A very good friend of mine has brain cancer, I found out yesterday.
Meanwhile, flooding in Pakistan has been especially devastating, affecting 20 million people.
What do these things have in common? Not much - one is very personal, the other global, more remote. But both affect individual families very much, and both are a stark contrast to the hedonistic pursuits that this blog usually covers. So today hedonism itself takes a break.
This won't turn into a personal journal, nor a moral sermon on the important things in life.
International support for the situation in Pakistan, compared to recent disasters, has been low for some reason.
If haven't yet but you feel like donating, you can do so here at the International Red Cross.