September 13th, 2012


[links] Link salad for a Portland Thursday

The Inevitable Endgame — Interesting criticism of the music industry, and especially Amanda Palmer's independent funding process. (Via [info]danjite.)

Can’t Get You Out of My HeadThe history of advertising jingles, a truly American art form.

Firewatch 76 leading the Martin Mars — I have an utterly unreasonable love of flying boats.

How Jupiter might save Earth from devastating asteroid strikes

Weak measurements show quantum uncertainty is inherentResult clarifies role of measurement in the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Portland votes to add fluoride to its drinking water as opponents vow to stop the effort — This is the last major American city with unfluoridated water.

My GPS tries to kill me and the unexpected difficulties of international weddings — Cora Buhlert with a possibly unintentionally fascinating glimpse into international culture.

Univocal heteroglossiaLanguage Log is hilarious about the recent Baltimore Ravens/gay marriage kerfuffle, thanks to another moronic conservative politician.

Barney Frank Won’t Walk Back ‘Very Harsh’ Language On Gay Republicans

Romney Unaware Gay People Have Families, Feelings — Well, duh. He's a conservative. Severely conservative, or so I've been told. If conservatives could see gay and lesbian Americans as real human beings, they wouldn't be so rabidly and hatefully discriminatory.

A statement and a "film" — Roger Ebert on the statement from the US Embassy in Cairo that has so outraged Romney and the GOP due to the chronologically retroactive nature of conservative causality. Must be nice not to have to live in the reality-based community, because then you can be righteously angry about reversing cause and effect. (See here for a detailed description of the events, including Romney's shamelessly knowing lies about it. Long but worth the read if you have any interest in this issue.)

?otD: Yesterday or tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.5 (interrupted)
Weight: 235.0
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[cancer] More planning, staring into the barrel

Spent a fair amount of time yesterday preparing to meet with my attorney, meeting with my attorney, and following up on the meeting with my attorney. This included understanding the details of how my Last Will and Testament has changed, with respect to how my copyrights and intellectual property are handled. I'll detail this in a later post, but very briefly speaking, we've established a trust to manage the copyrights with [info]the_child as the beneficiary. This solves some issues with quirks of Oregon law regarding executorship, and also (probably) solves some long term posthumous issues around copyright inheritance and rights management. (Also, Lynne Thomas informs me that once we have some more details ironed out, she is supportive of me blogging about aspects of the archive agreement, especially including the ongoing open questions. So watch for that.)

As you might imagine, this did not put me in an improved frame of mind.

Today, Ace Jordyn is taking me for another CT scan. I'm not nearly as nervous about this one, given that we're just checking on an already well understood situation. This follow-up is required because of the time lag between the last scan and the beginning of treatment next week. So, another domino falls as I approach chemo. Tomorrow, port implant surgery.

Tonight will be my traditional pre-treatment family-and-friends dinner. That will be nice, even if the occasion is a bit morbid.

I continue to process. Some days are good, some days are bad. I'm also dreadfully behind on paperwork and correspondence. If you are expecting something from me and I have not acknowledged that, please feel free to reach out again.