February 13th, 2012

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[links] Link salad scans the horizon

The World of Charles Dickens, Complete With Pizza Hut — Uh, yeah. (Via my Dad.)

Storm Surge — Spider Robinson on his daughter's diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer. His daughter Terri on the diagnosis. (Via [info]shelly_rae.)

A History of Kids and Sleep: They Never Get Enough but Who’s to Say How Much They Need?

Neanderthal Demise Due to Many Influences, Including Cultural Changes

First Neanderthal cave paintings discovered in Spain

Seismic Metamaterials Could Cloak Dams and Power Stations — This reads like pure science fiction to me.

Humans helped wipe out African rainforest

While TIME readers in the rest of the world get a serious profile of a key figure in the Euro crisis, Americans get a cover story about animal friendships – the latest in American news distortion. — Your Liberal Media, hard at work.

Why gay marriage is inevitableWith more openly gay people and strong support for same-sex unions among the young, the war is over even as the fighting continues.

The Real Risks of Glitter Bombing — So violently harassing abortion providers and female patients is legitimate social protest, but throwing glitter at people is assault? If you're conservative, it all depends on who's on the receiving end. The Right needs to get get its head screwed on a little straighter.

Republicans undiscover fireThey got what they wanted. They got CEOs with no limits on their wealth. They got banks with no limits on their "creativity." They got trade agreements that guaranteed manufacturing could be moved to the dirtiest, cheapest, most desperate source available. They got massive cuts in capital gains taxes and equally large boosts in the wealth they could pass along in estates. They got everything they said would make us all wealthy. They got record oil and gas drilling. They got record giveaways of public land. They got everything they said would create jobs. They got the middle class to shoulder more, more, more of the burden so that those beautiful job creators would be free to work their magic.

?otd: CAT or PET?




2/13/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA, book review, short fiction revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (solid)
Weight: 234.2
Currently reading: Nekropolis by Maureen McHugh

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[cancer] Getting another scan today

Off shortly to get my quarterly CT scan and bloodwork. [info]mlerules is driving me because this stuff stresses me out so much.

I need to be scanned every three months because of the high likelihood of the return of the cancer. Let's just say I'm not a good bet for life insurance. So this is a necessary, even critical part of managing my health. But it's such a triggery moment, and the rest of my life hinges on each scan.

Sigh.

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[travel|repost] Open dinner in Denver on Thursday, 2/16

Repost: I'll be in Denver this week for Day Jobbery. As it happens I am free there the evening of Thursday, 2/16. So I'm declaring an open dinner, venue TBD but somewhere downtown. If you'd like to meet up — and it doesn't matter if you're an old friend or we've never met, or somewhere in between — please let me know in comments so I can get a headcount. I'll post a venue in the next day or two.

See some, all or none of you there!