Good article about mRNA vaccines

The tangled history of mRNA vaccines

Your vaccine history may help with your COVID vaccine. Yes, all the vaccines, people!

I re-read the Foundation books earlier this year. Overall, they have not aged well — one thing is that it’s all so male! Even so, I’m looking forward to seeing what Apple TV does with what is really a very odd story.

Finished reading: A Closed and Common Orbit: Wayfarers 2 by Becky Chambers 📚I loved it. I mean, it’s not great literature, but it’s fun, has interesting characters, and is a thoughtful portrayal of a future with sympatico AI. What does it mean to be friends with an AI?

Ha ha! I set up Focus mode on my iPhone, choosing a specific screen as the one that would show. Then when it happened, I thought I’d broken my phone because I could only see one screen. But now that I understand what is happening, I like it.

Currently reading: A Closed and Common Orbit: Wayfarers 2 by Becky Chambers 📚

Finished reading: Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh 📚A hard read. Allie’s had a tough hand dealt to her and she doesn’t hold back here in describing a lot of pain. While I wouldn’t call it a funny book, she is so aware of life’s absurdities that there are funny moments.

A good start

NIH awards $470M to NYU to build long COVID-19 study population

Officials aim to enroll 40,000 participants as part of a combined population of new and existing study groups, in a meta-cohort called Recover, to investigate the mystery surrounding long COVID-19. 

Really interesting Racket from @cm about Obsidian.

Obsidian is a transformative tool | Racket

And the discussion is making me even hungrier for the future Readwise Reader app, which has the potential to tie everything together nicely.

Currently reading: The Paris Library: A Novel by Janet Skeslien Charles 📚

Finished reading: The Listeners by Leni Zumas 📚I did not enjoy this book though I read it all the way through so it wasn’t bad enough to drop. Awful, mentally ill, characters doing terrible things without much redemption. What’s the point of reading about so much bad behavior?

Yeah, really like that new iPad Mini and I think Apple will sell a ton of them. Perfect pandemic device. But I think I’ll buy a 13 Mini iPhone next year when the price drops, since the rumor is it’s the last Mini phone.

This person needs

★ Write more, but shorter

Finished reading: Jack: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson 📚 I’m definitely on a Marilynne Robinson kick, such shimmering writing! Here, she continues to meditate on the unhoused, what it’s like to be mentally ill, and bad decisions.

Finished reading: Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson 📚An excellent book, especially for any of us who plan to grow old.

I made another Racket:

Lisa and Bernadette talk about Zoom Fatigue

I highly recommend Racket as a way to do simple, short, interview-style audio recordings. It’s very easy!

The Information Intervention Chain

Wait, that’s not what a big banner with an exclamation point saying “COVID-19 Information” means? So tell me what an average person is supposed to think an exclamation-marked heading on an NIH site saying “COVID-19 Information” indicates?

Finished Reading Incredible Doom vol. 1 by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden 📚Very fun trip back to the past of the dial-up 90s-era Internet. Some depictions of parental anger/abuse.

Had a good time doing a Racket with @cm on the topic of “Facilitation Do’s.” We were going to talk about “Do’s and Don’ts” but ran out of time which is part of the beauty of Racket – only nine minutes!

Listen here:


Currently reading: Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson 📚

Currently reading: The Listeners by Leni Zumas 📚

Today I became an Advanced Certified Scrum Master, woo hoo!

New Recommendations Address ME/CFS Diagnosis and Management

The urgency of appropriate recognition and management of ME/CFS has increased as growing numbers of people are exhibiting signs and symptoms of ME/CFS following acute COVID-19 infection.

New Clinical Guidelines for ME/CFS

The clinicians make it clear that no treatments have been shown to be curative. Instead, they focus on advice for managing and treating symptoms like orthostatic intolerance, cognitive dysfunction, pain and sleep dysfunction.

Finished reading: Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 📚I didn’t love it, but it is an interesting story of growing up as mixed race in post-apartheid South Africa. Includes harrowing stories of abuse.