Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Coronavirus Quarantine Blog

Like everyone else, my life has been cancelled and I'm 'sheltering at home'. As anticipated this is going to be a frustrating period with two main emotional themes - existential horror, and boredom. It's a weird mix. Super bad things are happening in the world, but other than trying to keep my own city (& household, family, friends, etc) safe, and maybe doing a bit of organizing to spread good ideas around, there isn't much to do other than entertain myself at home.

In the spirit of those first two items, I've been writing emails to groups and people I am involved with, trying to convey the shape of the likely future. TL;DR is obviously "this is the worst and largest crisis of our lifetime", it makes things like the great recession and 9/11 look like tempests in a teapot. It didn't have to be this way (this was an avoidable/preventable crisis), but you could have said that about both of those other two events as well, and been roughly as correct.

My plan for this revived blog: post those updates and models and info that I have been sending out to people anyway. Also share the human side of quarantine, though as always I am very careful of the privacy of the others, so it's likely to be a bit one-sided, or gappy or whatever.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

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