By any other name

 Posted by on July 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm
Jul 162016
By any other name

A whole year?! It’s hard to believe that it has been more than a year since I’ve written anything on my blog. I don’t even know how to begin to catch up. I blame Facebook, mostly. I’ve been addicted to the lightning-fast pace of information exchange there, and I’ve written hundreds, maybe even thousands of posts and at […more]

AIDS dissident crosses enemy lines to find common ground

 Posted by on November 26, 2013 at 8:08 am
Nov 262013
AIDS dissident crosses enemy lines to find common ground

The first real bombshell dropped about six minutes into our chat, while talking about ARV drugs. Almost too casually, JTD said “I haven’t been on meds for going on 14 months now.” I had not yet publicized my own decision to start taking ARV drugs again, though I had dropped some pretty serious hints in our email exchange about “going over to the dark side”, and I was sure he knew I was planning to restart them. The irony of JTD’s comment hit me like a slap in the face. “I can’t believe that,” I told JTD, “you quit the drugs, and I’m getting ready to take them.”

This was probably the pivotal point in our conversation where my doubts and apprehensions about JTD started to soften.

The sick psychology of voodoo hexes and pointing bones

 Posted by on March 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm
Mar 072011
The sick psychology of voodoo hexes and pointing bones

  Bone pointing is an ancient curse used by the aborigines of Australia. The vengeful person takes a kangaroo bone, carves a point at one end, and drills a hole through the other. He then passes a single strand of the victim’s hair through the hole and ties it in place. In a usually public […more]

Breathe. Focus. Balance.

 Posted by on September 27, 2010 at 9:53 am
Sep 272010
Breathe. Focus. Balance.

(photo by: JuanJ) I admit that I am an erratic blogger.  When I started writing again a couple of years ago after a nearly decade-long break, there was a lot of pent-up inspiration to produce posts regularly.  What exactly I wanted to write about has taken a few turns along the way as well, but […more]

What’s wrong with being #2?

 Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 7:12 am
Jul 022010
What's wrong with being #2?

I’ve written before about my interest in geeky stuff like the Alexa website rankings.  A fellow AIDS dissident turned me on to Alexa last year, using it to point out how many Dissident websites and blogs there are out there, and how favorably many of them rank, especially compared to those websites that exist solely […more]

Baylor’s online AIDS researcher digs up old graves

 Posted by on March 7, 2010 at 9:11 am
Mar 072010
Baylor's online AIDS researcher digs up old graves

No one wants to see the grave of a loved one disturbed.  It’s dishonorable, distasteful, and usually illegal. That is exactly what happened this weekend though. There is a page on my blog called “the graveyard”, a list of dead friends that I published as a response to those who claimed that every time an […more]

Life in a database

 Posted by on February 2, 2010 at 7:23 am
Feb 022010
Life in a database

Most of my work the last few decades have involved that interface… that point of contact between human beings and the computer. I’ve written previously about my earliest experience with computers in the 1970s, while still in high school, where I advocated for the first computer programming course at Colby High School.  We ran our […more]