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Pandemic linkfest

I try to keep my reading varied but I still seem to have saved way too many articles all about these interesting days we found ourselves in. So I’m just putting them all out here in one go. Sweden Coronavirus: Has Sweden got its science right? ‘Life Has to Go On’: How Sweden Has Faced the Virus Without a Lockdown Sweden Revises Covid Strategy After Deaths of Elderly Spiral General What if it takes a really long time to develop a coronavirus vaccine? Coronavirus shows why it’s vital to distinguish…

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The weirdness of life not in lockdown

Yesterday afternoon my wife cycled home from work at her pre-school, and my kids came home from school (they’re 9 and 11) as usual. Then a little later I took my son to his swimming training and I went for a run with a friend through a nearby forest. As we ran the trails, we saw people down by the lake having a BBQ and people going for walks. On our way home we stopped at McDonald’s and had a bite to eat. Then we went home. In a nutshell,…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 16

Not sure what happened this week but blogging ground to a halt. Let’s see if, in the spirit of Easter, I can’t resurrect things a little next week. But for now, here’s a lot of helpful, interesting, diverting, inspiring things to read, watch or look at. The Pandemic… Well the world continues to be in the grip of this disease but I think the shift in the richer north back towards a more sustainable approach is under way. Yet there is a very wide range of views about Sweden’s approach.…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 15

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another bunch of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… Coronalinks 4/10: Second Derivative Then and now: visualizing COVID-19’s impact on air traffic Cal Newport on Surviving Screens and Social Media in Isolation How Runners Stay Fit When They Can’t Race The Quarantine Backyard Ultra Is Perfectly Insane An Unimaginable Toll …and the Church’s response The Guardian view on…

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Sweden and the Coronavirus

So everyone in the world now knows that when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus Sweden has gone its own way. In fact it seems to be in a very small minority (along with the Netherlands) when it comes to how it has responded as a nation. It is not in lockdown and, as yet, has no plans to be in lockdown. It doesn’t even has plans to quarantine Stockholm which is by far the worst affected region. If you want the numbers and compare Sweden to other countries,…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 14

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… Coronalinks 3/27/20: We’re Number One How deadly is the coronavirus? It’s still far from clear The [US] Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming Is Sweden’s Lax Approach to Coronavirus the Right Call? The coronavirus pandemic will break globalisation A cinematographer’s guide to looking good in…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 13

Hoping you’re all staying healthy out there – the pandemic effect on this blog continues with another full week of posts. And because a whole bunch of you are in lockdown, there’s more link goodness here than usual. So first… The Pandemic… I saw this on a friend’s social media and thought it an excellent perspective. Worth thinking about – it’s originally from a doctor in India: “Social distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it. Hand washing is a privilege too.…

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Is all this extra tech good for us?

As more and more people enter into lockdowns and shutdowns it is almost inevitable that time on social media and screens is going to increase. So how should we view that? As a den of temptation and vice? As not that bad? “There doesn’t seem to be an evidence base that would explain the level of panic and consternation around these issues,” said Candice L. Odgers, a professor at the University of California… https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2020/01/how-bad-are-smart-phones-for-people-and-kids.html Or as something we would basically be better off, if not completely without, then definitely with…

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