March 1st, 2013


[links] Link salad heads for the airport

Bastard Giveaway: Kalimpura by Jay Lake

From Inspiration to Execution — Art guru James Gurney quoting Robert Louis Stevenson.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon (Portland, OR) — A fun local convention is looking for a little Kickstarter help.

The Google Glass feature no one is talking about — A contrarian view of the Next Big Thing. (Via [info]danjite.)

Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Handling Luggage Problems, From Damage to Delays

Same Genetic Basis Found in 5 Types of Mental Disorders

Human sexuality is naturally promiscuous, primarily amorous — I know nothing, I say nothing…

Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link

On Purposely Getting Arrested, to Get Life-Saving SurgeryAny patient with end stage liver disease who does not have insurance (and is not eligible for Medicare) has the option of trying to qualify for state-funded Medicaid (which includes demonstrating both poverty and disability), stealing moisturizing cream from a department store, or dying. Best healthcare system in the world, yep. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

After Benedict: Religions have to Democratize if they are to Survive

Van school worker shot during gun training class — Clearly what we need is more guns. What could possibly go wrong? (From various sources.)

Back in 19 and 70… — Tea Party idiocy (or more likely, willful ignorance) on the subject of the minimum wage.

QotD?: Is it a bird? is it a plane?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 new words of draft on the current nonfiction project, to 6,900.)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf courses to concentration camps: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett


[travel|cancer] Going to Texas

Warm winds blowing
Heating blue sky
And a road that goes forever
I'm going to Texas

    — Chris Rea, "Texas"

Last night I had a pretty deep emotional crash. It wasn't particularly demonstrative, more of a withdrawal than an explosion. Lisa Costello was very patient with me. This is scanxiety of course, me fearing next Tuesday's CT scan. Now I know every single time they look inside me, I'm playing Russian roulette as we hunt for the next round of metastasis. This is the reality of my mortality being delivered in two-month packages. It chills my heart and sears my soul.

To that end, later this morning Dad, Lisa and I are going to Texas. The goal of course is next week's oncology second opinion appointments at M.D. Anderson. But we're going to visit my old home of Austin, eat at the Salt Lick and Chuy's Hula Hut, visit with Donnie Reynolds and his lovely spouse, see my Aunt V—, and generally take the old home tour. (For those unaware, I am a seventh generation by descent, and lived in Austin from 1982 to 2000.) Also, while in Houston, we'll be seeing my Aunt B— and Uncle L—.

We'll be there through Thursday, with the main appointments Tuesday and the Open Dinner Wednesday [ | LiveJournal ]. There's a possibility they'll ask me to stay on for more tests or some treatment protocols, we shall see. Also, with any luck, I'll have the clinical analysis of my genome available prior to the consultations in Houston.

For now, I take to the skies with people I love.


[events|cancer] In which I am speaking at Portland's inaugural Nerd Nite

On Tuesday, March 26th, I'll be part of Portland's inaugural Nerd Nite. Three short talks by people with knowledge and experience in different aspects of life and science. 7 pm at the Mission Theater in NW Portland.
  • Who Turns You On? with L. Kris Gowen, PhD

  • Predicting the FUTURE! with Anders Liljeholm

  • Cancer, Baby, Won’t You Hurry Up My Chimney Tonight? with Jay Lake

Here's the description of my talk:
Fantasy and science fiction writer Jay Lake has been living with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer for five years and is considered incurable. He talks about the diagnostic process, the experience of life with the disease, and most importantly (to science geeks), the perils and payoffs of being one of the leading edge patients for whole genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool.

If you're in or around the Portland area that day, come on by and listen in! There's beer and everything.