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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-26 05:53
Subject: [cancer] State of the Jay
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Tags:books, cancer, friends, health, personal, videos
I'm at the quiet phase of chemo now. This cycle has managed to be free of dreadful physical side effects and complications, though I can't say so much for my mental and emotional state of the past week or ten days. I have felt better yesterday and today. But after a few more lunch dates, including a delightful one yesterday with [info]la_marquise_de_ and another today with [info]markbourne, I'm pretty much done with going out of the house for social purposes. Likewise, I already don't drive after 3 pm, and am about done with driving at all. (Neither the State of Oregon nor my physician has instructed me to stop operating a motor vehicle, this is merely my common sense talking based on my increasingly impaired situational awareness and reaction times.)

So I sit home, re-reading beloved books — currently the Discworld series in publication order — and watching things on Netflix streaming — currently Star Trek: Enterprise in Bakulavision. I expect to continue to become less interesting here on the blog over the next couple of months.

The next big thing is of course the CT scan on 11/7. The results of that will set the course of my life for the first three or four months of 2012 at a minimum. A lot of fear, a lot of worry on my part. We shall see.

For now, I sit and read.

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2011-10-26 16:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you haven't seen it already, I recommend "Breaking Bad" which is available on Netflix streaming. Fantastic show, and cancer is a part of it.
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User: kshandra
Date: 2011-10-26 16:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Fuck Cancer
Virtual hand-holding and sitting-together-quietly at your disposal here. I know we don't know one another well, but you're important to people who are important to me.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-26 17:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you.
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-10-26 17:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good luck, Jay. My thoughts are with you.
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The Empress of Ice Cream
User: icecreamempress
Date: 2011-10-26 17:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
All the best to you in this tough time.
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User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-10-26 18:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Wow. Yay you for being able to drive so long. That means you'll only be confines a few weeks rather than months.

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2011-10-26 20:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So, Bakulavision.

I'm watching Bakulavision for the first time, and I'm not finding it as flawed a show as you seemed to opine in a previous post. In part, I find my perspective is probably affected by the fact I tried to go back to watch TNG...and found it unwatchable. I'm curious what you might find problematic in Enterprise. And I also wonder if you tried to go back to watch TNG.

Of course, my bias might arise from watching Bakulavision as a sleep aid...and, ahem, it works.
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Jay Lake: writing-retro_spaceship
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-26 20:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, to be clear, I continue to be entertained by the show. I am still watching it, partway into Season 2 at this point.

However, the place where I really lost faith was the bit partway through Season 1 where Tripp is on an alien ship repairing the hallucinogenic warp drive. They're funny-forehead aliens, with a holodeck that recreates a homeworld scene of a boat on an ocean. Yet when the cute female engineer brings Tripp some food, she hands him something that looks like a bowl of jello shots and says, "This is as close as we could come to water."

Really? Bipedal oxygen breathers with something close to human metabolism from a world with horizon-spanning bodies of water and you don't a) drink/metabolize water yourselves and b) with starship level technology can't synthesize one of the simplest chemical compounds in the universe? That's a seventh-grade Introductory Physical Science howler, apparently for the sake of a little throwaway alien mystique.

That's when I decided the script writers were basically idiots, or at least were writing at an idiot level of comprehension.

Also, a number of the plots fail on the very simple point that they have a transporter aboard Enterprise. I realize the transporter is new and unproven and possibly unreliable, but it's been used a few times. Yet the most recent episode I watched was the Season 2 ep where the captain and Reid go back for the lost communicator and wind up being arrested and almost executed as spies. There's a huge fooraw about getting down there in the Sulebon cell ship, and cultural contamination, and big old shootout in the prison yard, when in fact all they had to do was use the transporter to pluck the prisoners out of their cell. It would have been a twelve-minute short film if the writers had bothered to remember the logic of their own setting.

So, yeah, written at a level of comprehension of both science and plot logic that pretty much fails for me.
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User: ruralwriter
Date: 2011-10-26 20:21 (UTC)
Subject: Bakulavision
I posted a query about Bakulavision, but LJ decided to log me out....sorry 'bout that.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-10-26 20:23 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Bakulavision
Is ok. Going to unscreen you and reply.
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Merry: Shiny Baby Bear
User: feed_your_muse
Date: 2011-10-27 13:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Shiny Baby Bear
Sending good thoughts, vibes and virtual hugs your way.

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