Sepsis hospital stay

May 4, 2024 – I just returned from six days in the hospital recovering from a UTI that had blossomed into a nasty sepsis infection. The hospital stay ran through my birthday–not my best birthday, but my lovely wife did bring me a small piece of my birthday cake each day. I never really felt

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More website security

February 19, 2024 – Not really news from your point of view, but it’s what I’ve been up to lately. Another security plugin showed me that unauthorized people (well, probably unauthorized bots) were trying to gain access to my administrator account several times a day. I get the impression this is pretty common, but it

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Confluence 2023

August 7, 2023 – I went to the Friday evening session of Confluence, the convention by Parsec (, Pittsburgh’s science fiction club, on July 21. A good time as always, highly recommended for all science fiction and fantasy readers and writers. I particularly enjoyed the session on hopepunk and solarpunk. They’re sort of the opposite

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April 14, 2023 – I was just about to start cardiac rehab from the heart surgery, when COVID suddenly came roaring through the household and hit us all. It wasn’t too bad for three of us–all that vaxing and boosting apparently paid off–but my oldest son got slammed–he always gets everything worse than anyone else,

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Heart valve

February 1, 2023 – I just had surgery to replace my heart’s aortic valve. I’d known for a couple of years it had aortic stenosis (inability to pass enough flow) caused by a combination of a birth defect and aging, but only recently did the condition suddenly jump into the “severe” category and require surgery

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