Hi. I'm new to this instance. My former account was @SlowRain@mastodon.cloud.
I'm a Canadian expat teaching ESL in #Taiwan. My interests are:
Taiwan has had less than 10 cases per day all this month. Most days have been 0-3. And that's in the midst of 2 Delta clusters. Yes, there are likely more asymptotic cases that may give us a surprise, but even Delta can be contained. Just look no further than New Zealand.
Mid-Autumn Festival is next Tuesday, so we get a 4-day holiday this year. Let the relaxation begin!
I'm OK with this as it should allow me to see his next movie from outside a subscription-only service. Hopefully, other directors step up, too.
Inside Christopher Nolan’s Move to Universal, the Only Studio That Made Sense for His Atom Bomb Movie
I just hope he doesn't screw up the sound editing this time.
Sony, Universal Among Studios Vying for New Christopher Nolan Movie
Fourth batch of Japan-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Taiwan
Back in July, Taiwan had a small outbreak of Delta. This article tells how they contained it & also highlights some deficiencies in the govt's handling of the situation.
Speed, decisiveness, cooperation: how a tiny Taiwan village overcame Delta
Go New Zealand! Hold the course & it'll be better soon.
New Zealand Covid update: new cases drop to 28 but ‘job is not done’, deputy PM warns
Even though I've enjoyed several of Roth's novels, this doesn't surprise me about him because I know he lusted after the Nobel Prize. Contradict this with John le Carré, who actually refused nomination for any literary awards after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
A master of self-promotion: letters reveal how Philip Roth ‘hustled’ for prizes
Answering once & for all whether it's the Aussies or the Kiwis who have more common sense.
New Zealand police break up one-person anti-lockdown protest in Auckland
If anyone wants to see what a relatively successful battle against Covid looks like, you can see it in this chart. There may be flare-ups, but there will be no 2nd wave.
Taiwan had 2 Covid cases today, but here's the thing: because of the contact-tracing method a lot of Asian countries are using, these 2 cases were already in quarantine. They were identified early as potential cases because someone they were in close contact with had already tested positive. As such, it's highly unlikely they passed the virus on to anyone else.
Two new domestic COVID-19 cases test positive in quarantine: CECC
And here's a good article in The Guardian, which also shows some of Taiwan's mistakes.
I should add that the CDC said yesterday they are not pursuing a Covid-zero strategy. If it gets there as a result of their containment efforts, they'll certainly be happy, but that's not how they're conducting their operations.
A Canadian expat ESL teacher in Taiwan, interested in books, coffee, movies, straight razors, fountain pens, the Middle Ages, rum...and rain.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!