Dan Johnson

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Bob Larson’s Teenage Exorcist Girls

Teenage Exorcist Girls

On 11 August 2011, there was an article in The Daily Mail [Yeah, I know it sucks as a source of anything but bird-cage liner.] with this headline: ‘We’re not like normal teenagers’: Meet the exorcist schoolgirls who spend their time casting out DEMONS around the world. The funniest part of the article was that …

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17th Annual Linux Journal Readers’ Choice Awards

Dan's GNOME desktop

When I consider how much time I spend in front of a computer monitor, I find it odd that I don’t really write much about computers here on my blog. I’ve been using computers in some fashion since about 1978, and I’ve formed some opinions about operating systems and applications during the intervening years. Greg …

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Day 0: Transplant Completed

HSCT - Second bag of cells

Today, Day 0 of my stem cell transplant schedule, saw the return of my cells back to my bloodstream. They had been kept frozen since being harvested just a couple weeks ago. The process of warming the cells and returning them only took a bit longer than thirty minutes. There were two bags containing the …

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Today is my ‘Rest Day’

My Hospital Room

The time spent in the hospital for my stem cell transplant is measured on an interesting scale. The date on which my previously harvested stem cells will be returned to me is called Day 0. Days before then are measured as negative days, and after then as positive days. Depending on the chemotherapy protocol required, …

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My Next Step Ahead: BEAM Chemotherapy

In just two short days, I’ll be sitting in a hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri, getting my first dose of the chemotherapy which precedes my stem cell transplant. I intend to keep everyone up to date here and elsewhere. I know I’m not going through this alone. What is BEAM? As with many other chemotherapy …

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Mobilizing Stem Cells in St. Louis

Fractal image generated by qosmic

I’m in St. Louis at the moment, having lunch while I wait for another appointment for an injection of Mozobil. It helps to stimulate stem cell production in my bone marrow. Tomorrow will be the first day of pheresis, in which they harvest stem cells. With luck, they’ll get enough of the cells in the …

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Bone Marrow Biopsy Number Two

Bone marrow biopsy photo 04

I had my first bone marrow biopsy over a year ago, just after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In preparation for my upcoming stem cell transplant, another biopsy was called for. This time I managed to get some photographs of the procedure, thanks to the assistance of my wife, Tammy. The biopsy procedure took place …

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It’s a Conspiracy! Episode 6

Indian Point via bing Maps

In this installment of It’s a Conspiracy!, we’ll look at couple more locations shown in 13 Places Google Doesn’t Want You To See. Conspiratorial goodness abounds! Image № 9: Reims – Champagne Air Base Reims – Champagne Air Base is a modern French Air Force and NATO air base. It began operations in 1928. As …

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It’s a Conspiracy! Episode 5

Mobil Buffalo via bing

Up now in It’s a Conspiracy!, it’s time to look at the next couple of locations from 13 Places Google Doesn’t Want You To See. Check out Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 for more of the conspiratorial fun. Image № 7: Mobil Oil Corp. in Buffalo NY Here is what Google …

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It’s a Conspiracy! Episode 4

Chukotka location via Google Maps

For this It’s a Conspiracy!, we’ll look at the next location in 13 Places Google Doesn’t Want You To See. Don’t forget to read Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3 if you haven’t already done so. Image № 6: Chukotka region This location proves to be more interesting than some of the others in …

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