40 thoughts on “May 3, 2021: This is NPR”

  1. Minor league seasons start this week. I do plan to bring back Minor Details, but it's start will be delayed. We leave this afternoon for Rapid City, where Mrs. A will have cataract surgery Tuesday morning. We'll be back Wednesday afternoon, but Thursday looks like a really busy day, so I'm not sure when Minor Details will begin its season. Patience is a virtue.

  2. We learned this morning that our (estranged) brother in law died by suicide last night.

    My wife and I are conflicted. He was an asshole and cheated on my wife's sister for years before she found out and confronted him. He had zero remorse and took zero responsibility, blaming her for everything. And he has dragged out divorce proceedings, repeatedly defying court instructions in an attempt to strangle her financially and to hide assets. Despite the fact that Ohio is a 50-50 state.

    But. They have a daughter.

    None of us know anyone else's story in full. I won't miss him at all. But I hope his survivors can find some peace.

      1. Indeed it is sad, on multiple levels. I do feel for his family, even as I remain angry with him for his behavior.

        Like I said, none of us really know anyone else's story.

    1. Every man is a moon and has a side which he turns toward nobody: you have to slip around behind if you want to see it. - Mark Twain

  3. Don't look now, but the Twins lead all of baseball in OPS+ at 115. They are 7th in OPS and 6th in runs scored per game at 4.88 despite being shut out in a doubleheader (that should really be changed to runs/9 innings with all the 7 inning games).

      1. Same. And of all the things in the world, we try not to make a big deal out of it. He's a healthy kid, eats tons of vegetables. We've found ourselves unwittingly teaching him how to lie better.

        1. This also sounds very familiar.

          He is quite skinny and generally eats a very healthy diet. He’d probably be quite happy eating nothing but raw fruits and vegetables and Cheerios every day. But if he knows there’s candy around somewhere, he’s likely to sneak around and take some.

  4. I had to go in to work last week and clean out my office, no I didn't get fired but they are leasing out my office space. Looks like I'm working from home on a permanent basis. (I am perfectly fine with that, but it will be kind of awkward on the occasions I do have to go in.) It's amazing how many coffee cups, tchotchkes and other crap accumulates in 5 years. I can have a garage sale out of the back of my vehicle right now.

    1. my wife did the same thing a month ago....only a cube she had to clean out, but it was nice to know they don't expect her to go back to the office.

      1. we are in the midst of negotiating a lease for a new office space. The build-out planning is all about these questions of home vs office work.

        I am of the opinion that when staff don't have a permanent, assigned work space that they can personalize, organizations end up hurting their own human capital. People are going to be less inclined to work at the office, less able to connect with colleagues in meaningful ways, less invested in the organization.

        On the flip side, there is a lot to be said for "empowering" staff and having a trust-but-verify relationship in which staff and managers collaboratively set work plans and deliver key information about productivity metrics, rather than mandating butts-in-seats at the office.

        So I suppose that you can stave off organizational decline for a while with an appropriately empowering relationship between managers and incumbent staff. Eventually, however, people move on and new people have to be on-boarded. I don't see how that is going to work successfully in the long run without having a large, on-site work contingent. And I don't see a large, on-site work contingent being successful without assigned spaces.

        1. the person in the cube next to my wife doesn't believe in masks and thinks COVID is all a hoax, so there wasn't much room for connecting with colleagues in meaningful ways there

        2. I agree. There are some jobs where everyone can work well remotely but there will be a lot of long-term issues trying to go 100% in this direction. I worry about my kids joining the workforce and having to work from home.

    1. The problem with the Twins' roster is that their three best fielders also have high injury risk. The defense is much different without Buxton, Donaldson, and Simmons.

  5. Well, okay then. Pfizer #2 is in the arm, standing by for side effects. The wife and I were speculating about the wide range of side effects people get and wondering if it could be an indicator of how sick they would have become if they got infected. Or is it possible that some people have more severe side effects because they're already infected but asymptomatic when they get the vaccine? Inquiring minds want to know.

    1. My thought would be you get a strong reaction because your immune system is reacting, which my guess would be you're less likely to get severe symptoms from COVID. It would be an interesting study to see of people fully vaccinated what the correlation would be between reactions from vaccination vs. those who still got COVID later on.

    2. My wife and I both had Covid, and had almost precisely the same experience of it - meaning sick for a week, loss of smell/taste, exhaustion lasting beyond the week, etc. We both recieved Pfizer and had markedly different experiences - she got sick for about 24 hours, I was without side effects.

      I'm tempted to think there's just no predicting this thing, which is a big part of what makes it so maddening.

      1. Were you both sick at approximately the same time and vaccinated at about the same time? I've read some scientists are seeing more severe reactions from people being vaccinated not that long after having COVID (within 90 days, IIRC).

        1. And I have read about COVID long-haulers whose symptoms resolved almost immediately upon getting vaccinated.

          So much that we still don't know....

        2. Yup, we're within a week of each other on both. We are the counterpoint to any theory of predictability.

          I get the natural inclination to seek patterns and explanation, but sometimes the world defies our need to organize it.

  6. Well, this is no bueno. Keep your eye's peeled for incoming.

    China’s 21-ton Long March 5b rocket is orbiting the planet in a path that could lead to the massive vehicle crashing back to Earth within the next few days, experts warn.

    The core stage launched Thursday to deliver the first modular of the nation’s new space station, but instead of returning to a pre-determined post in the ocean, it is predicted to make an uncontrolled reentry - and possibly in an inhabited area.

    Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer who tracks objects orbiting Earth, told SpaceNews that the Long March 5b’s path takes it ‘a little farther north than New York, Madrid and Beijing and as far south as southern Chile and Wellington, New Zealand,' and it could could land anywhere in this range.

  7. My professional range dreams crashed and burned today. I've ordered all the necessary things including tile, new range hood (because the one for free is somehow 42 inches wide and not a corespondent 36 inches...), new cabinets, and new gas hookups. The final thing to ensure was the power source and that proved to be the death of my dreams. Viking requires 220v for its oven igniters for some crazy stupid reason. Electrician says no probs brah, 400 bones. Ugh. This brings the total above the price it would cost to buy a nice range and hood that will fit the space with no need for me to smash apart my kitchen. Welp. A boy can dream.

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