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16 October, 2021


Tried watching Akira, but it didn't hold my attention. The only thing I learned was that the accent is on the first syllable, and that it is possible to do the same for the word "inquiry", though most of the dictionaries say otherwise. I wonder who started that fashion, considering that it is based on "inquire", where the accent is definitely on the second syllable. It probably became popular because when something sounds intuitively wrong, but people are pronouncing it differently, then there must be a reason for it, so it's obviously right.

The pandemic and the pandemonium

The medical people in this country seem to have a completely opposite view of the virus than the health ministry and the politicians. The cover of Friday's supplement in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper is simply a series of quotes by directors of hospitals and medical experts claiming that the closure is unnecessary and motivated by politics, that hospitals are far from being over-stressed, that treatment of the virus is much more advanced today than it was in March and that keeping people at home is more dangerous than Covid-19

Everyone thinks they know best. There's a lot of arrogance from people in positions of authority and a range of other extreme emotions among everyone else. I'm tired of the discourse around Covid-19. I have the luxury that it doesn't much affect my personal life style, because I'm a stay-at-home type trying anyway to live moderately. It just provides a further excuse to stay home. The pandemic or the restrictions are affecting a lot of people around me, so I can't just pretend it's not there. The intelligent way of approaching the situation is to accept it, adapt to it, work around it, use it as an opportunity to gain new skills and become more resilient.

Google's ever changing terminology

So first (?) it was Google Apps, which became G Suite which now becomes Workspace. I wonder if Google has finally found its G Spot? Are they competing with Microsoft on name change frequency?

It's also interesting that they keep changing direction from greater integration (with the Google Plus idea), to breaking services apart (post Google Plus) to now reintegrating them under Gmail, sorry, Workspace. Workspace sounds boring, but I get it. One's post-pandemic workspace is no longer the office cubicle, but a pod in Google's panopticon.

In the framework of the changes, the Google Hangouts and Hangouts Dialer apps, from which I was formerly able to place free phone calls to my brother's phone in the US, no longer seem to work. They tell you to go to Gmail. From Gmail they send you to Contacts. But I don't have that installed in my phone and I'm darned if I'm going to install another Google app. I don't use Gmail in any case. Although it's there, I use K-9 to check my office Google mail, along with the other accounts.