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COVID-19 Vaccine

Early this morning the news broke that people over 40 in Alberta can get the AstraZeneca vaccine starting tomorrow.

I couldn’t get an appointment for after work tomorrow but I signed up Andrea and myself for Wednesday. I’m super excited to finally be getting this huge Covid stress out of my life.

I wrote to my coworkers a mass email about how I was excited to be getting my shot on Wednesday. I expected a deluge of congratulatory messages; instead crickets. Am I crazy? Is this not a huge deal?

I can’t imagine why anybody would want to prolong this pandemic? We’re all in this together and in order to move forward we all need to get vaccinated.

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Remembering Aaron

It’s been eight years. I’m still shocked and disappointed.

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The Evolution of Trust

Check out this fun little game that teaches game theory and how trust evolves depending on some key variables. Trust me, you’re going to like this: http://ncase.me/trust/

(via Gary)

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Aaron Swartz is Dead

I rolled over this morning stressed out about Gabrielle and the situation as is typical these days. I pulled up Google+ on my iPhone to distract myself. I read some very sad news — Aaron Swartz had completed suicide.

I want to write about how this news has affected me. Words fail though — I’m not, after all, a master at words the way Aaron was. He inspired me. I always wished I could be him, and I always suspected that eventually our paths would cross and we would become fast friends. His death has really affected me deeply.

I am not nearly as smart or eloquent and I suppose I am glad not to have been in his situation but I will miss reading his brilliant writing.

It might seem strange to be sad about the passing of someone you’ve never met. People don’t understand why you care. The friendship was actually just an asynchronous following of his RSS feed, but his writing was one of small selection that were on my highest priority list. If he wrote something, I made a point of reading it. It’s so sad to think there won’t ever be any new posts from Aaron Swartz’s Raw Thought.

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Three Free Months of Flickr

Follow the link to three free months of a Flickr pro account.

http://flickr.com/holidaygift

As a special holiday gift, Flickr is offering to either upgrade accounts or extend them for three months; no strings attached.

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Jeff Milner on Google Plus

Google Plus IconIf you’d like to join Google Plus but don’t have an invitation code, you can use this one.

If you’d like to follow me on Google Plus, you can find me here.

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Fall Back

There was a time change today. Even though the clock says it’s 11:07pm right now, my body feels like it’s 12:07am. If this time change disappoints you, I recommend thinking of it this way: You’re not losing an hour, you’re gaining 23.

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New Personal Best

I swam a new personal best time for 1000m this afternoon. I did the whole thing in just 16:00. I never swam this fast (for long distances) even when I was with the Pronghorns. I can hardly wait for the alumni meet.

I wish I could say as much for my improvement in French. I’m learning, but it’s been tough.

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Thought for the day

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, what is the road to heaven paved with?

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It’s Cold in Lethbridge

It’s currently -38°C in Lethbridge.

weather in lethbridge

That’s -36°F. Only a little colder and then numbers for Celsius and Fahrenheit converge.

Oh and did I mention that’s WITHOUT the wind chill factor. Yeah, with wind chill it’s more like -47°C!