If you gaze for long into the internet, the internet gazes also into you.

You also start transmogrifying F Nietzsche quotes for blog post titles. Oh, where will it all end? I ask you, but dont’ tell me; I was just being polite.

Hey, bow down to Mayerson; I re-lit the water heater pilot all by myself today. Well, I had instructions from some guy on youtube, but I did all the physical stuff my own self. Yay! Full disclosure: this is the 2nd time I’ve re-lit the WH pilot, but the first time my beloved and greatest plumber in LA, Douglas Alfaro, talked me through it.

“Cambridge University Press (CUP) has officially launched Cambridge Open Engage, an early and open content and collaboration platform, which is now open to direct submissions from researchers.”
Cambridge launches open research platform, by Research Information, 2 April 2020

“When this crisis first broke, I felt I knew for the first time what really mattered. Now I’m focusing again on the small worries – including my flour shortage.”
Who stockpiled all the yeast? Don’t worry, bread-lovers, I have a solution, by Adrian Chiles, The Guardian, 1 April 2020

“Others have instituted elaborate protocols for customers who are picking up food. At Guerrilla Tacos in downtown L.A., you text the staff when you’ve arrived. At the restaurant’s entrance, you stand behind a line on the ground until an employee brings your food to a table set up in the vestibule. Only when the staffer is back inside can you cross the line to get your items. Guerrilla Tacos has also started to offer large, pre-made meals that include 10 pounds of meat, 30 eggs and a roll of toilet paper.”
How LA Businesses Are Reinventing Themselves To Stay Alive, by Leo Duran, LAist, 31 March 2020

“Springer Nature is launching a global programme to support learning and teaching at higher education institutions worldwide, in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The move will see institutions able to access for free more than 500 key textbooks across Springer Nature’s eBook subject collections. These books will be available via SpringerLink until at least the end of July. Springer Nature has made thousands of research articles on the Coronavirus freely available to accommodate the need for access to essential research, and is providing guidance and support to librarians looking to enable remote access for their staff and students. The company says the new initiative goes a step further and is aimed at further supporting learning and teaching by giving students, academics, and university staff access to essential Springer Nature textbooks.”
Springer Nature launches global learning support programme, by Research Information, 2 April 2020

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are starting to ripple through an already-taxed mental health care system — with social distancing a particular challenge for people who were already struggling before the current national emergency.”
Our Mental Health Care System Was Already Strained. Now With COVID-19, It’s ‘Cabin Fever Times 10’, by Robert Garrova, LAist, 31 March 2020

“But the company made one small blunder—it forgot to put everyone on blind carbon copy, better known as BCC or blind-cc. Suddenly, at least 300 tenants had each other’s contact information. And it didn’t take long for them to start tossing around the idea of a rent strike.”
Property management accidentally helps its tenants organize rent strike, by Zoie Matthew, LAist, 1 April 2020

“While most students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are sheltering at home trying to figure out how to log into their online classrooms, some kids whose parents have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus are taking matters into their own hands.”
Kids are Starting to sell Face Masks in the Streets Because their Parents got Laid Off, by Memo Tores, LA Taco, 1 April 2020

“ProQuest is launching a new Coronavirus Research Database, giving all ProQuest users no-cost access to full-text content covering all facets of Covid-19 and related infectious diseases.”
ProQuest users gain free access to Covid-19 resources, by Research Information, 1 April 2020

“In one of the strangest stories of the year, the COVID-19 virus has halted plans by major browsers to drop support for the ageing and insecure Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 protocols. Mozilla Firefox and Google’s Chrome developers sneaked out the move in recent days with only Microsoft Edge team bothering to formally announce the sudden reprieve on Tuesday.”
COVID-19 forces browser makers to continue supporting TLS 1.0, by John E. Dunn, Sophos blog, 2 April 2020


A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.
Paul Klee

A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
Vincent Van Gogh

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.
Frank Morgan

A king is always a king and a woman always a woman: his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.
Mary Shelley

A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind.
Mary Shelley

All wars are criminal.
Marcel Marceau

And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper. I have an affection for it, for it was the offspring of happy days, when death and grief were but words, which found no true echo in my heart.
Mary Shelley

Any time not spent on love is wasted.
Torquato Tasso

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

Art must take reality by surprise.
Francoise Sagan

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