Beautiful poem and so true, Henrique! Even as someone who has so far attached less importance to physical contact, I can now absolutely understand how important it is.
Physical contact is much more important than it seems to us. Yes, emotional connections are important. But emotional connections with physical contact reach cosmic proportions.
The German government tasked SAP and Deutsche Telekom with the development of an open-source contact tracing app (named “Corona-Warn-App”) using the APIs from Google and Apple. Now they’ve published the code for the backend server. I took a quick look at the code and I’m quite a bit surprised about the quality and best practices used. They are using the Java-based Spring framework and use Postgres and minio to store data.
Some people don’t wear their mask over mouth and nose.
That’s something I don’t understand at all. If some people wear masks, why don’t they wear them right? I see that sometimes when I go for a walk alone. People pass by me who have a mask over their mouth, but their nose is not covered.
In order to generally avoid the narrowness in the supermarket more, I now only go shopping once a week at most and drive to a supermarket that is much bigger and where one can keep more distance than in the supermarket around the corner.
Today Telegram published a blog article regarding Coronavirus news. In it they also mentioned a channel where they announce official and verified channels with information on COVID-19. I just visited that channel out of curiosity and saw there’s a sticker pack with virus stickers. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about it. 🤔
The last few days I use my Spotify Premium subscription much more than before (I don’t usually listen to that much music). Especially if you spend most of your time indoors and only talk in videoconferences, on the phone or with bakery staff, it’s nice to break the silence with music. Sure, it is never quiet in my apartment in an apartment building with rather thin walls. Often I hear the music that the neighbours play (it’s always the same music), I hear the neighbours talking loudly to each other and I hear them watching TV.
I just had to share a picture of my workplace in the company internal wiki. That’s why I share the same picture again on my blog, so everyone can see how my desk looks like. My dream workplace would look like the one from David Heinemeir Hansson, but unfortunately the reality only looks like this:
How does your desk look like?
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The New York Times published a photo story (open the link in a private tab to avoid the login-wall) with photos of public places around the world in times of COVID-19. The emptiness in these pictures is on the one hand magical, but also somehow frightening. A virus has actually managed to stop the world.
These images are haunted and haunting, like stills from movies about plagues and the apocalypse, but in some ways they are hopeful.
My method to get enough exercise during #StayAlone and to have a physical balance to sitting at the desk is to go out regularly by myself, ride a bike or run a little.
Although I occasionally decided and tried to run more again (I used to run quite a bit and had pretty good conditions), I always gave up quite quickly because I somehow lacked motivation and preferred to spend my time in other ways.
“Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell” is a YouTube channel that explains different topics in short videos in a clear and easy to understand way. The videos are also visually works of art:
We are a small team who want to make science look beautiful. Because it is beautiful.
In this video they explain the coronavirus and what everyone can and should do.
Today I took the chance, as long as it is still possible to leave the house, and used the good weather to run a little. Only 4.5 km and not very fast, because my fitness is on a pretty low level at the moment. But I realized how important this exercise is, especially at a time when you only leave the house to go grocery shopping. Running in particular is an uncritical way to do sports.