December 9th, 2013

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[links] Link salad rises to chase the day into the West

The most beautiful deathAldous Huxley's "most beautiful death" was described by his wife in a moving letter.

The “Copenhagen left” — A bicycle maneuver I have used without ever knowing it had a name. (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Heyday app is the anti-Facebook for the iPhone

Mercier 1937 Moto Chenille 350cc 1 cyl ohv — Wow is that weird. (Via [info]danjite.)

Researchers discover massive freshwater reserves beneath the oceans — This could be very important.

Okla. Satanists seek monument by Statehouse steps — This in response to a Ten Commandments monument. Brady Henderson, legal director for ACLU Oklahoma, said if state officials allow one type of religious expression, they must allow alternative forms of expression, although he said a better solution might be to allow none at all on state property. Hahaha. I’m tempted to donate money to this effort.

Dreaming of a Whiiiiite Christmas — Appropriate sarcasm about the Right’s deeply stupid “war on Christmas” meme from Scrivener’s Error.

GOP starts a tough struggle to win back Asian American votersAsian Americans, a rapidly growing part of the electorate, have shifted solidly behind Democrats – and Republicans face a tough fight to win them over. Confidential to GOP in America: You can’t do this and cling to your Angry White Guy strategy at the same time. At some point, you’ll need to go into rehab to get over that Angry White Guy addiction.

Newt Gingrich to Conservatives: 'What Would You Have Done?' — Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of the most vile figures in American politics, the man who bears the most personal responsibility for the modern trend of conservative hyperpartisan nihilism, actually gets something right. In this case, on Mandela.

When does lying about Obamacare become immoral and evil? — Whenever any Republican anywhere opens their mouth about healthcare. But that’s just the conservative way. Bearing false witness against liberals and their causes makes smug Republican Jesus smile. Next question?

David Simon: 'There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show'The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. (Via [info]danjite.)

?otD: How are your travel plans?




12/9/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (restless)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[personal|travel] Leaving Omaha for the last time

More weird, restless sleep, with weird, restless dreams. Something about the weather, or the heater in my hotel room, or my unsettled spirit, has kept me awake nights. This time it was vehicular arson as part of some large coverup, except I was very bad at cleaning up evidence of my misdeeds. The car in question in my dream was my first car, an orange 1976 Datsun 710 station wagon I drove in college. Not hard to interpret what that means, really. All in keeping with the melancholy of my visit here.

A friend who has been out of town all this past week is meeting me for breakfast, then taking me to the airport. American Airlines yesterday cancelled my flight this morning. Getting rebooked involved spending over an hour on hold with the Aadvantage Platinum desk (apparently hold times for the main desk were running closer to twenty-four hours). I am dubious of my new connection through Chicago O'Hare, mostly because of ORD's chronic problems with delivering timely wheelchair transfers. Basically, in my experience they are incapable of doing so at that airport.

None of that matters so long as I get home tonight. Today is Lisa Costello's birthday, the last one I will likely ever be alive for, and I'd like to see here thereupon, and I have two oncology appointments tomorrow. So, yeah, this terminal cancer patient really needs to get home today.

Even so, my weather karma has brought not only deeply subfreezing temperatures and inches of snow to Omaha, it appears to be doing the same to Portland today. Unseasonable here in Nebraska, almost unheard of their in our part of Oregon.

And I'll have the long trip home to think about how I feel about having been here one last time.

Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.