covid/california lockdown changes
Earlier in the week, a lot of people in the LA area tried to go hiking, or to the beach, or otherwise outdoors to the *same places*. Which ended up creating the crowds that the shutdown was supposed to prevent. 🤦♂️
So cities, counties and the state have closed a bunch more parks, beaches, hiking trails and bike paths. It's still OK to walk in your neighborhood as long as you keep your distance, but destination-based going outdoors is mostly off the table now.
Oh nice, #Minecraft Earth has introduced a way to access adventures at home!
covid discussion as experienced through mastodon vs birdsite (anxiety)
Mastodon: Here's how we're all dealing with quarantine and/or illness, who needs help and what you can do, what we know about how the pandemic is spreading, and what this shows needs to be fixed about society.
Twitter: OMG WERE ALL GONNA DIE BC OF THESE IDIOTS IN CHARGE WTFWTFWTF WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE
I've...found it helpful to avoid Twitter lately, just to keep the anxiety at bay.
Feel like we need a parody of "Go the F*ck to Sleep" that is "Stay the F*ck at Home"
Perhaps we could get Samuel L. Jackson to do the audio book version as well!
This is cool.
"On April 22 and 23, New Horizons will take images of two of the very nearest stars, Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359. When combined with Earth-based images made on the same dates, the result will be a record-setting parallax measurement yielding 3D images of these stars popping out of their background star fields that the New Horizons project will share with the public."
The crones huddled in their secluded hut, brewing merrily.
They startled as a voice called from the entrance, "Are you well?"
"We are," said one.
"For now," said another.
"Supplies are running a bit low," mentioned the third.
"I can fetch what you need," offered the voice.
"What do you wish in return?"
"The secret to your health."
They agreed, gave the list and it was fulfilled.
"So what is your secret?"
"Wash your hands; now go."
The "grass lawns are idiotic and grossly impractical" truth is starting to get some attention by American media
An allowance tracker app we use with the 9YO has a set of stay-at-home activities including one that is allegedly about learning how compound interest works, with the classic example of starting with a penny and doubling it every day.
I'm actually impressed that they snuck in a lesson on exponential/geometric growth at a time when the understanding is critical, but using a non-anxiety-inducing context.
Atlas Obscura reports on a trend where artists are drawing Amabie (アマビエ), a sort of mer-bird-person spirit associated with protection from disease.
Image by Kaori Hamura Long. The article features several other examples from the current trend.
With many more of us suddenly working from home every day, I'd like to share these 12 tips for avoiding/treating computer-related neck and wrist pain. From personal experience! https://peteroshaughnessy.com/posts/twelve-tips-for-computer-related-neck-wrist-pain/
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