Notes for the week of July 5, 2021
Andy Matuschak was lamenting the lack of good typesetting in ebooks, wanting the high-quality formatting you can get from PDFs. Michael Woods linked over to 1DollarScan which can scan your books for you ($1 per 100 pages).
Eng Management for the Rest of Us and Widakk Design
ohyay virtual environment platform
Another communications platform has sprung up in the wake of COVID-19: ohyay. This one has some neat-looking aspects, apparently (I haven’t tried it yet) letting you create a space that people can congregate in and do various activities together. Currently just has “get started-it’s free!” buttons, so I have no idea what the pricing is or will be.
New top 5 COVID symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms have changed with vaccination status and variants. The top 5 symptoms among the fully vaccinated:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell
T cells protect against severe disease
Monica Gandhi (infectious disease doctor at UCSF) explains why the COVID-19 vaccines are very protective against severe disease, even from variants.
unlikely to evade T cell immunity since 80-100 T cells line up across the spike protein so 10-13 mutations of variants can’t evade that many T cells.
Rendering a game in text
In a 20-minute video, Filip Hráček describes creating a system to render a game’s output completely in text. I had a kind of silly idea for a Fortnite-style game in text (multiplayer, last one standing kind of game), with the primary benefit being that the game world could change often because of the low cost of changing text. Of course, such a thing would be super-niche (how many people would actually choose to play such a thing when there’s actual Fortnite and others available?).
A first look at Astro
Planes vs. cars
Climate Change solutions are not always obvious because of the complexities of the calculations. Youmatter explores the question of plane travel vs. cars, and the answer is not obvious. Clearly, cars will be electrified before planes are, but right now flying may have lower CO2 emissions than driving. As this Treehugger article points out, having better bus and train availability in the US would help even more.