Month: December 2006

Everything's alright

Cancer / Ephemera

OK, now I have that song from Jesus Christ Superstar going in my head: “Everything’s alright, yes, everything’s fine, and we want you to sleep well tonight… Let the world turn without you tonight. Close your eyes, close your eyes and relax, think of nothing tonight.” I love that song. And in my case it’s all true. My endoscopic ultrasound revealed that although I have cancer and a condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, the tumor […]

An ordinary day


The shock/surprise of being diagnosed with cancer has worn off a good deal by now, and the novelty of the treatments, both chemo and radiation, has definitely gone (except for the part where my hair falls out) (which it hasn’t yet). I just slog to the doctor’s and the hospital like I’m making my daily rounds. Which I am, of course. Tomorrow, I get an endoscopic ultrasound, for exact staging of the tumor. See y’all […]


Cancer / Ephemera / Science

I have taken my Compazine to battle the slight tendency to unruliness on the part of my ever more beleaguered stomach, so I am full of energy. However, the macro in TextMate that says the date and time says it is now Date: 2006-12-26 21:56:27. (By the way, don’t accidentally start looking for this macro on the C language sub-menu, because it’s most unhelpful to do so.) However, the fact of the time which the […]

The bard for the day


Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated, The bird of dawning singeth all night long: And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike, No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm, So hallow’d and so gracious is the time. —Hamlet I.1