September 28th, 2013


[links] Link salad wanders into the weekend

“Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter“A public library keeps no intentional secrets about its mechanisms; a search engine keeps many.” (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Dalian Man — Economics outside the current, patently failing Western model. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

The death of the home stereo system — Oh, those whacky kids today.

The Secret Life of Vintage Lysol Douche Ads — Because the conservative agenda kills. (Seriously, there is a strong political connection to this culture piece, and it's about female deaths during the era when conservative values made contraception illegal.)

Hopkins APL scientists launching massive balloon to study cometNASA called on team in February to get a glimpse of rare object.

Climate Scientists Warn Opportunity to Prevent Dangerous Warming Is Dwindling

IPCC climate change report is out: It’s warmer and we’re responsibleRecent slowdown due to La Niñas, volcanos, and a slight lull in solar radiation. Also, evidence indicates water is wet, sky is blue; conservative sources disagree. More here on the warming of the evidence-based world of reality.

Poll: GOP Voters Unsure If Twitter Lets Obama Post More Than 140 Characters — Because being conservative means always being patriotically proud of your rank stupidity.

Shutdown Threat Puts Heat on House GOP — Why does any Republican politician get a single vote any more? They've become a party of three-year-olds. Dangerously destructive and stupid three-year-olds at that.

Cruz and the Defeat CaucusThis approach places great value on zeal and combativeness and isn’t very concerned with success. For that reason, it won’t produce the desired results at an acceptable political price. Cruz has railed against Republican defeatism, but in practice Cruz has made himself the leader of what one might call the defeat caucus.

?otD: Got sleep?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 242.2
Number of FEMA troops on my block implementing Kenyan Muslim socialism through unAmerican processes such as stock market growth and economic recovery: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)


[cancer] The cost of not dying

Here are the pills I take every day, 21 days in row. I then take 7 days off before I start again. Each pill costs about $120, each day's dose costs about $480.


So as a society, we're spending almost $500 per day, almost $10,000 per month keeping me alive. Without this medicine, I'd be on my deathbed right now.

In case you're wondering how much it costs on a daily basis for me not to die.

(Thankfully, my health insurance covers all of this but a small co-pay.)

Photo © 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

Creative Commons License

This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.


[personal] A fun weekend

Yesterday afternoon, Lisa Costello and I went out to McMenamin's Edgefield. Located at the old Multnomah county poor farm, the place is basically an 80-acre art project, featuring architectural preservation, glass blowing, ceramics, sculpture, wild gardens, vineyards, a winery, a distillery, a hotel, a spa, about a dozen bars and almost as many restaurants ranging from casual snacks to fine dining. It was amazing. We will be going back, probably a lot.

A friend is coming to town this afternoon for a few day's visit. We all have a fajita party tomorrow afternoon on the porch of AH and [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my mom). And it's a cool, rainy Oregon autumn.

I'm down with all this.

What are you doing this weekend?