Hola communicable pals,
Anyone else spend almost all their time in public audacious at people over your mask? No matter where I go there’s always people walking around after masks, afraid hands, hugging, talking in tight circles, and, worst of all, about insisting on entering my claimed space whenever I stop moving.

And my neighbors. They’re the worst. The more I cackle affably and say “Sorry, we’re still isolating and social-distancing,” the more they act like we’re doing so just to spite them.

I think what I’m trying to say is that I have sentry fatigue. Because both my fiancée and I have basal altitude that place us in high risk groups for COVID-19 complications, we have to be hyper vigilant.

It’s backbreaking and it makes me want to start a mass-marketing attack backed by Godsmack’s accepted songs “Go Away” and “Keep Away.”

We can print T-shirts that read: 

Alternatively, I may just start barking the “Oooh Ah Ah Ah” part from the intro to Disturbed’s “Down With the Sickness” at anyone who comes within one meter of me.

Come for the COVID-19 news, stay for the 1990s-era rage-nostalgia.

By the numbers

  • 50: Approximate number of times I’ve started a new  save.
  • 0: Number of times I’ve finished .
  • 43: The age I told my boss I was axis last week, she responded “Does it hurt?”????
  • 1: Number of  I’ve been nominated for

Tweet of the week:

What to read

My heart isn’t broken, yours is, North Dakota is in huge trouble, and Space Karen…
???? Donald Trump is too busy throwing the deadliest temper anger in history to give the aboriginal of *coughs* about COVID. (The Guardian)
???? Don’t watch this report, it’s freaking gut-wrenching. As COVID cases rage in Texas, this kid lost both his parents days before his 5th birthday. (KABB FOX San Antonio)
???? North Dakota has been so absolutely devastated by COVID-19 the governor is calling on adulterated healthcare workers to keep working. (The Guardian)
???? Who gets the first COVID vaccinations? Nobody could POSSIBLY know that, at this point, because we haven’t even seen any peer reviews. Duh. (AP)
???? Two thumbs up to Nicole Wetsman for this excellent, absolute COVID-19 explainer. (The Verge)
???? Now Moderna has a super-effective vaccine too? (The New York Times)
???? So (and follow me on this one), Mouthwash kills COVID-19? Interesting. So could we make a gum that does this too? ‘Cause I’m not gargling mouthwash all day. (New York Post)
???? Here’s why people are calling Elon Musk “Space Karen.” (The Complex)
???? Researchers using AI apparent an arthritis drug that could help the aged survive COVID-19. (Neural)
???? Those vaccine announcements have sent the stock market into a big old boom (HardFork)


In this little section, we’d like to altercate the tech that’s accepting us through the pandemic.

My internet went down for about 20 hours amid Sunday and yesterday. Miraculously, I think it’s only the second outage I’ve had since March (and this one was caused by a cut fiber cable).

For the first time since the communicable started, my family spent an black and a day after internet access. It was… revelatory.

First off, we still had full internet connectivity with our phones so we weren’t absolutely off the grid. But we couldn’t use any of our big screens.

When the internet went down we were in the middle of a Civilization VI local hotseat game. Unrelated to the internet outage, the power flashed and we were unable to reconnect to our offline game.

You see, I hadn’t ahead set my Steam or Epic gaming accounts to work offline on that specific device. And that meant that all of my PC games were, in effect, abortive until I reconnected to the internet.

And so were the Echo Dots, Google Minis, and about a dozen other always-connected accessories in my house. My robot vacuum gets abundantly abashed after WiFi and all my affiliated lights and speakers are difficult and unintuitive to achieve offline.

Yet, none of this agitated me in the slightest. We just watched Hulu on one of our phones. I was able to achieve a full work day’s worth of writing, editing, and analysis using my phone and the Google Docs and Chrome apps.

In fact, the only thing I couldn’t figure out how to do with my phone was call the local 800 number to get my internet fixed — I live in Mexico and my US phone just wouldn’t affix for some weird reason.

There was a time, just a decade ago, when the internet going out was almost as bad as the power accepting cut off. It was not only a work-stopper (for those of us who worked from home back in the day) but a total ball stopper. I can assure, nobody sitting on the beach in Mexico in 2010 was publishing accessories for a tech site or watching Netflix ceaseless in 1080p HD using a cell phone with a data plan from addition country.

Well, bye

The communicable isn’t over and we’re all in this together.

The good news is that doing your part is easy peasy lemon squeezy:

1. Wear a mask.
2. Stay 2-3 meters away from others in public spaces.
3. Support government admiral who take the communicable seriously. 

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