#FuckCancer: Death


CRUSHER: He’s dying.

(Korris, Konmel and Worf stand over the bed. As the young man breaths his last, Korris holds his eyelids open. Then they all start a deep throaty growl, which becomes a roar as they are sure he is dead. Konmel removes a hook from the boot)

CRUSHER: Is there any special arrangement you would like for the body?

KORRIS: It is only an empty shell now. Please treat it as such.

— Star Trek: The Next Generation, Heart of Glory

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#FuckCancer Update And Blog Notes

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Season 2, Episode 7



Be careful what you create. It will come back to haunt you.

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R.I.P. Special Effects & CGI Pioneer Ron Thornton


The passing of another LightWave3D legend – Ron Thornton
Ron Thornton has passed away

At post time, there’s no official obituary. He was a giant in his field. He saved Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet from the abyss, being called in to triage an out-of-control CGI production that didn’t have his depth of expertise.

Rest in peace.


Meet LightWave Legend Ron Thornton: Ron Thornton broke new ground for visual effects in the 90s with LightWave and his innovation with the software continues today

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Season 2, Episode 6



This is just about the halfway point of what has so far been a very disappointing and forgettable second season.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA Notes

I’ve been looking anew at this tablet because of the B&H sale price:


Despite some earlier testing (see this post), I went at it again with a real torture test. I was especially interested in trying that due to another earlier post.

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#FuckCancer Update And Blog Notes

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March 11, 2015: #FuckCancer

I sincerely hope none of you have to go through this. It’s the worst thing in the world.

As if the ravaging disease wasn’t bad enough, the people who allegedly treat it are sometimes even worse. Oncologists who treat a patient like an ATM: Deposit group-approved chemo, withdraw insurance money. A fucking app could do that. Where’s the critical thinking to try to actually beat it?

And such oncologists don’t even want to hear about approaches that are different and are working. Anne Glauber, the patient in that piece, shows no signs of the awful cachexia that usually turns chemo victims into looking like a walking cadaver.

And then there’s the brutal irony of timing. Chemo becomes ineffective, the patient is told time is up, and then something like this appears in my Twitter feed …

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iPad Mini 4 Price Drops Below My Expectation

September 8, 2016: iPad Price Drops:

… I was thinking about a Tyrant Gold model with 128GBs of storage. But ouch! $599. Then I remembered some stores — like Target and Best Buy — sometimes run $100-off sales. So it could be $499 at some point.

Then BAM! Today, Apple made it $499 for real.

So I’m back to thinking about those $100 off sales. Will it be possible to get a 128GB iPad Mini for just $399 in a few weeks?

Best Buy:


Best Buy link (as of November 21, 2016; price will change).

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Making A Point Simply

Weekend reading:


Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success

Highly recommended. Many tales of Steve Jobs and Apple that are instructive.

One I want to point out.

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Photos: VisionVR Quick Unboxing

No time to even remove the plastic today.


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Photos: US$10 VisionVR Google Cardboard Headset


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