This Month

I went cycling yesterday (as I happily have been doing for years) and quickly realized that I was joining lots of people who decided to take a break from the shelter-in-place order and enjoy the good Mt. Tam. Of course, social distancing during the week stops making sense when you arrive at a crowded parking lot on the weekend. I decided not to fill my water bottle at the fountain in the ranger station and, instead, I headed back home.

Later, at home, we talked about the idea of building a plot for a science fiction story around that. A society that decides to move away from agglomerations of cities because of frequent pandemic diseases. Those who can afford it, work from their remote places and enjoy the outdoors (now restricted to the privileged ones). The idea isn’t too radical and there are probably already many similar stories, but it was entertaining to think that we were seeing the future right now.

I’m not sure how long it will take for most things to return to their normal state. I’d say it will be in a handful of months, but that’s mainly because I’m optimistic and not well informed. However, I do think that the parks might be closed next weekend.

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This Month

I re(re)started writing here about six months ago. Although many things have happened, there’s one that I’ve been thinking about: I’ve been living in this city for six years, and for eight in this country. With all its great and not so great things, this …

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I did many things in this short month. It started with the Lunar New year and indeed it felt a bit like the real start of the year (and there were other beginnings as well). I also started writing again here, so it would be good to start posting more …

The Thin Blue Line

I watched The Thin Blue Line this weekend. I liked it for multiple reasons: the story is of course one of them, the soundtrack is another one. Both are great and sad in many ways. There are many questions to ask about what happened to Adams, but I’ve been …

Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that serves food from countries which are in conflict with the United States. I went a couple of times while I was living in Pittsburgh. I had arepas from Venezuela, Cuban rice with black beans, and various delicious street food from Afghanistan and Iran. Twice …

Timeline of the Periodic Table

A couple of days ago, Laura mentioned on Twitter that the periodic table has changed a lot since she studied it at school. I started to think about that and remembered that the layout from Mendeleev had gaps for the elements yet to be discovered, so it would be interesting …

First Languages

The Strange Persistence of First Languages describes how first languages persist, even after they have been (apparently) replaced by a different language. For example, the first language shapes our ability recognize sounds and to understand variations, such as tones, at a very young age. Also, sometimes the first language becomes …

Leyendas del Tour

Hace tiempo leí Leyendas del Tour (Legends of the Tour), de Jan Cleijne. Es una novela gráfica sobre los ciclistas, campeones o no, más recordados del Tour de Francia. Lo leí cuando estaba en medio la fiebre del ciclismo de ruta y me gustó conocer la historia de la carrera …

In bulk

Here are four short notes that were not short enough to be tweets, nor long enough to be posts on their own.


Now They’re Sixty-Four is a fun article about pilgrimages to Liverpool. I feel uncomfortable about tribute bands; playing covers is OK, but copying their appearance, haircuts and …

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