November 3rd, 2011


[links] Link salad struggles to post

Kirkus reviews Endurance — Essentially positive but still snarky in that special Kirkus way.

The Sudden Death of Film — Roger Ebert on format changes. Ebooks, anyone?

Apple developing 3D mapping? — This will make the iOS platform even more interesting.

Telling the Story of the Brain's Cacophony — The mind is a fascinating terrain. A lot of this article resonates for me given my current experiences with chemo brain. (Via my Dad.)

Tepco Detects Nuclear Fission at Damaged Fukushima Station

A Hot Wet Thousand Years and 10 Green Energy Stories to Avert it — Juan Cole with some perspectives on global warming.

GOP Freshmen On Medicare Attacks: Let’s Let Bygones Be Bygones — So it's okay for Republicans to attack Democrats on this issue, but it's not okay for Democrats to attack Republicans on this issue? What is this, "black, black, no tag backs!" day in Congress? Typical GOP thinking. We all know that forgiveness is at the heart of the conservative ethos, after all.

?otD: What do you do without your mouse?

Wriing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (fitful overnight)
Weight: 213.8
Currently (re)reading: Maskerade by Terry Pratchett


[cancer] Do not operate heavy machinery

When on chemo, do not operate heavy machinery. Such as a tea mug.

Yesterday, [info]mlerules was here at Nuevo Rancho Lake helping me With Stuff, and she made me a mug of hot chamomille tea with honey. Chemo brain put it down on the first available flat surface, which happened to be the touchpad of my MacBook Pro.

The damned thing hasn't worked right since. I've essentially shorted out my mousing surface until the condensation inside the case dries out, which makes doing anything on this computer a real nightmare. Hence the somewhat abbreviated Link Salad this morning.

It's not like I haven't had this exact problem before. Last summer, while staying at a friend's house, their cat got on my lap while I was using the computer and groomed my fingers and thumb so excessively that I unthinkingly got cat spittle all over the touchpad. It took the better part of a week to dry out from that. Having learned from that, you'd think I'd be smarter.

Of such small indignities is the world made. In the mean time, perhaps I need a touchpad cosy.