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Oct 16 2011

conflicting weekend links

Drugs are bad. Drugs are good.  Bad drugs are good.  Good drugs are bad. Wait. Bad drugs made in a lab are good.  No wait, designer drugs are bad.  Hey wait, this “bad drug” can do a good thing in a lab.  But…but…uh….

Girls who are boys who want boys to be girls…I really love the fact that doctors can give delayed puberty medication to kids who are trying to figure out what gender they want to be when they grow up, one of those rare compassionate medical science manifestations.

More on habitable exoplanets — which at this rate we’ll probably never get to explore, except in our fiction…

…or perhaps in bodies better able to survive the trip than our own.  Made in our own images? downloadable minds? multiple minds inhabiting one manufactured body? All topics guaranteed to cause endless debate and argument…

I love haptic tech, and this one could even be useful to blind people, though it didn’t start out with that in mind.

Speaking of conflict, I love honesty from the ultra-rich, it always tends to cause an uproar

Why fixing the primaries is harder than it looks

Two good headlines:  We Need a New System and Terrorism Can’t Be Taken Out and Shot

And yet more realistic predictions about the death of the American dream at least the one of American dominance

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Oct 02 2011

writing and cancer weekend links

Whew, that week went by fast.  Only managed one post this week but that’s better than none, and here are your weekend links!  a bit more themed this week than some weeks, but no worries, more randomness will return next week.

A handy-dandy writer’s checklist, likely to improve any story if properly applied

More on the  google class action author suit from Elizabeth Moon.   You may not like some of her opinions but this sounds pretty clear-cut — authors whose books are still in copyright are having their works scanned and made available without permission.  You can find articles on this all over the internet right now, so do your research and protect yourselves, fellow writers; non-writers, spare a minute or two to think about those writers you love to read.  Contrary to popular belief, authors like King or Meyer, or shows like Castle, most writers depend on the gradual accumulation of those few cents-at-a-time build-up to make their living, so think about helping them out by either not downloading google-pirated works or by contributing through money or help to the suit against such behavior.

glow-in-the-dark-catsnot just medically helpful, but easier to see before they try to trip you up (two people sent me this one, so you get both links)

oxygen – important AND older than we thought

cancer more complex than we thought — go figure

Sometimes things that are good for you, aren’t — fish oil may block chemo treatments

This sounds like one of those “too good to be true” articles, especially given how many different types just of breast cancer there are, and what about those of us where the breast cancer has a genetic origin? Is the virus going to re-write my genetic code to make me cancer-free?

I was worried about this with my folks during this summer.  It was wonderful to have them close by during my health struggles, and my mom helping out with baby Wednesday for so long, but if they’d had bosses like these they’d have endangered their jobs.  This needs to change, for everyone in this country.

And this, from Jay Lake, is one of the better posts he’s made about how to talk to a person with cancer.  Really.  And I’ve used the “hit by a bus” analogy myself, to make people around me feel better about talking about it with me.  But he’s right, it isn’t like that.  Not at all.  I’ve mentioned, and will likely blog again in the future, about how “othering” cancer is, in the sense that it makes you Other.  Not “one of us”. And you don’t get to cross that line back.

There’s a branch in Dallas for FORCE, for anyone interested…I took a survey or two, not sure if we’re making the conference this year thanks to the timing of all the health and surgery stuff but Mom and I are part of this.

And locally, the Breast Cancer Resource Center does some amazing work to help out breast cancer patients.  If you can’t throw them some money, how about some time? or sewing?  They make these awesome shirts to hold post surgery drains or ice packs (pockets on the inside) that I’ve found super useful both times I’ve needed them.

As bad as my cancer was, it could have been far worse, and I’m so very thankful that it wasn’t and isn’t.  These gentlemen participated ina fascinating experimental trial that resulted in complete remissions for two out of the three who’ve tried it so far (read on for more info…)

This would be totally cool — if it were relevant to my type of cancer I’d volunteer for it

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Oct 23 2008

no one escapes the travel crud

Steve and I are both sick, sinus-infection thingys that we almost certainly got while traveling.  At least, I’ll blame the airplane way before I’ll blame Israel, nearly everyone over there looked ridiculously healthy.

Anyway, snotty, feverish, achy, hoping it’ll pass soon, since it’s back to work for me regardless.

Still putting up the business posts over at Words Words Words if you aren’t already following along.

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Oct 20 2008

business model posts moving right along

I’m back from Israel and slowly chronicling the experience over on the household blog, Words Words Words.  We’re now four posts along on the Business Models for Artists series, and we’d love to have more participatory comments! You can check out the latest one here, it links to the previous posts as well.

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Oct 14 2008

Let’s talk about the business of art…

Check out one piece of what I’ve been working on over the next several days at I’ll be posting a series of entries (one a day) attempting to make dealing with the business end of the spectrum a little less scary for artistic types, as well as encouraging people to explore new ways of earning income. Read! question! comment! create! find your own answer to Step 2: ????  The first post about it can be found here.

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