Fire season photos

By Shabbir | September 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Fire season photos

2020 (taken out of my kitchen window)

What does the other side of the curve look like?

By Shabbir | April 17, 2020 | Comments Off on What does the other side of the curve look like?

The White House graph looks nothing like what a pandemic is really like. That’s bad news for “opening up the country”.

UW model of hospital bed, ICU bed, and ventilator requirements

By Shabbir | March 27, 2020 | Comments Off on UW model of hospital bed, ICU bed, and ventilator requirements

Wondering exactly how bad it’s going to get in the hospitals in your state? Wondering if it’s crazy to keep a quarantine up for this long? It turns out there’s finally enough data that a University of Washington Researcher has created a model for peak usage and then built a sexy, easy to understand graph.…

Poor COVID-19 testing hampering treatment research

By Shabbir | March 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Poor COVID-19 testing hampering treatment research

There’s no doubt that poor rollout of tests by the Trump Administration has made the pandemic worse, but it turns out it’s also retarding our ability to develop treatments. Researchers are trying to use blood plasma from patients who have had the coronavirus and recovered to treat currently infected patients who are still at a…

Infectious disease expert: “The risk is low” to get infected from shopping and delivery packages.

By Shabbir | March 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Infectious disease expert: “The risk is low” to get infected from shopping and delivery packages.

In an op-ed to the Washington Post, a literal professor of infectious disease exposure says that you’re unlikely to be infected through groceries or packages, and if you’re worried, even a few of the steps people are adopting should help reduce the threat of infection enormously. Yes, the virus can be detected on some surfaces for up…

Extremely cautious advice for buying and sanitizing groceries

By Shabbir | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Extremely cautious advice for buying and sanitizing groceries

Jeffrey VanWingen, a family physician in Grand Rapids, MI, does a video about applying sterile Operating Room procedures to your groceries and take out. He’s pretty up front about doing it with current and somewhat incomplete knowledge about how the virus lives on surfaces and in the air. It’s very thorough, and if you were…

21 days later

By Shabbir | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on 21 days later

This graph really shows the broad spread of the virus in just 21 days. Modern life, with all its interconnectedness, certainly made us primed for a pandemic. I always thought it would be ebola, or maybe Spanish Influenza. I guess that last one was pretty close.

Empty SF hotels being leased for pandemic and homeless needs

By Shabbir | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Empty SF hotels being leased for pandemic and homeless needs

SF is leasing hotel rooms from empty hotels.

The Three Body Problem

By Shabbir | September 16, 2019 | Comments Off on The Three Body Problem

Review haiku In the blackest night The smallest glowing campfire Invites predators. —- Do not call for help Not everyone who hears you Wants to offer it. — A perfectly good civilization, screwed by One disgruntled staff. — Like wizard’s true names If I know where you live I can control you.

A reading list for those suffering from fatalism

By Shabbir | July 10, 2019 | Comments Off on A reading list for those suffering from fatalism

Why the reading list? The bibliography Why the reading list? My whole life, but especially since the election of Trump I have found myself periodically gripped by despair when it appears impossible to visualize much needed change in the world. Here are some examples: Twenty six and seven year old children were murdered at their…