September 3rd, 2009


Thor's Day

Happy birthday to hdaemon!

I progress. No new news.

Well now.

US drugmaker Pfizer has agreed to pay $2.3bn (£1.4bn) in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in the history of the Department of Justice. It comes after the firm was found to have illegally promoted four drugs for uses which had not been approved by medical regulators.

Which, yes, includes Lyrica. Which, as it turns out, doesn't do a damn thing for fibro. (That explains why I didn't have a pain spike when I went from it to Gabitril). (Yes, as far as I know, it does work for adjunct anti-seizure therapy; it's just the fibro results that are being cited as fraud.)

So how does a girl who's spent thousands of dollars on Lyrica over the past three years get a piece of that?

Link Soup
* Filk fans - the Pegasus Award ballot is up! You may see some familiar names...
* Boondocks Saints 2 redband trailer! I want to go to there!
* Some interesting colloquia coming up at MIT.

Daily Science
During an epileptic seizure, waves of abnormal electrical activity sweep through the brain. That can create some strange experiences, including hallucinations and feelings of déjà vu. Even stranger is the recently reported case of an epileptic woman who feels that she has become a man during some seizures.

More child-herding. sindrian rolled in later than anticipated last night, so hanging out was postponed and will happen today.
Let me tell you a story


YAY I CAN POST THIS! I got links to this piece while I was in Florida, but was cautioned not to post yet. Now I can.

You know how the Interstitial Arts Foundation is doing an auction of wearable art of all kinds based on the stories in Interfictions 2. (Pre-order today!)

“Information is sacred. I don't remember why, or who told me. But I know that information is sacred, so I write it down, scraps of knowledge and observations. I used to write in leather-bound journals with elegant heavy pens, but my fetish for elegance has fallen by the wayside in my rush to commit everything to paper. Now I use cheap marbled composition books, purchased by the dozen. The pen is still important, though. It must write in smooth lines of black, not catch on the page. There is too much to capture.”
--Shira Lipkin (hey, that's me!), "Valentines"

Necklace by STONZ.

You guys. I am so incredibly excited about this story, and it being in this anthology. To give you a general idea: this is my husband's favorite story of mine ever.

And I am so excited about the auctions, because I so love it when people make beautiful things based on stuff that came out of my head; I've seen ioianthe's and emilytheslayer's projects in process and they blow my mind, and I know ojouchan is working on something too. EDIT: And themaskmaker!

You, too, can participate. It is not too late. And musicians, they want to do an EP!

*ahem* Whee. :)

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