U.S. COVID-19 death toll now greater than that of 1918 pandemic

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/573011-us-covid-19-death-toll-surpasses-that-of-1918-pandemic US COVID-19 death toll surpasses that of 1918 pandemic BY PETER SULLIVAN - 09/20/21 03:58 PM EDT The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed that of the 1918 flu pandemic, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University, highlighting the extraordinary damage incurred by the current virus. The U.S. has passed 675,000 deaths, the estimated toll from … Continue reading U.S. COVID-19 death toll now greater than that of 1918 pandemic

How about reading nonfiction? Long list for National Book Awards nonfiction

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-2021-national-book-awards-longlist-fiction? The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction By The New Yorker September 16, 2021 This week, The New Yorker announced the longlists for the 2021 National Book Awards. Earlier, we presented the lists for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction. This year’s longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction includes three début novels: Jakob Guanzon’s “Abundance,” … Continue reading How about reading nonfiction? Long list for National Book Awards nonfiction

Looking for a book to read? Here’s the long list for National Book Awards fiction

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-2021-national-book-awards-longlist-fiction? The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction By The New Yorker September 17, 2021 Illustration by Eve Liu This week, The New Yorker announced the longlists for the 2021 National Book Awards. Earlier, we presented the lists for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction. This year’s longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction includes three début … Continue reading Looking for a book to read? Here’s the long list for National Book Awards fiction

A cookie review for a smile

http://www.westsiderag.com/2021/09/15/heres-the-dish-silver-moon-bakerys-chocolate-chip-cookie Here’s the Dish: Silver Moon Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Posted on September 15, 2021 at 11:06 am by Carol Tannenhauser By Regan Elyse Murray Here’s the dish on Silver Moon’s gooey-yet-crunchy, chewy-but-soft chocolate chip cookie. Often overlooked amidst the many capable contenders for favorite cookie on the UWS, I believe the dessert merits its … Continue reading A cookie review for a smile

This article made me realize NYC was where I should eventually retire

When I ran into this article, I was still living in Columbia, MD and working in downtown D.C. I knew suburban life wouldn't work for retirement -- I wanted what I'd had in Boston where I could get anywhere by walking or on public transit, including cultural events and healthcare. But where? I thought about … Continue reading This article made me realize NYC was where I should eventually retire

Another side-effect of the pandemic — we can’t sleep

This is when I remember a key lesson from long ago. Few of us are unique or alone in our reactions to events. Individual responses to this unnatural period of restriction, concern (if not fear), and uncertainty tend to follow a few patterns. One of them right now is having problems sleeping. More below. https://www.vox.com/22671566/sleep-deprived-insomnia-covid-pandemic-stress-anxietyContinue reading Another side-effect of the pandemic — we can’t sleep

9 PC games you can play forever

I happily left the PC world for good more than a decade ago and haven't missed the many obscure error messages, the blue screen of death, or many other features of the Windows-based PC world. Since I use the more robust PC version of Quicken, I'm still stuck with using that program inside Windows inside … Continue reading 9 PC games you can play forever

Standard wind gusts are increasing and NYC just isn’t ready for that

I read a science fiction story decades ago which posited a climate crisis consisting solely of steadily increasing winds. Eventually people couldn't live above ground and fresh oxygen became difficult to capture as anything above ground level immediately snapped in the wind. We obviously aren't there yet but this story reminded me of the extreme … Continue reading Standard wind gusts are increasing and NYC just isn’t ready for that

Changing minds about vaccination — what works? why?

https://www.salon.com/2021/09/13/changing-your-mind-about-vaccines-people-can-do-it-for-a-number-of-reasons/ Changing your mind about vaccines: People can do it, for a number of reasons Among the shockingly large number of vaccine-averse Americans, many have come around By MATTHEW ROZSA Last week, President Joe Biden announced a series of new policies intended to pressure unvaccinated Americans into getting their COVID-19 shots. There was no pretense of … Continue reading Changing minds about vaccination — what works? why?

iPhone 13 orders outpacing iPhone 12

https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/09/16/preorders-for-iphone-13-outpace-iphone-12-likely-due-to-huawei-struggles? Preorders for iPhone 13 outpace iPhone 12, likely due to Huawei struggles Mike Peterson | Sep 16, 2021 Customers in China have placed more than 2 million preorders for Apple's iPhone 13 lineup, surpassing the number of iPhone 12 preorders in 2020, likely because of the void left by high-end Huawei handsets. According to the South China Morning Post, … Continue reading iPhone 13 orders outpacing iPhone 12

Snopes says CNN correct — 1 in 500 U.S. residents has died of COVID

From the Washington Post, an additional set of facts: it took 19 months for the pandemic in the United States to reach this cruel milestone: covid-19 has killed approximately 1 in 500 Americans. Those deaths were unevenly distributed across the populace by age and race. One in 35 Americans older than 85 died of covid-19. And Native … Continue reading Snopes says CNN correct — 1 in 500 U.S. residents has died of COVID