October 10th, 2012


[links] Link salad eats ham and eggs for breakfast

Don't forget the Kalimpura ARC caption contest [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

Inside the Original Space Dive: Joseph Kittinger on 1960 Record JumpRecord-setter's personal account in classic National Geographic article.

Hacker cracks 4 million hotel locks with 'James Bond Dry Erase Marker'

Topology: The Secret Ingredient In The Latest Theory of EverythingCombine topology with symmetry and add a sprinkling of quantum mechanics. The result? A powerful new theory of everything.

Malala Yousafzai: The Latest Victim in the War on Children in PakistanThe Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a hideous attack on a young schoolgirl they deemed "an infidel" for championing her right to go to school. This is what you get when you try to rule society by scripture.

One in five Americans reports no religious affiliation, study says — A civil society less interested in rule by scripture can only be a change for the good.

Vaccines: opinions are not facts — This argument is every bit as stupid and pointless as the evolution argument, and doesn't speak well of our society or our educational system that we need to keep having it.

One In Ten Americans Think PBS Gets A Third Or More Of The Entire Federal Budget — And that's who Romney is talking to when he says he wants to kill Big Bird. Because critical thinking is a liberal scourge. The Texas GOP has said so. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Romney: Abortion not on my agenda — That would be what we call a "lie". Read your own campaign statements, Mittens. Or your party's platform.

The Romney Wave Isn't Abating Yet — Good for Romney, terrible for the country. And where are all of last week's GOP "poll truthers" now?

?otD: What did you have for breakfast?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (chemo fog)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (overslept due to chemo fatigue)
Hours slept: 7.5 (interrupted)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo


[photos] Your Wednesday moment of zen

Your Wednesday moment of zen.


Jet engine at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Center of the National Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport. © 2006, 2012, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

The current photo series is from my 'favorites' file, hence the dates jumping about

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[cancer] Trying to be smart

The skin condition, and the severe photosensitivity, from the combination of Vectibix and Doxycycline is driving me nuts. Too bad for me, I guess, as there's not a lot to be done about it.

Still, the fundamental issue of fatigue is the true killer of chemotherapy.

I made it through the workday okay yesterday. Went in about an hour early, left about an hour early and finished my workday from my hotel room. The Day Jobbe got my full commitment, but by the time I was done driving back and forth, I had nothing left. My friend D— dropped by the hotel after work with some Chinese food for dinner, and some groceries for me to graze on the rest of the week, which was very helpful. (She and her friend M— will be giving me some logistical support later in the week as well.)

But I hate feeling so trapped in my body. Spoons, baby, spoons. And Shedding Day did spill into yesterday as well. With luck, that's largely over, but foolishly I had a lunch yesterday which included a lot of cheese. I wasn't thinking about my cyclical post-chemo lactose intolerance.

Smart. Be smart. Be smart about sun exposure. Be smart about skin care. Be smart about energy use. Be smart about food intake. Be smart about resting. Be smart. Be smart. Be smart.

All of that while fatigue makes me stupid and peevish and less well equipped to be smart than ever.

Cancer: it's a lousy hobby.