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Eric S. Raymond Survives New Medical Problems

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For decades Eric S. Raymond has been one of the open source movement’s staunchest supporters. He co-founded the Open Source Initiative, and was the author of the influential book The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary .

Tuesday the 61-year-old super-geek posted a dramatic story to his blog:
Today I had to — literally — crawl from my wife’s car to my house. Because I couldn’t walk. Life is what happens while you were making other plans. About six months ago I sprained my right ankle in kung fu class. It gave me occasional pain, mostly in cold weather, but I thought it was healing and I could just let it heal. Until about two months ago when I was out with friends on a chilly evening and my ankle folded up under me, just lost the power to support me entirely…

A couple of visits to doctors and an MRI scan later we determined that I had developed one of the more unfortunate possible sequelae of a sprain, a thing called an osteochondral lesion. This is what happens when an area of bone in the load-bearing area of the joint erodes away, so the cartilage above it is no longer supported. If the unsupported cartilage is then damaged, the long-term result can be crippling arthritis of the joint. In my case, it seemed I had gotten lucky. The cartilage seemed undamaged in the MRI images. The indicated procedure is to go in with an arthroscopic probe and squirt synthetic bone into the lesion. Once it hardens it can support the cartilage so it doesn’t take additional damage.
Then two weeks ago, while waiting for his scheduled surgery, Raymond collapsed again in his kitchen, leading to an emergency room visit, another MRI, and three head staples where he’d hit his head on a chair leg:

Home again home again. It’s nice that even at 61 I’m a physically tough person with a high pain threshold and a thick skull who is actually rather difficult to injure — my school name over at the kung fu kwoon is “The Mighty Oak”. And I like that I can be self-reliant and stoic under stress. But thank you, I’d prefer not to have this confirmed by repeated injuries…

I had that surgery about eighteen hours ago. And ended up crawling from my car because none of the medical people talked about or planned for my post-operative problems until after I was out of anesthesia. Pain management was as far as they got… So now it’s oh-dark-thirty the next morning, I’m writing this because the anesthesia and the four hours or so of shut-eye after I got home have left me all slept out for the moment, and I’ve learned from experience that quietly coding or writing until I’m tired enough to sleep again is better for me than tossing and turning.

By Wednesday he’d posted a reassuring update — that “The post-op pain has stabilized at a level where the occasional Tylenol will handle it nicely.”
But the Tuesday blog post reminded readers that he’d been scheduled to give the main keynote at South East Linux Fest on June 14th. “Part of the reason this is a public blog post is as my subjunctive apology to everyone who was expecting to see me at SELF, in the all-too-likely event that I can’t be there.”

Posting stoicly about the details of his recovery — at one point he writes “Improvise, adapt, overcome!” — Eric Raymond added one final thought:
If you’ve ever thought that you might join my Patreon feed, now would be a really good time. This… adventure… has blown a $6000 hole in my budget and the expenses aren’t over yet. There’s that post-op check at minimum, and probably physical therapy afterwards, and that’s if all heals well; otherwise it’ll be much, much more expensive.

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BREAKING | Kevin Anderson pulls out of US Open

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New York – Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson withdrew from the US Open on Saturday due to a right knee injury.

The 33-year-old South African lost the 2017 final at Flushing Meadows
to Rafael Nadal and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year at
Wimbledon.

Anderson’s place in the draw will go to Italian lucky loser Paolo Lorenzi, the US Tennis Association announced.

World No 17 Anderson has not played since his third-round exit at
Wimbledon last month.

Injury ruled him out of the recent hardcourt
events at Washington, Montreal and Cincinnati.



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Coleman confident hearing will clear him of drugs test violation

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States
sprint star Christian Coleman denied reports of violations for
missing drug tests on Saturday, saying he is confident a September
hearing will clear him to compete at next month’s IAAF World Championships.

Multiple reports on Thursday said Coleman, this year’s fastest man in
the world over the 100m, could face suspension after failing to
make himself available for three drug tests over the past 12 months.

A Twitter account listed from NBC Sports’ Olympic editor Nick
Zaccardi posted on Saturday a statement from Coleman to the
broadcaster’s Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic spring medalist from
Trinidad and Tobago.

“I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never
concerned about taking drug tests, at any time,”
Coleman told Boldon.

“What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply
not true. I am confident the upcoming hearing on September 4 will clear
the matter and I will compete at the World Championships in Doha this
fall.

“Sometime after the hearing, I will be free to answer questions about
the matter, but for now I must reserve and respect the process.”

Britain’s Daily Mail and The Times newspaper reported Coleman is challenging one of the alleged “whereabouts” failures.

Under global anti-doping rules, athletes must let doping tester know
their exact whereabouts up to 90 days in advance in order to facilitate
out-of-competition testing.

Athletes who fail to make themselves available for three drug tests
are treated the same as athletes who fail a drug test and face an
automatic suspension.

Such a ban on Coleman would be another stain on a sport already
reeling from years of doping disgrace, including the recent Russian
scandal.

Coleman, the 60m world record-holder and world indoor champion, could
be the heir to Jamaican legend Usain Bolt, who retired in 2017.

Coleman was second at the 2017 worlds in London behind mentor Justin
Gatlin and owns a personal best of 9.79 as well as this year’s best
time of 9.81 set in June at Stanford, California.

Neither Coleman’s agent, Emanuel Hudson, nor the US Anti-Doping Agency have commented on the matter.

Depending on the dates of Coleman’s missed tests, if confirmed, he
could miss the World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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Tuchel, Valverde tight-lipped over Neymar future

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Paris – Paris
Saint-Germain
coach Thomas Tuchel said Neymar is “ready” for Sunday’s
Ligue 1 game but whether he plays depends on developments in the
Brazilian’s bid to leave the club.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, meanwhile, claimed on Saturday that he is in the dark over any fresh bid for the 27-year-old.

Neymar is angling for a return to Spain but reports this week suggest
PSG have rejected an offer from Real Madrid of 100 million plus players.

Neymar arrived amid deafening fanfare from Barcelona two years ago as
the world’s most expensive player in a 222 million deal.

Barca’s own attempt to bring him back to the Camp Nou on loan with an
obligation to buy for 160 million at the end of the season has
also been reportedly rejected in Paris.

Tuchel toyed with reporters on Saturday when asked if his wantaway
forward would figure for the first time since injuring his ankle at the
end of May.

“He can play (against Toulouse) if the situation between him and the
club is clear… today it’s not clear, perhaps tomorrow it will be,” he
said.

Pressed, the German added that Neymar was “ready to play” but that the final decision rested with the club’s sporting director.

“Perhaps you have to speak to Leonardo,” he suggested. “Neymar’s had a
good week (training) with all the squad, a week with a lot of work and
intensity.”

The transfer window closes in France, Spain and Italy on September 2, meaning time is fast running out for a deal to be done.

Valverde remained tight-lipped when asked again about Neymar in a Barcelona press conference on Saturday.

“There are certain players like Neymar that create a lot of interest,” Valverde said.

“I don’t know anything about it, we’ll see what happens. First of
all, he is a PSG player and we have to worry more about tomorrow’s game
than anything else.”


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