I love that the next track on the album is listed as “Announcements, Pandemonium.” Understandable.
About halfway through the delusional fever dream that was Facebook’s biggest product announcement of all time, Mark Zuckerberg said that “the last few years have been humbling for me and our company in a lot of ways,” as Facebook has nominally had to grapple with the harm it’s done to this world. It’s hard to find anything “humble” about a proposal to fundamentally remake human existence using technology that currently does not and may not ever exist and that few are currently clamoring for. But Facebook’s problems are too numerous to list, and so he is pitching products that don’t exist for a reality that does not exist in a desperate attempt to change the narrative as it exists in reality, where we all actually live.
There are like three people who actually care about this kind of stuff. The other eleventy-billion people are WhatsApping their friends on a seven-year-old phone with a cracked screen and no available storage space left.
- Not everything needs to be written down.
- Not everything written down needs to be kept.
- The time and effort spent taking and using notes should be greater than the time and effort spent thinking about taking and using notes.
- The action of taking a note tends to be more important than finding or using that same note later.
- The note-taking system or app you have and use is better than the nonexistent one that you don’t use.
- Putting everything in one place will not magically yield results.
These rules are based on my own experiences. Your mileage may vary.
And yes, I am aware that this post is a potential violation of Rule #3.
I may be feeling some after-effects of the shot today. I’ve got a mild headache, I’m a bit stiff and sore, and my stomach is not quite right. It is nothing compared to the two days I lost to the Moderna vaccine back in May.
Over the summer, I was at a birthday party for one of my kids’ friends and I got to talking to another parent. “I’m not anti-vax,” he said. “I’m just the one who always gets the thing that the vaccine is supposed to prevent, so I guess I’m not going to get this one.” I nodded politely and moved along, not really wanting to get into it with another parent at a birthday party about how there is no way you can catch an illness from a vaccine, especially not from an mRNA vaccine.
I was struck as I lay in bed following both my first and second Moderna doses by how much of the symptoms we associate with run-of-the-mill sicknesses like the cold and flu are not caused by the virus, but by our body’s immune response to the virus. I felt like hell, but I wasn’t sick; my body just thought I was.
So many times during this pandemic, the scale of the infections and death has played havoc with our “common sense” assumptions. Pre-COVID, if someone didn’t really understand how catching and transmitting a cold works, it wasn’t such a big deal. Same with not grasping the idea of asymptomatic transmission. With COVID, though, it has been so rampant and the consequence so dire for a large enough number of people that these basic misunderstanding have been (and continue to be) a big problem.
On a side note, I got the bill today for the flu shots—ninety bucks per shot. I am fortunate in my circumstances that paying this bill is not a big deal. However, if we want more people to get these vaccines, this is way too expensive. They should be paid for collectively (as the COVID vaccine has been) in the interest of public health.