“You were always getting ashes in the eggs” – Links for 2019-05-03

“You were always getting ashes in the eggs” – Links for 2019-05-03

My procedure last week went really well. I got my stent out and we've identified the root cause of the fluid buildup (portal vein thrombosis) and I have a bunch of doctor appointments to start tackling that. I had a paracentesis earlier this week and that's given me some relief, but considering that my previous one was only 3 weeks ago, I have concerns...

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“She didn’t believe in transcendence” – Links for 2019-04-19

“She didn’t believe in transcendence” – Links for 2019-04-19

I'm too tired to write anything interesting, so let's get on with the links. Why are we so obsessed with Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes? "She blinks reluctantly, with such vaguely reptilian slowness that it really does seem like she'd opt out of the basic bodily function if she could, in order to better maintain unbroken eye contact with whoever she's...

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“I was your sorry ever after”: Links for 2019-04-05

“I was your sorry ever after”: Links for 2019-04-05

Spring has finally sprung here and it's glorious. My pollinator garden and hydrangeas are coming up, the rose bushes have new leaves, and the grass is greening up. I ventured into the spider-infested shed this afternoon to haul out a couple of chairs so I could enjoy some afternoon sunshine and work on an essay. We need to get an umbrella for the table and...

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“They’ll try to tell you what it all means”: Links for 2019-03-22

“They’ll try to tell you what it all means”: Links for 2019-03-22

I deviated from my plan of working on this post bit by bit through the week and that was not a good life decision because I have other things I want to do and it's been an hour and a half of sifting links and being distracted by the internet and I cannot sleep in tomorrow because I am a genius who has a therapy appointment every Friday at 8:15 am. And boy...

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“And some days I can’t even trust myself”: Links for 2019-03-15

“And some days I can’t even trust myself”: Links for 2019-03-15

I've been fighting with technology all week at work. We've ported some applications into our environment and not only are they are still pretty unstable, they're also replacing some applications which we're deprecating in, oh, about six weeks. And I need to writing training documentation and figure out data conversions--without access to learn the tools...

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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