July 27th, 2013


[links] Link salad is the place where they keep all the darkness you need

If love lasts forever... — Hahah.

Doctors say HPV vaccine is safe and "grossly underutilized" — Yeah, well. Anti-science idiocy for the win. Not.

Blue cells of death mark the end of a worm’s lifeDeath begins with an organized and consistent pattern of change.

The Power of Hidden Mutations, or Why I Wish I Bought a Fan — Some interesting reflections on evolution. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

North Pole melts, forms lake at top of the worldSanta flooded out? Researchers release shocking new images of a lake that has formed at the once-frozen North Pole. It really is astonishing to see what lengths liberals will go to for their global warming hoax.

Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation — Given that so many conservatives are so terribly bad about talking about sex with any notion of reality, one wonders why so many of them even manage to have children. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

xFlorida apartment complex shooting leaves 7 dead, including gunman — That daily reign of terror and death is a small price to pay for your Second Amendment rights, as any gun owner will tell you. God forbid we actually do something to prevent such violence, after all.

TxDOT: Some paved roads could return to gravel in oil patch — This is what low-tax conservative governance gives you: severe infrastructure degradation. (Thanks to BBB.)

Pentagon: Americans must give up Liberties to fight “enemies” but we won’t say who they are — One of my great disappointments is Obama is that this kind of thinking continues to prosper in the halls of government under his administration.

QotD?: Will you pay tomorrow?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 252.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block conducting Department of Justice investigations of white patriots: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg


[photos] Your Saturday moment of zen

Your Saturday moment of zen.


Dad (the US ambassador), Mother of the Child, and secret policeman/driver Dunkerjav at Naadam (sort of the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Fourth of July rolled into one national event), Outer Mongolia. Photo © 1992, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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[cancer] Seeing the Phase I trials coordinator

Yesterday, Dad, [info]mikigarrison, Lisa Costello and I met with the Phase I trials coordinator from the medical oncology group where I receive all my treatments.

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If I end up participating in a clinical trial at a remote site, my home hospital could potentially perform blood draws, but that other clinical monitoring would need to be done at the trial site. The doctor said that this would generally involve traveling to the trial site once or twice a month over the course of the study. They strongly encouraged the consideration of in-house studies at the NIH — both because they can be more "leading edge" because of their funding approach, and because they generally cover patient travel expenses. I definitely qualify as "scientifically interesting" at this point, due to both my increasingly lengthy survival with a relatively strong ECOG score (ie, apparent good health), and that this can be a plus in terms of getting into trials at places like the NIH.

(My thanks to [info]mikigarrison for taking notes and authoring this repost.)


[cancer] JayWake is today

Small Clockwork Departure You are invited to my pre-mortem wake and roast, a somewhat morbid, deeply irreverent, but joyous celebration of me. This is a time for celebrating my life, loves, and dark, twisted sense of humor. Bring your stories (hysterical, at my expense), your tasteless jokes, and any and all expressions gleefully macabre. Come party with the man who has never passed up the chance to poke cancer in the eye and laugh about it.

Today, Saturday, July 27, 6:PM - ?

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97220

We are deeply grateful to the Cascade Writers’ Conference who is gifting us with the cancellation of their Saturday evening programming so that their members can attend JayWake. In addition, they have offered the unused space for our celebration. We are humbled by their generosity.

We are also deeply grateful to Tom Doherty and Tor Books for their very generous support of JayWake,

Food and Libations:
There will be a buffet dinner for guests who RSVP. RSVP-ing tells us how many people to prepare for. Please email jaywakereg@gmail.com or reply to the Facebook event to RSVP. Donations will be accepted (but not required) to offset the cost of the meal.

The Roast will begin at about 7:30. Be warned: the jokes and stories contained herein will not only push the boundaries of good taste, they will leapfrog over the boundaries blowing a raspberry. This is not a time to say how I touched your life. This is a time to say how I touched you inappropriately. Please contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com for information on being a scheduled speaker.

We will be accepting donations to offset the cost of the meal and event. Use the PayPal button below, or contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you'd like to donate in another way.

T-shirts with a black and white line art version of the art below, by Howard Tayler, will be available. Contact jaywake.questions@gmail.com if you'd like to order one.

Planning to Attend?
If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to jaywakereg@gmail.com or at the Facebook event.

Clockwork Departure
Art © 2013 Howard Tayler. Reproduced with permission.

Questions? Email jaywake.questions@gmail.com.

This post is adapted from the JayWake page here.