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~ Friday, June 06, 2003
~ Thursday, June 05, 2003
I'm a Radiohead fan, but I don't know if I'd go this far. (Via Altercation.)
~ Tuesday, June 03, 2003
My sister and her family are visiting right now, and tonight we got a phone call from my parents. Dad had surgery on his nose a couple of weeks ago, and they removed a mass. Said mass turns out to be extraosseous plasmacytoma, which scores very few comprehensible hits via Google. It can lead to myeloma, however, which would not be good. He's been referred to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, and has been told there have only been something like 100 cases of this worldwide, of which his doctor has seen two.

One quote I found online says "Sometimes the proliferation of plasma cells is contained within a single tumor. This is known as a solitary plasmacytoma, which is an infrequent variant consisting of an isolated neoplastic mass of plasma cells in the bone or soft tissue. Extraosseous plasmacytoma is often cured by surgical removal alone. Osseous plasmacytoma typically progresses to multiple myeloma regardless of therapy; however, this may not occur for up to 20 years, in which time the more commonly older patient may have contracted a more harmful condition (heart disease, diabetes, etc.)."

Because such moral idiocy must be advertised as widely as possible, I direct your attention to the second letter to the editor on this page. Mr. Hancock is on the Board of Torcon 3, which is where the offending issue was sent; not to him personally. If you wish to see the cover, drop on over to here. It's a dandy by Frank Wu, a finalist for the Hugo for Best Fan Artist.

The complaint, of course, is about smoking. I won't be reprinting anything from private correspondence I had with Mr. Hancock, but suffice it to say he has very strong feelings on the matter, and his response to me was enough to make me realize that any further letters on my part would be futile.

This is not censorship, of course, since that term implies government action. It is a form of screening, however, and I wonder at how the decision can be made to keep it from reaching other members of the Board. Is the next step taking them off the shelves whenever you see them? Or perhaps taking out an ad denouncing our actions as editors and Frank's as the artist.

I used to think that it had become politically correct to say that you weren't politically correct; the world was lousy with folks who wore their "incorrectness" like a badge of honour, and that drove me nuts. But I veer over to their side of the divide with this one. I am not a smoker, and I prefer to be in places where people are not smoking. But I'm not about to cram my side down anyone's throat, unless of course they try to do the same to me. And hell, what an "evil fairy godmother" is going to do to encourage smoking is quite beyond me, especially in a magazine that is not, shall we say, read far and wide.

I'm hoping that at Torcon a few of us can wear fairy wings and carry stogies, at least while working the On Spec table. The only point it will make is that I am childish and bitter, I know, but the pictures ought to be good.
~ Monday, June 02, 2003
My friend Don sent me a link to possibly the greatest relationship ever. I haven't laughed so hard in a long, long time. Also, sign up for the mailing list; the email you get is also damned funny.
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