Category Archives: Link
The ‘End’ of COVID Is Still Far Worse Than We Imagined
A brief, no-nonsense rundown of the various stages of the pandemic leading to the “new normal” of today. My biggest takeaway from the article is the reinforcement of the idea that neither total eradication nor herd immunity were ever achievable, no matter how many lockdowns and other public health interventions we tried.
What my garden taught me about infertility
The Case Against Crypto
Flowers in the dark – notes from the infusion center
A poignant meditation on living with chronic illness.
The FDA vs. cost-benefit analysis
“In the long run, I think the way technocratic institutions safeguard their independence and build their legitimacy is by doing a good job. You want people to think ‘these guys seem like they know what they are doing.'”
Instagram Has Become SkyMall
“Maybe this is a glimpse of the inevitable heat-death of ecommerce: Bots trying to convince other bots to buy stuff no humans would ever click on.”
The Unintended Racial Horror of ‘Lovecraft Country’
I loved Lovecraft Country the book, and enjoyed certain aspects of the television adaptation (notably the brilliant pilot episode), but I’m not surprised the second season has been cancelled given the unevenness and problems of the first season. This article from last October does a great job of explaining where the show went wrong, including its over-reliance on historical “name-dropping” in place of actual character and plot development.
The battle for 1042 Cutler Street
Landlords and tenants suffer in a broken economy.
I Like That The Boat is Stuck
I Tracked Down The Girls Who Bullied Me As A Kid. Here’s What They Had To Say.
Americans are so caught up with the idea that [a coup] can’t be happening to them that they’re missing the very obvious fact that it is
Why Are Right-Wing Conspiracies so Obsessed With Pedophilia?
I missed this a year ago but it is even more relevant now.
Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale
They didn’t lock down, but faced the same economic consequences as neighboring companies that did, while also enduring a massive death count.
California locked down early and took the coronavirus seriously. Why are its cases still rising?
We dropped from R3 to R1 and we got stuck. My guess is that the lockdown wasn’t strict enough, and the longer it went on the more people became non-compliant.
Sure, the Velociraptors Are Still On the Loose, But That’s No Reason Not to Reopen Jurassic Park
Contact tracing in the real world
It is hard, and fancy new technological solutions do not make it any easier.
What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage
When the crisis started, most of us thought the toilet paper shortage was temporary and due to panic buying. Many weeks in, with shelves still empty, the reality is clear: the toilet paper supply chain was built to accomodate both home and away from home sales, and the balance has shifted drastically. Supply chains are struggling to adapt to the current reality.
Ventilators are extremely complex and sophisticated tools
It is not easy to replicate them purely with grit and the hacker ethos, as they are fine-tuned devices with a variety of complex sensors and systems. And even if we make more, they take experts to run and maintain, and we can’t easily get more of those.
Greta Thunberg is Time Person of the Year