April 12th, 2013

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[links] Link salad hangs out in San Antonio

Message from a Patient: Whole Genome Sequencing Not Clinical YetMendelspod interviews me and Dad in a podcast.

Surgery mid-birth saved baby Lake — Wait, what? (Via David Goldman.)

After ChemoResearch into how the brain suffers as a result of chemotherapy is revealing potential avenues for ameliorating cognitive decline.

Beatles 3000 — A millennial retrospective. Hahaha. (Via [info]scarlettina.)

Bingham Landslide — Wow.

NASA Mars Orbiter Images May Show 1971 Soviet Lander

Hacking an Airplane With Only an Android Phone — Hoo boy.

The Hard Truth about Economic Inequality that Both the Left and Right Ignore

Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their Emails — Because we Americans are the highly principled defenders of freedom and the rule of law.

In the story of Noah, climate change is humans’ faultSlacktivist Fred Clark with a progressive religious perspective on the latest conservative idiocy.

Fox's Disability Insurance Fraud "Shocker" Falls Flat — The conservative view of social programs as some kind of cornucopia of largesse is just bizarre, not to mention profoundly counterfactual.

QotD?: Been to the Riverwalk?




4/12/2013
Writing time yesterday: 2.0 hours (1,500 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin), 1.0 hour of editing work on METAtroplis: Green Space)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 0.0 (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing Agenda 21 by closing down golf courses: 0
Currently reading: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

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[events] Having fun at Paradise Lost

I'm in San Antonio at Paradise Lost. @dratz drove us down from Austin yesterday, me, Mrs. @dratz and sparCKL. Most of the crew rolled in by early evening, and we had a good (if horridly noisy) dinner at The Esquire in downtown San Antonio. Some great late night talk about cancer, healthcare and publishing. Lots of old friends here and a few new, including disapproving coyote:

Disapproving coyote disapproves

I have a media interview this morning, lunch with @lynnemthomas, and some writign time scheduled for today. There's a wine and cheese party tomorrow, for which I am the cheese shopper.




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[cancer] Field notes from Cancerland, San Antonio edition

Podcast

Yesterday, Mendelspod put up a 20+ minute podcast interview with me and Dad about cancer and the Whole Genome Sequencing. We listened to it in the car on the way down from Austin. I had a terrible cold the day we recorded it, and don't sound like myself at all. Still, my comments were clear and cogent for the most part. Worth a listen if you're following along here for the cancer news.

Dreams

Had a difficult dream last night which was a somewhat metaphorical review of the thoughts I've been having lately about the likely imminent wind down of both my writing career and my life as a whole. Specifically, the casting off of things both virtual and real. That intersects with my discussions with @lynnemthomas about the archiving process and how my mortality inflects that. Plus a lot of difficult thoughts about this week's cancer news were creeping in.

Time

I am running out of time. If the cancer news is as seems likely, I'll be back in full treatment before the end of May. That means by the end of June or so, I'll probably never leave my house again in my life except for medical points and a few very constrained social engagements. This also means that I have around two months of productive writing time left in my entire life. There is nothing surprising about this, given the trajectory we've been on since the January discovery of all those additional tumors during surgery, but it's still horrifying, depressing and disappointing. I have a lot more to say about this, but my thoughts haven't coalesced coherently yet. Plus we're still shooting in the dark until the May 7th scan.

Being Out in the World in My Writer Persona

Per the above, my opportunities to infest the wider world with my writer persona are likely very limited. I'm terribly pleased to be here at Paradise Lost, and to be going to the Nebula Awards Weekend, but I'm also having a sad and greedy end of the party feeling. My sense of impending loss is huge right now, but I'm also savoring every minute I can of this.