Coronavirus Question

So I’ve been to a major conference in a large city. Now I’m going back to my small town. Is it inconsiderate to go to the swimming pool at my gym back in town? If so, then for how long should I avoid it? What’s the incubation period?

I’m pretty much the youngest person by a couple of decades of anybody who attends that pool. So I’m worried for the older people who go.

Marshmallow Test

N tried to administer the marshmallow test to Klara but it failed miserably because this kid is too smart.

“Would you like me to buy you a little unicorn toy today or a big one tomorrow?” he asked.

“I don’t want you to spend too much money, Daddy,” Klara said. “You need to save. It’s important to save money and not spend everything on toys.”

This is the perfect thing to say to get N to buy both unicorns, of course.

With me she took a different tack. I’m not into saving, so she found a different method.

“Why do you need yet another unicorn toy?” I asked. “You already got a collection of them for your birthday.”

“I’m going to name her Union, mommy,” Klara explained. “I don’t have any toys called Union.”

I’m into unions like N is into saving so it was a brilliant strategy.

Against Tenure

From Bo’s article (linked below):

Academic health is not served by a message that tenure can only be secured by those prepared to embrace political orthodoxies. After all, if tenure is intended to protect people who challenge dogmas and orthodoxies, why would we support a system that punishes non-conformists and that sieves them out before they are capable of safely challenging prevailing views?

This is why I lost faith in tenure. What’s the point if academic freedom is dead already? We are five minutes away from people being hounded out of academia for failing to list their pronouns or loudly pledging allegiance to diversity dogma. In the meantime, tenure protects crowds of people who have completely given up on doing any research or service. (And if you are in academia, you should know why March is the wrong month to tell me that it doesn’t happen or is very rare).