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May 26, 2021

First bicycle ride in 15 months today.

It was just a light ride around my little community, about a 3-mile round-trip. It felt so good! I highly recommend that if any of you who are fully vaccinated are still depriving yourself of familiar good-health habits you gave up during the pandemic, now is the time to reclaim this part of your life.

What's amazing is that even after all this time, my ancient bike worked great -- reliable braking, all gears worked fine, tires in good shape (although of course they needed inflating). Even more amazing, my ancient body still functioned well enough to complete the ride without pain or (much) strain.

In the Before Times, I was a destination bike rider. I seldom rode for "exercise," but rode to do an errand, visit a coffee shop, hang out with a friend, etc. The exercise was tangential. And, even though lots of people got out and rode during 2020 and early 2021, I just didn't feel like it. But today, it's a brand-new day!

May 24, 2021

John McLaughlin & Friends: "Straight No Chaser" (Benefit performance for India COVID relief)

Released May 7, 2021

Guitar icon releases exclusive video to raise awareness and funds for COVID relief in India, asking all to donate to Project Hope (www.projecthope.org) today.

Musicians: John McLaughlin (Guitar); Roger Rossignol(Piano); Jean Michel. ‘Kiki’ Aublette (Bass); Nicolas Viccaro (Drums)

John McLaughlin has made no secret of the musical and spiritual debt that he owes to the people and nation of India. Whether explicit (the unprecedented east/west hybrid of his beloved Shakti ensemble) or implicit (the daring rhythmic structures he transmitted via the Mahavishnu Orchestra), India has exerted a gravitational pull on McLaughlin’s life and music, and his gratitude is boundless.

Now, with India suffocated by a rampant outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus, McLaughlin is asking all of us to give just a little in support of relief efforts there. To encourage donations to the global health and humanitarian organization Project Hope (www.projecthope.org) -- who are providing essential supplies and personnel to the Indian people -- he has gathered a group of musician friends in Monaco to film an exclusive version of Thelonious Monk’s immortal blues “Straight No Chaser.” This fiery performance is his humble offering, a beacon beaming out to his many admirers with the hope of helping to offset the terrible blight now ravaging India.

Captured live, the performance features McLaughlin alongside pianist Roger Rossignol, bassist JM Kiki Aublette, and drummer Nicolas Viccaro, investing Monk’s timeless, knotty blues theme with an innovative spark and infectious abandon. Through his improvisation, alternately soaring and keening, McLaughlin delights in paying tribute to Monk’s deft rhythmic constructions and cunning use of dissonance. His compatriots are with him at every step, resulting in a conversational, refreshingly human treatment of this timeless standard.

“The world is in dire straits,” McLaughlin implores, “but India is just catastrophic: People dying outside hospitals because there are no beds, there is no oxygen. We recorded this video thinking of them. It is our gift to you in the hope that you will make a small gift.”
May 16, 2021

Using the "Reply-To" field in email

Maybe I'm the last person to figure this out, but recently when I sent an email to friends and family (all blind-copied to avoid a rat's nest of overlapping "Reply All" responses), I wanted replies to come to both my wife and me, instead of just me. (Of course, a "Reply All" response would come to both of us if I had her address in the cc: field, but I knew many people would hit "Reply" instead of "Reply All," and for this message I wanted to set the default to make all responses come to both of us when recipients hit "Reply" in their email application.)

I stumbled upon a feature I'd never used before in my many decades of using email: the "Reply To" field. I could put both our email addresses in Reply-To, even though I was the sender, and responses would come to both of us! This avoided the need to forward responses to her and also made it easier for either or both of us to respond to messages and cc the other.

This is not a new feature by any means, but new to me, an old dog who thought he knew all the email tricks. So I'm posting news of this earth-shaking discovery in case it's beneficial to any other DUers. I was using MacOS Mail, so I can't absolutely guarantee that every other email platform allows multiple addresses to be populated in "Reply-To." However, it seems that this should work for most if not all email clients since the "Reply To" field is a standard element in email headers (Wikipedia link).

Here are some references with more detail:

May 15, 2021

You and every single individual you come in contact with.

Every single unvaccinated person who refuses to wear a mask and stay six feet away from others is risking the health of every other person in their household, every cashier they interact with, every person they sit next to or stand in line next to, etc. And they are risking the health of everybody each of those contacts encounters.

For those of us who are fully vaccinated, the risk is minimal but not zero. With so many others who haven't yet been vaccinated, the behavior of the anti-vaxxers puts us all at risk for future variants of the virus, as well as continued circulation of the existing virus and its existing and future variants. When our current vaccine immunity subsides in a few months, we'll again be at high risk until we get our booster shots (which we're hoping will be effective).

All this is to say nothing of the global effects of COVID carriers circulating among the general population, spreading the virus to create more asymptomatic and symptomatic carriers worldwide.

So it's not quite as simple as just saying, "Not vaccinated? Go ahead and die -- not my problem."

Fortunately, many U.S. businesses are starting to require proof of vaccination to enter as a customer or work as an employee, as reported in these stories:

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