December 31st, 2012


[links] Link salad has nothing witty to say

Architect builds house inspired by 'The Hobbit'; Stone cottage is homage to works of J.R.R. Tolkien and his creations — Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

Expert: Champagne cork can put an eye out — All I can think of is A Christmas Story.

Massive comet will shine brighter than the moon, say astronomersA massive two-mile-wide comet will be visible from Earth in late 2013, possibly appearing brighter than the moon during November and December, according to astronomers.

Nuclear history bibliography, 2012 — A blog of weird, true life stuff that will give you paranoia. (Via Pharyngula .)

Single-molecule motor sits on a single-atom ball bearing — For when it absolutely, positively has to be very tiny. This is cool.

This 15-Year-Old Kid May Have Just Saved Your LifeA fifteen-year-old boy named Jack Andraka has developed a cheap, easy and highly accurate paper sensor for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Christianists apparently can't do math — Hahahahah. (Via both [info]danjite and [info]controuble.)

Guns in the Home Do Not Deter Crime“[M]ost children, older adults, and women are murdered at home. A gun in the home is a particularly strong risk factor for female homicide victimization.” Your guns do not make me safer. According to the data, they do not make you safer, either, despite the cherished beliefs and power fantasies of the gun culture in America.

The Republican's 'Biggest Priority' — Ya think? Judge them by their own words and deeds, not their high minded soundbites. Last time I checked, the GOP's highest priority was making sure Obama was a one-term president. How'd all that obstructionism work out for you guys, anyway? Did it help the country or the American people in any way?

?otD: Do you?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (30 minutes on the stationary bike)
Weight: 210.8
Number of FEMA troops on my block teaching critical thinking to the children of conservatives: 0
Currently reading: The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks


[cancer] A very bad day

A very bad day yesterday.

Cancer is a social disease. It affects everyone in the patient's circle. In my experience, the mental and emotional pressures of cancer can be just as great or greater for family, friends and caregivers as they are for the patient. There are scars in many more places than my body.

It's a road I walk alone, until the cloud is either lifted or descends to envelop me permanently. But the shadow of my disease is long, and blocks many other people's roads. Their stories are their own to tell, or not, as they please.