June 18th, 2011


[links] Link salad is back on the chemo pump

Aerotropolis: An Interview With Greg Lindsay — A fascinating bit of futurism. (Snurched from Tobias Buckell.)

English V3.31 &mdash Some funny language neepery.

American Concept Cars Showcase, Part 1 — From our friends at Dark Roasted Blend of course.

Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats — Another awesome APOD image, this one with a hilarious cutline.

Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decadeBad Astronomy rebuts.

Herman Cain on Why ‘The Black Guy Is Winning’: Jeffrey GoldbergLook, he was raised in Kenya, his mother was white from Kansas and her family had an influence on him, it’s true, but his dad was Kenyan, and when he was going to school he got a lot of fellowships, scholarships, he stayed in the academic environment for a long time. He spent most of his career as an intellectual. While Obama was neither born nor raised in Kenya, such blatant counterfactuals (we used to call them "lies" until 35% of the population decided that anything they believed must be true) makes a great line for conservatives looking to legitimize their Obama hate. But Cain's clear-cut implication that going to school and becoming an academic or an intellectual is a bad thing... that's one of those lines of conservative thought that that I utterly fail to comprehend. On the other hand, as educated liberal-progressive, I've never found reason to be proud of my areas of ignorance. Listening to people like Bachmann, Cain and Palin, it's easy to that think ignorance is something all too many conservatives are very proud of.

?otD: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemotherapy)
Body movement: n/a (chemotherapy), possibly a short suburban walk to come
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid) plus 3.5+ hours of napping
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin


[cancer] Chemo session three, day one

Thursday night I took the new drug regimen of Zyprexa plus Lorazepam. This was because while I'd been on Zyprexa for nausea control during session two, the medication succeeded but had the side effects of making me irritable as well as a strange combination of very drowsy and quite sleepless. Apparently the two together are a double whammy on sleep. I slept twenty hours between 9 pm Thursday night and 4 am this morning, and drowsed or dozed much of the time I was awake. Freaky and frustrating, to say the least, but it seems to have gotten me over the worst of the chemo hump, including very minimal nausea.

Frankly, I feel better this morning while on the pump than I maybe ever had. My mental acuity and fine motor control are off, judging by the high rate of typos while blogging this morning, but that's part of chemo.

One of the low points yesterday was a borderline crankygram from someone who really should have known better. Hey, people, while I'm on chemo, really, is not the time to initiate or resume discussions your issues with me. For that matter, neither is it time to initiate or resume discussions of good stuff with me. I am not thinking straight.

Spending the weekend at my parents' house as none of my rota of primary caregivers was available for the last minute reschedule necessitated by the bump in my chemo schedule. I'll probably be back at Nuevo Ranch Lake on Sunday morning. There are recreational activities planned today that involve my head. Photos should be forthcoming. Meanwhile, I continue fuzzy and muzzy.

Be well.


[help|travel] Portland to Seattle and back

Anyone reading this in PDX planning to drive to the Locus Awards next weekend? What with my chemo schedule slip and all, I can probably make it.

I have a tentative ride up Friday afternoon, but no ride back on Sunday. If possible, I'd rather ride up first thing Saturday morning, and I need to come back Sunday morning/midday.

If you're coming or going with an extra seat in the car, please let me know.