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Existence in a time of civil crisis has a surreal feel. We lived through the Canterbury earthquakes, moving through a dream that was a nightmare, and the feelings were vivid but then quickly forgotten. The events, so meaningful at the time, blurred together. Afterwards, I wished I had kept a coherent narrative of my state and how our world changed, that would have pinned down my thoughts at each point in time and explained them to my future self. So, in the face of COVID-19, I set myself the task of documenting my experience, and forcing myself to keep on track through putting it out there for others to see. When I started this, in March 2020, I had no idea how long I might keep writing. Now, in 2021, there is no clear end in sight to the pandemic, so I will continue to write…

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Different perspectives

One’s perspective can change by the day or by the minute and the nature of the view is all in the perspective. Today I am trying to get my ahead above the Omicron parapet; two days ago I had never heard of Omicron – the latest COVID-19 variant – and I was definitely the happierContinue reading “Different perspectives”

Keeping an open mind

I have realised that a significant part of my internal purpose is to learn new things. This came up in digital conversation, around the role of science in society. A commentator made the point that science is a useful vehicle for asking and answering questions about the world, but that science is problematic if itContinue reading “Keeping an open mind”

Funny and not so funny

The current COVID-19 situation is paralleling one of my recent songs in my brain. The song is called ‘Knitting Zombies’. You could ask, ‘Why has Jane written a song called Knitting Zombies’, and you could also ask ‘Why would a song about knitting zombies have anything to do with COVID-19?’, both are valid questions. JaneContinue reading “Funny and not so funny”

Some animals are more equal than others

In a Trust meeting this week, one of the participants noted that she preferred ecological research proposals where the methods did not harm animals. She definitely preferred investigation of DNA from soils to establish the ecosystems present, over a proposal to investigate the effects of climate change-induced heat waves through experimentally heating invertebrates. A discussionContinue reading “Some animals are more equal than others”

Wastewater woes

Testing of wastewater for COVID-19 has become a routine method for identifying spread of the virus. I was pondering on the challenges of sampling the very large amounts of wastewater that are produced in New Zealand – 1.5B litres per day which is managed through around 320 wastewater treatment plants. From this we need manageableContinue reading “Wastewater woes”

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