December 3rd, 2012


[links] Link salad fuddles into Monday

Do Robots Rule the Galaxy? — Ironically enough, I'm currently reading Neptune's Brood by Charlie Stross.

British company claims biggest engine advance since the jet — A hybrid air breathing rocket, basically. Important for re-usable space planes. (Via [info]danjite.)

Leaping Into the Gesture-Control EraTechnology that accurately tracks finger motions could revolutionize desktop and mobile computing. I suspect I'll always be a keyboard dinosaur.

Experimental treatment for PTSD: Ecstasy

Man Charged With Aggravated Weirdness — Ah, Oregon.

Doubling Down on Climate Change DenialOh, those wacky professional climate change deniers! Once again, they’ve banded together a passel of people, 90 percent of whom aren’t even climatologists, and had them sign a nearly fact-free opinion piece in the Financial Post, claiming global warming isn’t real. It’s an astonishing example of nonsense so ridiculous I would run out of synonyms for “bilge” before adequately describing it. Climate change denialism has become as silly and intellectually untenable as evolution denialism, but with far more dangerous consequences.

Climate Negotiations falter at Doha as CO2 Emissions Push Earth toward 1400-year Storms — That would be storms that last 1,400 years, not storms that come every 1,400 years. Would that be long enough to convince a Republican we have a climate problem? I doubt it. As Upton Sinclair said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." Or when his most cherished faith and ideology depends upon his not understanding it.

The Lesson Romney Can Teach the Republican Party — Conservative commentator Daniel Larison on Money Boo Boo's failures of character and principle.

?otD: To sleep, perchance to dream?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 13.0 hours (11 hours fitful plus napping)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (on chemo)
Weight: n/a (forgot to weigh)
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching evolution to children and redistributing wealth: 0
Currently reading: Neptune's Brood by Charlie Stross


[cancer] Sleep

I'm slipping into that phase of chemo where I sleep a lot, and drowse a lot. It doesn't quite overwhelm me, in that I can shake myself awake and do things, but left to my own devices, I tend to drift off. Eleven, twelve, thirteen hours a day.

I feel like an elderly cat, dozing twenty hours per day. And I hate it.

In my normal health, I fall asleep quickly, sleep hard, and bounce out of bed about six hours later. I run like gangbusters eighteen hours a day, slowing down a bit in the last few hours. It's what I do. It's who I am. And even then, I'm down for 2 am nookie or an early morning road trip or whatever.

Not now. Not me. Not anymore. Chemotherapy is the mistress of my fatigue, and I am caught in its bondage. The hours of my day are stolen from me by a thief as meticulous as any embezzler ever was. I will never get them back.

(And yes, I know full well sleep is the great healer. Please spare me the platitudes. It heals, and I accept that, but reject this thievery of the days of my life.)