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Apr. 18th, 2014


Trip, Day 1: To Eugene

We’re going to be going over mountains, so I take the special meds. I hate it with a burning passion, and you’ll understand why in a bit.

I take it because it increases oxygen concentration in the blood, which means less altitude sick. I get altitude sick in a ten story building. Only a slight exaggeration.

Four thousand feet is where I really start to feel it, though. Since I’m doing a lot of the driving, I take the damn meds.

I am not a morning person. I have not truly ever been a morning person (I quite literally lack the gene), but the last few years in particular I have especially not been a morning person. I was saying that to a friend who got run over by a car last year, and she said, “Because the pain meds have worn off!”

Exactly. That is why.
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Conrad's story. And Tanya's. And Liam's.

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What? 294

The only thing I've taken away from a couple of recent movie blockbusters is that if you see Russell Crowe, pretty much everybody you know even by reputation is going to be dead very soon.


Hugo Announcements Ahead

In case you missed the post on the Hugo Awards web site, here's a note that the finalists for this year's Hugo Awards will be announced this Saturday. The main announcement event will be at Eastercon in Glasgow starting at 8:30 PM BST (12:30 PM PDT where I am in Nevada), along with satellite events at Minicon in Minneapolis (2:30 CDT) and Norwescon in Seattle (12:30 PM PDT), and the whole thing is to be broadcast on UStream, technology permitting.

Due to the arrangements coming together rather late in the process, we're not planning a CoverItLive event on the announcements this year; besides, except for Dave McCarty — who as Hugo Administrator will be too busy on Announcement day — none of the Hugo Awards Marketing Committee members are going to be at any of the Announcement events. I'll be watching them, however, and posting the nominations shortly after they're announced at

Note that Loncon elected to go with the terminology "Hugo Award finalists" rather than the traditional "Hugo Award Nominees." I think this is the right decision now that people have got it into their heads that one person writing their name on a Hugo Nominating Ballot makes that person a "Hugo Award Nominee" despite more than fifty years of contrary practice and tradition.


NYT Critics' Picks + One of Possible Interest

Soaring Trips to a Temple in Nepal
In ‘Manakamana,’ Pilgrimages by Cable Car to a Hindu Site
NYT Critics' Pick

Competing to Be a Phallic Symbol
In ‘Final Member,’ Two Men Seek to Fill a Museum’s Void
NYT Critics' Pick

-- Of Possible Interest --

I Am My Own Monster (Technology Rules!)
Johnny Depp Stars in ‘Transcendence’


The Farewell Letter of Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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(Thanks to Leah Moore for linking to this.)


Ford Nation surprisingly diverse


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Apr. 17th, 2014


Issues With Firefox

Anyone else here been having any kind of trouble with posting either on their own LJ or someone else's recently via Firefox?


Ford launches campaign!

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Darla has cancer.

Darla has developed an odd bulge on her nose. After trying some antibiotics and a clean blood test, they took a biopsy. I just got the news back from the oncologist: The bump is a tumor created by hi-grade facial fibrosarcoma which has infected her bone.

Blending wikipedia and pet health network with no journalistic integrity whatsoever:

Fibrosarcoma (fibroblastic sarcoma) is a malignant mesenchymal tumour derived from fibrous connective tissue and characterized by the presence of immature proliferating fibroblasts or undifferentiated anaplastic spindle cells in a storiform pattern. Fibrosarcomas are seen most often in large-breed, middle-aged to older male dogs. It originates in fibrous tissues of the bone and invades long or flat bones such as femur, tibia, and mandible. It also involves periosteum and overlying muscle.

Sources for my blend:

There is good news and bad news, of which the good news is actually bad news. Good news: We won't be putting Darla through the chemotherapy hell that Eddie suffered through. Bad news: that's because Fibrosarcoma doesn't respond well to chemo.

Pardon me while I slam my head into the desk repeatedly for comfort.

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