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My Indiegogo project:

2007, recent
 http://igg.me/at/rmsb/x/1608027

Get in on the ground floor as a backer and get it as an ebook or paperback. High-level backers can even see their names in print!
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SYTYCD Stunner for me

dance
 I watched my recording of this week's show today and I was floored:

This was the second week of the final 10, where each one individually is paired with an all-star (a past competitor). This week one was paired with Courtney Galliano. I remember seeing her compete.

Nigel mentioned that she is now battling multiple sclerosis. More and more people are announced with it every day, but after more than 17 years it still surprises me. 
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I awoke to sad news:

2007, recent
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/glee-star-cory-monteith-dies-584965

First and foremost, that a youngster (31) dies is tragic. There will be an autopsy, but he abused narcotics in the past; I suspect they're the cause now.

This will also impact the show (secondary to the loss). Finn Hudson was studying to be a teacher, and there was the storyline with Rachel too.

What a senseless waste.
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17 years today

2007, recent
 Today marks 17 years since my diagnosis with MS.

It's definitely affecting me a lot. Not only am I barely able to speak (forget singing) and I can't leave a wheelchair much, but my eyes no longer focus together.

Note that It'm not whining It is what it is. If anything I'm angry at it for cooling my mellow.

It won't stop me from existing; it just slows me down.
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It's that time again...

2007, recent
 Good and truly awful singers from  all across the USA and some inspiring background stories too... American Idol 12 has begun.

Like every year I wonder if the really bad ones lost a bet then had to perform.

I PVR'd the shows and watched them today.
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My 2012 in Review

2007, recent
 
I haven't posted here in months, and my first post back is introspection? Well... we're less than 24 hours away from 2013, so I found it necessary.
 
2012 had some lows for me... as I spoke of before I had a 3-day hospital stay due to an infection in May. I haven't had to stay in a hospital since I was 1 month-old.
 
My MS progressed this year. The same part of my brain that controls my balance also controls my speech and vision (the cerebellum). They are both very messed up.
 
I had my first real episode in 11 years, with my left hand getting weak. As a result I couldn't even hold a cup by myself for nearly 2 months.
 
I didn't attend WizardWorld: Toronto this year, nor a reunion of high school, and Con*Cept was cancelled this year for a dearth of manpower to run it.
 
The year had a few good things too. Most important I was published again, and have begun to see profits from it. I have 3 (and maybe 4) other versions of the product to write, so many more profits are to come.
 
A 1st-year resident from Emergency at the Jewish General Hospital came to me this spring; I busked with him in 1987. He went back to school to study medicine. He finally got his life fixed up, and I'm glad he did.
 
In the fall I met up with a guy that I worked with nearly 23 years ago. This has really been a year for me for re-encounters!
 
I didn't make it to 50 K in NaNoWriMo again this year, but I achieved nearly 24 K. That's better than 2011, when I wrote less than 19 K; I was so upset that I thought about quitting my job. Fortunately the new Director for my work program is a nicer person (no one liked the last one; she was why I wanted to quit).
 
I did attend the Montreal Comic-con this year. I saw Jim Starlin, David Finch and Darwin Cooke (those last two again) and saw William Shatner, Roddy McDowell too, met Wil Weaton (he's really cool in person), Laura Vandervoot (she played Supergirl on Smallville, but to me she'll always be Sadie from Instant Star)... I also re-met a friend that I hadn't seen in nearly a decade, 
 
as well as a friend from NaNo and his step-daughter, who's dating my nephew. It was a great event.
 
- oh. No surprise: the Mayan Apocalypse didn't happen.
 
2013 will see many more publications from me, and more cool encounters. I'm looking forward to it.
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Just go with the flow

2007, recent
Right now my PVR is recording the vampire film From Dusk Till Dawn on Space: The Imagination Station (like SyFy in the US, except it actually does support Sf, Horror and Fantasy).

It's seen by some as the weakest of Quentin Tarrantino's scripts, but not so by me. I saw it in the cinema when it came out... at first it shocked me. Then, I realized it would be wacky, so went along with it.

In many ways it was an early inspiration for Grindhouse. Since Robert Rodrigez was the director here too, the notion fits doubly.
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My latest health misadventure

2007, recent
 I haven't been on either Dreamwidth or Livejournal often lately, so readers of those wouldn't notice. My readers on Facebook likely have however...

May 9-12 I was in the Jewish General Hospital here in Montreal. I had an infection that seemed to tire me out on the 8th; by 4 AM on the 9th I woke in bed only able to move enough to press my Lifeline panic button - but I was so weak I could barely be heard on its speaker. An ambulance was sent and the drivers had to break my door to get to me.

At first I didn't think I needed to go to a hospital but they did. Considering how bad I was, I'm glad I listened! In Emergency I was pumped full of fluids (I was dehydrated) and started on an antibiotic drip. About 2 hours later I could speak better.

One of my sisters is listed as an emergency contact. She called my mom and dad. When I was wheeled back from a chest x-ray mom was waiting for me.

I was pretty composed until then, but within 10 seconds my emotional floodgates fell out.

There were others that I wished could be told but I had no way to reach them.

3 days of hospital bed-rest and I was allowed to go home. I have a 9-day antibiotic prescription for it, and I'll get to bed again soon.

I'll go back on Facebook Sunday in the day. Many of my games may have timed out,  but so what? My well-being matters more.
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Squeaky will be with me, always

2007, recent
 Today is bittersweet: it's  the 2nd anniversary of my baby Squeaky being euthanized, but also the 2nd anniversary of Garfield being here.

Someday I won't mourn Squeaky as much, but not yet.
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I missed this:

2007, recent
 I guess that after so long it's not that important... March 23rd was the 15th Dx Day anniversary.

I show the effect of disability progression, and if asked I'd definitely say, "MS sucks." -- but that's the full extent of my negativity.
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