Is there a working-from-home equivalent to "close the door and have a seat?"

Have you noticed how pausing the DVR often gives you an image you’d never be able to capture with a still camera? And how frequently — at least in my experience— people have their eyes closed? I would have guessed our eyes are open more than closed.

"Gratitude factories" [COVID] 

“The arrival of The Shot has transformed the grim pop-up clinics of the pandemic into gratitude factories — reassembly lines where Americans could begin to put back together their busted psyches.”

The joy of vax: The people giving the shots are seeing hope, and it’s contagious

washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/s

“I’m happy. I’m rich. And I never die. It doesn’t sound like much but it’s enough for me.”

— Michael Scott

Recently discovered photo of Mick Jagger's and Albert Brooks' "love child."

PS: Just took a stab at the punctuation.

Like many of you, I have let my hair get longer over the past year and while I'm not unhappy with the look, it's just too much trouble to maintain.

Vaccinated 

I’m aware posts like this are a bit like “Here’s a photo of me with my new Lamborghini,” but perhaps it will encourage someone to get vaccinated that was reluctant to do so.

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Vaccinated 

Received second dose of vaccine (Pfizer) this morning so I guess I’m as vaccinated as I can be for now. Vaccinated. The word has taken on something of a magical quality (in my head). In a few weeks my immune system will have created enough antibodies (another word with big mojo) to keep me from getting sick or dead from the virus.

I feel like the kid who has been given a super power but can’t think of anything to do with it.

Pfizer vax effective in "real world" 

Some welcome confirmation of the clinical trial data.

Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine

“Israel’s largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer’s vaccine in the country’s biggest study to date.

Reuters story:
reuters.com/article/us-health-

What has two thumbs... 

Barb got her second COVID vaccination (Pfizer) this afternoon. I’ve been trying to think of a more anticipated event in the 40+ years we’ve been together. Our wedding was a big deal but I think we were both more excited about the after-party. But that wasn’t a life-or-death moment. Given our age and other factors, getting COVID could put us in the hospital and/or kill us. So we hunkered down. Way down.

Continued...
smays.com/2021/02/immunity/

The Coming Technology Boom 

I’ve long believed tech would be our salvation. From NYT op-ed:

“What happens to people who work on ranches if labs take a significant share of the market? The political difficulties will be complicated by the fact that the people who will profit from these high-tech industries tend to live in the highly educated blue parts of the country, while the old industry workers who would be displaced tend to live in the less educated red parts.”

nytimes.com/2021/02/11/opinion

2017 interview with Ash Farrow. A lot of toots under the bridge in the last 3+ years. For those who have not seen...

smays.com/2017/06/ash-furrow/

Vaccine Porn 

Google tells me there is a more common usage of this term but I am appropriating it to describe the tables below.

“Some years ago, one of the numbers presented in a high school choir concert was a choral setting of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”. The director asked me to recite the poem for the audience before the choir sang. Later, I was asked how long it took me to prepare. I replied that there are those of us who have been waiting their whole lives for a chance to declaim “Jabberwocky,” and no additional preparation is necessary."

-- Dr. T. Everett Mobley

I very rarely change my avatar because I know how much people consciously, or unconsciously, rely on that familiar visual. But if were to make a change, this pretty much captures where I am.

I like this one but think 'DO NOT RESUSCITATE' might be more practical now.

Met and interview tattoo artist Paul Rowe in 2009. He tried to talk me into a (free) tat but I couldn't do it. So he did this with a couple of Sharpies.

smays.com/2009/06/paul-roe-bri

One of his specialties is restoring faded tattoos.

Jim Morrison (The Doors) must have sang Roadhouse Blues hundreds of times. Did he ever sing it the same twice? Would anybody know? Did he have the lyrics on a 3x5 card stuffed in back pocket of his sweat-soaked leather pants?

You got to beep-a-gunk-a-chucha
Honk-konk-konk-kadanta
Each-ya-puna-ney-cha
Bap-pa-lula-ni-chao
Pao-pati-cha
Ni-saong-kong
Yeah, ride

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