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Why the flu disappeared

The flu disappeared because of distancing, masks, and other restrictions. Covid didn’t because it has a higher R0:

Disease R0 Restriction-related ΔR R after restrictions
Flu 1.3 −1 0.3 — disease disappears
Covid-19 3.3 −1 2.3 — disease continues to spread
 No comments   1 d   coronavirus   health

Pandemic havens

Tax havens are territories where individual money is never seized by the government.

Pandemic havens are territories where individual lives are never altered by the government because of a disease.

A pandemic haven would

  • impose a constitutional ban on governmental restrictions to normal life,
  • encourage voluntary testing, tracing, and isolating,
  • have enough beds, medicines, and vaccines for all,
  • allow all experimentation that participants consent to,
  • introduce visa-free immigration from locked down lands,
  • rely on private initiatives to stop the spread,
  • send an individualistic message: if you get sick, it’s likely because you made a wrong choice.
 No comments   11 d   coronavirus   freedom   ideas

The best-designed vaccine

The best-designed vaccine

  • Prevents both from getting sick and from spreading the virus to others.
  • Doesn’t induce symptoms: one only feels better after receiving it.
  • Is RNA-based: instead of containing a part of the virus, it contains the instruction on how to produce antibodies.
  • Is single-dose: one trip to the lab does it.
  • Can be breathed in, to avoid puncturing skin.

I invite my readers to continue this list.

 1 comment   16 d   coronavirus   design   health
 No comments   5 mon   coronavirus   freedom

Maskless as a symbol of power

During his latest construction site visit, maskless Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin was surrounded by masked builders and district representatives. It’s clear who’s in charge:

Photo by M. Mishin

The more power, the less masked: Russian president Vladimir Putin didn’t wear a mask even a single time during the pandemic. He can afford doing so: the few people with whom he comes into close contact are tested, quarantined, and disinfected.

Not wearing a mask around other people either means being privileged or being stupid.

 No comments   5 mon   coronavirus   power
 No comments   6 mon   America   coronavirus   design   Italy   language   madness   my Telegram channel   Sanremo   words

My Telegram posts on 2020’s week 26

Week 25 ←→ Week 28

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Live-commenting WWDC 2020 on Monday, June 22

The icons are jelly and that’s annoying:

Oh, there’s a portal in the fountain at Apple Park.

The Mac is moving to Apple-made processors for top performance. This is good news.

iOS & iPadOS apps run on the Mac without any changes needed. Catalyst was a short-term thing.

Instead of credits at the end there’s an assurance that Apple took care so nobody would get infected. Sign of the times:

Tuesday, June 23

These tiles have a nice look:

Wednesday, June 24


Also, inconsistent use of articles.

Friday, June 26

The empty-space-to-the-right issue has been solved. My project illustrations now take up almost the entire screen width. Looks stunning:

 No comments   6 mon   Apple   coronavirus   language   Mac   my Telegram channel   my website   user interface

My Telegram posts during 2020’s week 23

Week 22 ←→ Week 24

My Telegram channel

Thursday, June 4

Copyright isn’t meant to protect authors.

Elbow bumps were fantastic while they lasted.

Friday, June 5

I’m deeply saddened by the reality of affirmative action in the United States.

I will do everything possible to make sure that this never happens in the countries I live in.

I do not trust Elon Musk. And I didn’t even mention the overpriced Tesla stock tweets.


Saturday, June 6

Just updated my website. Each project now has a stunning image:

The next step is filling the empty space to the right.

 No comments   7 mon   America   coronavirus   life   map   my Telegram channel   my website

Why online public school won’t last

I’m entering week three of online school, the best school experience I’ve ever had.

But it will end once the quarantine ends. Online lessons cancel borders, therefore potentially reducing future tax revenue. It’s not worth it for a country to educate somebody without getting anything in return.

 No comments   9 mon   coronavirus   economics   education

A short message for Bill Gates

Bill, please don’t let the tinfoil fringe elements take advantage of you. I perfectly understand your motives, but it would be much better if you didn’t laugh or smile in questionable circumstances.

 No comments   9 mon   conspiracy theories   coronavirus
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