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A Short Walk through the Backyard

My sense is that we’ll be isolating ourselves for more than a few weeks. A few months is my guess, and possibly even through the fall. By the time the coasts get a handle on things, my sense is that that is when Middle America will start to larger numbers in terms of infections and death.

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Between Waves

Right now, it feels like we’ve gone through this very big wave. And I feel like I’m treading water in a quiet place, waiting for the next big wave to come. Based on the articles I’ve read and the predictions being made, the next two weeks feel like they will be a very dark time for the United States. The world as well, of course. But for the US in particular, I think we’re going to see some really bad days.

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Connecting All the Things

I got a larger breadboard to work with, and was able to place my components together in what seemed like a coherent setup. The LCD wiriing was always a little crazytown, but add to that four more jumper wires for the GPS module… and this thing looks like a miniature bomb.

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Greg Davies: The Washing Story

I’ve listened to this multiple times, and it still cracks me up each time. Davies is a great storyteller, and you can watch him read the audience… and see him start to cater his timing to Ryan Gosling, once he starts to see Gosling’s reactions.

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Phineas Dreams

Random moment where Liz and I realized Phineas was sleeping in the bunny maze. I was trying to be super quiet, and got a small bit of video where he seemed to be dreaming. Chewing on some delicious carrots, no doubt.

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We Stay Connected Through Our Terrible Drawings

The game works like this: everyone is giving a prompt to draw. It’s usually something really weird and unusualy like: drone dropping drum sticks or caveman sauna. It’s pretty much guaranteed that the drawing, no matter how skilled the person may be, is going to be just terrible.

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Views from the Porch

It’s not much of a view at all, but I want to have some photos of this time. To look back and have some documentation of our experiences during the outbreak. I have a growing fear that seems to get validated with each day, that we will be looking to isolate ourselves well into April and beyond.

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Coronavirus: the “Doubling Time” of Deaths per Day

The chart above looks at the past 14 days, and determines how long it took for the total number of deaths to double in a given country. Currently in the United States, where many states have just begun issuing “stay at home” orders, we’re seeing the total number of Coronavirus deaths doubling every 3 days.

In countries like Italy, that are hard-hit but currently well into their “stay at home” orders, the doubling time is around 5 days.

In countries like China and South Korea, who have been battling Coronavirus longer and been more successful in getting citizens to remain at home, the doubling time is in the double digits.

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Arduino + VS Code

The way Arduino code works, there are two main functions: setup() and loop(). Setup is run once at the start, and loop is run continuously… well, forever. Add this to the fact that I really don’t know C++ at all, and it makes for some gnarly code. At least for now, in my first passes.

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Anxiety in the Time of Coronavirus

The two times I’ve been out to the grocery store, I’ve spoken to clerks and baggers, saying hello to other shoppers and saying good morning. And deep down, I was holding back a strong feeling of dread, looking for some words of assurance from the stock boy or the butcher, to tell me the world would keep on spinning.

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Home Dining Room Office

Liz and I bought a folding table at Home Depot over the weekend, and she got this set up today in the dining room. Prior to this, she had been working in the bedroom and also sitting on the floor of the main hall area.

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