August 20th, 2013


[links] Link salad coughs the night away

HANNAH GREEN: Propelling Technology Through Fiction — A young journalist covers the Hyperloop, in part by interviewing SF writers, myself included.

What kills cancer patients — It's not what you think. But yes, this. One reason I've lived so long with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer is that these things have been done properly to, by, and for me.

Sprites over Nebraska — Some cool stuff! (Thanks to [info]threeoutside.)

Eating the AppleOn being baptized into a technological religion. Interesting piece from a Jesuit writer on technology as religion. (Via [info]mikigarrison.)

95% chance that humans caused global warming, new report says — Ya think? All those liberal "facts" and "data", and the overwhelming consensus of scientists with expertise in the field are all just liberal lies, after all.

While Your Child Is Still Alive: A Letter to Parents Who Aren't Ready to March in the Pride Parade I wish someone had told me what I did not know: that having a living, breathing gay child who challenged me and caused me to be uncomfortable and uneasy, and whose desires caused me to lose sleep at night because of fear and worry, was vastly, immeasurably, infinitely better than having a gay child who is dead.

Dundee boy, 3, dies after shooting himself in the head — Guns. More guns.

Ex-GOP Operative’s Cancer Struggles Make Him An Obamacare Supporter — How come it always takes a personal disaster to open a conservative's eye to human needs other than their own personal desires? As I keep saying, one of the defining characteristics of conservatism is a combination of lack of empathy and failure of imagination.

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidationThe detention of [Glenn Greenwald's] partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended. The UK government fights back against the Edward Snpwdem reporting. In an abusive and illegal manner completely consistent with the original charges. ([info]danjite.)

And No Warrants Shall Issue, Unless the King Says SoLowering the Bar on the Miranda detention.

Business groups aren’t too happy about Tea Party mania they helped unleashNational Journal’s Jill Lawrence has a good piece in which she interviews some of the top officials at these organizations, and finds they are shocked and dismayed by what they have wrought. You bought those idiot Republicans in office fair and square, guys. Welcome to the world we all have to live with them because of that empowerment of the Dunning-Kruger effect via Ayn Rand.

QotD?: Got sick?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (sick)
Weight: 246.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing conservatives to enroll in Obamacare: 0
Currently reading: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg


[personal] Still sick

This is easily the worst cold of my adult life. We're about twelve days in for me now, about six days on for Lisa Costello. In that time I've enjoyed fever, chills, nausea, chest congestion, deep/wet coughs, nasal congestion, sore throat, croaky voice, loss of appetite, under sleeping, oversleeping, bad sleep, headache, and eye ache. Plus some things I've surely forgotten. As well as the usual lower GI festivities which always bedevil my days. As we have become a plague house, one of our forthcoming visitors has rightly cancelled, and another is on notice.

I am somewhat on the mend, and consider myself upgraded to merely wretched and largely incapacitated. Which trust me, is a substantial improvement over recent days.

On the very down side, [info]danjite seems to have also contracted this horrible cold. So we've got it going on both sides of the world.

I for one blame New Zealand's national fetish for unheated bathrooms and bedrooms . Breathing cold, damp air all night makes it really hard for me, at least, to stay ahead of this kind of respiratory infection once it starts to set in.


[travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap - getting from Portland to Oamaru

On July 30th, we left for New Zealand. Through a combination of difficult circumstances, we arrived the evening of August 1st, after accidentally going to Australia and completely omitting July 31st, thanks to our friend the International Date Lune. I'll detail those experiences in another post. It's a long rant about travel and customer service which won't improve anyone's day to read.







On our much-belated arrival in Christchurch, NZ, [info]danjite and [info]khaybee met us at the airport. We ate there, then drove two and half hours through the night to Oamaru, home of Whitestone Cheese, Steampunk HQ, and the blue penguin colony.

Our route of travel that day. And the overall maps of the trip.

Next up: cheese and steampunk and penguins, oh my!

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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