August 9th, 2012


[links] Link salad has crossed the threshold, and it has overturned the order of the soul

Story Bone — Steve Buchheit with a brief, entertaining rant about the portrayal of dwarves in fantasy.

An interesting and largely civil discussion about firearms and society in the comments section of my post from yesterday on guns [ | LiveJournal ] — Mostly on the LJ side.

Disney Researchers Add Virtual Touch to the Real WorldA new computer interface can modify the feel of almost any surface—potentially adding a new dimension to games and augmented reality apps. This be some weird science.

Crystal-clear images from Mars rover thrill NASA scientists — Not to mention how the rest of us feel about it.

Curiosity landing site: the whole mess — Where all the hardware wound up.

Mike Bloomberg's Soda Ban and the Case for Paternalism — Ta-Nehisi Coates on food choices. Yes. This.

Disabled Spectator Arrested for Not Visibly Enjoying Olympic Event — This is in the UK, where civil rights in the American sense don't quite exist (nor do they here so much any more, but I digress). Still, a very weird story.

Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”You simply do not see specific, trans-regional trends in human subsistence in the archaeological record. People can live off everything from whale blubber to seeds and grasses. You want to know what the ideal human diet consists of? Everything.

Ancient skull deepens human-origins mystery — Warning: facts not valid for Young Earth Creationists.

Hey White Guys intro — An interesting video on race, gender and privilege.

What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory? — Man, I got nothing here. (Thanks to [info]seventorches.)

Bryan Fischer: Children Of Same-Sex Couples Must Be Saved Through ‘Underground Railroad’ Kidnapping — And conservatives wonder why the rest of America thinks they're nuts.

Dams, reservoirs are new global warming culprits — It will be interesting to see if this line of evidence pans out on further investigation.

No, Harry Reid is No Michele BachmannIt is difficult to find a better example of the strange mixture of paranoia, bad faith and self-pity that is behind so many conservative claims of media bias. This, in a nutshell.

Komen president resigning, founder shifting roles — Wow. I really am surprised. Conservative dishonesty rarely carries penalties for those in positions of senior leadership.

Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others — Juan Cole is sarcastic but accurate. Remember, according to the GOP, Real Americans with guns can't be terrorists. The DHS got in a lot of trouble with conservatives for stating the obvious in this regard.

?otD: What did they mean when they said "repent"?

Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 236.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski


[cancer] More with the coping

I continue to be stretched very thin. I do okay when nothing is particularly troublesome, but even minor annoyances balloon into huge, angry-making irritants right now. I'm a magnificent example of a pulsating stress ball at the moment.

Thankfully I retain enough self-awareness to be able to know what's happening when it happens. Two minor issues at the Day Jobbe yesterday really got me going. I managed to control myself sufficiently so as not to spill the stress over into either of those situations.

I hate this. I hate this feeling of loss of control. A large part of the reason why I am a very moderate drinker (even without liver issues in play) is that when I am much past tipsy, I lose the ability to fully self-moderate. (Luckily I am a mouthy, flirty drunk rather than an angry or mean drunk — many of my friends claim not to be able to tell the difference between drunk me and sober me.) This cancer stress is a similar situation, except I can't just sober up and get over it.

It's not that I'm a particularly controlled person. Nor am I low affect. As anyone who knows me in real life can attest, I am quite emotional, almost always in socially appropriate ways. I approach the world with passion and interest and engagement. But when stress churns my emotional ground state from happy, optimistic sensuality into peevish irritation, I become someone I really don't want to be.

In the litany of things cancer has stolen from me, a week or so of moderate irritability pre-scan doesn't even make the top ten. Probably not the top twenty. But this mood of mine is like a postcard from hell. "Having a fiendish time, sure you'll be back soon."

Fuck cancer.


[polls|food] The One True Pop-Tart poll results

Last night at 9:23 pm Pacific, I declared the One True Pop-Tart poll to be over. I left the poll open in case anyone else wants to drop by, but here is the winning screen shot:


Frosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon wins by a nosehair over Frosted Strawberry, 97 votes to 93, with a total of 254 votes cast.

I do believe this was my post popular poll ever. Jersey Girl in Portland and I will have to review the comments to identify our favorites, and determine an appropriate prize. My thanks to everyone who participated.

As for the original issue? I am pleased to say that my pick prevailed, as I am a Frosted Brown Sugar and Cinnamon aficionado. Jersey Girl in Portland favors that strawberry crap. Though in all fairness, it was pretty much a dead heat throughout the life of the poll.

Clearly we are a nation divided.