October 24th, 2010


[links] Link salad with your morning brew

Austen's alleged failings in style and grammar: we need examplesLanguage Log with a painful story about academic analysis of literature. Or not.

Cthulhu Mythos, As Imagined By Kids — (Via a mailing list I am on.)

Moon Crater Contains Usable Water, NASA Says...wetter than the Sahara (Thanks to Dad.)

Bucket wheel excavator — Not sure why APOD is running this photo, but it's pretty cool. Reminds me of the big drag-line excavators they used in Nigeria when I was a kid.

The Shield from Reality — Anthroslug pins down the conservative mindset in a nutshell. (Via lt260.)

What If "The Biggest Tent" Falls Short? Worse For Republicans, What If It Succeeds? — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on GOP fortunes in the upcoming elections. I was particularly struck by this line in his closing paragraph: If Republicans do manage to eke out a House majority, the electorate won’t have provided them with even the illusion of a mandate So what? Republicans always govern as if they have a mandate, regardless of the electoral reality. Viz Bush after the 2000 election. That, in a sense, is what the unnamed senior Bush aide meant by the "we create our own reality" comment. Projecting the appearance of strength is often convincing, a lesson the Democrats have either never learned or forget repeatedly. In politics, perception is everything.

George W. Bush Says His "Biggest Accomplishment" Was Keeping Us "Safe" — Uh. Yeah. Coz 9-11 and Katrina happened on Clinton's watch. Or maybe Obama's. Yeah.

Eight False Things The Public "Knows" Prior To Election Day — This, in a nutshell, is why I think the Tea Party is so patently either a gang of wilful idiots or conservative racists. Almost everything they're so angry at the black Democratic president about is a result of Bush's policies — the trillion dollar deficit, the bank bailouts, the wars overseas. Yet not a peep out of those guys back when these now thoroghly despised decisions were being made and implemented by a white Republican. The things on their shit list that Obama has done — HCR, changes in the tax code, the economic stimulus — the Tea Party is simply wrong about on the face of the plain facts. Today's Doonesbury on the closely related issue of alleged Republican spending cuts.

?otD: Joan or Vernor?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical distraction)
Body movement: suburban walking to come
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 243.8
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 4/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes


[personal] Life in the pressure cooker

Over at the hospital at 5 am this morning to sit with tillyjane for a while. She is barely mobile and in a lot of discomfort, but recovering nicely. They may discharge her as early as Tuesday. We're still getting a handle on how to manage her care at home.

Yesterday I was thinking about what to tell my therapist when I see him this coming week. Over the past two weeks, exactly so counting back from today, I and the people I love have experienced:
  • A major relationship crisis with calendula_witch as our respective chemo stress finally unloaded abruptly and overwhelmingly

  • That same relationship crisis extending to her connection with markferrari as both cause and effect

  • tillyjane (a/k/a my mom) going in the course of five days from ordinary health to major, life-changing surgery

  • The return of the Fear over tomorrow's cancer scans; and my abject terror that they will find more spots and I'll be back on the surgery/chemo trail again

  • the_child turning thirteen, with a great deal of the stereotypical transition drama actually occurring in real life

  • A total shut down of my writing productivity due to stress, which is almost unheard of for me

  • Two straight weeks of travel and being away from home while this was all happening

Why has my head not yet exploded like a pumpkin filled with acetylene?