What to do during lockdown??  

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Pugwash
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2020-03-18 10:33 am  

With Italy under total lockdown and Germany and other countries, under partial lockdown, how can you break the boredom?

I am, among other things, looking for some statistics on new cases per day and country! John Hopkins has an interesting dashboard on the net.

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

This, unfortunately, is just an overview. I was thinking about dusting off those old math textbooks I have in the attic, which haven't been used in over forty years and do my own delta-x/delta-t curves with the humble hope of seeing a possible tipping point. Which is all we can hope for at the moment.

I must already be going "stir crazy" on Day 2 of the lockdown. But I must admit, I am already getting sick of hearing the word "Coronavirus" and the blanket reporting of how inept our political leaders really are! It is always the case of "too little, too late".

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Robo Pi
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2020-03-18 4:40 pm  

Social isolation is the norm for me.  So I'll hardly notice any difference.   What I will miss is the flea markets and yard sales this summer.  I imagine there won't be many of those, and even if people were having them I'd be afraid to stop in.  

I'm actually looking at possibly buying another metal lathe.  I found a really good deal on one.  The problem is that it's about 200 miles from my home and I'm not sure if I want to drive that far to get it with the current health risks.  Plus I would need to interact to some degree with the people I'm buying it from.  Although it's a business and they would load it on my trailer with a forklift.   So I might not need to need to interact with anyone directly.   It would already be paid for so I wouldn't even need to deal with paperwork.  Just drive in, let them load it on the trailer, and then leave.  Although I would need to get out at some point to chain it down to the trailer.  But other than that I should be able to pick it up without really interacting with anyone.

The biggest fear would be to break down on the trip.  Then I'd be stuck with having to interact with a repair crew, or whatever.   Worst case scenario I'd need to abandon my truck and find public transportation home.  That could be disastrous. 

So I'll probably pass on this lathe, even though it's a STEAL!   It's only $99.  It's not very often that you can find a metal lathe for $99.  It's worth that much in scrap metal.

Look at the bright side.  We have this forum and our Raspberry pies!   That's hard to beat. 😎 

If you get too lonely teach your Raspberry Pi to talk to you.  That's what I'll be doing. 🤣 

 

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James


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VE1DX
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2020-03-19 12:37 am  
Posted by: @pugwash

I must already be going "stir crazy" on Day 2 of the lockdown. But I must admit, I am already getting sick of hearing the word "Coronavirus" and the blanket reporting of how inept our political leaders really are! It is always the case of "too little, too late".

The best thing to do is keep busy and try to avoid all the disinformation and misinformation (there’s a difference and I had to look it up.)

I am fine tuning a project that I’d normally post when it was good enough. I typically follow Voltaire’s advice, “Perfection is the enemy of ‘good enough’,” but I am finding ways to incrementally tweak it. Electronics and programming is a great distraction.  I’m a homebody anyway so this self isolation isn’t a hardship for me. As long as we have electricity and TV I can survive indefinitely. Every couple of weeks I need to make a 20- minute run for supplies so my wife and I won’t starve, but that’s it. I haven’t been outside in about 10 days. I can put up with this until at least the end of 2020!

I used to follow the news all the time, but 15-20 years ago I came to realize incessant watching things I had no control over, trying to predict which one of the infinite number of futures might unfold, and lamenting about the past was a stressful waste of time, and futile. So it’s one day at a time.  This too shall pass. 

Paul VE1DX 

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