August 26th, 2013


[links] Link salad leaves the temple in a Fury

F CancerFlipping the Bird at Cancer is Just What the Doctor Ordered. In which I am extensively quoted.

A Place To Talk About Death And Dying, Cake And Tea Served — (Thanks to [info]scarlettina.)

Stem cells turned into cancer-killing immune cellsIn cases where immune therapy works, it could allow mass production of treatment. (Via Michael Fay.)

A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later — What has finally become of Henrietta Lacks. (Via my Dad.)

Libations for the Dead: "Lekythoi" at The Ashmoleoan Museum, Oxford — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

When Pigs Fly, Crayfish Whistle, and It Snows Red Snowflakes — When the first of Never comes. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary You aren’t alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries. (Thanks, I think, to [info]garyomaha.)

Peacock Spider — I never thought of arachnids as cute, but this is. (Via David Goldman.)

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World — (Via [info]willyumtx.)

Beer Can House — Because beer! (Thanks to [info]shsilver.)

Dr. Google Will See You Now — Identifying depression through search engine terms. (Thanks to Dad.)

Can UN scientists revive drive against climate change? — The headline is somewhat misleading, but the story is important, assuming you live in the world where the sky is blue rather than Republican-colored.

Making Choice to Halt at Door of Citizenship

The Price of Superheroism — This squib from Scrivener's Error is bitterly hilarious.

Instructor shoots student in gun-safety class — Because more guns always make all of us safer, you pinko. (Via [info]danjite.)

Anti-Sharia lawmakers have new target: Crayola coloring book — Because being a conservative means never having to make any fucking sense at all. (Via [info]corwynofamber.)

Sequestration as government malpractice — (Via [info]threeoutside.)

QotD?: Ever drive a Plymouth?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.75 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours stationary bike
Weight: 249.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block vaccinating children to spread autism: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)


[personal|cancer] My bucket list

In light of my recent, widely read post titled "Special dying person wisdom" [ | LiveJournal ], a friend asked about my bucket list. The funny thing is, I don't really have one.

In the course of my life I have walked on the Great Wall of China, climbed down into an ancient Greek tomb, seen a lion cub nursery with the sun rising over the shoulder of Kilimanjaro, sat with baby seals, and done a thousand other fascinating things. (I feel like Roy Batty at the end of Bladerunner, talking like this.) I've visited about forty countries on five continents. I've set foot in all fifty U.S. states. I've eaten fabulous meals, loved glorious women, written books and stories that stirred at least a few people, spent long nights talking with close friends, and just of late, edged ever closer to the face of death while still drawing breath.

The things I still wish I could do? i.e., my bucket list? A few personal experiences I don't care to detail here. Some small things I likely won't be able to do: see all three movies of The Hobbit. Some large things I likely won't be able to do: watch [info]the_child graduate from high school, see what she does with her life. Visit some places I know I'll never get to now: Antarctica, South America, the Middle East, India. A few places I might yet get to: the United Kingdom, for example. And some things I'll never do, even if I live to be a hundred: go into outer space, voyage to the bottom of the sea.

So, yeah. Not so much with the bucket list, simply because I've been filling my bucket all my life. If anything, my bucket list is to keep on living. I've been lucky and beyond lucky. Even now, not-so-slowly dying, most days I still remember my luck and privilege, and am grateful for them.

I have seen the world, after all, and it is us.


[travel|photos] New Zealand travelog recap - Kaikoura to Blenheim, plus airplanes

On August 5th, we drove from Kaikoura, stopping at Ohau Point, then on to Blenheim, where we visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center.

The countryside was very pretty.



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The day's driving Flickr set.

We stopped at the aircraft museum, which is basically Peter Jackson's personal collection of WWI (and earlier) planes and related memorabilia. Many of them still fly. Jackson apparently has an entire factory in Wellington devoted to building historically accurate replicas as well as restoring originals. Oddly, New Zealand health and safety regulations don't permit some of these aircraft to be flown as originally designed, due to unmuffled engines, lack of working brakes, and so forth. There is no exemption for historical equipment.

Some very cool stuff.



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The aviation museum Flickr set.

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

Tomorrow, Wellington.

Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr., B. Lake, and Lisa Costello.

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