Surprising shared word etymologies


Fun to be hacked. Not. A new experience at least. (Let’s hope this is not a persisting problem.)


Is there more volcanic activity than usual right now or is it just me who has started paying attention?

1. Disastrous lava flows in DR Congo
2. Lava wall breached in Iceland
3. Eruptions in Japan, Italy and many other places

I guess this is normal, since no one reports it as extraordinary. Perhaps with the exception that one of the lava flows entered a city and another has become a tourist attraction. Surely, that cannot happen “all the time”.


What Does a 95% Effective Vaccine Really Mean?


Not wishing to be left behind by Hank Azaria, I would like to apologise on behalf on Monty Python for all the many sketches we did making fun of white English people, […] We’re sorry for any distress we may have caused” (John Cleese).



The Musée du Louvre launches online collection database and new website

Covid-19, March 2021


A year ago, I wrote:

“Good news:
+ The mortality rate of Covid-19 is 5 times lower than that of SARS
+ For most people it is no worse than a common flu
+ It seems like only the elderly and especially those who suffer from a previous health condition is at risk
+ The virus is only spreading after a person has become ill and not during the incubation period

Bad news:
– No one is immune to the virus (Of course – because, this is what the main problem is)
– A vaccine will take at least a year to develop”

Well, a year later we have learned a lot. Some “bad news” turned out not to be as bad as we feared. For instance, the vaccin took less than a year to develop. But other things have had to be added to the list. We have learned that not “only the elderly and especially those who suffer from a previous health condition is at risk”, although those are most at risk, of course. Most notable in my view, howevere: Long Covid. I have had Covid but “no worse than a common flu” and without any lingering problem. For that I am very grateful.


Volcanic eruption live stream! Watch it while it lasts. 😀

Update: Meawhile in Italy…


Sverige har fått 131 nya naturreservat

Bra.


Lou Ottens, who invented the cassette tape and pioneered the CD, dies


Native Instruments and iZotope now sister companies, with backing from Francisco Partners



Clubhouse’s Inevitability


Hamsterkauf! Coronazeit! There’s a German Word for Your Pandemic Experience.


This morning.


Blue beads in the tundra

“In the 1400s, craftsmen in the city-state of Venice traded with people throughout Asia. The beads might have traveled in a horse-drawn cart along the Silk Road eastward toward China. From there, “these early Venetian beads found their way into the aboriginal hinterlands, with some moving to the Russian Far East,” the authors wrote in their recent paper.

After that great journey, a trader may have tucked the beads into his kayak on the western shore of the Bering Sea. He then dipped his paddle and made passage to the New World, today’s Alaska. The crossing of Bering Strait at its narrowest is about 52 miles of open ocean.”


Disney’s Recycled Footage & Animated Doppelgangers


BBC: `Spy pixels in emails have become endemic`



Dominion Voting Systems sues Giuliani for $1.3bn over baseless election claims


A heartbeat away… isn’t that what they say? If that would happen Sweden, my home country, would look even worse on this list.


The Most Notable Lies of Donald Trump’s Presidency



The Covid-19 mRNA vaccine (David Goodsell)