April 30th, 2011


[links] Link salad digs through the manuscript

The Case for Cursive — Kids today!

Tiny Spacecraft Point to Future Sails — Chip satellites. This is cool stuff from Centauri Dreams.

How the Law Accepted Gays

"Those Are Characteristics Of A Tyrant..." — Coates on Balko on Trump. Obviously the Donald's political appeal does not lie in his measured statesmanship, but shouldn't there be limits?

GOP Strategists Fear Fallout From Obama Birth RecordThese Republicans were nearly unanimous in their desire to see the issue permanently put to rest because they fear it could make the party seem too extreme. "Seem" extreme? The party of Bachmann, DeMint, Palin and Bush? Hello? That's fricking hilarious. It walks a like a duck, it quacks like a duck...

The president is Citizen Obama. Get over it. — Eugene Robinson on birtherism and facts. I'm not talking about competing worldviews, I'm talking about a lack of agreement on what is provably, objectively true and what is not. Political polarization is old hat. Empirical polarization — a rejection of this nation's founding Enlightenment principles — is something new. This isn't exactly news. Remember President Bush and the "true facts"? For that matter, anybody who believes in Creationism makes the same fundamental errors of thought. The Right is nothing if not consistent in its idiocies.

?otD: Revision or rewrites?

Writing time yesterday: 2.5 hours (revisions to Kalimpura)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 242.6
Currently reading: Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea


[personal] Another day flows past

Worked my usual Day Jobbe schedule yesterday. Spent 2.5 hours editing Kalimpura. Helped [info]the_child finish her draft of her school report on Nigeria.

Today, she has a lacrosse game, then she's singing in the choir at the memorial service for her friend's mother. I had to think pretty hard about whether I would attend that service myself. I finally reluctantly decided that it would be too difficult for me emotionally. Not an easy decision. Not at all.

Instead I'm going to have lunch with my parents, then pack for my trips to Las Vegas for work (Sunday through Wednesday) and Kauai with [info]the_child (Thursday through Sunday). I'm flexible for dinner in Las Vegas Monday night, while [info]the_child and I are available Thursday and Saturday nights in Kauai, if anyone there is interested in meeting up.

The following week, cancer follies begin in earnest. For now, I am living my life.


[cancer] What I think I hate the most

I hate being crazy in the head from medical stress. This is bad now, even before the cognitive and emotional disruptions of the chemotherapy drugs themselves.

Already I am not being the person I want to be. Already I am not being the person I am. And I'm so very painfully conscious of the staggering cost I paid in my personal life for this disconnect during the last chemo go-round.

I hate this.