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Notes on radioactive iodine treatment for papillary thyroid cancer

The next step in the process of treating my papillary thyroid cancer is a radioactive iodine treatment. I’ll be going through this treatment process in a few weeks, and this is what I know about the process today.

The radioactive iodine treatment process

From what I’ve learned from my endocrinologist, the process goes like this:

Dream of Columbo, Kojak, and the guy from Hawaii 5-0

I’m sitting in the large back seat of a car with Columbo, Kojak, and the guy from Hawaii 5-0. We’re hungry, so Columbo is driving us to this restaurant he knows.

We take a right at a corner, and Columbo pulls forward about four parking spaces and parks the car. As he pulls through the empty parking spaces I see the pavement as though I’m a hood ornament on the car, looking down over the front of the car. I don’t wonder about that, but I do wonder why he didn’t take the first parking spot, which would have been closer to the restaurant, whose entrance is on the corner.

Life - It's all connected

Back when I was studying Zen, I ran across the television series, Life. The first episode is almost perfect; this is a 40-second clip from it:

Why does Wall Street hate Apple (AAPL)?

Why does the stock market hate Apple? Check out these numbers, where P/E means “price to earnings”, and EPS means “earnings per share”. When a P/E ratio is high, it means Wall Street loves you for one reason or another, and when EPS is high, it means you’re making a lot of money (or at least a lot of money per share):

            P/E    EPS
           -----  -----
Google      25.6   34.6
Dell        18.0    0.8
Microsoft   13.0    2.6 
Apple       12.1   40.1
Amazon       NaN   -0.2   # "p/e" is NaN because eps is negative

Things to do in Boulder, Colorado

I have some family coming into town next week, so I find myself looking for things to do in the Boulder, Colorado area. Here’s a collection of links I’ve put together so far:

Why I no longer tell people that I went to the Buddhist Geeks Conference

Today I decided that I will no longer tell people that I went to the Buddhist Geeks Conference this past weekend. The reason isn't that I'm embarassed about it in any way. Indeed, I met some of the nicest, most interesting people I've ever met, and I hope to stay in touch with them, help them in their missions, and see them again next year.