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Dear Pandemic

It's hard to find non-sensational, fact-driven-but-not-too-technical COVID-19 info. After a quick glance, Dear Pandemic appears to offer exactly what I'm looking for.

Example: Their breakdown of when we'll get shots-in-arm vaccines is the best that I've read.

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Twilio's Principles

I dunno. Probably the best company ethos manifestion that I've ever seen.

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Straight to Spam

This site auto-generates text that -- if invisibly and stealthy appended to an email you're about to send -- will almost guarantee that the email gets trapped by the recieipent's spam filter. Great for emails you must send but don't want to actually be recieved. Here's the generated text:

#1 $$$ 100% Act now Action Additional income Affordable All natural/new Amazed Apply now Avoid Be amazed/your own boss Beneficiary Billing Billion Bonus Boss Buy Call!!!!!! free/now Cancel Cash Casino Certified Cheap Click here Clearance Collect Compare rates Congratulations Credit card/check/offers Cures Deal Dear friend/somebody Debt Discount!!!!!! Direct email Don't delete/hesitate Double your income/cash Earn Extra Expire Fantastic Free!!!!! access/money/gift Freedom Friend Get it now/started/paid Great Guarantee Hello Income Increase sales/traffic Instant Investment Junk Limited Lose Lowest price Luxury Make $/money???? Medicine Money Name!!!!!!! No credit check/experience Now Obligation Offer Only Open Order now Please Presently Problem Promise Purchase Quote Rates Refinance Refund Remove Request Risk-free Sales Satisfaction!!!!!! Save Score Serious Spam Success Supplies Take action Terms Traffic Trial Unlimited Urgent!!!!! Weight While supplies last Win Winner XJS*C4JDBQADN1.NSBN3*2IDNEN*GTUBE-STANDARD-ANTI-UBE-TEST-EMAIL*C.34X

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Epic Model Railway and Miniature Airport

If I were a billionaire, I would likely spend far too much of my time and money building something similar to this Miniatur Wunderland. This is beautiful.

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Social Distancing Gym Pods

So this is actually happening.

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Actually Helpful COVID-19 Facts

As opposed to most things I read on this topic, I found the following three quotes from epidemiologist Michael Osterholm informative on understanding the way the virus spreads.

On surfaces:

I don't worry about food. I don't worry about newsprint. I don't worry about packages I get here. I don't worry about doorknobs and railings any more than I would during the regular cold season. [That's not] what's going to be the major challenge with this virus. ... It's the air that we share with each other that is critical. That's why distancing is so important.

On air flow:

Right now, we have to understand that the single greatest risk factor we have for transmitting this virus is largely indoor air, where we're in large crowds, where we are sharing that air with the people right around us.

On exposure time:

I think people often think of transmission with this virus almost like tag: I get close to somebody who's infected — "Tag! You're now it." It's not at all. It is time related. We're working on this, and it may be that you need many minutes to be in an environment where this virus is in the air and you need to inhale it in, and the amount of breathing that you do at a certain level before you get infected, it's not just a yes or no. It's a threshold.

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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

I watched it. Don't get me wrong -- I loved every minute and I'll re-watch it many times. 

On the other hand, I think it stops short of being a really special film. I think I'm saying that because of the ending. It just feels like you only get to use the revisionst history device once, and I think this is the third time now that Tarantino has used it. I loved the device in Inglourious Basterds, but seeing it again here feels... Cheap? Tired? Obvious? It's such a clever and cool idea that it just feels...not-quite-right to keep using it.

Meh, whatever. I'm already kinda excited to watch this movie over again.

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New Music Dry Spell

Aside from Phoebe Bridgers' new album Punisher -- which is pretty rad -- I can't find anything new worth listening to lately.

I hate the feeling of trying to find new music that gets you excited and not being able to.

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Pixel Art + Urban City Images = ❤️

I could stare at these pieces/videos from artist waneella for surprisingly long portions of my day.

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A Fictitious Kids’ Schoolbook, Illustrated

I have no idea what this project is or where it will go, but these drawings are beautiful and special.

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Amazon Honeycode

This caught my eye, primarily because (a) I've spent my career working in low-/no-code platforms, and (b) it's Amazon. Who knows, but if Amazon puts enough development and marketing resources behind Honeycode, this feels like something that could prove to be majorly disruptive in the business process management world.

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Dan Harmon's Story Circle

This three-minute video is probably more helpful than most film schools.

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Post Pandemic Hugs

I plan to do a lot of this once coronavirus is over. Also, side note, Post Pandemic Hugs is a great band name.

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America's #1 Film

The top film in the country this week made just under $26k, was shot in Zoom with no budget, and was "directed" by two dudes with no prior feature films to their name.

Last week, Eric and I bought out a theater in Westhampton Beach and screened to an empty audience," he said. "The next day, it was the number one box office movie in America..."
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The Booksellers

What's my favorite film genre? Documentaries about sub-cultures. Hands down.

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Mac Pro Saddle

This gives me goosebumps.

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Water Lily Harvest in Vietnam

I wonder if the workers eventually grow jaded to how pretty this is.

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Kentucky Route Zero

My my my is this game beautiful. I never get to play games, primarily due to lack of time and priortization (as I tend to prioritze other hobbies above games). Kentucky Route Zero is apparently wildly popular, but I just discovered it today. If I do get the chance to game in the near future, this one is at the top of my list.

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Yeah, yeah --  I signed up for HEY. We'll see.

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Social Distancing Bears

One way to keep people apart.

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I could waste a lot of time here. A lot.

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A super interesting and much improved method of video conferencing yourself and your content. I could see this taking off in a big way.

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Ornate Balconies Sit Empty

These are haunting and surreal.

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OG Selfies

I guess they didn't have to apply the sepia filter before uploading.

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Homebound Charachters

These Felicia Chiao pieces are special.

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Day of the Tentacle on macOS

I can't wait to play DOTT with daughter on macOS.

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Big Heads

I forsee a future where I find a way to use this awesome avatar generator in a work presentation.

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