Pumpkin Spice Pandemic

I owe the title of this post to Alissa Walker of the always informative LA Podcast. Alissa was stating what we all know: we’re heading into the fall with the prospect of cancelled holidays, disappointed grandparents and worse: evictions and unemployment. Rather than the usual roundup of links that I post on Saturday I thought I’d put up just a few, three serious and one a lark. They all need a brief introduction.

This first link is an interview with two Harvard epidemiologists Katherine Yih and Martin Kulldorf, “We Need a Radically Different Approach to the Pandemic and Our Economy as a Whole.” If you’d like to dig deeper in this particular pandemic hot take there’s another interview with Sunetra Gupta, a theoretical epidemiologist at Oxford University. Not being an epidemiologist I’m not in a good position to evaluate what these folks are saying but I they are worth listening to. It’s unfortunate that dialog about the pandemic in this country has devolved to the point where we all can’t seem to sit down and figure out what’s best. Or maybe it’s just as Hegel said, “The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.”

Another contrarian piece, also in the Jacobin, is a review of the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, “No, Social Media Isn’t Destroying Civilization.” I can 100% endorse this hot take. I intend to blog more about the media diet Kelly and I are on right now that’s informed by both the Netflix documentary and this review.

Not to leave you all in a heavy mood I thought I’d link to George Hahn’s pandemic lament “I Can’t With The Sweatpants.” Unfortunately, I can with the stained sweatpants. I promise to break this habit once the vaccine kick in.

Saturday Linkages: In a Jam

My shop uniform.

To unite the country, we need honesty and courage

Why the Internet Is Blowing Up About LA’s Most Infamous Jam Maker

There’s No I in Jam: Sqirl Wrestles With the Sticky Question of Who Really Owns a Recipe

The Billionaire Behind Efforts to Kill the U.S. Postal Service

Bear whisperer out of a job

Jet engine becomes unique camper

An alternative to Ipé

Museum of Material Failures

Saturday Linkages: The Kirghiz Light’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

A Winged Figure, Abbott Handerson Thayer, 1904-1911.

Comet NEOWISE Dazzles at Dusk

What to do With Blackberries

Poll: Who always wears a mask in public—and who doesn’t?

CoronaShock and Socialism

‘Not just weeds’: how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora

Extreme atmospheric rivers: what will California’s strongest storms look like in a warming climate?

The Sacro Bosco of Bomarzo

Saturday Linkages: Super Spreader

Thanks to @jimmy.chertkow for this spicy meme.

New York’s hungry rats torment alfresco diners after lockdown famine

Electric Crypto Balkan Acid Test

Dry Canning Raw Vegetables is an Unsafe Practice

‘Landscape of fear’: what a mass of rotting reindeer carcasses taught scientists

Warming trend in California, but most intense heat remains across the interior Southwest. And what about the autumn to come?

On the Exceptionalism of Books in an Age of Tweets

Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover

Experiments in Anachronism

A Call for Community-Based Seed Diversity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beer Mats of the 1970s