Ada?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (distraction factor, some WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationay bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid but underslept)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (forgot)
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer


[personal] Not at Surrey

The particularly sharp-eyed among you might have noted that I am not in Surrey, BC tonight. Heading north on I-5 this afternoon, at about Centralia, my sister called calendula_witch to tell us that my mother's surgery had been pushed forward to tomorrow, from the previous schedule of next Monday. We pulled off at the nearest exit, turned around, and drove straight back.

This is a major procedure (two of them, actually) with some significant risk factors, but her prognosis is good. My sister and I will be at the hospital at 6 am to see our mother off into surgery, then awaiting developments in whatever waiting area they choose to stash us in.

I am very sorry to be missing the Surrey International Writers' Conference. I was quite looking forward to being there as a panelist, instructor and attendee. The trip was also apropos of the_child's thirteenth birthday celebration, tomorrow being the very day. Still, I need to be here for my mother far more than I need to be there, or anywhere else.