September 15th, 2012


[links] Link salad recovers from surgery

Now Begins Operation Jay — Scott Lynch is generous and slightly scary. Thank you.

My short story "Spendthrift" will be in the forthcoming anthology Coins of Chaos

Surviving the World on steampunks

Top Ten Likely Consequences of Muslim anti-US Embassy Riots

Occupy movement turns 1 year old, its effect still hard to defineSince Occupy Wall Street sparked a nationwide movement, no broad tangible result has emerged. To stay relevant, must it involve politicians?

O'Reilly's Accidental Support For Planned Parenthood Funding — More of that justly famed conservative intellectual consistency.

Kansas Goes Birther: State Board Considers Removing Obama From Ballot — The unswerving conservative commitment to representative democracy, political fairness and intellectual honesty continues.

Obama by the Numbers — Some serious neepery about the metrics of the current presidency.

Joining the Reality-Based Community My old Republican worldview was flawed because it was based upon a small and particularly rosy sliver of reality. To preserve that worldview, I had to believe that people had morally earned their “just” desserts, and I had to ignore those whining liberals who tried to point out that the world didn’t actually work that way. I think this shows why Republicans put so much effort into “creat[ing] our own reality,” into fostering distrust of liberals, experts, scientists, and academics, and why they won’t let a campaign “be dictated by fact-checkers” (as a Romney pollster put it). It explains why study after study shows … that avid consumers of Republican-oriented media are more poorly informed than people who use other news sources or don’t bother to follow the news at all. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Mitt Romney’s Best-Known Mormon Critic Tells it All. One Last Time.

Erasing the Iraq War from Republican Party History — Amazingly enough, most conservatives seem to have forgotten that their party leadership launched a trillion dollar way of choice on knowingly false pretenses. Or else they blame it on Obama. This is akin to thinking that the Bush administration "kept us safe".

?otD: Cut up much?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (surgery)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.75 (interrupted)
Weight: 236.6
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[cancer|photos] The week in pictures

It's been such a crowded, difficult week that I haven't really kept up with the news and information as well as I normally prefer to. For those playing along with the home game edition of "Where's Jay?", here's some deets.

Tuesday, Ace Jordyn and I flew back from Baltimore after a tearful good-bye with Lisa Costello. (I still owe posts on our visits to the Space Telescope Science Institute, and to Goddard Space Flight Center.) On our return, I was presented by my parents with the new super duper powered chair, a Luxury-Lift from La-Z-Boy. I am now calling this the Big Chair.

Me with the Big Chair, on my return from Baltimore; photo by Ace Jordyn

Wednesday, Ace and I had lunch with [info]kenscholes.

Ace Jordyn and [info]kenscholes at lunch this past Wednesday

That afternoon, Mother of the Child and I met with our attorney a while concerning estate planning and copyright inheritance issues.

On Thursday, I went back in for a CT scan. As a result of the scan, we determined that my tumors (Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld) had grown 20% in the three weeks since the last scan. My oncologist is not particularly alarmed, but this is why we're going chemo again next week.

Me getting prepped for my CT this past Thursday

Thursday night, my friends and family assembled for my traditional pre-treatment party. That was a lot of fun, and it was good to see some of my closest Portland home boys and girls.

Thursday night's pre-treatment party with family and friends

Friday, Mom and Dad took me up the hill to the OHSU main campus for the port implant surgery. Ace came along as well.

Me, pre-op on Friday morning; photo by Ace Jordyn

I spent the rest of yesterday in the Big Chair. Ace and [info]the_child
made dinner.

[info]the_child cooking with Ace Jordyn, one of Jersey Girl in Portland's recipes; photo by Ace Jordyn

The finished product, photo by [info]the_child

All in all, a good week, but with plenty of busy-ness and thoughtful sadness.

Some photos as noted © 2012 Ace Jordyn, used with permission.

Other photos © 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and B. Lake.

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[culture] Again with the meds

You know the old problem of why hot dogs are ten to a pack but buns are eight to a pack? One thing I've noticed in medicine is a tendency to do that sort of thing with prescription drugs.

I had port implant surgery yesterday. I was given two Vicodin in the hospital during recovery. I was also given a Vicodin prescription for pain management at home. Since returning to Nuevo Rancho Lake from the hospital, I have taken exactly two more Vicodin. I am highly unlikely to take any further pills, and if I do, it will be one or two at the most.

My prescription is for fifty pills.

What the hell do I need fifty Vicodin for? Even if I were dreadfully pain-sensitive and tanking up on the damned things at every conceivable opportunity, that's a significant oversupply. Given my pain tolerance and my aversion to opiates, this is a multi-year ration of pills.

I don't really care. I just find it weird. And this kind of oversupply must be a contributing factor to healthcare cost overruns, however small it might be. So what is up with giving me fifty of these things?