Showing posts from April, 2020

Covid-19 Dashboards and Data Resources

There is a lot of data on COVID-19's movement and direction. Below is a catalog of data tools to help us find data and see comparisons that help us understand what has happened and might happen next. There's a lot of information, so I've ranked each group starting with the links I consider most useful first. If you'd like to volunteer to help provide supplies to Los Angeles, go to to volunteer or donate. Los Angeles and California: LA County Dashboard [LA County] LA County’s map of cases by neighborhood district Data | COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe [City of LA] A collection of stats and relevant data for city residents to make smart risk assessments California coronavirus cases: Tracking the outbreak [LA Times] Cumulative and new cases by CA metro areas [LA County DPH] A table of case counts by neighborhood district US, nationally an

Radiatore: Best Pasta (Fuck you Tony)

Tony wrote a listicle of pasta shapes from worst to best  (at my recommendation (you're welcome)). But when I finished reading it I was shocked to find the number-one champ totally ignored (#bernieblackout). When I pointed out this journalistic malpractice to Tony, he smirked that I can write my own damn article, and so I have. You're welcome, Tony, you plebeian garbage person. Top 1 best pastas (in both ascending and  descending order!) #1: Radiatore This bad-ass bitch marches to the beat of her own drum. Not some derivative of tube, radiatore (appropriately named after its resemblance to a radiator) has a lovely, fun texture that can be uniquely appreciated by both children and gourmets. It goes well with sauces thick and thin and is surprisingly easy to find in stores, unlike some of the more exotic shapes. Here's to you, champ! Pasta-numero-uno!

A letter expressing disappointment with the NYTimes treatment of a sexual abuse accuser

After reading the NY Times' article about Tara Reade's accusation of sexual assault by Joe Biden in 1993 ( "Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden" ) I was appalled at the shameless use of so many tired tropes to defend Biden. Here is the letter I wrote to their editors: " Dear Editors, I'm an avid and admiring reader, but found your article, "Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden" slanted to an outrageous degree. The headline story should be that Biden was accused of a sexual assault, and the surrounding facts are that the victim is credible and that Biden, the sole witness to her claim, denies her charge. His legislative record, the sexual misconduct of his political rival, the political leanings of his accuser, the character testimony by Biden's friends, the inability of the victim to furnish contemporaneous documents given to Senate leadership, or the lack of new allegations in the p