This blog has been offline for a while. I had moved the content (and custom domain) formerly hosted here elsewhere. There will be times I’ll be motivated enough to describe this migration.
For now, I want to re-start the blog at its wordpress dot com domain. My only goal is to keep my sanity. I will not polish and over-edit my posts, nor check them for errors and non-idiomatic English (I am not a native speaker).
I do not have special insights or competence in this situation. I will will refrain from “explaining” any data or statistics, I will just jot down random thoughts and observations I find helpful. I cross-check news, but I do not care about being “statistically right” in case I spot a somewhat reasonable reason for cautious optimism. What gives me hope is not hard data, but ad-hoc initiatives of people helping each other, and what gives hope may also help the immune system.
Seamstresses starting to sew masks for companies – helping both their clients and keeping their own businesses afloat. Farmers setting up self-service machines for fresh groceries. Such things are happening without public discussions about “regulations” – it is hard to convey what this means if you do not know my country’s culture from first hand experience.
Any semi-professional motivation to write about science and engineering has left me. I’ve spent a few days in a state of existential shock, and I know I am a privileged worker-from-home to even notice such feelings. I was waiting for an impulse to suppress it, by delving either into security/hacking or theoretical physics. So far, I felt the tug of neither, but I grabbed my 30-year old books by philosopher-doctor Viktor Frankl. I am not the only one turning to Man’s Search For Meaning as Coronoavirus reading.
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Thanks, Ivo! Alle the best for your and your loved ones!
Many thanks for this post.The reference to viktor frankl and his fate, how it changed his life, shows us the way to a hopeful future.
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