October 28th, 2012


[links] Link salad looks forward to a needle-free Sunday afternoon

Gangnam Style for Math Nerds — Hahahah. (Via [info]tillyjane. a/k/a my Mom.)

Sandy forming into a rare hybrid storm — I hope all my East Coast friends can stay safe, warm and dry.

A Google Employee Walks Into a Bar — We've heard this before.

Dinosauroids revisited, revisitedTetrapod Zoology on smart dinosaurs. Good story fodder.

Dismantling — A fascinating piece on quarries from BLDGBLOG.

How Paintballs Could Save Earth from Giant Asteroid Impact

The Deferred Dreams of Mars — We'll happily spend a trillion dollars off budget to fight a decade-long war of choice launched under knowingly false pretenses, but contribute to scientific progress? Now that's leadership.

A tale of two healthcare plans

Mourdock, Conception, and Theodicy — Yes. This. In simpler terms, you are responsible for the consequences of your beliefs. This is true in religion, in private gun ownership, in muscular foreign policy, in evolution denial. All those comforting -isms that drive conservative thought have terrible consequences which very few conservatives will even acknowledge, let alone take ownership of.

God Does Not Intend Rape. Ever. — If you believe in a God who makes rape a part of any woman's plan, ever, then you are sad, disgusting little immoral human being who serves a sad, disgusting little immoral god, and neither of you have any place in decent society. (Via @scalzi.)

The real Republican rape platformIt's no accident GOP candidates can't stop talking about rape: the party view is women are mere vessels subject to men's will. A British take on the obvious.

Medley of Grey-Faced Republican Men on Duty of Raped Women to Bear the Child (Video) — Because men don't generally get raped, and none of them who do get pregnant. The white conservative view of this would be very different if those things were true.

Romney: 'Some Gays Are Actually Having Children. It's Not Right on Paper. It's Not Right in Fact.' — Mmm. Compassionate conservatism.

Candidates flee East Coast as Frankenstorm takes Revenge for their Ignoring Climate Change

Ronald Reagan Made A ‘First Time’ Voting Joke 32 Years Before Lena Dunham Did — Ah, but when a white conservative man makes the joke, it's funny. When a liberal-progressive woman does, it's disgusting. Have you people learned nothing from the Tea Party view of Obama?

The Story (on Racial Attitudes) That Obama and Romney Don't Want You to Read

A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote to deny care to the sick — That's not partisan spin. That's simple truth. The partisan spin comes in if you believe those healthcare cuts and changes are a necessary step to other perceived long term benefits. Republicans believe that the so-called "job creators" should have unfettered financial freedom to play their role in the economy, and that means others must sacrifice to support and enhance the rich.

?otD: Ow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (chemo)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (eight hours fitful overnight plus napping)
Weight: 228.0
Currently reading: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold


[cancer] Chemo series three, session three, day three

3-3-3. Chemo chemo chemo.

I was unusually active and alert yesterday. I appear to be paying for that this morning, after a short (for chemo) night's sleep. Not miserable, just slower and goofier than normal for this early, even on a chemo day.

S— was over yesterday, helping [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my Mom) and Lisa Costello. Some good practical advice was had, and she worked with [info]the_child to significantly advance the ball on photodocumenting the Bells for Jay project, so I can get a thank you post up soon. [info]the_child had also shot a lot of photos, which no one had told me, so there's a lot of duplicates. There is a pretty full Flickr set up now, though not yet properly annotated.

The Niece was over yesterday as well for quite some time. We enjoyed a Thai dinner (even I had some), and there was lots of this-and-that going on around me. We finished out the evening with a rewatch of My Neighbor Totoroimdb ], which I continue to believe that is hands down the sweetest movie ever made. By the time the movie was done, so was I.

Off the pump around 1 or 1:30 today, then I'll be laying low the rest of the day as usual.

Passim, I also note with some amusement that a good portion of the "I don't/haven't/won't ever use Apple products" comments in my post about closed computing ecosystems yesterday [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] boil down in part to "I don't want to be one of those people" in reaction to Apple marketing and social perceptions of Mac users.

Sort of how I feel about not listening to country music, I guess. Whatever motivates you.