May 29th, 2013


[links] Link salad is back at the keyboard once more

Temas en La ciencia ficción (XIII): El clockpunk

Eefing — Huh? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Would Smell As Sweet: Geo-popularity of Given Names — Apparently I dwell in Sophialand.

Vintage embalming supplies

xkcd on crank cancer cures — You must read the mouseover.

Centuries-old frozen plants revivedPlants that were frozen during the "Little Ice Age" centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say.

Wanted for the Internet of Things: Ant-Sized ComputersA computer two millimeters square is the start of an effort to make chips that can put computer power just about anywhere for the vaunted “Internet of Things.”

Data Won the Election. Now Can It Save the World? — Mmm. Big Data.

The Arctic Ice “Death Spiral”

Why do Muslims keep having to explain themselves?We hate Islamicist brutes more than any outsiders ever could.

Naming the Perpetrator: Language and “Violence Against Women” — Oddly, I was just thinking about this recently, in the context of cringing at the kind of jokes we found acceptable in my middle school years ca. 1977-1979.

The Obamacare Shock So yes, it does look as if there’s an Obamacare shock coming: the shock of learning that a public program designed to help a lot of people can, strange to say, end up helping a lot of people — especially when government officials actually try to make it work.

American exceptionalism is a dangerous mythMove beyond Tea Party lies and phony patriotism. This Memorial Day, let's remember our history honestly.

Supreme Court lifts time limit on some 'actual innocence' appealsIn a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court removes the one-year limit on federal appeals for prisoners who can make a 'convincing showing of actual innocence.' Because to court conservatives, your right to be railroaded by police and prosecutors is far more important than your innocence.

Rep. Bachmann will not run for reelection in 2014Bachmann, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, said her decision to leave office in 2014 also was not influenced by an ongoing federal investigation into allegations of financial impropriety in her presidential campaign. I'm amazed. I thought the Dunning-Kruger ticket was invincible within the Republican base.

CIA Whistleblower who revealed Torture is still in Jail; Torturers walk Free — Just in case you somehow believe that Obama is a good guy. This is Bush-grade political cowardice.

QotD?: Did you miss me?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (computer logistics)
Hours slept: 5.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 248.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block scamming disaster aid slush funds: 0
Currently reading: Thud by Terry Pratchett


[cancer] Field notes from Cancerland, post-CT edition


I will be making a full post on this, probably tomorrow, but planning for the JayWake continues apace. Event details are here, and there's a Facebook event page as well. This will be Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Holiday Inn Portland Airport, in space generously donated by Cascade Writers. This is your chance to participate in my Official Good-bye. After all, I've always wanted to go to my own funeral.


Generosity continues unabated. Gaslight Gathering raised a substantial amount of money for me, led by Val Ontell and Anastasia Hunter, with special thanks to auctioneer Dave Rodger. BayCon did it again two weeks later. Again, my profound thanks to Michael Siladi, Caradwen Braskat Arellanes, and auctioneers Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin. And most especially my profound gratitude to everyone who contributed to each of those auctions.


Money flows in, money flows out. An unattributed accident at my house recently caused my MacBook Air to be literally flooded with water unbeknownst to me. I discovered this probably two or three hours after the fact. The old machine was well and truly bricked. I spent much of yesterday afternoon at the Apple Store's Genius Bar where they confirmed that yes, it was well and truly bricked. Luckily the solid state drive hadn't been fried out along with the batteries and motherboard, so we were able to recover my up-to-date data. This has set me back almost $2,000, including a like-for-like replacement Macbook Air, AppleCare for the new machine, and some new software licenses for several packages somehow hard-keyed to the old machine.

Friends and Family

I flew back from Rio Hondo, arriving home about midnight Sunday. Monday a number of us gathered at the house, including Lisa Costello and [info]the_child, as well as [info]mlerules, Team E— [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister), the Niece, [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom), and for a little while, Mother of the Child. Speaking of generosity, my friends in the Omaha Beach Party had sent me an Omaha Steaks party pack, so Jacob cooked up a feast. Great progress was made in clearing the last of my dead storage boxes, sorting through the remaining loose filing, getting rid of a bunch of Goodwill and recycling stuff, and returning some stray postal bins. I now need to find a local friend or fan to be my Powell's runner to help with some book reselling.

The New CT Scan and My Friend Regorafenib

I'll post a full report shortly, but the new CT scan yesterday was discouraging in unsurprising ways. I am coping with that as I cope with everything on this journey: incrementally and verbosely. This was of course intended to baseline my tumor status so we can properly evaluate the effectiveness of the Regorafenib I started taking this past Monday. Each CT scan is like a road sign telling me how far I have to go to my final destination. A person could develop an aversion, I am telling you.


[cancer] The new CT scan

Yesterday I received another CT scan. This one is intended to baseline my tumors in order for us to evaluate the effectiveness of the Regorafenib in eight weeks' time. The results were discouraging but not surprising. Moderate tumor growth in my liver, active tumor growth in my peritoneum, and the tumors in my lungs doubled while also spreading. In three weeks.

Here's a little chart I made comparing the two scans, three weeks apart. It tells the story:

LungsTwo adjacent 2 to 3-mm nodules within the right lower lobe6-mm left lower lobe nodule
  4-mm right lower lobe
  Cluster of nodules right lower lobe, largest 6 mm
LiverLeft hepatic margin of resection recurrent tumor 17 by 25 mm, previously 10 mm.Multiple hepatic metastases, index lesions:
 More inferior lead along the left hepatic margin of resection, plaque-like soft tissue along staple line measures 7 x 18 mm2.5 cm in segment 5/6
 Wedge resection cavity in inferior right lobe measures 3 by 3.8 cm1.7 cm in segment 6
 Along the deep margin, multiple new developing hypoattenuating satellite nodules, including 17-mm nodule and 21-mm nodule2.4 cm, along with left hepatic resection margin
 New subcentimeter right lobe metastases 
 Additional foci of contracting subcapsular hypoattenuation, medial inferior right lobe, representing additional wedge resection sites 
PeritoneumDeveloping omental masses/implants, left upper quadrant up to 4.9 by 2.5 cmExtensive peritoneal implants, index lesions:
  4 x 3.1 cm
  5.4 x 2.3 cm
  6.1 x 1.7 cm

Time slices spiral
X-ray eyes peer inside me
Where my death expands