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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by pigou on Today at 09:48:46 PM »
Is there anyone here who is still not feeling depressed and/or stressed out and/or very sad about the coronavirus?
I'm doing fine, though obviously it's not ideal and I'll be very excited when this is over.

Like everyone in the neighborhood where I live, I now wear a mask anytime I'm outside. During the height of the pandemic earlier this year, I had all my groceries delivered and didn't go anywhere. Now that cases are down, I go grocery shopping and meet up with friends for drinks (outdoor seating only). I go for runs late at night or early in the morning so I don't run into people, and skip the mask for those runs.

Teaching and research meetings are all via Zoom. The former is now running pretty smoothly. There are going to be some technical issues eventually, but students are much more understanding than in other years. Research meetings are actually more productive: those are going to stay on Zoom for the most part. Way easier to schedule a 15 minute call to touch base with coauthors when we would have communicated via Email before, or somehow felt the need to fill an hour until the next meeting, which is just way less productive.

My expenses have crashed dramatically and savings are way up (that's what happens when you stay home more)... I miss traveling the most, so once the virus is under control, I'm looking forward to a lengthy and overpriced vacation to make up for the missed trips.

As for my expectations: I'm still pretty optimistic about a vaccine. So far, all news have been good news (that one adverse reaction was a non-story and doesn't appear to have caused a meaningful delay). Everything looks to be on track for first availability in November, perhaps even end of October with an EUA. Putting some political pressure on the FDA for a quick EUA seems like a net-positive to me: every day we delay is a few hundred additional deaths and this sort of opportunity cost gets surprisingly little weight in normal times. Depending on which candidate(s) work out, we're looking at around 200m doses available by end of the year. I'm not in a vulnerable group, but I'll be in line for it the moment it becomes available to me, assuming the data suggest there's a good chance it's effective -- and given the number of research hospitals in the area, I'd expect it to be relatively early.

Will be far from over in other countries where the worst is probably still to come, but that's a separate problem.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by Vkw10 on Today at 08:57:45 PM »
I think it was July when I decided that we would probably never go back to normal, that we’d have go forward until we reached a normal that’s not quite the same as it was before. Some days I’m okay with that, testing alternative ways of accomplishing goals and even assessing whether the goals should change. Other days, I find myself overwhelmed with the rate of change. My journal reflects my seesawing emotions, but it also helps me see that my self-care routines are essential because my worst days occur when I’ve skimped on exercise, breathing exercises, and hobbies. I just wish our new normal would hurry up, because I’m tired of uncertainty.
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I find it amusing that one needs to arrive at a utopian society to be an improvement on the current state of affairs, as if we're presently hovering only "slightly below" this status.

I still don't understand who checks the minority right-wing party with all the power in your scenario.

So: fine, assume that the upside is that 'te left'is now somehow 'more accountable' to the people as a result. They're already more accountable, so-counted--by millions of votes. So your scenario seems us holding the more accountable group even more accountable, while the less accountable (unaccountable) group continues to do whatever it likes with impunity.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 06:56:16 PM »
I'm bemused, sometimes.

To think we did all sorts of things in those other ways and now we're doing them in these ways.

Who knew we could live and move forward in so many different dimensions and ways of being?

Who knows what we might find ourselves accommodating at some other time?

But it's the opposite, to me, of a waterworld kind of experience, because things aren't being covered over, they're being excavated for what they hold that can still be borne forth and what not.

Very nebulous and fluid, on the one hand, but not flooded.

M.
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General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« Last post by Treehugger on Today at 06:37:13 PM »
Is there anyone here who is still not feeling depressed and/or stressed out and/or very sad about the coronavirus?

I would have put myself in this category up until a week ago, but I have just hit a coronavirus wall. I think it’s because I am starting to really and truly feel that normal is not right around the corner (instead of knowing it in a more purely intellectual way). I had no problem accepting temporary losses, but now it looks like some of these losses may be permanent or at least very long term.

On the plus side, at least I’m finding it a lot easier to empathize with others now.
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General Discussion / Re: wifi hotspots?
« Last post by Puget on Today at 06:00:07 PM »
But how do I get to check the camera and the mic if no one is watching?

I do not need much, as there will be no slides, videos, etc., here, more or less just me talking and as much as possible others talking back.  The students are all seniors, and as the director of the foundation well noted in her mass email to all students and teachers, this is very much indeed a work in progress for all of us, as we all essentially have no experience at this.   We will see.   But even if this week does not work, I guess the foundation should be able to see what works and does not work, and fix things going forward?  Truth be told,  am not absolutely sure this computer I have will actually work, because of the hotspot issues.   I am not going to pay any money for cabled modem access, not for a volunteer effort I am not going to be paid for, and there seems no consensus on the fora that I will be able to do this with wifi...

You'll be able to see yourself on camera just like in a meeting with people. You can test your mic and connection by joining a test meeting (no other live humans are involved): https://zoom.us/test
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General Discussion / Re: What's your weather?
« Last post by kaysixteen on Today at 05:58:01 PM »
Is this an early date for first frost for you?   Six to eight feet of snow?   When is first snowfall for you, on average?
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General Discussion / Re: wifi hotspots?
« Last post by kaysixteen on Today at 05:56:30 PM »
But how do I get to check the camera and the mic if no one is watching?

I do not need much, as there will be no slides, videos, etc., here, more or less just me talking and as much as possible others talking back.  The students are all seniors, and as the director of the foundation well noted in her mass email to all students and teachers, this is very much indeed a work in progress for all of us, as we all essentially have no experience at this.   We will see.   But even if this week does not work, I guess the foundation should be able to see what works and does not work, and fix things going forward?  Truth be told,  am not absolutely sure this computer I have will actually work, because of the hotspot issues.   I am not going to pay any money for cabled modem access, not for a volunteer effort I am not going to be paid for, and there seems no consensus on the fora that I will be able to do this with wifi...
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I find it amusing that one needs to arrive at a utopian society to be an improvement on the current state of affairs, as if we're presently hovering only "slightly below" this status.
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Think of the upside to this. The right will lose a talking point that the left can't win at the voting booth so they have to either go to the courts or bring in ringers from other countries to tilt the vote toward the type of governments that they had to escape. A right leaning court solves both of those issues simultaneously and makes the left more accountable to actual voters rather than the loudest communist with a social media platform.

And who, in this utopia of yours, holds the right to account when it oversteps its legal bounds?

Hell, who holds them to account politically when the electoral maps for the EC, Senate, and House are all so significantly tilted in one direction that defeating a Republican requires a surplus of millions each time? (Millions for the EC; proportionally more but numerically less for the others.)


Herrenvolk democracy, indeed.


Yup! So 
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let's have direct elections of justices

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