Van Buren Bowies

Van Buren Bowies

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1 day ago @ Crasstalk - Center Open Thread · 1 reply · +5 points

Haha—“ASK A FUCK UP.”

1 day ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 0 replies · +5 points

2 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 1 reply · +10 points

That happened to me the other day, in front of people.

I’d brought various equipment to a public space for a Zoom tech test, but I couldn’t connect the mic because the required dongle was missing. The dongle’s box was empty!

I said: “Oh shit. Sorry, I can’t connect the mic. I forgot the dongle.”

Someone said: “Do you mean that thing in your hand?”

Um, yes.

2 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 1 reply · +7 points

That’s such a great photo.

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3 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 1 reply · +8 points

I’d suggest closing all interior doors of the room that the chipmunk is in, and opening all doors and windows that open to the outside. Hopefully chipmunk will find its way out.

If it doesn’t, call animal control.

Or adopt it! It’s cute!

Also, reproach Toothless for being a poor excuse for a cat. (I assume you’ve done this.)

3 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 4 replies · +6 points

Yeah, I was shocked by that “1000x viral load” for the Delta variant too.

Regarding the (low) risk of serious illness for vaccinated people—I read that around 95% of covid hospitalizations, and 97.5% of covid deaths, are among the unvaccinated. So for us vaccinated folks, the risk is greatly reduced.

I find that I’m not stressing that much over covid lately—partly I think just due to “fear fatigue.” I’m still following developments and taking needed precautions (I hope)—but maybe I’ve factored covid in as one of the risks in life, and accepted that I can’t know how this will play out. Which is a relief because the constant anxiety sure did suck.

3 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 0 replies · +5 points

Now that you mention it, I don’t think “contact tracing” is accurate for what my group talked about. We just want to have people’s contact info so that if an event attendee reports a positive covid test, we can notify everyone who was at that event.

3 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 0 replies · +5 points

Yeah, I have a couple of relatives who work for the VA, and their attitude toward vaccines is troubling.

One is a right-wing Evangelical Christian who has not gotten, and will not get, vaccinated. No need to get into the “why” of that—it’s just batshit. She was a certified Physician Assistant years ago—she used to understand the science of vaccines, but doesn’t believe in that now.

The other relative is a Trump troll who has opined that the covid pandemic has been no worse than a severe flu season, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a pearl-clutching libtard pussy. Oh, but he DID get vaccinated. So, like a lot of Trump trolls, he is also a pussy.

3 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 14 replies · +10 points

Yesterday some of us in my neighborhood meditation group got together for a “tech test” of hybrid in-person/Zoom meetings (we’ve been doing only Zoom). The test went well and it was good to get together in person for that.

BUT during the meeting one of our group, who is a physical therapist, mentioned that she’s had to get two covid tests recently because two of her clients tested positive for covid.

One of those clients was at a baby shower with seven other people. All eight were in their 30’s, in good health, and fully vaccinated. And they ALL tested positive for covid. Fortunately their cases were all either mildly symptomatic (flu-like) or asymptotic.

The other client’s story was similar—a super spreader event attended entirely by vaccinated people.

So we’ll probably rethink our timeline for going back to indoor in-person events. And we’ll need to get contact info from all attendees, in case contact tracing is needed.

Delta variant, woo-hoo.

3 days ago @ Crasstalk - Don't Feed the Bears O... · 15 replies · +6 points

Bots posting those ghastly NYC vaccination numbers reminds me… (ITR)