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As a Coming Home I'm Glad You Survived The Year gift, I got Eli 21.0 this:

















That's the LEGO Starry Night set, and I only wish a two-dimensional photograph could do it justice, because it's amazing. The colors are so rich, and it's perfectly designed. The third dimension really makes the colors leap forward. 

Next, a phenomenal sky, and I think it's from Panama City? There have been so many countries that it's anyone's guess, really. 

















Finally, convincing proof of time travel:

















How did a WWI soldier get transported into an Australian Rules Football Game? I think we all know.
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I want that Lego Starry Night set!
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How long will it take to understand long COVID?

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How long will it take to understand long COVID?

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Rachel Robles contracted COVID in March 2020. The 27-year-old data analyst has not gone a single day without symptoms since. Most doctors did not believe her when she described how she had gone from running the Brooklyn Half Marathon the previous year to enduring such crippling fatigue that her couch felt like quicksand. How she suddenly struggled to put numbers together, despite her technical training. How no matter how many breaths she took, she always felt starved for air.

Three months in, one doctor told her, “COVID doesn’t last for 90 days. You either get over it or you die.”

That dichotomy—in which the only possible outcomes of COVID are either complete recovery or death—has turned out to be anything but true. Between 8 million and 23 million Americans are still sick months or years after being infected. The perplexing array of symptoms known as long COVID has left an estimated 1 million of those people so disabled they are unable to work, and those numbers are likely to grow as the virus continues to evolve and spread. Some who escaped long COVID the first time are getting it after their second or third infection. “It is a huge public health crisis in the wake of acute COVID infection,” says Linda Geng, a physician and codirector of Stanford Health Care’s long COVID clinic.

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Nobody Wants to Work Anymore

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Belfong
26 days ago
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Interesting…..
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JayM
28 days ago
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Anymore been going on for a loooooooong time.
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aarongriffin
27 days ago
It's almost like people don't actually want to do work for others just to survive. Weird, that
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M2 MacBook Air Reviews

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The initial reviews are in on the M2 MacBook Air. My two favorite are Jason Snell’s at Six Colors and Brian Heater at Tech Crunch. Overall, it seems that the M2 MacBook Air delivers on its promise. It’s a small, light Mac that can do most tasks, but isn’t built for heavy lifting. Having held one of these Macs, I really can’t understate how thin and light it feels. It reminds me of the first time I picked up an iPhone 5.

I’m reading a lot of hand-wringing about the thermal limits and throttling. I think this is getting blown out of proportion. IF you run a diagnostic at the MacBook Air designed to punish the processor, which is the lowest end Apple silicon chip combined with it’s substantial improvements over the M1 and the fact it doesn’t have a fan, it’s going to throttle. IF that is your normal workload, you should probably buy a MacBook Pro.

I’m much more interested in its performance for everyday Mac tasks – browsing, writing, email, and the likes. It seems the machine runs just fine for those tasks.

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For normal task, why M2? Buy the $999 M1 MacBook Air.
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A Letter

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I think I mentioned last week that the sentencing hearing for the woman who struck Gloria is tomorrow.

Last Thursday, I received a letter forwarded by Gift Of Life from the woman who received one of Gloria's kidneys. It saved her life.

I'm going to include a few excerpts below, just as a reminder that organ donation is very, very important, and doesn't get nearly the attention it should. Sometimes the loss of one life saves others. 

I have waited 5 1/2 years for my transplant. The wait was very hard and long for me and my family. I was doing peritoneal dialysis for 8 hours a night...every night...lots of medications, sleepless nights, and not being able to spend much time with my family because of dialysis. 

Thanks to the transplant, I can enjoy life. I am grateful to be healthy and to be able to spend time with my family for many more years...I am sorry for your loss, but very thankful for this kidney, as it gave me another opportunity to life.

I am looking forward to many things, most of which I was unable to do before, such as traveling, swimming, staying up past 5 pm. Watch my kids and grandkids grow. I expect to work again in May. My family and I are forever grateful. 

Finding meaning in tragedy is always incredibly difficult, but organ donation is incredibly special.
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If you needed the push to donate your organs, letters like this can help you make the move. I am not courageous enough... yet.
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✚ Good Enough or Truly Great?

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There are many areas of our life where being good enough is good enough. But for some special areas, why not strive for greatness?

It takes significant effort to move something from good to great. But, for those important few things in life, that effort is worth it.

  • Do you want a “good” marriage or a “great” one?
  • Do you want to be in “good” shape or “great” shape?
  • Do you want a good body of work from your career or a great one?
  • Do you want to be mentally and emotionally fine, or do you want to be at your best?

What areas of your life do you want to be truly great?

Focus on those, and happily allow the other areas to be good enough.

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