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Yodeller

Welcome to the Yodeller: my ongoing project to try and write something every day. You can read more about the background from here. If you are a new reader you might want to start from the beginning.

Easy to recycle

Recycling is responsible thing to do. There is just so many different things sometimes it's hard to get all the pieces in the correct bin, or be bothered with every single piece.

Some vendors have started to make these environmental friendly packaging which are easy to recycle. That is at least what their marketing says. Maybe there is some truth in their message.

Like those yogurt cans that are wrapped in carton. Good old cans were made all out of plastic. Easy to recycle to the plastic bin, just need to wash it first. Now these new ones require the separation of the carton around the plastic and disposing separately. On top of that they are sealed with a lid made out of tin foil, so that should go to yet another bin.

Maybe the carton reduces the amount of plastic needed to make the can sturdy enough, but I doubt with the plastic still being recyclable it makes that much difference. Except on the frustration and recycling percentage of those cans when people just don't feel the effort is worth it. This reduction of plastic might hence reduce the environmental friendliness of those packages after all.

All I have is work

I'm one of the lucky ones who can work almost like normal during this time. Some might say I wasn't lucky as I can't just stay home doing nothing. But that would just drive me crazy. Not having anything to do just wouldn't work for me. And it's not just about the money.

It's just that when there is not much else to do, no clear separation from work time and free time I tend to work long hours. Filling the days with something to do keeps the thoughts away from the current situation.

The most notable difference from normal work routine is the increased amount of meetings. All online, naturally. They are also spread across the whole week too, unlike normally. I used to have those real remote days when my calendar said "no meetings, please". There were also no-one else home so I had some nice and quiet slon6e time.

Working so much, and especially all the talking I have to do during all those meetings leaves me socially exhausted. Distancing definitely doesn't have to mean social isolation, thanks to todays communications technology.

Maybe the upcoming Easter weekend does good for me. Having to not work for four days sounds scary and hopeful at the same time. 

Inverse frequency illusion

Frequency illusion or Baader-Meinhof phenomenon is a cognitive bias where after learning something new for the first time you suddenly notice the same thing all the time. But there must be an opposite to this too.

I'm pretty sure there used to be things I came across frequently in the past. But then at some point they have disappeared. I don't notice those things anymore. I'm not sure if they actually even were a thing or did I just imagine it all. Maybe I just remember incorrectly.

Surely if we can ignore something as long as we haven't actively learned about it we can also fall back to that ignorance when we forget about it. It once again becomes something out of our limited focus while we find new things to focus on.

The weirdest thing is when you learn about the same thing again later. It feels familiar for some reason, but you can't quite identify why. It might even have a completely new name instead of the one you thought you used to know it.

 

Living by the statistics

While the epidemic is ravaging around the world we, the lucky ones not yet touched by it must live through the statistics of it. Until it touches someone close enough to you it's just all numbers.

There are all those first cases and deaths: in the world, in your continent, country, city. It's getting closer, numbers are getting bigger. All that matters are those smallest numbers. The ones closest to you.

The bigger those numbers get the more they lie. They also become meaningless, they lose individuality. It's easy to talk about few first victims, but who would remember patient 3682? In a global scale they would be just a statistic. But the too were first for somebody else.

Numbers are also uncertain the bigger they get. There will be errors in the data. When the numbers are small enough it's still noticeable and can reveal the fallacy of the tally. For example there were 28 deaths in total from COVID-19 in Finland yesterday. Today the number is one lower. Did that one person come back to life? Probably not, it was just an error. But would anyone have noticed such off by one error if there would have been hundreds of deaths per day?

One of these days again

For some reason I haven't felt like writing today. Quite the opposite. Haven't had these for a while now. Especially after I started writing in the morning again.

Maybe I'm just too tired. We did stay up quite late last night. But I did sleep well. The whole night actually. First time in a while I didn't wake up in the middle of the night. And didn't wake up early in the morning either. Slept until nine, which might not sound that late, but it surely is for me.

So here it is, one more useless post. Maybe I'll stop right here. No point in trying to come up with another hundred useless words.

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