June 11th, 2013

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[links] Link salad has ninety-nine problems

The Inkhorn Controversy — Ah, lexical change. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter, physicists sayOne physicist says he likes this theory because of “its simplicity, uniqueness and the fact that it can be tested.”

So What Do Women Want? — Interesting commentary on female sexuality and socialization from Feminist Mormon Housewives.

TSA Questions Chewbacca's Lightsaber — Because safety!

Government Secrets and the Need for Whistle-blowers — Some rather well-informed comment. (Via David Goldman.)

Anti-Imperialism and Conservatives — Rapping about Grover Cleveland. Now that is some old school politics.

Masters of Austerity and Deregulation: Dennis Lehane and Does the Tea Party GOP Want Another Molasses Disaster? — Speaking of old school. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark</em>.)

QotD?: Which problem ain't one for you?




6/11/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (WRPA)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block creating tornadoes for political distraction: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg

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[cancer] Yesterday's oncology consultation

Yesterday Lisa Costello, Dad and I met with one of the oncologists from my clinic. The topic of discussion was my response to the Regorafenib. I have been experiencing a number of side effects, including incipient mouth sores, a sore and swollen tongue, loss of appetite, emerging food aversions, lower GI disruption, disrupted sleep patterns, and hand-foot syndrome. We did some bloodwork beforehand which indicated largely normal blood chemistry, though my liver functions are trending poorly. Among other things, my bilirubin levels have doubled in the past month. The oncologist was unsure whether this was a function of my progressing tumors or a function of the Regorafenib, or both.

We discussed the extent of my side effects, and that I can expect them to get worse in the coming week. We have permission to go off the Regorafenib if any of this becomes unbearable. They thought I would see a plateau of side effects by the end of the second month.

Additionally, due to the mobility impairment from the hand-foot syndrome, I received the paperwork for a disabled parking permit. I need to pursue that with the DMV now, which should be simple enough.

I will be undergoing another round of bloodwork in two weeks, and seeing the oncologist at that time. Followup scan won't be until the second half of July.

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[conventions|repost] Announcing JayCon XIII - only four more days!

ETA: We will be having my living wake, the JayWake on Saturday, July 27th. This will be a celebration of my life and a giant flip of the bird to my death. Including both a wake and a roast. Watch this space for more details.

Every year, some people tell me that I need to announce JayCon early so they can get it in on their calendars. Every year, some people tell me I need to announce JayCon later, because they don't plan that far ahead. Sometimes, these are the same people. So starting now, and going on through the spring, I will be reposting this announcement with occasional edits or updates as needed.

In celebration of my natal anniversary, JayCon XIII, my 13th annual 37th birthday party, is Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. We're partying because I was born, and because I have beat cancer again and again and again we may not ever get to do this again.

If you can read this, you're invited. Prior JayCon experience not required.

Also, if you're coming from out of town, and you think I might not be aware of that, please contact me. There are some limited capacity extended festivities from Friday to Sunday.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
http://www.flying-pie.com/
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As is traditional for JayCon, Paul M. Carpentier is specifically not invited.