A couple of days after we returned from Hawaii my mom went to the emergency room because she had a severe stomach ache and a swollen midsection. The emergency room doctor did a chest x-ray and a CT scan and found that my mom had what appeared to be stomach cancer. My mom has spent the last week going to see cancer specialists, oncologists, to determine the type of cancer and the stage. After a week of consultation, the doctors believe that my mom has primary peritoneal cancer (peritoneal mesothelioma).

Primary peritoneal cancer. Simply defined, it is cancer of the peritoneum. Peritoneum is the serous (fluid) membrane that lines the walls of the abdominal cavity. Because you can’t remove the wall of your abdomen, the cancer cannot be removed surgically, though surgery for tumors it has created may be performed. The reason it’s also referred to as extrovarian cancer (meaning ovarian cancer outside the ovary) is because it’s basically of the same fluid that coats the ovaries and though it’s not the exact same cancer, it is treated just as ovarian cancer. In fact, the pamphlets the doctors usually give out are ovarian cancer literature.

Like ovarian cancer, peritoneal cancer usually creates a tumor on the ovary or elswhere in the pelvic region. This tumor will create little pieces of what looks like chicken fat and spread them to other nearby organs. These are called metastasis lesions or adhesions, or “mets” for short. These mets are what my mom’s CT scans have found. The treatment, usually surgery, chemotherapy or both depends on the grade and stage of the cancer tumor. My mom is scheduled to have surgery in the next few weeks, followed by chemotherapy.

At this point me and my family are simply hoping for the best. My deepest thanks to all of you that have us in your thoughts and prayers.

Since my home has had no power since Monday, I’ve had to go 19th century on some entertainment options: coloring, Parcheesi and reading. I was pretty surprised that I remembered how to work one of those book things. Here’s the illustrious list I knocked off this week:

The Meaning of Ichiro: The New Wave from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime by Robert Whiting

Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever by by John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade

Although my townhome has no power, I know someone that does. I am alive and well with minor damage to my townhome. My family is safe, but South Florida is a mess. People coming to blows over ice and water. People waiting hours (up to 16) for gas. It’s like downtown Baghdad with better landscaping. I have posted some pics on my Flickr account. They really don’t do the disaster justice. I’m just happy we weren’t plowed like the Gulf Coast. I’m going to count my blessings right now.

A property on Project Entropia, a massively multiplayer online game from Swedish developer MindArk, was sold for $100,000. Yes, it sold for real world dollars. The game is based on a real cash economy and the Project Entropia Dollar (PED) has a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar of 10 to 1. The property, a space resort above the fictional realm of Calypso, features a 1,000-unit apartment complex, a shopping mall, a stadium for sporting events, 10 hunting biodomes, a nightclub, and an amphitheater. Unfortunately, no mental health facility is included–crazy!

Welcoming Wilma

Unfortunately, Wilma is not a stripper. She’s the 21st named storm for 2005 that just got done vacationing in Cancun. You know this of course. You also know that she’s about to plow into southwest Florida as a category 3 hurricane. I live in southern Broward county on the southeast side of the state. Although we won’t experience a direct hit, we expect winds of nearly 100 mph as Wilma passes through. Since my townhome was constructed after Andrew, it should be able to withstand a category 5 storm. However, my biggest concern is that Wilma will park my Scion in the cul-de-sac or plant a palm tree in the glove box. As soon as it’s safe to venture out tomorrow, I’ll get some pics. I may not be able to post them because there’s a good chance there will be no power. Wish me luck.

Mama and I are back from Hawaii and the photos are posted on Flickr for everyone to check out. We did a lot of snorkeling, scuba diving, went to South Point, saw the sunset from the top of Mauna Kea, and even saw the start of the Iron Man World Championships. The icing on the cake is a great DVD shot by our friend Larry during our Manta Ray Night Dive. It was awesome.

Many of you know I love Google. They totally have it together. Lots of smart, creative peeps are crazily working to provide untouchable services. Whether it’s their search engine, maps, email, IM, it almost seems that have it all.

Well, I was reading an article over at Download Squad about a new free email service called Goowy. Now, the last thing any of us need is another free email account. If any of you are like me, you have a Yahoo! account, multiple Hotmail accounts, Gmail (of course), and whatever other free accounts available. But what if something came along that was different enough to peak your interest. Goowy did just that for me. Essentially it’s a flash-based online email client that not only provides 2GB of storage (size does matter), but a calendar, RSS reader, online games, and a skinnable interface.

I haven’t spent but 10 minutes playing with the site, but I’m impressed. I mean, it does what everyone else does. It sends and receives messages. But the thought and creativity that went into building a unique email experience is pretty cool. I’d highly recommend creating an account even if all you did was poke around and see what’s up. You never know. You may have found your new email service.

Mister Nice Hands, it really can’t be described. And it’s probably not safe for work. I mean, it’s not pr0n, but the guy in the next cubicle may look at you funny. And you may want to turn the sound down. That’s all I can say.

If you’re feeling hungry (I know it’s nearly lunch time on the West Side), then point your browsers to The Official Ramen Homepage. Some brilliant fellow has put together 289 recipes for ramen noodles. Yes, RAMEN. You know, the packs of noodles you can get 6 for $0.89 (10 for $1 in some places). Regardless of your locale’s ramen economy, the availablility of nearly 300 ramen recipes is not only impressive, but necessary to feed countless people across the world. I mean, when I was a kid, my mom might have thrown an egg in my ramen… maybe some cut-up hot dogs. I don’t think she would have thought of Hyperactive Candied Choco-Ramen. That’s the bomb! This site is exactly what the originators of the Internet were thinking of when they created the Information Super Highway. God bless you, Matt Fischer. You are a true innovator.

As of today I am officially on vacation. I’ll be heading off to Los Angeles for the weekend to attend the Eagles concert at the Staples Center. I am excited about the concert but kind of bummed that I’ll miss the Fleet Week festivities in The City this weekend. I’ll be returning on Monday to prepare to leave to Hawaii on Tuesday morning for ten days of fun, rest, and relaxation. Oh yeah, and a lot of scuba diving. As always, I leave the blog in the able hands of Jimmy and Meerenai during my absence. I’ll post the vacation photos on the Flickr account upon our return from Hawaii. Aloha.

No, I am not talking about a futuristic android hooker from the future. I am talking about the robotic Hummer that took pole position at this year’s DARPA Grand Challenge in the Mojave Desert. DARPA, the research and development arm of the Pentagon, is sponsoring the race for a second year. Last year none of the 15 entries managed to complete the 175 mile obstacle-laden course and claim the $1 million prize. This year the prize has been increased to $2 million. From the looks of it, Carnegie Mellon University’s robotic Hummer has a good chance of taking home the moolah.

If you are a fan of the card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG) and enjoy political satire you’ll love Katrina: The Gathering. Who knew that card geeks were also adept at political satire? Granted, the political satire will be really hard to understand if you don’t understand basic MTG rules, which really just makes you a normal person. Either way, check it out.

At the behest of Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, Google Inc. submitted a 100-page proposal to blanket the city of San Francisco with free WiFi Internet service so that “anyone in San Francisco could connect to the Internet.” Many believe that this is a way for Google to use a real market as a test bed for new WiFi, and maybe WiMAX, initiatives and test location-based technology to improve its popular search services. Some industry experts doubt if Google has the telecom expertise to pull off a wireless service offering, but with $7 billion in cash they could certainly find the expertise in a hurry if needed. Regardless of Google’s intentions, having free WiFi in the city would be great and having free WiMAX would be even better. Stay tuned to see if the proposal moves forward.