August 3rd, 2011


[links] Link salad for a midweek

With Cancer, Let’s Face It: Words Are Inadequate — More on this topic. (Via [info]rinolj, who knows whereof he speaks.)

New study finds giant impacts aren't periodic

Tech concern trollingPandagon on the privileging of older media and technology over newer developments. In other words, hey, you kids, quit digitizing my lawn.

Piece of doomed Shuttle Columbia discovered in drought dried lake

Astronomers Define New Class Of Planet: The Super-EarthRocky planets that are almost as big as Uranus seem far more common than anyone suspected.

The Cold War's Missing Atom BombsIn a 1968 plane crash, the US military lost an atom bomb in Greenland's Arctic ice. But this was no isolated case. Up to 50 nuclear warheads are believed to have gone missing during the Cold War, and not all of them are in unpopulated areas. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

West Texas town faces looming prospect of dried-out reservoir — Weather is not climate, but changing weather patterns are. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh can explain this away.

'We too fall with it' — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the intellectual and spiritual poverty of Young Earth Creationism.

Is 'Christian fundamentalist' label correct for Norway terror suspect?

The Deficit Deal: We Got Taken — I really expected better from Obama. Unfortunately, I'm stuck voting for him in the next election, as the alternatives are unimaginably worse.

Fox 'Expert' Blasts Expanding Access To Birth Control: "Are We Going To Do Pedicures And Manicures As Well?"We're $14 trillion in debt and now we're going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well? Ah, conservatism. Batshit cruel to the end.

Steve King: Covering Birth Control Will Make Us 'A Dying Civilization' — The rationalists on the Right check in on this topic. Not just cruel, but stupid, too!

Gingrich Accused of Twitter Fraud — The sterling ethics of conservatism are why so many heartland voters turn away from those venal moral relativists in the Democratic party.

?otD: Whereat?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (post-op recovery)
Body movement: 30 minutes stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Weight: 225.2
Currently reading: Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks


[cancer] Tired

Yesterday I went back to work for the first time since my surgery. I only spent a half day at my desk. It was still tough and tiring. Amazing what exhausts. Another half day today, and I'm hoping to go back full time tomorrow.

The hardest part is sitting up for hours at a stretch. Even though my surgical wound is fairly high on my abdomen, sitting in a desk chair (or a car seat) is very difficult still.

By the same token, I'm not driving yet. I can't handle the seatbelt without a pillow between my wound and the belt. Also, I don't trust my reaction times and situational awareness yet.

Still, I am better each day. And more to the point, I feel better.