June 25th, 2013


[links] Link salad suddenly explodes

Seeds of Change in a new edition — Edited by the mighty John Joseph Adams, includes a story by me, "The Future by Degrees". Plus new afterwords by each author. Check it out.

That's Not Victorian — A handy guide to *.punk subgenres in science fiction and fantasy. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

How far up a garden path can a Time Lord go? — Ah, headlines.

God, Jay Lake, and cancer — A friend who is a UMC pastor talks about his faith in the context of his views on my experience.

How Do Physicians and Non-Physicians Want to Die? — This has been a serious topic of discussion hereabouts lately.

Coast to Coast to Cure CancerBob and Eric's Bike Ride Across America. A fun and interesting fundraiser. (Thanks to Sheila Williams.)

Radio-Vision: 1925 — Back to the future.

Lumigrids — Wow, this is a cool lighting solution for bicycles. (Thanks to Lisa Costello.)

The untethered brain — Tamara Kaye Sellman on multitasking, the human brain and being a smart woman.

Plants 'do maths' to control overnight food supplies

The Other MexicansIndigenous people come from a world apart from Spanish-speaking Mexicans.

US Offensive Cyberwar PolicyWelcome to the cyberwar arms race, an arms race that will define the Internet in the 21st century. Sigh. (Via David Goldman.)

A Chinese Palace Crosses the Sun — Taikonauts for the win.

"Hail" reported in the western end of Singapore — Weather is not climate, but extreme weather can be a climate indicator. Amazing the lengths liberals go to for their climate change hoax: melting ice caps, causing hail in the tropics. (Via [info]danjite.)

What to Look for in the President’s Climate AddressObama will propose a climate plan, but his options are limited without congressional support.

Time Cover Story Wrongly Attacks Atheists for Not Helping Out Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes — Sorry, we atheists are too busy fomenting gay hate, denying women's access to healthcare and protecting pedophiles to do the good that churches do in the world. No, wait, I have that backwards. What do you know, another lie about atheists? (Via [info]shsilver.)

The Guileless 'Accidental Racism' of Paula DeenAmericans have condemned her and shamed her. But, looking at our history, what do we we expect? Ta-Nehisi Coates is both brilliant and chilling.

U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists — (Via [info]danjite.)

IRS Chief: Inappropriate Screening Included Search Terms ‘Progressive,’ ‘Occupy,’ ‘Israel’ — Another angry conservative narrative collapses in the face of actual facts. But generally that's what happens to conservative narratives.

How To Be A Dick 101If you ever wondered whether the conservative base of the Republican congressional monkeyhouse gives a damn about anyone else, the fact that they're planning to slow-play their own constituents on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ought to settle your mind for you handsomely.

Texas GOP Rep On Abortion: Women Get ‘Cleaned Out’ With ‘Rape Kits’ — Your Republican Party: because the willfully ignorant and mindlessly cruel need political representation, too.

QotD?: Were there phantoms, and fires by the road?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hour (day overwhelmed with busy-ness)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 247.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block persecuting conservative political groups on behalf of the IRS: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg; I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett


[photos] JayCon weekend

Here, finally, are photos from various sources of all the fun at JayFest and JayCon and times in between. Thank you to everyone who turned out and was a part of this.

Me at JayFest

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IMG_5449 © 2013 Emily Siskin
My family crew: Dad, (step)Mom, [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister), Mother of the Child, the Niece, and [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mother)

Photos © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr., B. Lake, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Emily Siskin, and David D. Levine. Except for photos by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. and B. Lake, all rights reserved to their respective creators, reproduced by permission.

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[cancer] Another oncology consultation, another bell curve skipped merrily past

Apparently I'm not good at fitting into bell-shaped curves. Not that this is a surprise to anyone. It's been true all my life, and continues to be true of my cancer journey.

Yesterday, Dad, Lisa Costello and I met with my oncologist to discuss my current bloodwork and status of my Regorafenib side effects. My liver functions were significantly improved. Everything else was pretty much in line. My doctor was quite pleased by that, as this is not the expected metabolic response to this medication.

We reviewed the side effects I have been experiencing from the Regorafenib. My oncologist was impressed with how I was handling the medication. Apparently I am literally the very first one of their patients on the drug to make it through the initial three-week series without having to reduce the dosage to manage overwhelming side effects.

So yeah, here's me, once more not conforming statistically.

Next steps: I have a followup for bloodwork and consultation on 7/10, my next CT scan and more bloodwork on 7/22, then another consultation on 7/24. At that point well be able to evaluate the drug's effectiveness, based on the trends in my tumor growth.

And of course I have to get through this next three-week tranche of the drug without being overwhelmed by the side effects.