• Spring morning light. 📷

  • How The Government Can Mobilize In A Pandemic Author Max Brooks (& comedian Mel Brook’s son, became an expert on disaster preparedness — from pandemics to nuclear war — through researching for his book, ‘World War Z.” Listen to 🎙 interview with Terry Gross. overcast.fm

  • My favorite ePub reader app is @appstafarian’s Marvin for its best in class typographic controls. 📖 Appstafarian - Marvin - SxS - Gerty - Sift

  • Nextstrain open source project

    Nextstrain is an open-source project to harness the scientific and public health potential of pathogen genome data. We provide a continually-updated view of publicly available data alongside powerful analytic and visualization tools for use by the community. Our goal is to aid epidemiological understanding and improve outbreak response.


  • The old Darwinian truth — humanity is a kind of animal

    “A zoonosis is an animal infection transmissible to humans. There are more such diseases than you might expect. AIDS is one. Influenza is a whole category of others. Pondering them as a group tends to reaffirm the old Darwinian truth (the darkest of his truths, well known and persistently forgotten) that humanity is a kind of animal, inextricably connected with other animals: in origin and in descent, in sickness and in health.”

    — Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen #🦠📖 a.co/9H0fIvZ

  • Quarantine book club—Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

    “Infectious disease is a kind of natural mortar binding one creature to another, one species to another, within the elaborate biophysical edifices we call ecosystems. It’s one of the basic processes that ecologists study, including also predation, competition, decomposition, and photosynthesis.”

    — Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen #📖 a.co/dAO8eli

  • Can’t Get Tested? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country

    In Singapore, the prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong reminded the public about the 2003 SARS outbreak and said he planned to overreact to the coronavirus.

    “We have built up our institutions, our plans, our facilities, our stockpiles, our people, our training,” he said on Jan. 31. “Because we knew that one day something like that would happen again.”

    Decisions and blunders made months ago have caused testing disparities worldwide. The science, it turns out, was the easy part.

    Well reported on NYT #📖

  • David Quammen talks about his latest book—Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.

    2012 podcast from Scientific American of obvious relevance today as COVID-19 pandemic rages round the world 🦠🎙

  • A thing by film—Quarantined Italians record messages for “themself from 10 days ago” about COVID-19 pandemic 📺


  • I just participated in an online Toastmasters meetup and won a virtual ribbon for “best short talk” about design life in Wuhan, a friend’s commutes through northern Italy for work and Issac Newton who worked on inventing calculus during a pandemic. It’s a small world we live in.

  • #NowPlaying Norah Jones Sunrise music.apple.com

  • #NowPlaying Johnny Nash’s I can see clearly now. music.apple.com

  • Home sweet home 🏡

  • Point Magu State Beach.

  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

  • Mugu Lagoon Estuary Vista Point.

  • Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Pepper tree 📷

  • Meridian Studios.

  • Vista Point Dos Amigos Pumping Station.

  • Dos Amigos Pumping Plant California Aqueduct San Luis Canal 📷

  • Tejon Pass rest stop

  • I woke up early to a share from @YoYo_Ma I’m listening to LA rain and soulful cello. Getting ready for a turn around drive up north to San Mateo to pick up Sue. I plan to bring Goat Rodeo and Western Stars with me. #SongsOfComfort twitter.com

  • 12 Resources for the Crisis – Science+Story > It’s a boom time — thank God — for explanatory, research-based and research-expertise content about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

    Science+Story is a good newsletter worth subscribing to by friend and scicomm writer @rlalasz

  • “Trees are a brilliant multi-tasker, good for the environment, good for habitats, good for us.” > Wales launches £5m national forest scheme – with pupils’ help

  • Watch short film Here We Stand because California’s Redwoods Are for Everyone - Outside Online In Here We Stand, a new film from the Outbound Collective and Wondercamp, influencers, outdoor advocates, and conservationists of color take a hike through Save the Redwoods League’s new property—Harold Richardson Redwood Preserve—to discuss diversity on public lands.

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