Aug 25, 2015
commented on Ashley Madison Hack: All Fun and Puritanical Games Until Somebody Gets Dead
Take everything the media and others say about the hack and its revelations with a grain of salt: There's more fiction than fact involved. The Weekly reports that Bill Gates and Barack Obama emails, no less, were found in the data dumps. adding: "data searchers should beware: As one domain name used to register on Ashley Madison—fuck.gov—suggests, anything goes at this site. Visitors can easily create false identities—the site doesn’t pre-screen members and declares it can’t guarantee the authenticity of any profile. According to one former employee, AM even makes up its own fake customer lists."
Jan 22, 2015
commented on How Listening to Music and Fighting with Susan Sontag Helped Me Cope with Chemo
A memorable piece; best of luck. As Sontag reminds us, the will to live perhaps strengthens exponentially with an increased threat of dying. Her son David, in a 2005 NYTimes story, put it this way, recalling his mother's treatment here at the UW and Fred Hutch:
"She was no more reconciled to extinction at 71 than she had been at 42. After her death, a theme in many of the extremely generous and heartfelt letters of condolence I received from her friends puzzled me: it was surprise - surprise that my mother hadn't beaten M.D.S. as she had beaten both breast cancer and the uterine sarcoma that struck her in her mid-60's.
"But then, she, too, was surprised when the doctors in Seattle came in to tell her the bone-marrow transplant had failed and her leukemia was back. She screamed out, 'But this means I'm going to die!'
"I will never forget that scream, or think of it without wanting to cry out myself. And yet, even that terrible morning, in a pristine room at the University of Washington Medical Center, with its incongruously beautiful view of Lake Union and Mount Rainier in the background, I remember being surprised by her surprise. I suppose I shouldn't have been. There are those who can reconcile themselves to death and those who can't. Increasingly, I've come to think that it is one of the most important ways the world divides up."
Nov 18, 2014
commented on Death to Self-Checkout Machines
Note to Charles. Rather than threaten us with another of your pedantic screeds, here's the lowdown on the tyranny of self checkout: It's optional. End of story.