covid-adjacent, trying to figure out current rules

I went out for a walk this afternoon and saw a lot more people than usual and a lot fewer of them wearing masks (until I got closer to the business-zoned streets), and with the recent change in CDC recommendations, I’ve been trying to find the current status of outdoor requirements in all the local cities, county, and state…and I’m not finding a clear answer.

Getting my second shot tomorrow, figure I’ll keep masking for the next 2 weeks anyway

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Apparently if I go out walking to birdwatch or to get somewhere, I still need to keep my distance *and* wear a mask along the way, but if I go out walking to exercise, I only need to keep my distance. ???

Realized I’m stressing out over the vaccine appointment tomorrow because part of me is convinced Something Will Go Wrong before I can get to it.

And partly wondering if it’ll knock me out worse than the first dose did. (Serious fatigue for about 24 hours starting later that afternoon.)

Still, better and shorter than even a “mild” case of the actual virus, though!

Amnesty International petition to urge Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other pharmaceutical companies to …

Amnesty International petition to urge Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other pharmaceutical companies to join C-TAP and ensure manufacturers in other countries can scale up covid vaccine production

https://act.amnestyusa.org/page/82608/petition/1

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Finally tried out No Man’s Sky. Starting planet is not only overheating my character, it’s …

Finally tried out No Man’s Sky. Starting planet is not only overheating my character, it’s overheating my CPU too!

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I guess I’ll have to turn down some of the settings in order to play more than 30 minutes at a time.

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Really disconcerting when the computer abruptly shuts off in the middle of a game

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Unsafe bottled water in news, pet & human illness

I remember seeing this brand of bottled water a couple of years ago. The marketing-speak on the box really set off my BS detector.”Beyond alkalinity! We add negative ions!”

So I shouldn’t be surprised they ended up putting someone unqualified in charge of the process, *not training him*, and making the stuff actively poisonous. (Though the article doesn’t indicate what caused the cases of liver damage.)

Technician for water co. linked to liver failure says his dog got liver illness
Technician said he only had a couple of hours of training and did what he was told.

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Huh, Verizon has sold Yahoo and AOL. For half of what they paid for them…

Huh, Verizon has sold Yahoo and AOL.

Verizon sells AOL and Yahoo for about half of what it paid

For half of what they paid for them. 🤦‍♂️

To a private equity firm. 😬

Flickr and Tumblr REALLY lucked out that Verizon put in the effort to look for a photo-sharing company and a blogging company to sell them to instead of just muddling along with no idea what to do with them until they just wanted to unload them.

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Expanded on K2R: Ya-who? Flickr and Tumblr Were Lucky!
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When I write something new on my gemlog or import an older blog entry, sometimes I’ll also import…

When I write something new on my gemlog or import an older blog entry, sometimes I’ll also import related posts so I can link within the #gemini capsule instead of out to the web.

I was importing a post on how functional memorabilia is both irreplaceable and easily replaceable depending on how you look at it, and it mentioned my #Mozilla #Coffee mug – which I still have.

Gemlog: (Ir)replaceable?
Blog: (Ir)replaceable?

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But yeah, Mozilla Coffee was briefly a thing, back in 2003-2004. It wasn’t a run by Mozilla, it was someone who had a mail-order coffee business who branded some of it and donated half the profits to the Mozilla Foundation.

Gemlog: Remembering Mozilla Coffee
Blog posts tagged Mozilla Coffee

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And still no reply from tech support on the cloud server that lost its network …

And still no reply from tech support on the cloud server that lost its network connection to the outside world today (but that I can still SSH into from other servers in their datacenter)

Beginning to wonder if I should (a) move my Nextcloud laterally to another server and drop the old one,
(b) look for a different cloud provider (their managed VPS hosting is SOLID, but this has been flaky),
(c) plug storage into my Pi, host Nextcloud locally & open up outside access for when I’m out.

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(a) would be simplest, but I’ll just have to deal with this again. (b) would involve researching other providers. (c) would mean figuring out what kind of storage I want to use & figuring out how best to mitigate the risk of allowing external access to a machine on the home network. I mean, yeah, I’m mostly at home these days anyway, but I’m kind of hoping that will change soon!

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mental health/anxiety (-)

Something I’ve noticed lately is that I’m having the worst anxiety problems around indecision. Like, totally freezing up unable to take any sort of action on something because I’m not sure which approach I should take – and then once I just PICK SOMETHING I’m fine, even if I still have a nagging suspicion the other approach would have been better.

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Offer of random Star Trek books

Anyone interested in some #StarTrek hardcovers? Figured I’d offer ’em to the Fediverse before checking the local used bookstores’ covid policies. Happy to give them away for the cost of shipping.

Spock’s World, Diane Duane
All Good Things…, Michael Jan Friedman.
Generations, J.M. Dillard
First Contact, ”
Federation, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
The Return, William Shatner
The Ashes of Eden, ”
Q-Squared, Peter David
New Frontier, ”

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Also the Star Trek Chronology (through First Contact) by Michael Okuda & Denise Okuda.

If you’re interested in any of these, message me and let me know.

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