How to Throw an Election

Also: How to you really feel.

Watch:

It sounded more like Ole’man Trump was throwing the next election.

Oh, I’m sorry, let me put it another way: How one handles an unexpected crisis speaks volumes of one’s own character. And clearly, he’s not up to the challenges before him.

This was an absolutely critical, legacy-defining moment.

Alexander’s simple, softball question “How would you respond to…”

Could have been a surprising and motivational response showing a bit of humility and compassion: “This is an extraordinarily difficult time that we’ve all found ourselves in — more difficult and complex than any crisis that any civilization throughout all of recorded history has ever seen before. I urge everyone — not only Americans, but everyone across all nations and cultures around the world — to remain calm, to not overreact, and to continue working as best you can, where you are, with what you have. With perseverance, determination, and cautious optimism, we’ll absolutely see this through…”

or

Instead level a belligerent, condescending, ad hominem attack truly underscores that he’s not in the long game.

Full disclosure: I voted for Trump. I’m not apt to make the same mistake again.

Neuro-Psychology Exam, Part 2?

While meeting with my physiologist, we discussed the possibility of participating in a followup to the followup of a Neuro-Psychology exam. We can’t, of course, provide any meaningful recommendations about somebody’s neurological or psychological condition compared with their pre-TBI mental condition — because we simply can’t go back in time to capture the pre-TBI state.

Yet, now, two-ish years post-TBI and perhaps a year and a half after the initial Neuro-Psych eval, perhaps this is a good opportunity to compare.

Social Distancing

SCC had changed the end date and final exams by a week — we were expecting to have everything complete by this Thursday instead of next Thursday.

Got an email (and alert) this morning saying that they’ve elected to end the term tomorrow. Not only that, but students and staff will be socially-distancing themselves to reduce risks; we’ll need to schedule a time to attend no more than ten students at a time.

No doubt there are many who will be moderately unprepared with the even shorter notice.

Still, the Spring quarter has been moved almost entirely online except for those portions or courses that need to be in labs or workshops for practical application of skills.

Also, regarding closures…

So far, in Spokane, we’ve seen every single shop, store, and supermarket have all of the toilet paper bought-up*

We’ve also seen a drop in patronage across the city — customers have dropped off. They haven’t died, they’re just staying home.

Also, Gov. Inslee has ordered schools on the West side (Seattle area) to close, probably for just a few weeks.

On the more sane side of Washington, we’ve seen SCC & SFCC call an early end to the Winter quarter. Also, they’ve made some efforts to ensure there’s a regular start to the Spring quarter.

The instructor or an assistant called me earlier to notify that they’re moving the class online. The only thing I want to know is whether those who’d enrolled in the ($2,400) campus course will see a reduction or credit to the online-only cost ($1,700).

The Bloomsday Run Clinic has been canceled. I was rather looking forward to having other runners to encourage running. No idea if the Bloomsday run will be postponed or canceled, but it’s only about seven weeks out.

Also, on the wider scale, we’re all seeing that the markets have taken an absolute beating — accompanied by panic-sell-offs — over the past ten days or so. 401ks, Roth IRAs, etc. People are absolutely terrified that they’re losing money, so they cut losses and hope for the best.

“We have to take action! We need to do something!”

You’re right, we do.

Patience is a form of action.

It will recover.

Chill.

*I really can’t comprehend what line of reasoning would lead somebody to buy-up any more toilet paper than they would typically use. It’s a respiratory virus — it has nothing to do with the digestive system or the upper respiratory tract.

COVID-19 Closures

A friend had remarked on FB, something to the effect of, “how are schools able to support online classes after two-days’ work, but had to close schools for snow?” Or something of that nature. He’s removed the post, while I was cobbling together a response, that goes something like this:

Maybe because this whole “online learning” thing is too new. We’ve only [he was a past co-worker with Pearson] been doing it for a short while now (nearly 20 years, now I think about it).

Things move painfully slow in Brick & Mortar education and business because, no doubt, there isn’t enough interest, or demand, or understanding to do so meaningfully.

It’s an unknown concept to many, and the unknown is scary to many people.

I expect that there will be a huge number of people that struggle briefly to deal with the tech-demands for live, real-time video & audio. There will be some that show up in their underwear and forget to turn off the camera. There will be some that forget how to mute their audio, or are oblivious to their own siblings or children — or their own chirping Smoke Detectors.

Also, if we think about the previous weather-related situations, school closures were only one or two days, maybe. Now, this new crisis is looking like it’ll be a few weeks to even few months.

They’re scrambling to react. That’s a good thing.

Also, we’ve an opportunity to do as much as we can to help, support, and educate the educators. After all, for telecommuters, this is all rather old hat to us.

Yeah, I do get a bit wordy on Book of Face every now and again.