stop doing dumb shit

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“Stop doing dumb shit and I’ll stop being negative.” @Fisman

“Even if you’re fully vaccinated, the CDC still recommends not using Reply All to thank or congratulate one person.@Aisha_Dickerson

I am the very model of a modern …

I’ve information anecdotal, chemical, and clinical
I know the COVID experts, and I quote-tweet fights on aerosols

List BioNTech to Zeneca, in order categorical
I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters virological

I understand most models but I’m baffled by the cubical
About t-cell immunity I am teeming with a lot o’ news … lot o’ news…
with many cheerful facts about the antibodies I’ll produce!

I know the vaccine history from Jenner and the old cowpox
I answer diagnostics, I thank all the nurses and the docs

I quote in elegiacs all the CDC analysis
And hope we’ll usher in an annus slightly more mirabilis

I can tell adenoviruses from mRNA and spike proteins
I have a working map of every single drug store close to me
Then I can hit refresh until finally a slot I score … slot I score …

I’ll whistle all the way home ’cause I’m happy that my skin is sore!
I’m looking at the r-naught and I hope the trend is fabulous

I know the pseudoscience claims of beings antivaxxulous
In short, in matters anecdotal, chemical, and clinical
I am the very model of Moderna-made injectables

Ten years on: things I learned by caring for my mum

The care workers who supported Betty were fine women, but were stuck in a systemic and organisational environment that inhibited their ability to really get to know the people they supported and do more than the basics of feeding and washing and getting them in and out of bed.

But some found a way, such as the lovely Yasmin, who laughed one day when I asked her if there was another number on which to call her agency because no-one ever answered at the number I had. “They never answer for us, either!” she exclaimed.

So I asked her how she coped when there was an emergency, and she pointed to her mobile and said: “We call each other.” It was a lightbulb moment that cemented my growing belief that self-steering neighbourhood teams were the future of social care.

How to get lucky

Remember, finally, that your engineers and your competitor’s engineers have had similar training and mostly believe the same kind of things. Therefore, finding out things that are not expected is doubly important because it can put you ahead of the competition.

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Image via @CharlieMackesy

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