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June 30, 2005

loving google maps api

I have combined Google Maps (using their newly released API) with Where2GetIt's Locator and Routing XML-RPC services. This is just hitting the demo account database so it's basically pulling up KMart locations. But it should give you a feel for what's possible. It uses AJAX to hit a server side PHP script that hits W2GI web services over XML-RPC for location information and routes. So it's pretty sweet. You type in your zipcode, it gives you a map of the locations in your area. You then click on a point and it gives you a pop up with the driving directions to the point and highlights the map appropriately. Pretty slick. Check it out at http://paulbaker.net/gmap/.

June 21, 2005

i love you mommy

So remember when I said I received the worst news of my life a few days ago, well I now have even worse news than that. I was cryptic last time because I simply haven't accepted it myself. I just can't believe it's real and I really want to wake up from this horrible nightmare. My mom has been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. The CT scan results she received today shows it has spread past the walls of her colon and two lesions have developed on her liver. Tomorrow she will have a PET scan to hopefully confirm that there are only two lesions on her liver. She will also have a CAT scan of her chest to make sure that the cancer has not spread to any other organs. Assuming they don't find anything more, she will have surgery on Monday at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago to remove the right half of her colon. She will spend four to seven days in hospital and after that it will take four to six weeks at home to recover from the surgery, leaning more towards six. Once her doctor feels she is up to it, she will receive three to six months of chemotherapy to stop the growth of the lesions on her liver and lucky, hopefully shrink them some as well. After that she will have another surgery to remove the lesions and surrounding tissue from her liver. This second surgery is the most severe and carries the highest risks. With stage three colon cancer that has spread to the liver, my mom has a 35% chance of survival over five years. Having said that she is handling this very well and is optimistic and in good spirits. She is very comfortable with her doctor at Northwestern (referred to her by a friend of my parents who had colon cancer eight years ago) and is determined to beat this at all costs. Please keep her in your prayers. We need all of them we can get.

June 17, 2005

not what you want

Today should have otherwise been a great day. I saw Sleater-Kinney at the Riviera tonight. They are so awesome live. I wish it was at the Metro though. This is the first time I've seen them some place other than the Metro. They played a double-encore. It was great. Although I couldn't quite enjoy it as much as I wanted to as my mind kept drifting... This should have been a great day. Instead I received the worst news ever of my life this morning. In related news... Mom I love you! Please don't go!

June 15, 2005

open letter to themaxx

I have been leaching off of tmbo for over a year. It has been a corner stone of my daily routine and a great way to pass the time at work. As you know you recently changed it to require a login just to view the pictures. Please please give me a login. I can't take it any more. I'm going through major withdrawal pains. Please see the image at http://givetheworld.net/cornmuffinintelguy.jpg.

Update: I have been blessed with a login to themaxx. Hoorah!!