October 13th, 2013


[links] Link salad mumbles something about Sunday

Planthopper Nymphs Have ‘Fireworks’ Shooting Out Of Their Butts! — I've been on dates like that. (Thanks to David Goldman.)

Increased human life expectancy correlates to increase in species extinctionAs GDP per capita increases, so does the percentage of invasive species.

Why Shutting Down U.S. Antarctic Research Will Have Global Repercussions — Why in the world would Republicans care about science? As profound a loss as this is to America and the world, and to anybody who cares about this country's future, such a shut down of Antarctic science and its focus on climate change can hardly seem like any kind of loss to the GOP or its voters.

The core Internet institutions abandon the US Government — Thanks to our invasive and heavy handed national security apparatus, the US will no longer have the strong influence over Internet governance which we've enjoyed up until now. (Via [info]danjite.)

Depths of irresponsibility: GOP on the debt limitRepublicans do seem to be getting ready to surrender (although they seem to have only reached the stage at which they’re asking for rewards for surrendering; it may take a while longer for them to fully understand the concept). A true economic disaster may yet be avoided. But everyone should remember just how irresponsible they’ve been on this one.

Cruzification of the GOPSeventy percent say Republicans are putting politics ahead of the good of the country. Too bad so many of those folks will have completely forgotten this basic, long-term truth about the GOP come the next election day.

?otD: Do you rest today?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minutes (stationary bike)
Weight: 241.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block enforcing laws passed under the Constitutional process and fully subjected to judicial review: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)


[personal] A school visit

Last Thursday I did a school visit. Since it was a middle school, I'm not comfortable naming exact details for the sake of privacy, but suffice to say that I sat with an eighth grade class, then a seventh grade class, to talk about writing, cancer, death and other things.

The particular spark for this visit was my recent blog post on kindness and opportunity [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. The teacher had assigned that as reading to both classes, then had them write essays about kindness.

I got to hear some of the essays, as well as some related fiction from a writing assignment. I was also told some pretty interesting and serious things by several of the kids. But mostly I got to talk with them.

These days I'm on disability because I can neither work nor write effectively anymore. As a friend said to me last week, we all need meaningful pursuits. While bearing witness to cancer and its challenges is certainly a meaningful pursuit for me these days, that's a small amount of time spent at a keyboard a few times per week. To be out in the world, talking to people of any age, about the things I think are important: that is a great gift.

I want to thank the classes and their teacher, and Ellen Eades for driving me to and fro so I could have the energy to focus on the kids.