Pandemic Diary #7, 06 May 2020

141.8 – 128.2 = 13.6 lb = 0.1 lb in 4 days
13.7 * 0.01 = 0.137 lb / week, up to 0.274 lb/week
Right on target!

insomnia cookies – 12 pack delivery for ~$27 (incl. $5 tip), includes 6 pack shipped for free. Had total disaster for delivery and stressful to have people pay me back too. Will not tell them next time XD;

Giant Ocean Tank Webcam

Penguin Colony Webcam

The penguins are so cute 0: 0: 0:

My own quarantine + Cat = better understanding why it’s so hard to keep zoo animals happy

Been watching Trevor Noah / John Oliver. News is upsetting. Past 70k cases and President declaring victory. Wants to disband coronavirus task force.

Did New Yorker crossword at after party with friend who defended yesterday!! We struggled, we are not crossword people XD looked up a few Proper Name answers. Turns out really only for 2 people at once, so I screenshared on zoom.

Found on youtube, watched half with parents.

Watched 《自然的力量》第一集 纵横 over the weekend & finished it a few days ago – last episode was documenting how they filmed all the animals – pretty intense!!

Want to watch All Is Lost on bluewater per rec of friend – set for 3 weeks out when hopefully class work finished.

Set up weekly meeting with advisor — re-remembered need to do find thesis topic, doing background research on that now

Interesting meeting on transit – cool how much traction Cathy is getting; wrote mask op-ed, having trouble getting it out the door. Missed NECSI training on policy advocacy

Watched a few minutes of storm trysail – man overboard procedures.

And refound Secondary Russian – Dallas ISD – has really old school and therefore awesome film

Pandemic Diary #6, 05 May 2020

Watching (for 9.357 presentation):

Sad story of a cold epidemic in a chimpanzee group kill 30% of the group. A lot of transmission from humans. Now required to wear masks and keep distance:

Applications of DL to conservation:

Good overview pictures of tool use; and sad pictures of mom carrying around deceased infant

Nut cracking.

Pestle pounding

Tap scanning by aye aye


Ch. 12 of

The Evolution of the Primate Hand Anatomical, Developmental, Functional, and Paleontological Evidence

(includes how aye aye curls just thumb to hold things, since other fingers are too long to curl around object)

How did I get here:

Cats lol. Cat pawing at food puzzle. Surprisingly adept with food puzzles. Class topic is hands though – so primates.


Continuing M / R meetings for current project – “flattening the transit curve” – now thinking primarily about advise for which businesses to stagger. Alarming statistic: In Chelsea, 80% of residents already going to work as “essential services” !! Unfair burden.

Disturbing to hear Fauci barred by White House from testifying in Congress.

Why is social distancing a partisan issue??

Still need to finish op-ed.

Not sure what’s taking so long (2.5 weeks already!!)… Really disappointed that US is re-opening. We didn’t shut down just for hospital capacity – but also to buy time for PPE. The governor has a lot of requirements for businesses – should we not also have requirements of our government? And lack of confronting racial disparities; what is the plan?

Feeling sad that I had so much energy the first time around. But hard to combat vocal minority of protests.


After a while, still not understand how this works!
Covers need for mandatory QR codes, or opt-out. Masks mandate.

Other Good tracker made by “first generation chinese american” Looks like pivoting to effect of early lifting now.

We’re past 60k deaths I believe. 1k+ deaths daily.

Racial disparities are inexcusable

COVID-19 Status Report | Georgia Department of Public Health

New site on testing

#TestAndTrace: Why it’s effective, reports for each U.S. State, and how you can help


8tracks is back alive?? Neat.

Over the weekend:


Remember “morning exercises” in middle school. Also, “plaza dances” (usually for older people).

My dad managed 1.5 minutes, we managed 5 minutes. Room for improvement! Something to get my blood pumped in the mornings.

Succulents + Plushie

Pattern for plushie


Baked sweet and sour cauliflower

Leftover from soymilk making (soak beans 5 hours; put in machine) + lao gan ma sauce

Watermelon peel (soy sauce, garlic, pepper)


Bean sprouts


Pandemic Diary #5, 2 May 2020

Cat: 150 cal wet food (friskies meaty bits, 5.5 oz)
50 cal dry food (purina pro plan diet, 1 oz)
4-5 dental kibbles (greenie’s, 1.4 * 5 = 7 cals)

Vet said ~215 cals a day is goal

Current weight (on human scale): 13.5 lbs
Goal weight: ~.25 lb / week, 12.5 lb at end of month

Need to: file dental paperwork, make sure absentee voting in order