May 11th, 2011

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[links] Link salad wakes up acheing and sore

Ursula K. LeGuin reviews China Miéville's Embassytown — A wonderful thing this review is.

Habitability Around Nearby Stars — Another great article from Centauri Dreams.

The Human Body, Searchable in 3-DA new tool lets people see the inside of the body up close and in great detail.

Institutional Encouragement of Gender Norms — State of Nebraska can't handle a male name change at marriage.

Ocean Noise Pollution Blowing Holes in Squids' Heads — (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Atheist Billboard in Fresno Vandalized After Only Three Days — If your beliefs are so tenuous that they can be threatened by a billboard, maybe you need to rethink them. Nah, easier to attack the billboard.

Is The End Nigh? We'll Know Soon Enough — Just because every single time the Biblical end has been proclaimed in the past two thousand years has been wrong doesn't mean these guys can't be right! Personally, I refer true believers to Matthew 24:36. Matthew 6:6 is a favorite, too. Amazing how many of our loudest Christianists ignore those two while insisting that carefully selected Old Testament verses are the literal and irrevocable word of God, who apparently shares their exact prejudices.

Just, juster, justest — Slacktivist Fred Clark with more on the ethics of the bin Laden raid.

Gingrich Run Reflects His Sense of History — Oh boy, just what this country needs. A moralizing scold and serial adulterer who already ruined the government once already. Remember kids, character counts! (Thanks to my Dad.)
?otD: When's the last time you had surgery?



5/11/2011
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (galley edits to Endurance)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid, Vicodin-assisted)
Weight: 242.0
Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson

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[personal|cancer] Brief, miscellaneous updatery

I'd meant to post more about my hair this morning, and I owe some photoblogs on Hawaii, but yesterday pretty much ate my life. Left the house at 5:15 am for a 6:00 am check-in for my port implant surgery. The surgeon used the same entry wound as last time, and reported trimming the old scar tissue away in the process. The dressing won't come off til Friday, so I don't know yet. There was only minimal blood in my hair this go-round, and I was able to rinse it out myself yesterday afternoon.

I spent the day in a post-operative haze, though I avoided the Vicodin until bedtime. I don't like having my head crowded out by medication when I can avoid it, and I have months of unavoidable head crowding starting this Friday.

Also, J&T came over yesterday evening and did yeoperson's work rearranging my house to optimize my living space for infirmity. Everything I need and use is now on the same floor, except my laundry. We also established that I definitely need a new dryer. On top of the $925 in medical bills racked up in the last two days alone, after insurance, that's an unwelcome hit. Ah, cancer.

Now, to Day Jobbery.