October 22nd, 2011

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[links] Link salad says Happy Birthday to the Child

Daring to Delve Deep Into Emotion — Urban Fantasy author J.A. Pitts on writers and emotion.

The Moon, waxing poetic — A gorgeous orbital photo of the Moon over the limb of the Earth.

The Falling German Satellite ROSAT: Biggest Questions & Answers

Amusing Burger King Billboard Hack

What English sounds like if you have Wernicke’s aphasia — This is very strange to watch and listen to.

Dear Anonymous: Keep on Shining — A librarian talks very kindly to a narrow-minded Christianist loon.

Bible warning sticker — Hahahahah. For people who, you know, actually read it. As I have several times through over the years. (Via someone who would probably prefer to remain nameless.)

‘In American history, the monsters are real’

Why Rush Limbaugh Is Freaking Out About Occupy Wall Street — Mostly because it isn’t a wholly owned creation and subsidiary of GOP-FOX like the Tea Party. This is a control issue for a man who in many ways has been setting the terms of the national political discourse for the better part of two decades, and finally finds something he can’t readily mock and distort into submission.

Is Occupy Wall Street Changing The Discourse?

What Are the Wall St Protestors So Angry About? — A beautiful, simple graph that tells the story. (Hint: American income inequality is worse than Burkina Fasso’s.)

How News Media and Blogs Have Eyed the Presidential Contenders During the First Phase of the 2012 Race — Note the numbers for Obama’s negative coverage. The truly great victory of conservative political discourse over the past twenty or thirty years has been the pernicious ‘liberal media’ meme. Combined with the wholesale rejection of evidence-based thinking on the American Right, it has brilliantly inoculated the Republican base against any idea, concept or factual information that doesn’t conform to their ideology. Brilliant political strategy for their party, cultural and social disaster for the country as a whole.

Marco Rubio: Son of Cuban Exiles — The GOP’s great brown hope is a son of immigrants who’s lied about his family history to valorize his biography. Cognitive dissonance much?

Why Republicans don’t trust Romney

?otD: Got any birthday girls in your life lately?


10/22/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.75 hours (solid)
Weight: 215.6
Currently (re)reading: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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[personal|child] Deaths and births

Yesterday I attended the funeral of [info]kenscholes‘s father-in-law. The event wasn’t about me in any way, I was there to support Ken and his wife Jen and their family with my presence, but as one might imagine, it instilled considerable reflection in me at a time when I’m very conscious of my own mortality. The service was very appropriate and I’m glad I went. For my own part, I did confirm two conclusions I’d previously reached. One, funerals are bad for me personally and emotionally in my current frame of mind. Two, if this cancer goes terminal, I’m having my funeral before I die so I can damned well enjoy it.

Another event yesterday that was only tangentially more about me was [info]the_child‘s thirteenth birthday party. Today is her actual birthday, but one of the kids in her class is having a blowout Halloween party tonight, so we scheduled her kid-friends party for last night. Her extended family birthday dinner is tomorrow. I had six teenagers in my house eating pizza, cake and candy for an hour and a half, then Mother of the Child and [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister and therefore Aunt of the Child) hauled them off to Fright Town, where a spookily wonderful time was had by all. Best as I can determine, she had a terrific birthday blast of her own: we had a brief conversation last night after the final guests had departed in which [info]the_child quite elated and pleased with herself.

All that made a nice end cap on the day for me, even if my enjoyment of the birthday celebration was almost entirely by osmosis. Today I am mostly sitting still, though a friend will be coming by this afternoon for some visiting. Me, a book and a glass of water. The brain isn’t up to writing, and I don’t have much if any householding to do. Just waiting to see when the Neulasta pain comes back, and how dreadful it will be when it does.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.