Tag Archives: covid-19

A Pandemic is not Political!

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While breezing through Facebook a couple of days ago I saw the meme again.  The top picture showed soldier storming Omaha Beach and was labeled “Americans, 1944”.  The bottom picture was mask-wearing man, cowering behind a couch.  His eyes are round with fright.  This one was labeled, “Americans, 2020”.  I didn’t spend much time on the comments, but the general idea was how much they hated the “snowflakes” for their fear-mongering over the “Communist Cold” in their transparent hopes to defeat Trump in the presidential election.

This is actually one of the milder ones I’ve seen, but for some reason it touched a nerve.

Two quick things. Continue reading

Risky Behavior – A Hair Rising Story ;)

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Yesterday I was involved in some pretty risky business.  I went out on a limb in a way I haven’t in ages.

I went out for a hair cut.

Now look at the photo at the top of the page.  If you are old enough, you may know where the statement “Oh say can you see, My eyes, If you can, The my hair’s too short!” comes from.  Yes, I felt like a character from the musical Hair.

OK, when combed, it doesn’t look bad.  Well, in my opinion. Continue reading

Masks Part 2 – They’re not Political!

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(See Part One)

(Quick edit – Most of the Republicans I know wear a mask and most of the Democrats I know wear a mask for the right reason, but there are so many out there…)

A couple of weeks ago I was in a team meeting.  My manager was talking about new policy for reopening facilities and ended by saying (paraphrased), “I still want you all to telecommute full time unless there is an emergency that demands your on-site attention.  Your health, and your families’ health, are more import than a job.  And I don’t care about your personal politics, wear a mask!” It was a very nice statement, but a little strange that he had to say anything about politics.

A couple of days later I had to go into a gas station.  Even though I was the only customer in there, I put on my mask before entering.  A minute later a few other people came in, and by the time I left there were maybe six others.  Not a one had a mask.  Several gave me dirty looks.  One stared at me with complete hatred.  I tried to ignore him, but prepared myself for violence.  He followed me around with clenched fists and gritted teeth. This person wasn’t just refusing to wear a mask for political reasons, he was taking me wearing a mask as a personal attack.

This is just such odd behavior, like nothing I have experienced in my life.

Why is a safety device a political statement? Continue reading

Y2K and Today

The Y2K Bug!  Not something most people think about today.  A lot of you young folk may have no idea what it was about.  I bet even some of you older people don’t really know…

Back in the early days of computing, we used two digits for the date.  This was at first done because of hardware and software limitations, but later it was just the default.  What this meant, is that a computer in 1965 would show the year as 65.  That same computer in 1987 would show 87.

In the late ‘80s some people began to ask the world what was going to happen when the computer that controlled the damn or power plant showed 00 for 2000. Most ignored it for a few years, but then around 1997 people suddenly woke up to the fact that they only had three years to fix any problems.

Testing was done and it was found that most systems would have odd random glitches.  A few wouldn’t work right at all or even just shut down.  All had to be considered unreliable, even new systems that weren’t configured properly.

“All” was pretty much all computers that ran governments, infrastructure and large industry, that is, anyone who computerized early. Even if the equipment was modernized, it was all based on ancient code. Often the equipment wasn’t modernized… Continue reading

Yesterday (A Parody) -Music Video

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Last week I posted a parody of the Beatles’ song, Yesterday.  Well, I decided to make it into a video:

(Click here if you don’t see the video below)

Now do you see why I usually sing with a vocoder instead of with my natural voice? ;) And, yes, I was trying to look and act a bit silly in the video – it was not supposed to be serious at all!

I tweaked my original parody a little, but not much.  Here is what I sang: Continue reading

Yesterday – A Spoof

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Yesterday
The Covid Virus seemed so far away
Now it looks as if it is here to stay
Oh, I believe in Yesterday

Suddenly
I’m locked inside instead of free
There’s a facemask hanging over me
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

Why I had to hide, locked inside, I couldn’t say
I coughed, is something wrong?!??! Now I long for yesterday!

Yesterday
Meeting friends was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why I had to hide, locked inside, I couldn’t say
I coughed, Something’s wrong!!!! Now I long for yesterday!

Yesterday
Meeting friends was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday
MM mm mm mm mm mm

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This was written for Chelsea Owen’s Terrible Poetry Contest.  I typically just post in the comments on here site, but I though some of you may want a laugh :)  If you didn’t guess, the idea was to a parody of a classic song and make it about Covid-19.  I may try to play-sing this later ;)

I hope you enjoyed!

Masks

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I’ve been seeing tables showing the effectiveness, or ineffectiveness, of different types of masks on Facebook lately.  Some have been taking it the right way: A mask is not a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, you need to self-isolate, social distance, wash hands etc., etc even if you were a mask.

But then others ask, “Why bother?”

There are two reasons.

The first is simple: the mask helps to remind you to not touch your face and limits the places that your hand actually touches.  Just remember to consider your mask contaminated after you have been in public.

The second is much more complicated.

Every time you breath, you release a lot of water vapor in hundreds or thousands of tiny water droplets. These can hang in the air for hours and will settle on objects.  If you have the virus, those water droplets will have the virus.  This is the main way it spreads.  Sure, the mask won’t filter individual viruses, but it will stop a lot of water droplets.

Wearing a mask will help keep the virus inside of the mask and so away from other people.  Fool proof?  No.  Put on sunglasses with your mask and breath.  Yes, the glasses fog up.  Fog = water droplets….

Remember, you might have it at this time and not know it.

And if you don’t have it, the mask limits the amount of water droplets getting to your mouth and nose, thus into your respiratory system.  Is a mask foolproof?  No way.  Does it help?  Yes.

What this comes down to is that if everyone wore a mask and continued to wash hands, social distance, etc., it will put another layer in to slow the spread of the virus down.  It is not a magic bullet, but it is a big help.

Anyway, that is “why bother”!

I hope this helps.

Oh, and I hope nobody mistakes me for a gangster in my mask ;)