Hola communicable pals,
I saw an aged admirer affairs face masks alfresco of a accessibility store today. He shook hands with almost anybody who spoke to him as they passed.I paused for a long moment and watched, unable to stop myself from apprehensive if he’d still be alive come Christmas. If he quits affairs masks he may go hungry. There isn’t much in the way of government aid for the aged or disabled where I live. And if he stops being warm and affable to abeyant buyers, he’s far less likely to sell anything.For millions the choice is either risk communicable COVID-19 so you can eat or go hungry with winter on the way.And then there’s the people who accept they’re more important than anybody else. They think COVID-19 is a claimed problem. As long as they aren’t sick, it isn’t a big deal.

They accept evil babble like “when it’s your time to die, it’s your time to die.” This affectation allows them to excuse their arduous behavior when they decide to travel for the holidays, gather with family and friends, and ignore expert health and safety guidelines.

It’s a form of backer appearance that history’s never seen before. Modern technology makes it accessible for a group of people to apprehension themselves away from the world after missing a beat. We have endless 24-hour alive TV, movies, music, video games, and porn.

And, in most places, you can even get food and food delivered right to your front door. In California you can open an app and order cannabis. In Mexico, I can get OTC painkillers and anti-depressants delivered using the same account that also brings me Burger King, Domino’s, and dozens of local offerings.

We are more affiliated than we’ve ever been, more able to hunker down and abstract than any other time in history. And yet the “haves” can’t stop going to bars, clubs, churches, gyms, salons, and hundreds of other accidental places because their claimed accessibility and affecting state is more important the the lives of others.

. We all “need” concrete acquaintance and affecting intimacy. The difference, however, is that those accommodating to endure this accident in apprehension aren’t actively making things worse for everyone.

We can either embrace the long-distance Zoom-based anniversary season and all the technology we’re lucky enough to have, or we can keep killing each other.

By the numbers

It’s that time again. Let’s see the three countries with the most COVID-19 cases as of 11/24 (source: Worldometers):
  • USA: Cases: 12,845,641 Deaths: 264,671
  • India: Cases: 9,216,049 Deaths: 134,661
  • Brazil: Cases: 6,090,197 Deaths: 169,569

Tweet thread of the week

What to read

Vaccines that don’t stop the spread and the applesauce of anniversary travel…
???? Someone please email me to tell me I’m not the only person who thinks it’s absolute blue to risk overextension COVID-19 just because it’s the holidays. Here’s a report. (AP news)
???? COVID-19 is accepting hard to treat. Here’s why (spoiler: it’s mutating) (The New York Times)
???? Moderna’s CEO says people who get the vaccine can still spread COVID-19. (Axios via Twitter)
???? Trick or COVID-19? The answer is COVID-19. That’s what Halloween brought to Tijuana this year. (Fox News 5 San Diego)
???? Doctors are afraid that vaccine side-effects will abash some people from accepting their second all-important dose. (CNBC)
???? Pilipino-American nurses are dying of COVID-19 at ridiculously asymmetric rates. (CNN)

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

I’ve become bedeviled with table-top roleplaying games (TTRPGs) lately. Mind you, I don’t absolutely play them. Though I have played Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire: The Masquerade, Rifts, GURPS, and dozens of other TTRPGs over the years these days I’m more into just sort of accession and account them.

When the communicable started (and I still ample apprehension would only last about 6 months or so) I started acceleration down on cable agreeable casework such as Netflix, Hulu, WWE Network, Xbox Game Pass, and others.

But, after nearly a year of binge-watching and arena video games instead of jamming on the beach, making new friends, and going out to eat, I’m about ready to lose it. I need an even bigger escape than TV shows and video games can give me.

Enter DriveThru RPG. This website sells TTRPG games in the form of PDF files.

Back in the day we’d all walk down to the local comic book or gaming store and spend hours browsing books, drooling over fancy dice and playmat sets, and adulatory we could afford some of those massively big-ticket board games and figurines the clerks kept on the shelves behind the counter.

But now you can peruse gaming books and acquirement them digitally from the abundance of your home. Heck, you can even play D&D and Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0. and almost any other game using one of the dozens of online basic tables accessible (or just through a Zoom affair with your friends).

However, as I mentioned, I’m not attractive for a group or necessarily trying to play TTRPGs at all right now. I’m absolutely systematically purchasing and account as many books in the Palladium Books “Multiverse” of roleplaying games as I possibly can.

And I’m just doing it for the lore. Re-reading old Rifts and Heroes books from the early 90s reminds me of a simpler time when my world wasn’t on fire. And account the newest books gives my acuteness new places to analyze after committing to a anecdotal or story.

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