So guess who the breeding grounds for ugly variants like the Delta (and the inevitable WORSE variants) are?

This public service announcement brought to you by someone who is utterly PISSED at the fact that the first summer vacation plans in two years just got scuttled by the Delta variant starting to pop up over here.

WEAR YOUR MASKS. SOCIALLY DISTANCE. GET YOUR SHOTS. AND ABOVE ALL STOP LICKING RATS YOU DISEASE-RIDDEN BASTARDS!

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23% of the population accounts for 64% of the known cases and 74% of the known deaths. Now arguments can be successfully made that the real numbers are higher, and that the numbers in Africa and the poorer parts of Asia will be adjusted upward by quite a large number.

But I rather doubt it will reach enough to take the share of cases or deaths of the Americas and Europeans down to 23% or below.

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths worldwide is approximately 4200 thousand (4.2 million) people. Europe accounts for about 1100 thousand (1.1 million) of these. North America accounts for about 920 thousand. South America also accounts for 1100 thousand (1.1 million) give or take. The aggregate death toll for these regions makes up about 74% of the world's total deaths.

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 case worldwide is approximately 200 million. Europe accounts for about 51 million of these. North America accounts for about 41 million. South America accounts for 35 million. The aggregate case count for these regions makes up about 64% of the world's cases.

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The population of the world is roughly 7700 million people. (Yes, there's a reason for me using that awkward numbering. It's 7.7 billion.) The population of South America is roughly 420 million people. The population of North America is roughly 580 million people. The population of Europe is roughly 750 million people. The aggregate population of these three regions is about 23% of the world's total population.

Overheard: Grimes is the result of a years-long operation by a team of accelerationists to see how much damage they could cause to western civilization by just sending Boxxy to Juilliard.

(If you don't know what a Boxxy is, youtube.com/watch?v=Yavx9yxTrs has the answer. I would not recommend clicking that, however, if you prefer your brain cells to not liquify and dribble out your ears and nostrils.)

I've been seeing claims that the Chinese government is "covering up" the disaster in Zhengzhou.

This is a screenshot from my shopping app.

Least. Competent. Coverup. EVAR!

So I have been practicing some of the stoic aspects of Buddhism, especially the bits about flattening out extremes of emotion.

My happy face: ๐Ÿ˜
My sad face: ๐Ÿ˜
My frightened face: ๐Ÿ˜
My calm face: ๐Ÿ˜
My blissed face: ๐Ÿ˜
My on-edge face: ๐Ÿ˜
My apprehensive face: ๐Ÿ˜
My resigned face: ๐Ÿ˜
My victorious face: ๐Ÿ˜
My defeated face: ๐Ÿ˜
My angry face: ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿงจ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ

(Obviously it's a work in progress.)

"IรŸ deinen Teller leer, dann gibt es Morgen wieder gutes Wetter." Wer kennt den Spruch nicht von seinen Eltern, wenn man sein Essen nicht aufessen mรถchte? Aber was hat das Wetter mit dem Essen zu tun? Antwort: herzlich wenig. Das ganze ist auch ein Missverstรคndnis. Der Spruch kommt aus dem friesischen. "Et dien Tรถller leddig, dann givt dat morgen goods wedder." Nur heiรŸt "wedder" nicht Wetter, sondern wieder. Wer seinen Teller leer iรŸt, bekommt am nรคchsten Tag wieder etwas Gutes zu Essen. ๐Ÿ’ก

4. This leads to the solution. Reach across the divide to the marketing world. Talk with people in marketing (and note: "with", not "to" or "at"). Listen to them.

I know programmers consider marketing the Hated Enemyโ„ขโ€”I've worked with you long enough to have that feeling more than amply expressed!โ€”and I also realize programmers in particular are prone to thinking they already know everything.

You don't. Especially when it comes to communication. Talk to experts and get help.

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