We're in a strange situation here in Australia. Over the course of the last year we've done a pretty stellar job of stamping out eruptions of the plague, probably better than anywhere else in the world (except New Zealand). Despite myriad fuck-ups we were the proud owners of a Covid-free nation (more or less). But… Continue reading The COVID diaries #13 – where to from here?
Prediction is a tricky business. It's easy to get carried away with one's own ideas and the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy is around every corner. However, I have been brewing a few thoughts about China recently which I keep meaning to get down somewhere. So here we are. A quick note before I start - I… Continue reading Some thoughts in 2021 on the future of China
Iso-Life is ending and I miss it already. A week or so ago some of the restrictions were relaxed here in Victoria. Playgrounds opened again, you can have small groups of visitors around to your house. In light of the apparently well-controlled Covid caseload here, as well as the escalating difficulty of keeping people at… Continue reading The Covid Diaries 8 – I miss Iso-Life
I've learned a lot about myself these past few weeks. I'm not a very good teacher, for one thing. I mean, I spend a lot of time teaching for my job, and think I'm all right at it. But that's with adults, who are already quite well trained, are highly motivated, and for whom I… Continue reading The COVID Diaries 6 – Learning things
Schools closed here in Victoria a week and a half ago, but only a few days before school holidays were scheduled to begin. Other states are still struggling along, but doubtless they will go to holidays and not come back for some time. Because we're a two-healthcare worker family, our school was able to arrange… Continue reading The COVID Diaries 5 – Homeschooling and hedonism
It feels a little bit like Paris in 1939. Everyone is waiting for something to happen, whether it be German invasion or viral apocalypse, but very few people have seen the real deal yet. We're sitting at something like 3000-4000 confirmed infections across Australia, which doesn't seem too bad until you realise that testing is… Continue reading The Covid Diaries 4 – Phony War
It's occurred to me that this may be the new normal. It's certainly the old normal. It's been 102 years since the 1918 flu pandemic, which has certainly got to be a record for how long we've gone without a major outbreak of disease. It's especially surprising given how interconnected the world has been for… Continue reading The COVID Diaries 3 – The New Normal