200,000 deaths from SARSCoV-2 virus

I worry we’re at the calm before the storm. Justin Lessler, associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Star-Tribune 2020-09-20

Mediæval Time

The monasterial rule (which before the general introduction of clocks was commonly followed by the mediæval public in the computation of time) divided the twenty-four hours of the day and night into seven parts (six of three hours each and one of six), the inception of which was denoted by the sound of the bells that summoned the clergy to the performance of the seven canonical offices i.e. Matins at 3 AM, Prime at 6 AM, Tierce at 9 AM, Sexte or Noonsong at Noon, None at 3 PM, Vespers or Evensong at 6 PM and Complines or Nightsong at 9 PM, and at the same time served the laity as a clock.
Time Canonical Office
03:00 Matins
06:00 Prime
09:00 Tierce
12:00 Sexte or Noonsong
15:00 None
18:00 Vespers or Evensong
21:00 Complines or Nightsong
The Decameron: The Classic Translation of John Payne, by Giovanni Boccaccio, John Payne (Translator)

Taxonomy of a pandemic

  • The virus: SARS-CoV-2 Possible patient 0: 2019-12-20, a 61-year-old man from Wuhan, China, presented to the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital with a fever and a strong cough.
  • The resulting disease: COVID-19
  • The prognosis 2020-07-14: World Health Organization warns that the pandemic may get “worse and worse and worse.”

Basic biology

It’s really hard to place trust a President that seems not to have even the tiniest understanding about biology, except perhaps where to stick his penis.  His comment yesterday Trump: Is There a Way We Can Do Something With Disinfectant? is unbelievable.  How do we get rid of this bozo?

Goodbye David

My father, the Hustler, died this morning, 2020-03-30 at 11:22 EDT.  In calendar terms that represents: 83 years, 3 months, and 14 days.  He was a first-class manipulator, who never met anyone he didn’t feel justified in taking advantage of for his own personal gain.  When I talked to my mother later, she said that she was feeling guilty that she was glad he was gone.  I told her she should never feel guilty about that because of the horrible things he had done to her.  It’s nice that he won’t be hurting other people anymore….
And then I remembered this Wiley cartoon: Sorry to hear about your boss.


I kept hearing about using a masticator when I was at the Bull Draw fire in August 2018, so I looked it up on youtube after I saw one roll by the ICP on a lowboy trailer.  Check it out: A masticator working to improve the fire line.  That would take care of the bushes in your yard right away…

Minnesota from the other side of the Earth

Toxic Secrets: The town that 3M built – where kids are dying of cancer