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Reflections on Shelter in Place

The view of the Richmond Bridge was exceptionally clear today. The picture is shot from a park up the hill. The link below has a map of the line of sight of this shot. https://photos.lewman.com/clean-air-in-sf-bay.html…

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Plenty of Time to Read and Think

What I'm readingStudy finds that owning a car is bad for your health, https://www.treehugger.com/cars/chinese-study-finds-owning-car-bad-your-health.html. A natural experiment in health affects of car ownership.Stop Using Encrypted Email, https://latacora.micro.blog/2020/02/19/stop-using-encrypted.html. An opinionated piece with which I agree. I…

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Positive side of COVID-19? More bikes.

Bicycle ridership is up, at least in New York City, https://grist.org/climate/coronavirus-has-caused-a-bicycling-boom-in-new-york-city/ In San Francisco, the rise in ridership was up after Better Market Street was implemented, https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/03/car-free-market-street-data-san-francisco-bus-bike-scooters/607711/ Vehicle traffic is down, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/03/13/coronavirus-pandemic-cratering-road-traffic-these-us-cities/5041250002/ I suspect both…

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Readings on COVID-19

I take a longer term view on many things, this current COVID-19 is no different. Here are some sites to help learn and not succumb to emotions. By all means, admit your emotions and acknowledge…

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Planning for the future of San Francisco

In regards to my continued re-imagining of San Francisco, the Planning Department's report on Housing Affordability Strategies is available. A decent overview of the report is at https://sf.curbed.com/2020/3/9/21171492/housing-affordability-strategies-san-francisco-targets-planning-report. Who knew my interest in urban planning…

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Preparing for Pandemic

Back in university, I took an elective class in virology/immunology. The class setup was a bunch of graded lab work and a research paper. My paper was on the Herpes family of virii. While viruses…

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Big Creek Falls Hike

On Christmas Day, we went for a hike to Big Creek Falls in Yosemite. It's an old trail, not maintained anymore, but supposedly a great destination. We confirmed its existence with Tom Bopp who new…

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A New Thanksgiving Tradition

Growing up, Thanksgiving involved family, food, and repetition. Every year, the family would gather to make various kinds of pasta, "the gravy", and meatballs. We did this from scratch with flour, egg, water, grinding meat,…

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Abuse Victims are Rarely Perfect

A great piece on the imperfect victim in Katie Hill, https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/katie-hill-media-coverage-perfect-victim. Chanel Miller, http://www.chanel-miller.com/, is another example of a victim who doesn't fit some predetermined, bland stereotype of the perfect victim. In my own, very…

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