October 26th, 2011

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[links] Link salad goes right to the moon

Sympathy for the Devil, ed. by Tim Pratt – Ray Gun Reviews — With a passing favorable mention of my story "The Goat Cutter".

Steampunk Ebooks for $2.99 — Getcher Mainspring ebook on the cheap from tor.com.

Murakami on Fiction, Truth, and Lies

How translation software helped crack 'unbreakable' code in 1866 secret society manuscript

‘Android Dreams’: Time-lapse video of Tokyo set to ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack — In case you needed some cool in your morning.

Why Names Matter — SCIENCE! It works, bitches. And a serious discussion of the same issue.

Time – and brain chemistry – heal all wounds

Panel recommends that 11- and 12-year-old boys get the HPV vaccine; now given to girls — I have a question for all you folks who oppose the HPV vaccine because "oh noes, kidz and teh sex!" We're talking about lifelong protection here. Do you seriously want your children to grow up and never have sex? Stunted lives and no grandchildren is the logical result of your objections.

US dismantles most powerful nuclear bomb

NASA Is Considering Fuel Depots in the Skies

In, Through, and Beyond Saturn's Rings — Another awesome APOD photo.

Hardiness Zone Changes — More liberally biased facts about climate change. Which is ridiculous. Climate change wouldn't be a partisan issue if right wing ideologues hadn't made it one. I can even understand why evolution denial, as fundamentally moronic as it is, has become an issue. But climate change denial? It doesn't even make as much sense as Christianist tripe, which at least comforts some wilfully ignorant people who are scared of the future.

Rand retracts report on pot clinics and crimeThink tank says researchers failed to realize that data used in the study did not include LAPD statistics. It plans to recalculate its analysis. WHo'd a thunk it? Distortion and hysteria over pot use. I don't do 420 myself, but I've never seen the point of criminalization of pot.

Chart comparing Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party — Heck, yeah.

Goldman Sachs Global Rage Fund — Some seriously funny snark.

Islamic Law not a problem in Bush’s Afghanistan & Iraq, but a Problem in Libya?If secular, communist Afghanistan was made fundamentalist by Reagan and Bush, or if the relatively secular Baath Party of Iraq was overthrown by W. in favor of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq and the Islamic Call Party and the Bloc of Ayatollah Sadr II, that is unobjectionable and not even reported on. But if there’s a Democratic president in the White House, all of a sudden it is a scandal if Muslims practice Muslim law. Not a Democratic president, a Kenyan Muslim socialist president. Just ask our friends in the GOP and Your Liberal Media.

Televangelist Pat Robertson Calls GOP Field Too Extreme to Win General ElectionYou know you’ve hit rock bottom when one of the most radical, hate-spewing figures in America calls you “extreme.”

Michele Bachmann's misstatements may be catching up to herThe Republican presidential candidate's supporters seem to like her mastery of what she presents as facts — but they often aren't. Hey. Someone finally noticed.

?otD: Ralph or Norton?




10/26/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 217.4
Currently (re)reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

jay-bald_2

[cancer] State of the Jay

I'm at the quiet phase of chemo now. This cycle has managed to be free of dreadful physical side effects and complications, though I can't say so much for my mental and emotional state of the past week or ten days. I have felt better yesterday and today. But after a few more lunch dates, including a delightful one yesterday with [info]la_marquise_de_ and another today with [info]markbourne, I'm pretty much done with going out of the house for social purposes. Likewise, I already don't drive after 3 pm, and am about done with driving at all. (Neither the State of Oregon nor my physician has instructed me to stop operating a motor vehicle, this is merely my common sense talking based on my increasingly impaired situational awareness and reaction times.)

So I sit home, re-reading beloved books — currently the Discworld series in publication order — and watching things on Netflix streaming — currently Star Trek: Enterprise in Bakulavision. I expect to continue to become less interesting here on the blog over the next couple of months.

The next big thing is of course the CT scan on 11/7. The results of that will set the course of my life for the first three or four months of 2012 at a minimum. A lot of fear, a lot of worry on my part. We shall see.

For now, I sit and read.

sanguine-superb_fairy_wren

[personal] On living

The present life of man, O king, seems to me, in comparison of that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the room wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, whilst the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad; the sparrow, I say, flying in at one door, and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry storm; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, into the dark winter from which he had emerged. So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before, or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant. If, therefore, this new doctrine contains something more certain, it seems justly to deserve to be followed.

    — The Venerable Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, quoting Coifi of Northumbria, as cited in Wikiquote