Keep it going, Land of 10,000 LakesOriginally published by DK on January 20, 2021 at 11:13 am
Thanks to the faculty and speakers for the great COVID classOriginally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm
https://zeynep.substack.com/p/the-pandemic-heroes-who-gave-us-theOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm
Chance favors the prepared mindOriginally published by DK on November 30, 2020 at 10:08 am
https://covidawaremn.com/Originally published by DK on November 22, 2020 at 9:22 pm
Last week’s lecture was so over my head, it wasn’t even funnyOriginally published by DK on November 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm
Originally published by DK on September 17, 2020 at 6:37 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
I ❤️ The EconomistOriginally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 10:09 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
https://covid.joinzoe.com/usOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 11:41 am
Iggy from the blockOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 12:43 am
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
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
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
https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-themOriginally published by DK on May 11, 2020 at 10:50 am
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…but happy anniversary moon nerds!Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/04/10/see-black-hole-first-time-images-event-horizon-telescope/?utm_term=.d954086f97b7Originally published by DK on April 10, 2019 at 10:38 am
Can’t believe I never went there until nowOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:22 am
Sidewalks @ Griffith ObservatoryOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:54 pm
Not what I expected, but still cool stuffOriginally published by DK on July 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm
https://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/index.php?newSearch=true&display=custom&volcano=1&resultsPerPage=20Originally published by DK on February 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm
Science Museum of Minnesota was crowded again on a Saturday nightOriginally published by DK on January 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm
Piloting the Mississippi @ SMMOriginally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm
A very crowded January 1 in downtown St. PaulOriginally published by DK on January 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm
Nice sci-fi story from the local kid made goodOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
The “Super Blood Moon Eclipse” of 2015Originally published by DK on September 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm
Originally published by DK on September 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm
http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.htmlOriginally published by DK on June 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm
http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21598948-neural-seat-compulsive-gambling-may-have-been-found-slottingOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm