October 29th, 2010


[links] Link salad polishes that faint sheen

The greatest science-fiction story ever written — My friend ericjamesstone in Nature. Very much worth a couple of minutes of your time.

Meat: Grab a Fistful Today — Classic advertising from Vintagraph. Work-safe. Really. I swear.

Star Trails and the Captain's Ghost APOD gets all Halloween on us.

Zombie — WW II bomber nose art.

In Icy Tip of Afghanistan, War Seems Remote — Interesting. I would love to visit here. (Thanks to Dad.)

Warrior Nation — In modern, American, the old men sending young men off to die have little experience of war. Of course, this is the country where a successful draft dodger manged to tar a decorated war hero as a coward in a recent election, so why would that be surprising? (Via Scrivener's Error.)

American Noir: Arizona anti-Immigrant Law penned by Private Prison Industry, says NPR — Yep. Definitely grassroots here.

Republican Victory, Conservative LossI had assumed that the near-total, staggering failure of the Bush administration and movement conservative complicity in that failure would force significant changes. Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on the GOP's stakes in the forthcoming election.

?otD: Charlie or Martin?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (medical follies)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently reading: I Wonder by Marian Bantjes


[personal] When Josie comes home

tillyjane, a/k/a my mom, spent her first full day post-operative/post-discharge at my house yesterday. I took off work to care for her, though I'm back at the Day Jobbe a bit later today as her sisters have arrived to help for a week or two. My friend T— came by for several hours to offer desperately needed advice and assistance, as home healthcare is her profession. And my friend F— brought by a lasagna yesterday afternoon, which was a most welcome and simple-for-us dinner treat.

So far, things are going well. She remains cheerful and (relatively) energetic. We've identified three success criteria that need to be met before my mom can go back to her own house. Two are keyed to her own healing progress, and the third is a small infrastructure problem at the house which I have someone coming in this morning to bid out a solution on.

In other news, something very fun and interesting has happened in my writing life that I'll report on when it's public info. For now, just say I am a happy camper at a time when a little positive reinforcement is going a rather long way.

In other other news, the_child's Halloween dance is tonight, and seventh-grade drama seems to be in full cry around her. She's doing just fine. For her parents, it's kind of like having a front row seat at the soaps, though. And being Halloween, this is calendula_witch's birthday weekend. Appropriate festivities are in store.