Fragments: ’20 Week 12

So: this week, without embellishment or comment. Label me Otherwise Distracted. But still poking around and pecking the keys. — F1st

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Web Crawl Thursday 27 Feb 2020

It might as well be spring

Just clustering a few bits here this morning, from the past few days’ world watching and trying to gain traction on my own inefficiencies and perplexities. As a biology watcher, I do follow with special interest the world-health event we are now facing. Some of these resources are data points in tracking the evolution of this event as CoVid19 comes closer and closer to where each of us live.

â–º Past Time to Tell the Public: “It Will Probably Go Pandemic, and We Should All Prepare Now” – Virology Down Under

For weeks we have been trying to get officials to talk early about the main goal of containment: to slow the spread of the virus, not to stop it.  And to explain that containment efforts would eventually end.  And to help people learn about “after containment.”  This risk communication has not happened yet in most places.

â–º Preparedness: Community is the key

Preparedness of the ‘fortress’ type is not what we consider resilience — it’s not long-term effective or desirable, on any level. As Prof Tim Flannery said about the climate crisis: “no-one can outrun this — we have to stand and face it”. Together.

The same is true for many of the shocks we’ll face as communities. So get prepared on a household level, and then think about what preparedness looks like in your community, and work towards that.

â–º And if it’s any consolation to all that is not right with the world, Spring will be earlier this year than any in 124 years. This is because the “day” is not exactly 24 hours and there is a course correction required. So mark your calendars: March 19 the Earth tilts back toward the sun in the northern hemisphere.

â–º CoVid19: Worse for men than women

â–º CoVid19: you can be reinfected and it does not go well.

Around 14 per cent of patients who recovered from the Covid-19 virus and were discharged from hospitals in China’s Guangdong province tested positive again in later check-ups, reported Chinese media outlet Caixin.

In a briefing on Tuesday (Feb 25), Dr Song Tie, deputy director of the Guangdong Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, reportedly said there is no clear conclusion on why this happens and whether such patients could still be infectious.
Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/world/14-patients-who-recovered-covid-19-test-positive-again-guangdong-report

â–º Progressive Summarization: A Practical Technique for Designing Discoverable Notes — Praxis | related to my eternal quest to find order in the chaos, signal in the noise, and the tools to help maybe just a little in this work.

The challenge of knowledge is not acquiring it. In our digital world, you can acquire almost any knowledge at almost any time.

The challenge is knowing which knowledge is worth acquiring. And then building a system to forward bits of it through time, to the future situation or problem or challenge where it is most applicable, and most needed.

â–º The World On Fire: Five Global Health Stories To Watch In 2020

The Global Risks 2020 Report, released last week, just ahead the WEF meeting that begins Tuesday in Davos (21-24 January), notes “climate response shortcomings” as well as “biodiversity loss impacts” among the top two out of five categories of risks faced by the world for 2020.  “Creaking health systems” is listed as a sixth.

â–º How one man changed the meaning of past, present and future | Aeon Essays Pastness, presentness and futurity seem to be real features of the world, but are they really?

More Shorts for Cold Weather

Here is served more high-fiber roughage, I suppose, that helps keep the old information digestion system moving regularly. One has to take the time to slow down and spend a few moments of quiet reflection, and just let go. Pass it on. Share and flush. You’re welcome. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

We Welcome Your Stories and Poems! | Chicken Soup for the Soul

I am waiting to see if my piece gets final approval (after two exchanges for edits and permissions.) If so, should be one of several dozen selections in Laughter is the Best Medicine in book stores in April.

17 Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage | Moving.com

I hear from a staging professional that short term (in our case, hopefully max 4 months) the items in this list should be okay–in a POD–a storage option about which I’m coming up to speed and welcome your experiences.

‘Observe everything’: Neil Gaiman’s celebration of culture’s journey from science to knowledge | Aeon Videos

The graphics are worth the viewing, the text lifts up humanity’s–and especially women’s–evolution from superstition to science. (and maybe back again? stay tuned. News at 6.)

Today I Learned That Not Everyone Has An Internal Monologue And It Has Ruined My Day. | Inside My Mind

I think I want to riff on this at some length–at least that is what the voice inside my head has discussed with me. You don’t hear it?

Signed up for 100GB Google Drive at $20/year

What the heck. Google docs and spreadsheets are pretty useful, and Google Photos–now I can back up full-res versions and free up iCloud and iPhotos on the iPhone. iCan.

iPhone Stuck on Spinning Wheel? Here’s Every Fix You Need to Know

I’ve had a smart phone since 2008, an iPhone since 2010, and thought I’d had every possible weirdness bring my device to the brink of tragedy. Nope. Had another last week, this page helped.

Get Started with Earth Engine  |  Google Earth Engine

Google Earth repository over time: check out a favorite location, the click TIMELAPSE. Not uncommonly, find contiguous forest fragmented or missing, fields or asphalt taking over.

Sunday Shorts: 020220

Life Lessons: You’re Welcome

  • â–º Current events:
    • I knew not to and did it anyway: “click here so we know you’re a real person” it said on an ostensible news site that promised to show me news about a piece of software-in-development I’ve been tracking. And BAM! Up pops a cartoon porn site which said…I don’t remember what it said because I instantly deleted the site from my browser cache. But it came back to haunt me. And apparently, this happens to lots of ignorami.
    • The spoof is called red news 7 (all one word) and there are numerous sites that tell you how to clear the malignant site from your “trusted places” on the Internet. I’m disappointed the anti-virus software I pay for did not catch this.
    • So this is just a confession I got lazy and jumped before I thought. And if you take the bait now that I’ve told you, well, fool me once, shame on George W.
  • â–º Check Your Spam
    • So a few days ago I’m looking for the confirmation email to do something I’ve now forgotten but it never came. So I went to g-mail’s spam folder to see if it ended up there. (This was the same day I got infected as told above, so thought maybe somehow my system performance had been jeopardized.)
    • And there just a few days old was a message from Chicken Soup for the Soul. I had submitted a few pieces back in the fall and forgotten about them. This email contained instructions for submitting a Permission to Publish page. Having just been bitten, I did not immediately open the email until I confirmed it was legit.
    • So the form is completed, but having done so does not insure that “King Solomon’s Sheets” will be included in the April 2020 Laughter is the Best Medicine book version, they say. We’ll see.
    • But sure has heck, it would have had NO chance had I not happened to rummage through the trash in my spam folder. Lesson #2. And my work is done here. You’re welcome.