my sorry state, part 1 — the re-emergence of covid-19

Jazz hands or ‘Wait, wait, what???’

I had hoped that we would be well past the coronavirus pandemic, but such was not to be. As of today, one in five, or 20%, of all new cases come out of Florida. Look at Florida county-by-county and the hottest spots are around Orange County/Orlando, Miami-Dade, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee.

The two hottest are also the two with the greatest tourism draws, Orange/Orlando with Disney and Universal Studios, and Miami because it’s Miami and that’s where all the money is. Florida now has no mask mandates. Florida has a boot-licking MAGA governor who is determined to kill the rules that would keep us healthy and safe, and in the process, kill as many of us as possible.

We also have tourists coming to Orlando from all over without masks with many carrying the virus, willing to spread it around in super-spreader events such as Orlando the theme parks. While not in a theme park, I was at a local store near Universal to pick up groceries on Saturday when I heard a group near me speaking Portuguese. The group appeared composed of parents, several children, and an older man who I assumed was a grand parent, none of them wearing masks. I had my mask on, but added some social distance between myself and that group. Orlando is a top destination spot for Brazilians, so you’ll forgive me if I give anyone from Brazil, one of the world’s COVID-19 major hot spots, a fair amount of social distance.

In other news, former Florda data scientist and bad Florida decision making whistleblower Rebekah Jones is running against sexual predator congress-bro Matt Gaetz in 2022. We need that idiot Gaetz out and someone in his place who is competent. I wish Rebekah all the best.

the pandemic is still with us, we’re just used to it now

As a species we will normalize any catastrophe until it moves to the back of our minds and our day-to-day existence. Case in point is the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. My blog posting of screen captures of the COVID-19 dashboard go back to at least March of 2020, and I created a series of them until sometime around October, when I gave up. I was numb watching the infection and death numbers rising steadily. It was a real-life horror movie in slow motion.

When I fired up Vivaldi yesterday to add Instagram as a web panel, I noticed I still had a tab opened to the COVID-19 dashboard, so I looked at it. It looks pretty much the same, only worse, than the last time I looked. And then I noticed there’s a couple of graphics devoted to vaccination levels. That large green number at the top is over two billion doses administered. That’s not a one-to-one person reference, as many of the vaccines require two doses (I took the Moderna two-dose vaccine back in January and February 2021). It helps to counter a bit seeing the United States still number one with cases and deaths.

This screen capture highlights another Vivaldi capability: at the bottom of the browser window are additional controls, one of which takes a screen shot of the web page you’re viewing. This web page screen capture was made that way. I much prefer having Vivaldi do it because all the extraneous outer chrome and tabs is trimmed away, leaving just the page itself. And all at the click of a button.