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The Curse of The Electric Light Bulb

The Curse of The Electric Light Bulb

Have you ever considered how nice it would be to wake up when the sun comes up, and to end the day when the sun goes down? In summer the days would be long and filled with memories. In winter we would head to sleep when the sun sets. Every day we would either gain three minutes or lose three minutes. The curse is not the light bulb itself, of course, but rather in the ability for people to make…

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The Pandemic Of Sisyphus

The Pandemic Of Sisyphus

We are in a pandemic where the only disease vector is proximity to others, so in theory this is one of the easiest pandemics to overcome, and end. In practice people are like cats, and getting them to self-isolate is like herding cats. Paradoxically if people were as hard to herd as cats, then the pandemic would have ended over a year ago and today we’d be doing something more fun. During this pandemic we see that the numbers take…

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Another Pandemic Weekend Without Plans

Another Pandemic Weekend Without Plans

Normally at this time of year, as the snow melts and the temperatures increase the opportunity for spring and summer sports returns. These sports are via ferrata, outdoor climbing, hiking and more. This year is different because although today is Friday no plans have been made for the next two days. There is a excellent chance that I will either hike or cycle alone. Usually I avoid cycling on Saturdays because that is the day when people are anxiously driving…

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The Year-Old Pandemic

The Year-Old Pandemic

Thanks to the incompetence of leadership during this pandemic Switzerland went from a low of 21 cases per day in June 2021 to a high of 3600 or more over Christmas. This is really a shame. For a short period up to the 21st of June Switzerland really looked as if it would end the pandemic. On the 21st of June the government made a mistake. It reopened society. The rational was that the pandemic would soon end and that…

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How To Be A Realistic Optimist During a LockDown.

How To Be A Realistic Optimist During a LockDown.

During the first lockdown in March I believed in the rationality and logic of others to help bring a pandemic to a close within a reasonable amount of time. Now that we’re in the Post-Christmas and New Year lockdown I feel that the likelihood of a normal summer is low. That’s why I need to write something satirical. Ignore the Irrationality of Others By believing that people understand how pandemics work, and by trusting that people will do their best…

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On the Prospect of Re-confinement

On the Prospect of Re-confinement

Today let’s comment on the prospect of Re-confinement. Plenty of people, when lockdown ended, decided that now was the time to start doing group activities, without masks, and without waiting for the transmission rate to get down to zero. As a prize they had a relatively normal summer, with good memories, stories and pictures to share. Some of us were short-sighted and silly. We thought “Oh, if we wait another month then life will be back to normal and that’s…

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Bullying Disguised as Satire

Bullying Disguised as Satire

We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Some of us go without conversing with people in the real world for days or even weeks at a time. Is now the time to be offensive about people’s social media habits? For plenty of TikTok users, their only window into the social world is their phone. Plenty of people are lonely, and in need of human connections. Social media is a great means by which to have moments of intimacy, to flirt…

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The Slowness of Public Transport

The Slowness of Public Transport

Today someone something to the effect “If I go from here to there it will take me two and a half hours so it would require a car.” That’s what I have been saying for years. That’s one of the reasons for which having a sporty life, during the pandemic, is not possible, or at least requires a much bigger commitment. Summer sporting activities are vulnerable because in times of pandemics car sharing is no longer possible, and is no…

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2020 – The Golden Opportunity to Be A Recluse

2020 – The Golden Opportunity to Be A Recluse

2020 – The Golden Opportunity to be a Recluse. If you’ve ever wanted a reason not to be social then open society’s behaviour, in regards to the COVID-19 virus, has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy being reclusive. During a normal Spring and Summer I would be driving to the mountains to hike, climb and enjoy via ferrata with people but this year those plans have been destroyed. This year we can’t share the same room as others…

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The Pain of Optimism During a Pandemic

The Pain of Optimism During a Pandemic

The pain of optimism during a pandemic can clearly be felt by those who were optimistic enough to believe that self-sacrifice during the pandemic would result in a summer free of the COVID-19 Virus in Switzerland. We went from a moving average over seven days of one thousand one hundred and twelve new cases on the 25th of May to a moving average over seven days of 17 in early June. The moving average so far, in July, is of…

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