• COVID and elevated risk of blood clots, strokes or heart attacks

    “If you’ve had covid, watch out for stroke symptoms: Given that most people have had Covid by now, everyone should be more vigilant about the early warning signs such as chest pain, unusual swelling, numbness or weakness, or sudden changes in balance, speech or vision.” [Washington Post] (with hat-tip to Violet Blue)

    I can tell you from direct experience: Do not waste a moment second-guessing; if someone shows signs of stroke (memomnic acronym is FAST; look it up), get to the hospital ASAP.

  • if you’re able, I hope you’ll join me in supporting the amazing Violet Blue and her book: www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

  • wow; i had no idea how challenging it would be, to get off the treadmill. yet another learning experience.

  • Wow; if you haven’t yet seen Lucky (with Harry Dean Stanton), it is a beautiful thing: www.imdb.com/title/tt5…

  • Alcaraz, on Lindsey Graham - insightful as ever: www.dailykos.com/stories/2…

  • How strange: I just got a “Magic Keyboard” for my M1 MacBook Air - and its Globe key works (to show Character Viewer) – only when not in clamshell mode. It works in either mode, for other things like Dictation.

  • Apparently it's time for M1 users, to migrate their Homebrew config. Like right now.

    Drat; that was an unpleasant surprise:

    For some reason, when I tried brew upgrade today, the response was: Cannot install in Homebrew on ARM processor in Intel default prefix.

    Weird; it’s been working fine, via Terminal in Rosetta, on my M1, for quite some time. Last I saw, that was required, on Apple Silicon.

    I don’t see any warning logged from past “brew update” runs. And I couldn’t find any announcement or release note, that Homebrew is now ready for prime-time on M1 - but apparently someone felt it necessary to force the issue. :/

    So, since I depend on brew and several tools installed that way - including some automation - I dropped what I was supposed to be doing, to sort this out. Here’s what it took for me:

    1. Run brew bundle dump - this will create a Brewfile in the current directory.
    2. May or may not be necessary: Quit & relaunch Terminal, without Rosetta.
    3. Install Homebrew - let it go to the new dir, /opt/homebrew/ - AKA ${HOMEBREW_PREFIX}.
    4. Run brew dump - which uses the previously-created Brewfile, to (hopefully) install what you were using (as much as it can) in it’s new structure, in ${HOMEBREW_PREFIX}.
    5. As long as this succeeded, delete / archive the Brewfile. If not, debug…
    6. If you haven’t personalized $PATH etc.: Follow the directions (in the output above) for updating that.
    7. If you have (personalized $PATH etc.): Update that to also include ${HOMEBREW_PREFIX} (using the ouput as a guide) - note that there are some new environment vairables here, to consider adding to your shell’s config. You’ll likely want to make sure the new dir is before the old one (so any tools not yet updated are still accessible - and new tools take precedence over the now stranded ones).
    8. Update any needed configs that live in /usr/local (ex: for clamav), into the correct place in the new ${HOMEBREW_PREFIX}.
    9. Now find wherever you might have references to brew tools, which are hard-coded for /usr/local, and update instead, to ${HOMEBREW_PREFIX}. Suggestions of places to look: /etc/crontab, user-specific crontabs (ex: crontab -l), LaunchItems and such. And scripts that might be hard-coded for /usr/local. (Yes; hard-coding is “bad” - and sometimes useful to, for example, be sure to use the tool installed via brew, vs. a built-in tool by the same name.)
    10. Repeat on any other systems you need to.
    11. Set a reminder to clean out the stuff in /usr/local, once it’s no longer needed. (It might be sufficient to which each tool, and confirm when they’re all found in ${HOMEBREW_PREFIX} vs. the old /usr/local.)

    Whew! That seemed a bit more difficult than necessary - especially since it was (as far as I could tell) forced without warning.

  • if you haven’t yet had the joy of watching and listening to Rich Ortiz make music, you’re missing out - stunning guitarist, beautiful music, and a huge heart; a treasure. music.apple.com/us/album/…

  • the magic of the US dollar, is precisely this:
    it has value, because enough people believe it does.

    the flipside: that belief is by no means certain to continue indefinitely

  • it’s weird… people on the “right” are constantly whining about how illegitimate X is - based on utter bullshit.   and people of goodwill continually hamstring themselves, adhering to “norms” - while enduring truly illegitimate abuses.   such as this batshit insane Supreme Court. which only has the power we invest them with.   so… until it’s legitimate again, it’s time to stop investing in it.

  • “Russian missiles strike Kyiv, shattering sense of calm”
    Bullshit - the only sense of calm, was for people with their heads in the sand, hoping that appeasement would spare any cost to them. Which - and we have overwhelming evidence - simply makes things worse.
    There is one way - only - to stop Putin. And that is to - wait for it - stop Putin.
    There’s no way out by dialog only - the rest of the world must step up, and take direct ACTION. www.rutlandherald.com/news/busi…

  • did we really need more evidence that Elon is a terrible human being? really?? “demanding workers show up for at least 40 hours a week in the office or find another employer”

  • COVID tips

    With so many of us now, simply shrugging and giving up on being careful about COVID - prompted by government and business leading the way down this dangerous path (especially dangerous for the many of us who cannot get vaccinated) - it’s sad that the reality at this stage, is that you’d have to be in a bubble to avoid getting it.   N95 masks provide decent protection - to the people on the outside of the mask. That’s the best we’ve got - and many of the people who should most be wearing them, are the people who care the least, so aren’t.

    So we’ll all likely get it - and with that in mind:

    • get all the boosters you can, as soon as they’re available to you
    • don’t wait on a booster since this will increase your risk AND delay your ability to get the next one, which may be even better and/or more targeted
    • manage risk as best possible; minimize time in closed rooms, especially with poor ventilation
    • for recent variants, the amount of exposure to become infected, is about 60 seconds
    • test early and often, especially after anything you think even MIGHT have been risky
    • tests are generally covered by healthcare plans, or otherwise available at no additional cost - get as many as you are allowed, and use them
    • PCR tests are the gold standard, and pick up infection sooner than antigen tests
    • PCR tests will also show positive, for awhile afterward (because you’ve still got it in you)
    • there are no at-home PCR tests; they require more advanced lab equipment and expertise
    • LAMP tests are _similar to PCR; they look for the same thing in a different way
    • PCR tests are still available at no additional cost, usually run by the state
    • antigen tests are useful to show if you’re at a high enough level that you should isolate
    • antigen tests will take awhile after infection, to show positive; test >5 days after exposure
    • antigen tests are also useful after you’ve had it, and are no longer symptomatic, to show when it’s safe to exit isolation (even when a PCR might show positive)
    • test results are no longer tracked in even a remotely comprehensive way, so those stats are dubious at best
    • we DO have treatment options - and you need to prepare NOW to be able to use them
    • for instance, Paxlovid is apparently most/only useful, immediately after infection
    • so have that conversation with your doctor NOW, to know how to get it as soon as you need it, since you can get it only on their say-so
    • the treatments (like Paxlovid) have significant potential side-effects and drug interactions; check those carefully - also good to do NOW, before you’re in the throws

    Last: Please point out any errors I’ve made above, or any additions / questions / comments - best way to get through this, is TOGETHER. ❤️

  • another nudge to get any tests and boosters you’re eligible for, ASAP:
    Fauci signaling that [due to GOP opposition to COVID funding], the US is going to start running out. :(
    this, as we appear to be in a surge in the NorthEast, and likely country-wide by Fall (if not sooner).

  • do yourself (and everyone else) a favor - get some of these N95 masks:
    why? excellent breathability, excellent fit, excellent protection.
    BTW: also works very well, for those of us with beards - for a solid (and safe) fit

  • we will not be deterred! 😉

  • Leah Elliot’s remix of Scott McCloud’s 2008 discussion of Google Chrome - should be required reading for anyone using it. And the rest of us, too.
    “What are you going to do about it?” contrachrome.com/comic/pag…

  • Books Unbanned - thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library 👏🏽


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