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2022 October

  • Monday weeknotes are here to stay apparently. A Quote On Oct. 29, 2022, 6:33 p.m. I wrote: To be an artist, you don’t have to compose music or paint or be in the movies or write books. It’s just a way of living. It has to do with paying attention, remembering, filtering what you see and answering back, participating in life. – Viggo Mortensen The World Elon Musk has completed acquisition of Twitter (see links below for more discussion). He has immediately made a few controversial decisions. Brazil has rejected the re-election bid of the dictator Bolsonaro. A Halloween stampede

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  • Monday weeknotes again, very late this time because I was away most of Sunday and Monday. Was honestly tempted to just push it to tomorrow but hey, we gotta have some discipline. A Quote "We say in the grand scheme of things as if there were one. We say that's not how the world works* as if the world works." Maggie Smith, Goldenrod (via @rachelsteenblik) The World UK: Liz Truss has resigned after 44 days in office, setting a record for shortest ever term as UK PM. Rishi Sunak is taking over. PH: In a bit of schadenfreude, one of

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  • Apparently these weeknotes just happen on Mondays now. The World I don't have a lot to say about the world this week; a lot of it feels like more of the same. Escalation in Ukraine. China being China. Covid just keeps trucking along. Famous people saying stupid things. Etc etc. My Week Life is short, random, unfair and dumb. My week was going fine, but then Saturday evening I received bad news (about a friend) and since then the week has felt tinged with sadness. Still waiting on the eventual outcome, but at this point it is difficult to be

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  • These weeknotes are coming in late because as I told some friends yesterday "my tummy is being a dummy" and I was too uncomfortable to get anything done. The World William Shatner on his trip to space: "It was among the strongest feelings of grief I have ever encountered. The contrast between the vicious coldness of space and the warm nurturing of Earth below filled me with overwhelming sadness. Every day, we are confronted with the knowledge of further destruction of Earth at our hands: the extinction of animal species, of flora and fauna . . . things that took

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  • My headcanon is that Vic Rodriguez is out because he kept nagging Jr to get some work done - like the SRA thing - and that TCA is out because she kept asking about how to justify all the partying and other shenanigans. Calida is out probably for being an asshole or sth

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  • It is now Throw Short People month. Three months remain in the year. Time continues to be stretchy. Maybe that's why today's weeknotes are a day late, or maybe I was just busy? The World PH/Covid: Covid cases are still in a plateau or a slight rise. I must admit that I haven't been paying close attention the past week though. PH, surprisingly "controversial": This past weekend the PCSO lotto rolled an interesting number combination: 9-18-27-36-45-54. People were also surprised when the PCSO announced that 433 people had won and would be splitting the jackpot. A senator wants this "controversy"

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2022 September

  • Bits and Pieces It is a stormy Sunday afternoon right now. Supertyphoon Karding is barrelling towards Luzon and we are currently on signal no. 4 I think. (The highest level is signal no. 5). This is coming roughly a day before the same day that Typhoon Ondoy devastated Metro Manila 13 years ago. This is the third supertyphoon to hit the country in a month, yet another indication of how the climate problems are intensifying. PH/Covid: Covid cases continue to plateau and maybe even rise a bit here in NCR, and the positivity rate is climbing. Coincidentally, Biden declared that

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2022 August

  • Not a lot today. It's been kind of a boring week. The World PH/Covid: We have happily managed to avoid hitting 5k daily cases this week; the weekly total is still slightly above the previous week, but the positivity rate has declined for the first time since May and there are some indications that NCR might start trending down. Hopefully we are past the worst of this mini-surge and maybe that will calm my going-out anxiety. Some Links of Interest People who read live longer than those who don’t, Yale researchers say - Big Think: '...The readers who read over

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  • The World Despite dire warnings from Beijing, US Speaker of the House Pelosi went ahead and visited Taiwan. In response, China has suspended international cooperation in several areas like climate change, and has conducted military exercises around Taiwan, even firing missiles over Taipei. It could be really bad for the world if all of this escalates while the whole Russian invasion of Ukraine is still ongoing. As of today, we are at 4k+ covid cases per day for four days in a row. We are inching up ever closer to 5k covid cases per week. I am hoping that this

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  • The weekend kind of got away from me, so I'm doing this on a Monday instead. My weekends often seem to be busy, maybe I should consider just scheduling these on Mondays? The World Last Wednesday a magnitude 7 quake struck Luzon's Northern region. I am told it was felt all the way here, but I was asleep and of course felt nothing. I awoke to an annoying NDRRMC message though. Former PH president Fidel V. Ramos has passed away. There is a pattern. We broke 4k daily covid cases last week, though the counts really feel like they are

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2022 July

  • Dictator's son and habitual liar Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr officially took over as the president of this country last weekend, a living testament to the power of propaganda and short memories. I did not pay attention to the festivities. In fact, I try not to pay attention to news about him at all; though I am paying attention to cabinet appointees and I must note that we still don't have a health secretary! The pandemic is still a thing! Covid19 cases are still on a slight uptick over here, though the number of daily cases at the end of the

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