Happy early birthday to goddessfarmer, ydnic,oneagain, theloriest, and tofu_cat, who all advance a year over the weekend!
Still mind-numbingly exhausted. Pain levels are low, though.
Help a kid get to camp!
mslaynie's son goes to diabetes camp every summer. The camp is paid for - but the transportation isn't, and it's a bear.
mslaynie says: "A brief history- kiddo was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10. He's 14 now (turning 15 next month) and Camp Sweeney is the one activity every year that he really, really looks forward to. Unfortunately, it's north of Dallas, Texas, so we have to make the 1000+ mile round trip twice in one month. My husband works two jobs, I do what I can (but can't work with the fibro), and putting the trip together is insanely difficult for us. Camp is covered by a scholarship, but travel isn't. Help? And thank you... We leave June 7."
Click here to help. Also to see a cute picture of a sea slug.
hammercock explains just how bad it is.
* Adorable tiny hog species saved from extinction
* Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions.
* Fabulous scrap metal sculptures. Also robot sex.
* "After 9,000 years of silence, Chile's Chaitén volcano (pictured on May 3) is erupting with lava, ash — and lightning."
In a boon to cancer treatment and regenerative medicine, scientists have discovered that a trick used by tumor cells that allows them to migrate around the body can cause normal, adult cells to revert into stem cell–like cells.
Large quantities of these reverted cells could be used to treat anything from spinal cord injury to liver damage without the risk of tissue rejection, said Robert Weinberg, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and co-author of a study appearing in Cell. Learning more about how cancer cells move around the body is also providing scientists with new insights that could thwart the spread of the disease.
The Buggre Alle This Bible: Crumbling paper and ancient cracked leather with a touch of tobacco leaf and incense.
In bottle: Mostly just a light incense.
On me: Darker scent - the bookbinding. Sweet and funereal.
The Ifrit: Desert sand, red musk, blackened ginger, dragon's blood resin, black pepper, cinnamon, and tobacco.
In bottle: Dragon's blood.
On me: Mmm. There's the red musk. The spices lurk in the background.
Nanny Ashtoreth: Middle Eastern flowers, amber, honey, blood red-berries, whip leather, and polished paddle wood.
In bottle: Leather, wood, and honey. Oh, baby.
On me: ...okay, I can totally wear this to playparties.
The Stormhold: Creeping moss, slick granite, murky vetiver, lightning-charged ozone, and icy rain.
In bottle: A light drizzle.
On me: Ah, there's the moss and stone. Light. Pretty.
Wearing: Grey tank top and matching girly-boxers.
Reading: Scar Night,by Alan Campbell; WisCon workshop manuscripts.
Writing: I need to get further on Katrianna's visit, and hopefully some more of her mother's story.
Planning: Today, lunch with the fabulous mendozaand the return of the medical wrangling from yesterday; tomorrow, one or two parties, depending on transport. Sunday may be family movie day.
And a bonus: remember me blathering on about roller skating? Have a picture (by drwex). And if you're local, come skate with us!
Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!