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February 28, 2006

Posted by Teresa at 12:58 PM *

I’m not going to discuss any of the particulars, but Dave Howell is a saint.

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#1 ::: Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 01:27 PM:

If it's what I think it is (and I'm not saying either), he's not just a saint, he's an actual angel.

#3 ::: ctate ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 01:45 PM:

That's "AlexLit" Dave? I miss that service. Sniff.

#4 ::: Gabe ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 01:48 PM:

Thank Google for making obscure threads marginally less obscure.

#5 ::: Sisuile ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 01:49 PM:

Sometimes people across the internet can come across the oddest things, which they know someone else needs. And sometimes they go serching.

I think most of the fanbase you've built up are glad you're happy.

#6 ::: Aconite ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 02:05 PM:

Thank you, Dave Howell, on behalf of all Teresa's fans.

#7 ::: Eve ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 02:47 PM:

That's a very good thing.

#8 ::: Tim Kyger ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 03:02 PM:

Can I cut through all the code crap? Teresa can't answer this (or so I see), but one of the rest of you can I think.

Pemoline supply, right?

#9 ::: Lis Carey ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 04:05 PM:

It's good to have friends with problem-solving abilities. It's a relief to read this.

#10 ::: Aquila ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 04:17 PM:

Yay! Temporary or semi-permanent solution?

#11 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 04:29 PM:


I think this is the classic "those who know don't tell, and those who tell don't know" thing. And I don't know.

But I can guess, and mine matches yours, and yay.

#12 ::: Fran ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 04:31 PM:

Oh, thank God -- and thank Dave!

#13 ::: Sandy B. ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 04:38 PM:

Ah, but I neither tell NOR know!

. . .I could swear that was going to be witty when I started it.

#14 ::: Dave H. ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 05:27 PM:

Thanks, Teresa.

I'm currently having reasonably good results with Adderall as a replacement for my still-sorely-missed pemoline. It costs more, and I'll probably end up needing to take three big capsules instead of the one teensy pill that the pemoline was, but it's working, more or less.

ctate: yes, that's AlexLit dave. The recommender's still running, and the rest of the publishing division of the Seattle Book Company is merely in stasis. We're not dead yet, and if/when we finally get some serious financial backing, we anticipate re-energizing AlexLit along with the other parts of the company.

Aconite: but *I* am one of Teresa's fans. :) Anyway, you're welcome. I've been trying to provide some "why" in this paragraph, but it's too complicated. I'd need a medium-sized essay to get close. But I am going to take this opportunity to mention that it's not unrelated to the fact I'm a Christian.

I'm pretty sure it's illegal for me to give somebody else any pemoline that had been originally prescribed to me. So my remaining supply of pemoline has been disposed of in a morally appropriate fashion. 'nuf said.

And the issue of a reliable ongoing supply remains unsolved, as far as I know. That's a bad thing.

#15 ::: Janna ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 05:48 PM:

That's our Dave: a good soul indeed.

#16 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 06:09 PM:

Blessings on you, Dave.

#17 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 07:32 PM:

Aw, good news. And there was much rejoicing.

#18 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 07:40 PM:

It sounds like good news.

#19 ::: Elaine ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 08:00 PM:

Yeah! And I hope a more long-term solution comes to pass as well.

#20 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 08:38 PM:

O happy day! Dave H., blessings.

#21 ::: Keith Thompson ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 09:25 PM:

Whoo hoo!

#22 ::: nalo ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 10:36 PM:

Wondrous good.

#23 ::: Barbara Gordon ::: (view all by) ::: February 28, 2006, 11:50 PM:

Much loud cheering and quiet relief over here. Now I have to hope that something similar comes through for my friend's husband, who accepted liver damage in return for getting his full mind back, and would like to stick with that bargain.
And for everyone else who would like the privilege of weighing the odds and making their own decisions like adults.

#24 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 12:27 AM:

Dave --

Not only Teresa's thanks, but ours as well.

#25 ::: Fiendish Writer ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 06:42 AM:

I send up clouds of cheers and thanks.

#26 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 09:15 AM:


also: Three cheers and a tiger!

#27 ::: Tim Kyger ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 09:31 AM:

I hate to be the one to point out the turd in the punchbowl...

...but as I understand things, this is only a patch, not a solution. A bridge over a stream, when the ocean must still be crossed.

Stop me before I commit metaphor again.

#28 ::: Scott Lemieux ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 10:36 AM:

Ralph, Ralph, you're already responsible for far more damage to American politics than anybody else on the ostensible left this decade--you don't need to keep running up the tab...

#29 ::: Zeynep ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 12:55 PM:

Cheers from this mostly-lurking corner, too.

#30 ::: Dan Hoey ::: (view all by) ::: March 01, 2006, 03:01 PM:

Dave H.: Aconite: but *I* am one of Teresa's fans.

I hope that doesn't preclude Aconite thanking you on your behalf. Aren't you grateful?

On behalf of the greater fanosphere* I thank the universe for having people like you in it. And she. And the rest of us, too, even the ones, if any, who reject my usurpation of their benediction.

* Not to be confused with the much flatter Fano plane.

#31 ::: A. J. Luxton ::: (view all by) ::: March 02, 2006, 01:55 AM:

Great goshamonkeys! I read this post yesterday and was apparently too tired to catch the implications. Much clapping of hands from this corner.

#32 ::: Dan Hoey ::: (view all by) ::: March 02, 2006, 09:33 AM:

Am I the only one who can't hear "pmln" without thinking "thtmln"?

"Melts in your hand before you put it in your mouth."

#33 ::: Leslie in CA ::: (view all by) ::: March 02, 2006, 01:58 PM:

Singing the Hallelujah Chorus over in this corner. Bless you, Dave.

#34 ::: Tina ::: (view all by) ::: March 02, 2006, 04:13 PM:

More yay: Yay!

Glad to hear someone has some good news.

#35 ::: Jeff Lipton ::: (view all by) ::: March 04, 2006, 02:53 PM:

Very good news indeed.

Since Mr Howell is reading this thread, can I ask him to reinstate his Unix essay? From the description, it seemed to match my impression of Unix as well.

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