Checking in: 2023-06-15

Checking in for 2023-06-15:

  • Found out that I have one more round of chemo after this round. I think I mentioned this before but I just wanted to make sure that everyone was on the same page. I'm a bit tired this round, but doubly so because one of the neat little side effects of chemo is that you take naps, so your sleep schedule gets out of whack. I didn't get to bed until 3:30am (that's also in part because...
  • I was playing around with sc-im, which is a ncurses-based spreadsheet. This proves that my problem isn't with spreadsheets, but rather Excel and its progenitors.
  • The nice thing about sc-im is that I can use it to edit tables in Markdown using vim-scimark. Markdown tables are decent on their own but I wanted the pretty formatting which can be a bit of a pain-in-the-butt. vim-scimark makes this so much easier.
  • Funnily enough this all came out of a rabbit-hole (rat-hole) that I went down while looking for an old article that I was quoted in. I didn't find the article but I found Learning Amiga Unix which had a section on desktop tools. That got me installing and playing with sc, which in turn got me playing with sc-im. I am nothing if not the totality of my distractions.
  • I've not been good at working on my projects in the morning. This "Uncertainty Challenge" has been a bit of a bust for me so far. My hope was that I'd at least look at my stuff first-thing, but I'm having a hard time even paying attention to my morning lists. I know why that is (tiredness, desire for attention, FOMO, and the like. I need to just relax and focus more on what's important. Doesn't help when you're both tired and unable to sleep because you found bright-shiny toys to tinker with.
  • I gave copies of my Mindfulness: The Game to the folks at Cancer Care Associates. It was nice to get feedback from the staff. I made sandwich baggies with a print-out of the game and the last of my Koplow Interrogative Dica. It's amazing to me the amount of positive feedback for a game that came out of doing some decluttering.
  • My dad told one of the nurses that I was the coolest one in the family. I think I'm going to be smiling for a month. Also: I take after my dad, who is also pretty damn cool. And my mom, who is cool in her own way. And JoDee, who is way cooler than I am.
  • PET Scan is scheduled for next week Thursday. I'm going into it with an open heart. I'm not going to worry about the results one way or another. It is what it is. It's like worrying about any test: the results are a barometer, not success / fail. We tend to treat undesirable results as a personal failure / condemnation (JoDee has noticed this with her students, and I am recalling my own feelings towards this when I was back in school). It's not a personal affront.
  • I'm kind of proud that I made it 14 rounds with Camptosar. I talked with the nurse yesterday (Hi, Jill!) and she mentioned that it was pretty rough on all of the patients. I don't feel quite so bad about going 14 rounds with this stuff, though part of me would love to have seen it through. But, boy howdy, that stuff is rough. Definitely not the sort of thing that I'd wish on anyone.
  • I'm still humbled by the friends I have who support us. I've been very lucky over the years.
  • I still love David Revoy's artwork for the Reddit Fiasco. If there were more of a perfect metaphor for how Reddit is sticking its hands in a blender and engaging the controls with their feet I haven't seen it. They're going to find out very quickly that their userbase is way more savvy than they realize and entirely more powerful and stubborn than the folks on Facebook and Twitter.

That's all for the moment. More as I know it.