Archive for March, 2012

He was a little bit ahead of his time.

March 26, 2012

We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. -Thomas Edison, inventor (1847-1931)


March 20, 2012

If what you are getting online is for free, you are not the customer, you are the product. -Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet law (b. 1969)

Toiling away for the Tolkien Conference!

March 15, 2012
Running off some 3rd COME, , flyers to take with me to LUNACON.

Maybe I can get a few members there.

Marketing Ploy!

“You going to join? The ‘Happy Hobbit’ is offering memberships and banquet tickets at below cost! We plan to make it up in volume! :-)”


March 14, 2012
The Lennox School District consists of a bunch of prigs!


March 14, 2012
ARGH! Took Red Shift in for 30,000/2-year service. New tires!

Anyone wish to give me a student loan I don’t have to repay?

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Subject: Chemo # 7 & 8 – Update!

March 11, 2012

The period between Chemo #6 on 17 January 2012 and Chemo #7 on 7 February was relatively quiet.  No real complaints.  Not that I wasn’t running up my co-payments.

I met with the oncologist on 2 February.  The good news is that my PSA continues to edge downward.

He has moved the chemo treatments to once every 4 weeks.

However, early in February my plumbing began to give me problems.  When I went in for the Zometa infusion on 21 February, my Red Blood Cell count was very low.  The next day I went for a 600 cc blood transfusion.

On 1 March I again met with the oncologist.  The blood test again showed a very low RBC count.  So for my birthday, the nurses did sing “Happy Birthday” to me and brought over a cake, back in for another 600 cc of blood.  I was able to enjoy the even with friends over dinner.  The filet was very good.

Amazingly, shortly thereafter my plumbing problems, temporarily, cleared up.  When I went in for Chemo #8 [only 292 to go!] on the 6th, the RBC count was high enough that another transfusion was not immediately required.  YEA!

I am still quite tired and run out of energy easily.  Fatigue is an off and on again companion.

While I still have some hair, it is mainly my eyebrows.  I’m still managing to hold the nausea at bay.  The meds and ginger seem to be working.

However, there is a new twist.  My toenails seem to be falling off.  Don’t worry, my toes are still firmly attached, I think.

My plumbing continues to give me some problems.  The severity of the problem varies from day to day.

My taste buds have not recovered.  Such is life at the lunch counter.

Now to the non-cancer news I mentioned last time.  The contract is signed.  I’ll be chairing The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2, at the end of March in 2014.  The location, near Boston, is the same.  Please drop by our web site, , for a look.  Join early and often for a full weekend of Tolkien related fun and education!

Thos poor executives!

March 10, 2012
Oh, the misery of being in the 1% & working for corporations.

Executives at MF Global wouldn’t appear to be model candidates for bonuses.