December 26th, 2013

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[links] Link salad for Boxing Day

Queen Pardons Computer Pioneer Alan Turing — The UK’s treatment of Alan Turing was one of the great crimes of the 20th century. Of course, persecuting a war hero to death for being gay was the proper, moral thing to do at the time, consistent with conservative thought then and now. Which is why conservatives are always on the wrong side of history. Always.

‘Bible prophecy’ and why we can’t have nice thingsSlacktivist Fred Clark is fascinating.

How the Media Would Have Covered the Birth of Jesus — Hah! (Via [info]garyeminitove.)

Palin Never Actually Read Interview Before Defending 'Duck Dynasty' StarAccording to Palin's reasoning, she didn't have to read the interview to defend Robertson in the first place because the substance of his comments didn't matter. He was invoking the Bible, she said, so his critics are actually taking issue with Scripture itself. "In response, he was quoting the Gospel," she told Van Susteren. "So people who are so insulted and offended by what he said evidently are offended by what he was quoting in the Gospel.” I don’t really understand why defending racism and homophobia has become the Christian thing to do here in America. But then I’ve actually read the Bible, so the source of my misunderstanding should be obvious.

?otD: Got returns?




12/26/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 240.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block falsifying climate change data: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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[cancer] It just keeps getting harder

I had a major emotional wipeout the past few days. Which, frankly, is not over, though I've come far enough through it to keep moving.

The reasons don't really matter. Suffice to say the obvious. Mortality. The holidays. Relationships. Parenting in the time of cancer. The fact that almost every day lately has brought a major, even disastrous new stress.

Basically, I wanted to quit everything. I was very close to cancelling tomorrow's trip to NIH. This is so very hard.

Later, I may talk about some of the details, specifically in the context of explaining the perils of walking this path, and perhaps providing some signposts for others. For now, I have picked myself up and will keep going a little further.