I’ve never really paid that much attention to the idea of looking after myself. I’ve long been a burning-the-candle-at-both-ends workaholic who viewed rest as something other people did and that I needed only rarely. I haven’t had a holiday in years, and when I have taken holidays I’ve usually been doing something high-stress...
This is me just a month ago on my 32nd birthday, gazing out across the impressive Dzanga Bai at some 30 odd elephants splashing about contentedly in the mud. At the time I’d been waiting a week for my insurance company to arrange my repatriation home from the tiny town of Bayanga in the middle of the Central African rainforest, during which...
I’m just going to cut to the chase – last week I was diagnosed with cancer. It started in my large bowel and has already managed to sneak its way into my liver. Bowel cancer is 1) very rare in people my age, and 2) notoriously silent until it spreads and starts causing problems, which is why it hasn’t been identified before now. In my...
The Night Before Christmas (New Data)
1 ‘Twas the night before Christmas and down in the lab,
2 I had B-12, our android, laid out on the slab.
3 I worked at his circuits with tremendous care,
4 As these were the ones that made 12 self-aware.
5 When all of a sudden, he lifted his head,
6 “Yanna, what’s ‘the true meaning of Christmas’?” he said.Read More