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The vaccines Lithuania pledged back in June have arrived. Ačiū, Lithuania!

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COVID-19 vaccine donated by Lithuania arrives in Taiwan

focustaiwan.tw/politics/202107

There's a certain irony to one of the most decentralized social-media platforms releasing their first app in one of the most centralized ecosystems.

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Mastodon now has an official iPhone app

theverge.com/2021/7/30/2260227

This year's long list for the Booker Prize looks less political than the last couple of years. Hopefully, we get something focused on literary merit.

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Rachel Cusk’s singular novel stands out on wide-ranging Booker longlist

theguardian.com/books/2021/jul

Yep, it's time for my biennial post:

I wish the Olympics were over.

Taichung's main reservoir is now over 50% full. However, almost all other reservoirs are well over 80% full. Ours must have a very inefficient catchment. Still, we were around 1% two months ago, so we're definitely in a safer position now.

The Czech Republic has just pledged 30,000 Covid vaccine doses to Taiwan. Děkuju vám!

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Czech Republic pledges COVID-19 vaccine donation to Taiwan

focustaiwan.tw/politics/202107

Taiwan goes from Covid Level 3 restrictions down to Level 2 tomorrow. We now have less than 10 unknown cases a day. Certain businesses & activities can resume at that time. I have received my marching orders from my boss, & I'll be back in the classroom next Monday. But I'll be doing a hybrid in-class & online style of teaching. That'll be a challenge.

Sorry for the 2 risque comments this morning. I blame The Guardian for having 2 bunches of low-hanging fruit on the same day.

Wait! Does that qualify as a third risque comment? 😁

Spoiler alert! Because it's the perfect shape.

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Why does Jeff Bezos’s rocket look like that? An inquiry

theguardian.com/science/2021/j

If women want to wear really short sprint briefs or tiny bikinis, who are we to hinder them. Freedom of movement, whether it be in sport or everyday activities, is very important & can't be overstated. 😁

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Bikinis, briefs: why female athletes should wear whatever they want

theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul

Unpopular opinion: The Big Bang Theory was better in the early seasons when it was just 4 nerds & the hot neighbor.

There's a storm coming that may or may not develop into a typhoon. Typhoons mean typhoon days: extra holidays during the summer, a time when we have no national holidays. Their purpose is to keep people safely at home so that they don't have to go to school or work.

However, Covid has changed all that. People--including teachers & students--can now do their thing online from home. I may never have another typhoon holiday again in my life. 😞

For over a year now I have been teaching at my boss's preschool two mornings a week because they had problems with their previous teacher. They have finally found a replacement teacher. So today was my last day. 🥳

It was a very nice work environment (& good food from the kitchen!!!), but kids that young are a lot of work to teach, & working in the morning is for mere mortals. 😉

Guess who only has to work an hour & a half tomorrow. 😌

In the ~2 & a half months since this outbreak really took hold, Taiwan went from a high of over 500 cases per day to today's report of single digits. It's getting to be manageable now at least. And it's all thanks to our stoic monk at the helm & the cooperation of the people.

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Taiwan reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, one death

[NB - the title is misleading because 4 of those cases were overseas arrivals.]

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021071

Now it's Taiwan's turn to say 'thank you'. Last year, they gave 700,000 masks to Slovakia, & this year Slovakia has pledged 10,000 vaccine doses to Taiwan.

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Taiwan thanks Slovakia for pledging COVID-19 vaccine donation

focustaiwan.tw/politics/202107

Finished reading From Russia, with Love by Ian Fleming.

2/5 stars

goodreads.com/review/show/2943

tl;dr - watch the movie instead

Maybe--just maybe--Paramount should unhitch itself from Jar Jar Abrams, the man who ruined both Star Wars & Star Trek, & get a real filmmaker involved. He talks a good game, but can't make a decent film to save his neck.

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New ‘Star Trek’ Movie Beams Up ‘WandaVision’ Director Matt Shakman

variety.com/2021/film/news/sta

Japan has just donated another 1M vaccines each to Taiwan, Vietnam, & Indonesia!

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Japan to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan this week

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021071

Breakfast was Bond's favourite meal of the day. When he was stationed in London it was always the same. It consisted of very strong coffee, from De Bry in New Oxford Street, brewed in an American Chemex, of which he drank two large cups, black and without sugar.

- From Russia, with Love; Ian Fleming

Finished reading The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian.

3/5

goodreads.com/review/show/4088

tl;dr - excellent atmosphere on an early 19th century Royal Navy frigate, but too much of the story is spent on land

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