How we tell our stories

The dreaded hair cut day has come and gone and, like with so many things, it feels a lot better afterwards. That’s a fairly simple and one way story with a happy ending. However, today I was reading a story related to pandemics that isn’t nearly so simple, nor so happy. It’s the story ofContinue reading “How we tell our stories”

Other times, other travails…

So who’s bored with COVID-19? COVID-19 is ever present and ever important but is also getting really really dull! In the first week of Level 4 lockdown I was constantly listening to the radio updates, by week 2 I was definitely in for the 1pm Ardern & Bloomfield Show but not quite as fixated, duringContinue reading “Other times, other travails…”

Eliminate…eliminate…

Here in Gibbston we are trying, in a somewhat futile fashion, to eliminate rabbits on our property. Rabbits are a major pest in much of New Zealand; they eat pretty much anything at their own height, which includes all the grasses and trees that one might want to grow. Consequently, we have to encase everythingContinue reading “Eliminate…eliminate…”

Musical variations & vaccines

I found the above musical depiction of the spike protein of 2019-nCoV (the virus responsible for COVID-19 disease) strangely fascinating (click the link to hear it, you don’t need to listen for too long to ‘get the picture’). Who would have thought that one might turn a protein into a sound image? How did theyContinue reading “Musical variations & vaccines”

Future glimpses

Every morning, my first action is check DEMIC for the latest status of COVID-19, COVID-27, AVID-3 and PARAMID-10. I tell myself that it is just good practice, because I need to be able to plan my day and week. However, there is a niggling thought in the back of my brain that reminds me IContinue reading “Future glimpses”

Checking the experiment’s progress

Today is the 15th day since New Zealand launched its large scale experiment in regard to combating COVID-19, so it is time for a scientific post which examines how our experiment is going. In doing this, we have to remember that experimental conditions here are quite different from those in other countries. In addition, thisContinue reading “Checking the experiment’s progress”

Where’s my grandmother when I need her?

Today I would like my grandmother to be looking after me. I would like to be back in her house, baking some chocolate eclairs and neenish tarts. Perhaps we could do some brandy snaps too and fill them with cream using an icing cone, although there’s always a high chance of the brandy snap outersContinue reading “Where’s my grandmother when I need her?”

Tracking the enemy

Making Mistakes Oh damn, got to get it wrong sometime, sorry! I got called out in regard to our coronavirus tea party – it was not in the spirit of the government’s intentions around lockdown. In our defence, we chose not to include Kerrin and Kirsty in our bubble definition at the outset, although theyContinue reading “Tracking the enemy”

Coronavirus tea party

Who knew that a 1.8m diameter table would be such an appropriate size? When we bought it, our goal was to have lots of people sitting around it – we are accustomed to a constant stream of visitors given that we live so close to the (once-was) tourism capital of New Zealand. We may lookContinue reading “Coronavirus tea party”

Can I rent an optimist for my bubble?

I reckon I sit at around 50% realism, 40% optimism and 10% pessimism. I think that realism comes naturally to scientists. The goal of being a scientist is to iterate towards more accurate versions of reality, which would imply realism is a life goal. However, I understand the value of optimism, particularly when in aContinue reading “Can I rent an optimist for my bubble?”