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DeRochier

@DeRochier@mastodon.social

Recently retired workforce talent development professional. Avid gardener, foodie, cat dad, and soap maker. 🏳️‍🌈

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The boys have a nightly ritual of surveying the yard from the bathroom window. (It’s screened to prevent them from jumping out.)

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Emmett and Apollo hanging out on 😸

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Emmett wants to know if it’s yet. 🙂

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My boys, Emmett and Apollo, looking especially majestic on . 😸

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The special: a giant bowl of kitty. 😸

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My nighttime cuddle buddies, brothers Apollo (left) and Emmett.

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How I spent my Saturday morning: making lemon & sour cream cookies with lemon cream cheese icing. 🍋

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The CDC's stance on boosters is contradictory. They acknowledge waning immunity: "protection from the updated vaccine will decline over time." They also state boosters "provide sustained protection against critical illness and death." Yet no pharmacy will give me a booster because the CDC states boosters are only for people 65+ years old or immunocompromised. My PCP wrote me an Rx for a booster but pharmacies won't honor it, deferring to CDC guidelines. Maddening!

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Apollo and his silly tail wish everyone a happy . 😸

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Brothers Emmett and Apollo giving me a skeptical look after I tell them we’re transitioning to daylight saving time.

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Life is short.
Your next infection could make it shorter.
I value the years ahead too much to waste them on one concert or conference.
Most people make different decisions.
I am trying hard to stay healthier and live better than “most people,” I guess.
What about you?

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@augieray Same. I’m still a COVID-19 virgin and plan on staying that way.

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Apollo getting settled in to sleep with me on night. (Just like every other night.) 🙂

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I spent the day with my uncle today and I'm once again reminded it's ridiculous that he, a gay elder who lived through Reagan and AIDS in Greenwich Village, can't acknowledge the slightest possibility that the government is mishandling for political reasons.
He keeps starting an argument with me about it every time I mention precautions I'm taking, then when I refuse to back down he gets annoyed, says I'm crazy, and says he doesn't want to talk about it.
I love him, but it's a lot.

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@jik I’m a gay elder and I see a lot of parallels between the government’s denialism and inaction on AIDS and the current minimization and mishandling of COVID. I never contracted AIDS because I listened to scientists and took sensible precautions. I have not yet caught COVID because I’m following that same self-preservation strategy. Good for you for protecting yourself and those around you! (Including your guncle.) 😉

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Emmett supervising me brushing my teeth on morning.

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😆 🏈

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@augieray 😂

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Apollo appears to be lobbying for a bath. 😸

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Looking in vain, so far, for a good rain jacket (for walking/hiking) that doesn't insist that I advertise the company that's selling it.

I really dislike this trend, and it seems to be getting worse.

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@dangillmor Agreed. It’s become a challenge with glasses, too. If a company wants me to be a walking billboard displaying their logo, they need to pay me.

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Emmett loves the new home office chair I purchased for him.

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I was going to do some Sunday evening journaling but Emmett has other plans.

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Eric Topol OpEd: Opinion: “The U.S. is facing the biggest COVID wave since Omicron. Why are we still playing make-believe?”
I appreciate his concern, but in Sept 2021, he decried people like me for “pervasive pessimism.” Then, amid the Omicron surge, I asked if he regretted that, and he blocked me. Like so many public health experts, if he'd maintained a cautious stance rather than leaping so quickly to optimism, it's possible more people would've remained careful. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2024-01-04/covid-2024-flu-virus-vaccine

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@augieray From his editorial: “Inevitably, there will be another strain in the future that we are not at all prepared for and will lead to yet another very big wave across the planet.”
That will happen because governments prioritize big corporate profits over human lives.

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Emmett says, “Happy Meow Year!” 😸

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Emmett wants to know if it’s yet.

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Emmett turned the shipping box for his canned cat food into a kitty bed.
Happy Eve! 😸

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So, Grimes has partnered with a toy firm to make a plushie that will use cloud AI to talk to kids

Here's @taylorlorenz's piece on it (gift link): https://wapo.st/3RqsDWX

Between storing the children's transcripts online -- a veritable honeypot for hackers, and I can't imagine this startup has best-of-breed security -- mixed with the CEO's gormless assertions that this is somehow an alternative to digital warez for kids ...

... this entire project is fairly woven from <facepalm>

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@clive @taylorlorenz Thank you for the gift article. The potential for mis-use of this technology is horrifying. 😱

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Fun fact: I've been a software engineer for 23 years but I know my way around a print shop after growing up in one.

From old school light tables, shooting & developing negatives, burning plates, and running offset spot-color presses to more modern desktop publishing tech, process color, and direct-to-printer jobs. I helped my father's business through the digital transformation of that industry.

I use none of of it today but retain a fondness for typography and get twitchy about bad kerning.

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@gairdeachas YES! It was Aldus back then. I also used Aldus Freehand version 1.0.
I was studying at the School of Visual Concepts here in Seattle, though they didn’t teach either program at that time.

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