Oh I would so much rather be isolated from colleagues than attend three recurring meetings every day. Yes there are distractions at home but I can manage them at my house.

We use Zoom in one gig I’m in now, Skype in others. But I dislike screen sharing; not that it isn’t useful once in a while but I am extraordinarily sick and tired of being asked to share my screen when there is absolutely no information to be gotten from it.

Someone gets a 500 error so he shares his screen. Yup, five zero zero, that’s a 500 all right. I find myself biting my lip a lot.

As for the masks, I live in Vietnam where people wear them for road dust, I was one of the last people to start. I do’t think they do a lot of preventive good, like keeping out bees with a chain link fence, but for people already sick they probably slow down virus-carrying droplets, which are macroscopic.

American Software Developer living in Vietnam. Classical musician (guitar, woodwinds), weightlifter, multilingual, misanthrope • XY

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