7 Minute Miles

Thanks, MIT – always learning

Posted Thursday, September 17th, 2020 06:37 pm GMT -5 in Links,Schools,Science at 6:37 PM

“COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic” (7.00)

Originally published by DK on September 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm

On Safety

Posted Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 09:07 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Personal,Politics,Science,Work at 9:07 PM

I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately. The pandemic, political and economic turmoil, return to work plans – all of these have safety components that give me anxiety and make 2020 feel like even more of a challenge. What exactly is the condition of being safe? I like these definitions: freedom from danger, risk, injury or loss; unhurt, harmless, cautious. Of course, safe can also mean unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction – also sometimes useful, but not what I’m writing about today.

The spread of COVID and the tools and policies available to manage the threat have become overtly political, which is unfortunate. I’m lucky that I really don’t have to fight any physical battles with people who won’t wear masks or follow guidelines and have the economic stability to isolate at home as much as I can during the pandemic. I’ve already decided I don’t *need* to visit casinos, go to movie theaters or drink in bars right now and I tend to favor take-out over eating inside at restaurants that are offering that option (and winter is coming, patio people). Correctly wearing a face mask to Target or the grocery store is literally the easiest thing you can do to keep the economy running, limit the spread of the virus and help keep people safe.

Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, which has resulted in a surge of bike sales and golf rounds. These are both things I love to do in a “regular” year, so this has been a great way to pass the time (and keep my move streak alive). It’s funny that some of the outdoor things I like to do aren’t always considered safe: danger is part of the appeal with downhill skiing and single-track mountain biking, for example. But even with those activities, I’m more cautious the older I get. Running has always been important to me, but I’ve even turned that down a notch, preferring strenuous hill walks to full out running for speed (at least for now).

I’m very fortunate that sports, concerts, travel and food have played significant roles in my life. Venue safety is part of my career, so I pay close attention to what others are doing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great experience with the Saints returning to live baseball in our neighborhood, so we only bought tickets to two games. Why? We didn’t feel safe: no security at the gates, seat maps that placed people at the drink rail immediately behind us, other fans not following the guidelines and limited staff to enforce the rules. I get the economics, but what is the long-term damage to your brand if people don’t feel safe? We did have a good experience at the Minnesota Zoo a few weeks back and expect to have a good experience at the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade next week, but it seems critical to me that you get safety figured out.

I miss live music, but I don’t see that industry coming back for a while. The next ticket I have is for a November 27th show at the Fitzgerald, a theater I love. Even with masks and a limited audience (which isn’t possible, since tickets are already sold), I can’t imagine any scenario that would make me feel safe enough to go on that date (and near-zero chance it doesn’t get rescheduled again like every other show I still have tickets for from 2020). I’ve also been reading a lot about Disney, and while thoughts of an uncrowded Disney World are tempting, my internal safety meter says tell Mickey we will see him again later.

The activities I’ve talked about so far mostly involve things that a majority of people would consider first-world privilege. I’m still employed, we’re not facing eviction and we have food on the table. Everyone in the family is still healthy. We have a bit of an economic safety net thanks to inheritance. We have access to reliable transportation. Middle class white males don’t have to face the same issues that women and people of color do as part of their daily existence (I’m working on a draft “On Race” post that I hope to publish soon). So what other safety issue is front and center for me? Crime rates.

When we moved from the suburbs to Lowertown, my mom was very concerned about our safety (even though she also lived in Saint Paul). The area has had ups and downs from a crime standpoint, but I’d never felt threatened here (even at night). The pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd have changed the look and atmosphere of downtown Saint Paul. According to the Pioneer Press, there have been more than forty recent arrests in the area around Mears Park and Union Depot for fighting, drug dealing and other criminal activity (including a shooting). Homelessness has also been on the rise and a small tent city can now be seen outside our windows near I-94. There are people needing obvious mental health assistance. I wish I knew the answers to these problems – what we are doing now isn’t working and something needs to change…

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 9:07 pm

Bill The Gates

Posted Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 10:09 am GMT -5 in Politics,Reading,Science at 10:09 AM

I ❤️ The Economist

Originally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 10:09 am

Anatomy of an American Failure

Posted Monday, August 3rd, 2020 11:01 am GMT -5 in Links,News,Politics,Science at 11:01 AM

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/coronavirus-american-failure/614191/

Originally published by DK on August 3, 2020 at 11:01 am

Sign up for COVID science

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 11:41 am GMT -5 in Links,Science,Technology at 11:41 AM

https://covid.joinzoe.com/us

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 11:41 am

Saw an old friend today

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2020 12:43 am GMT -5 in Art,History,Science at 12:43 AM

Iggy from the block

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 12:43 am

Top 7 Character Stengths

Posted Monday, June 15th, 2020 05:50 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Personal,Schools,Science at 5:50 PM

As part of my recently completed online class, The Science of Well-Being, I took a survey that purports to identify my top character strengths:

  • Love of Learning
  • Curiosity
  • Kindness
  • Honesty
  • Judgement
  • Love
  • Creativity

There were a couple I thought would be higher, but overall, that’s close…

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm

Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH

Posted Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Science at 9:45 PM

Right now, among those people who we see having severe disease under age 55, obesity is the number one risk factor for [COVID-19]…

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Know the risks (and avoid them)

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2020 10:50 am GMT -5 in Links,Science at 10:50 AM

https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2020 at 10:50 am

Earthquakes of Cascadia

Posted Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 03:37 pm GMT -5 in Links,Science,Video at 3:37 PM

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm

A little late

Posted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 01:08 pm GMT -5 in History,Science at 1:08 PM

…but happy anniversary moon nerds!

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

That one time Einstein was wrong

Posted Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 10:38 am GMT -5 in Links,News,Science at 10:38 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/04/10/see-black-hole-first-time-images-event-horizon-telescope/?utm_term=.d954086f97b7

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2019 at 10:38 am

Crowded, but very cool

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:22 am GMT -5 in Museums,Science,Travel at 12:22 AM

Can’t believe I never went there until now

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:22 am

Don’t want to know this

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:54 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Science,Travel at 11:54 PM

Sidewalks @ Griffith Observatory

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:54 pm

The Science of Pixar

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Friends,Movies,Museums,Science at 7:51 PM

Not what I expected, but still cool stuff

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm

The Kilauea firehose is amazing

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017 05:13 pm GMT -5 in Links,Science at 5:13 PM

https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/index.php?newSearch=true&display=custom&volcano=1&resultsPerPage=20

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm

OmniFest really packs them in

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Museums,Science at 8:21 PM

Science Museum of Minnesota was crowded again on a Saturday night

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Captain SK

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Museums,Science at 3:14 PM

Piloting the Mississippi @ SMM

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

A New Year @ SMM

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Science at 2:18 PM

A very crowded January 1 in downtown St. Paul

Originally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm

My latest completed book

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 10:00 am GMT -5 in Reading,Science at 10:00 AM

Nice sci-fi story from the local kid made good

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

I clearly need a new camera

Posted Sunday, September 27th, 2015 10:18 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Science at 10:18 PM

The “Super Blood Moon Eclipse” of 2015

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Twenty-four people

Posted Monday, September 21st, 2015 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Links,Science,Video at 1:27 PM

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

The Fermi Paradox

Posted Sunday, June 29th, 2014 10:38 pm GMT -5 in Links,Science at 10:38 PM

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html

Originally published by DK on June 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Economist: Misery to Millions

Posted Saturday, March 15th, 2014 04:56 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Science at 4:56 PM

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21598948-neural-seat-compulsive-gambling-may-have-been-found-slotting

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm
 

Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2020 Run Mileage: 175.9
  • 2020 Bike Mileage: 604.5

DK on Twitter Email DK 7 Minute Miles RSS Feed
Mobile: 612.224.5422

Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/24/21
  • Milk Run 5K - 8/29/21

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Vikings vs. Lions - 11/8/20
  • Vikings vs. Dallas - 11/22/20
  • Vikings vs. Carolina - 11/29/20
  • Vikings vs. Jacksonville - 12/6/20
  • Vikings vs. Bears - 12/20/20

Upcoming Concerts

  • Dave Simonett - 11/27, Fitzgerald
  • Cloud Cult - 1/18, Orchestra Hall
  • Kenny Chesney - 6/5, USBS
  • Rage Against the Machine - 7/2, Target Center
  • Def Leppard - 7/8, USBS
  • George Strait - 7/31, USBS
  • Doobie Brothers - 8/31, Grandstand
  • Rammstein - 9/3, USBS
  • Trampled By Turtles & Wilco - 9/18, Treasure Island
  • Elton John - 3/22, Xcel

Looking for something?