June 2nd, 2013


[links] Link salad wakes up in the Midwest covered in clown makeup

Jay Lake: The Stars Do Not Lie — A Finnish review, which insofar as I can tell through the good offices of Google Translate is rather tepid.

Apple, betrayed by its own law firmLawyer-turned-"troll" started planning patent suit six days after iPhone launch. Because ethics!

Iron in Egyptian relics came from spaceMeteorite impacts thousands of years ago may have helped to inspire ancient religion.

A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay — These are so cool. I've never seen one.

Unapproved genetically modified wheat from Monsanto found in Oregon field — Sigh. As it happens, I think GMO panic is significantly overblown (unless you're also afraid of livestock breeding and crop varieties), but this isn't how it should work.

Study sees climate upside in greening arid regionsRising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a "fertilization effect" on plants in arid regions that has contributed to the flourishing of foliage there, Australian researchers report.

Shame on a Paddy — More on the Magdalen Laundries of Ireland, and Catholic apologist Bill Donohue. In case after all the high level pedophilia coverups you still somehow thought the Catholic Church was a force for good in the world.

Former chair of TX GOP: Grover Norquist is a Muslim because he has a beard — The conservative stupid, it burns. On the other hand, it's kind of fun to watch them eat each other's young.

Far-Right Extremists Chased Through London by Women Dressed as Badgers — Because we live in the future! (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

QotD?: Ever wear a pair of size 65s?

Writing time yesterday: 1.5 hours (revisions to "Rock of Ages")
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (feet hurt)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornadoes for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett


[tech|help] Recovering wire recordings?

O, mighty Internet brain....

A dear friend has discovered some wire recordings of his grandmother singing on the radio. He'd like to get those played back and converted into a currently usable format. In the rather wide community of tech enthusiasts and hobbyists that my social media footprint touches, do any of you have the capability to play and capture wire recordings? Or do you have access to facilities that do?

Let me know in comments or email, and I'll hook you up with my friend.


[cancer] Field Notes from Cancerland, midwestern BBQ edition

Regorafenib Side Effects

I've been taking the new medication for a week as of this morning. Side effects started showing up around this past Thursday, about four days in. The most noticeable is the early stages of hand and foot syndrome. Right now this expresses itself as a sharp heat intolerance in my hands and a mild heat intolerance in my feet. This makes it hard to take a shower. I am also experiencing soreness and pain at any pressure. This makes it hard to carry anything weighing more than a pound or two, as well as open jars and bottles, as my grip has already degraded almost completely. Not to mention walking is becoming painful.

I am at risk of becoming chair and bed bound from this, and of losing most of the use of my hands. I can cope with a fair amount of that, but not the loss of my ability to type, or read electronic and paper material.

I'm also becoming hoarse and losing my appetite, which are probably Regorafenib related as well. I expect pathological fatigue soon, though that hasn't appeared yet, and possibly a number of other issues.

This is only the beginning. I have seven more weeks of this regime before we evaluate progress with another CT scan. We'll see how sharply I decline over the coming weeks.

Return of the GI Follies

I am having GI issues which are almost the opposite of Regorafenib's stated side effects in that area. Things are binding up and slowing down in my lower GI. This is unusual for me, given the architecture my multiple surgical interventions have left me with. Erratic, fast and loose is far more my everyday experience. I'm not sure if this isn't just some transient dietary thing or what. We shall see.

Writing Progress

[info]garyomaha asked me yesterday over dinner if I was still working on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin. My answer was yes, but not right this moment. I've had multiple event interruptions in my writing (Gaslight Gathering, Nebula Awards Weekend, Rio Hondo) while being focused on the METAtropolis: Green Space project, that has a final due date in two weeks. Plus the "Hook Agonistes" collaboration with Seanan McGuire. I've actually been getting a fair amount of work done, but much of it has fallen under my generic category of WRPA (writing related program activities) rather than the advancement of wordcount on specific manuscripts.

Given the advance of both cancer and Regorafenib, I am very mindful of having a short fuse on all of this. I expect to be back on Original Destiny by this coming weekend, if not a bit sooner, and will be focused on that until I'm either done or am confronting an interruption too critical to power through.

Business Issues and Interviews

I've been pursuing several parallel tracks of business issues related to disability and estate planning. When those reach a point of fruition, I will discuss them here on the blog. Some things need to happen at their own pace, in confidence, before they can be outlined in any detail. That coping with cancer should involve Sekrit Projekts is both annoying and inevitable. On the plus side of Sekrit Projekts, The Oregonian will be running another in-depth interview with on Sunday, June 9th. I'll link to the online version of that interview when it becomes available.

Star Trek Into Darkness

This isn't at all cancer related, but it's interesting and entertaining. My recent comments on Star Trek Into Darknessimdb ] have provoked quite a set of responses.

Some are here and here on my blog, but the majority are on Facebook here and here. See also this thread on the Facebook page of Nikki Nmd which riffs on some of my remarks.

Fascinating, the range of reactions, not to mention the depth of passion behind those reactions.