Greetings once again. I hope you are well and that you haven't given up due to COVID. So many people are just shrugging it off, adopting an attitude of "oh well". I hope this is nothing. I hope omicron is mild. I hope we don't destroy our healthcare system. But I fear for the worst.
In the twenty-two months since I first wrote about COVID, a lot has happened. We rallied around hope and supported our healthcare workers. We changed everything about our lives and daily routines. And we got tired. Author Chuck Wendig summed it up beautifully in his most recent newsletter.
Hahaha. Haha. Hahahhahgaaaaaaah yeah ---Chuck Wendig, "The Great Surrender: How We Gave Up And Let COVID Win"
Okay, to be fair he said a lot more than that. Read the article for yourself to see his take on how we have given up and are letting COVID win. Note: it is not for the faint of heart and you should probably not print it at the office.
Let's move on to other less depressing topics. How about the global economy? Nothing sad or depressing there, right?
My friend Chris sent me this link, a visualization of the global economy. Many interesting facts stick out.
If you want to ignore the economy and the pandemic and have ten minutes, try out "If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel." This is a wonderfully done model of the solar system scaled so that the moon is the size of one pixel on your monitor. Fun fact: the distance between Neptune and Pluto is much greater than the distance between Earth and Jupiter. Crazy.
That's it for this week, folks. No new books, no new drinks, no progress on the virtual tour, and no new words. I decided late Friday that I need another week off, so I should get through two books this week and I will likely have two or three new beers to report in addition to a new coffee. (It has "crema" in its name. Can't wait to try it!)