November 12th, 2011


[links] Link salad spills hot tea where the sun rarely shines

An Italian reviewer who doesn't like Mainspring so much — What amazes me is that he dismisses the book as "a pamphlet for intelligent design." Which is pretty much the diametric opposite of my intent for the text, in which I am mocking Intelligent Design. The story belongs to the reader, however much I may disagree with their interpretation of it.

Canary Islands Eruption: Undersea Volcano Now Just 70 Meters from Surface — It came from beneath.

Archeologists Discover Vampire Skeletons in Ireland — Or something. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Sunspot Castle — A lovely image from APOD.

Protesters occupy home facing foreclosureSlacktivist Fred Clark on a fascinating expansion of the Occupy movement. As the man says, If this becomes the next big wave of Occupy protests — fighting foreclosures house-by-house, then I can’t see the protesters losing the battle for public opinion, even if they don’t always defeat a particular foreclosure effort.

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS ProtestsMuch more than a movement against big banks, they're a rejection of what our society has become. (Via [info]tillyjane.)

Start-ups and Safety Nets — The United States ranks 23rd in business startups, specifically because of our lack of social safety net. The leader? New Zealand. Where a person can start a business without having to go without health coverage. Hardly the libertarian paradise so many on the Right long for.

Chart of the Day: Reagan Loved Tax Hikes

'Personhood' effort still alive after Miss. defeat — Apparently vicious, punitive vileness never goes out of style with the Family Values crowd. I think this is what Christianists call loving thy neighbor. Reason number 3,419 I'm not a conservative. I couldn't live with myself if I were on the same side as these lunatics.

Bushism vs. Conservatism — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on W. The self-serving narrative was a way of claiming that movement conservatives had somehow managed to remain principled and conservative while the Republicans they supported had gone astray. This weird idea that Bush was some kind of leftist is one of the more bizarre things I've heard wafting over from conservativeland lately. The Party cannot fail you, only you can fail the Party.

How to be a Retronaut

?otD: Did time stop for you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: n/a (too sick)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 211.2
Currently (re)reading: The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett


[cancer|conventions] Failing chemo, dropping by OryCon

Yesterday I failed out of chemo. Among other things, this means I'll drop by OryCon today, probably noon to three. I don't have a badge, so I'll be loitering in the public spaces of the lobby, and possibly signing stock in the dealer room if someone can get me in there.

As for the chemo, my potassium levels were pretty depleted, but my blood chemistry and immune system were otherwise on board. My oncologist's concern was that putting me through another round of infusion while my GI problems were still so very unsettled would likely land me in the hospital next week. An outcome to be avoided all around. So we've postponed to 11/18 for session nine of twelve. Which, since I had a 'skip' week coming up anyway due to Thanksgiving, doesn't change the November calender. They kept me in the center about four hours anyway, infusing me with some potassium solution and rehydrating me.

I'm still pretty unhappy about the change, because I want this over with so bad. And to add injury to insult, I spilled hot tea on myself this morning. I thought I'd given myself a first degree burn, but swift and lengthy intervention with an ice pack seems to have helped considerably.

Anyway, I may see some of you during my brief appearance at OryCon today. Otherwise laying low at home all weekend, still ill.