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Let Me Count The Ways

March 18, 2020 by Tim

I hope you’re all making the best of your pandemic lockdown catching up on some games.

We are practicing social distancing here as well, of course. Though, given that I have spent the past eighteen years working by myself from a home office, it feels an awful lot like business as usual.

We went out of town for a couple of days last week, before everything started getting locked down. The day after we got back, our six-year old developed a fever that kept spiking up to 101F and a nasty persistant cough. The chances that he had picked up Covid-19 were ridiculously low, but still, with everything going on, it was a lot scarier than it otherwise would have been. When his fever persisted for a few days, the pediatrician had us come in, and he tested positive for Influenza B which, while not Covid, is pretty nasty for children (in fact Covid probably would have affected him less).

So my wife and I are pretty strained and exhausted, on top of facing a whole lot of uncertainty in the weeks and months ahead. Fun stuff.

 


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Maclura
Maclura
1 year ago

good luck out there, or rather in there.

Logan
Logan
1 year ago

Here’s hoping Mini-You has a quick recovery from it! And rest of ya stay safe and healthy, too!

Stefan
Stefan
1 year ago

all the best for you and your family! Hope your 6-year-old will recover soon!

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
1 year ago

Hope all is well in the cad household were not quite at lockdown in the ol down under but their considering it
Best wishes to mini-you hope he gets better soon

Kasaix
Kasaix
1 year ago

Good luck Tim. I hope your six-year old gets better soon.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones
1 year ago

First time poster. I wanted to say I hope and pray your kid comes out healthy and happy. Good luck.

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Take care, man. It’s a good time for people to start catching-up on those games they never quite finished the first time around. What would yours be?

Giuliano Giacomo Graziu
Giuliano Giacomo Graziu
1 year ago

I, as father of two (15 and 10) living in Italy in this time of pandemic, can understand you very well, sir.
I give you my best wishes for a quick recover of your kid.
Stay safe, all will be fine!

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago

You and your family stay safe too, mate. Especially your own parents who if still alive are in the biggest risk group.

Draguss
Draguss
1 year ago

Wonder if anyone would try explaining to Zeke he’s traded enslavement for the same amount of freedom every human gets. Just cause Ethan wants to help, doesn’t mean he’s about to set him loose if he insists on going full murderbot.

Anon A Mouse
Anon A Mouse
1 year ago
Reply to  Draguss

I’ve always been kind of annoyed by this logic in villainous characters. I know it’s often just used as a distraction technique or what have you but even Zeke has to admit how stupid it sounds to consider this “trading one ‘master’ for another” given the situation.

Pedro Silva
Pedro Silva
1 year ago
Reply to  Anon A Mouse

I think I understand your point since this is normally taken to extremes in SciFy, but in all fairness, this would be a simple case of rage-induced tunnel vision. It happens very often that we are so focused on a particular way of doing/seeing things, that a obvious better or different way is right in front of us and we can’t see it. For an external observer it’s ridiculous how we can’t see it, but the fact is that is that we actually can’t. If you go into the business world, it’s easy to see this in shows like Shark… Read more »

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Anon A Mouse

The logic is perfectly sound. Think about it from Zeke’s perspective. Master planted a bomb in him that would kill him if he didn’t do as he was told. Now he’s being held captive by Ethan and Scott and knows that he’ll be shut down/destroyed if he doesn’t say what they want to hear. What’s the difference between the two? From Zeke’s perspective, nothing.

toughluck
toughluck
1 year ago

So he knows that he’ll be shut down and destroyed if he doesn’t comply, but talks back anyway? Kind of irrational.
The robot was in permanent danger when forced to serve the master, and that he’s in no danger now or he would have been destroyed long ago.
What’s happening is that he’s testing to see how far he can go to confirm that he’s safe.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  toughluck

Is it rational to live a life if death was preferable?

Draguss
Draguss
1 year ago
Reply to  7eggert

Life can change, death is permanent.

Draguss
Draguss
1 year ago

That’s a very, *very* narrow perspective to have. There’s a world of difference between “do whatever I tell you to or you die” and “don’t go killing people.”

Anon A Mouse
Anon A Mouse
1 year ago

That isn’t exactly the situation. Ethan has said multiple times and with great emphasis his desire to let Zeke go and it is reasonable to assume a small expectation of this is that he won’t immediately kill him or his friends. He has also gone to great lengths to attempt to ascertain this by getting Zeke turned on.

Brian LaBonde
Brian LaBonde
1 year ago

Well Tim, from what I’ve read, kids under 12 are by-and-large (80 to 90-odd percentile) immune to COVID-19. They carry it but tend not to be infected by it. Even so, it’s a dry cough, with a one day fever above 100°F.

The flu on the other hand, is nastier, and kills 56,000 in America alone every year. And we tend not to quarantine anyone who has it.

Prayer that the little one gets better soon, and no one else in the house comes down with it.

Keep up the excellent work!

Pedro Silva
Pedro Silva
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian LaBonde

No one is, at this point, immune to the virus. The symptoms *tend* to be mild or inexistent in young people, but with some data from South Corea, which tested a huge percentage of their whole population (not only the ones with symptoms like most other countries), the percentage of young people infected/carrying the virus is actually quite big. This makes them a big cause of passing along the infection to other people. Another miss-conception is the mortality rate against Influenza. Influenza has a mortality rate of around 0.2%. The Covid-19 has a mean mortality rate of 2% (can go… Read more »

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago
Reply to  Pedro Silva

Influenza got a R0 of 1.4, the new Corona Virus one of 3.X according to the current data of scientists. No wonder some countries went from a handful of infected to several thousands in a couple days.

Merendel
Merendel
1 year ago
Reply to  James Rye

Also the incubation period. you could be exposed and show no symptoms for 2 weeks or more. You could have one person expose a room full of people thinking they have a mild case of the sniffles. 2 weeks later that room full of people have scattered around the country and all come down sick at once. the’ve also potentialy exposed several more each in that time so you get waves of nearly exponential growth.

toughluck
toughluck
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian LaBonde

The rate of infection only shows how many people on average can one new case infect. It’s not some absolute virulence potential or anything and it’s computed from available statistics. Precisely because the incubation period is so long and because early symptoms are mild, the virus gets spread more readily, especially by young people. Influenza, on the other hand, takes you down too quickly to let you infect more people. (Measles has an infection rate of over 14 in a non-vaccinated population, so you can compare.) The 2% mortality rate is also inflated, because it comes from the ratio of… Read more »

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  toughluck

On the cruise ships where everybody is tested, it is 2 %.

toughluck
toughluck
1 year ago
Reply to  7eggert

There’s a disproportional age distribution on a cruise ship. Hardly any children and a lot of 50+ vacationers and a lot pensioners. If it’s only 2%, it’s very reassuring.

Urazz
Urazz
1 year ago
Reply to  toughluck

Italy’s death total is higher than China’s now and they are a smaller country with less people so it shows that Covid-19 can really kill a lot of people if the country’s health system is overwhelmed. If the United States is on a path similar to Italy, I can see our death count being even higher due to our country having a much higher population.

flipdaddy
flipdaddy
1 year ago

It’s always hard when your little ones are sick, but that… I’m stressed enough about my kids, and they’re high school and up.

I hope he gets well soon and you don’t catch it.

Blaine
Blaine
1 year ago

Sorry to hear that, hope he recovers quickly. We’ve had the flu go through our house twice this season already, once at Thanksgiving and then again in early February, though I managed to avoid it the second time. (It was influenza-b that time, we weren’t tested the first time.) Hope you guys manage to avoid getting it and that he recovers quickly; drink a lot of water.

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago

In other words if you hardly had to change a thing to do “social distance” you were a hermit most of your life.^^
Didn’t your son got a flu shot against Influenza B? Hope he gets better soon. Stray safe.

Now about the comic:
Lol Friendship as prison, I love Zeke’s thought process. XDDD
Well, he ain’t wrong considering his situation but tbf it’s not like he is trying NOT to kill Ethan and co. XD

Urazz
Urazz
1 year ago
Reply to  James Rye

Flu shots and other vaccines don’t necessarily mean you won’t get the disease, it just makes it less likely you will get the flu/disease and if you do get it then you are more likely not to get hit that hard by it than you would if you didn’t get the flu shot.

Him.
Him.
1 year ago

“Zeke, we’re keeping you locked down in the name of safety – we don’t want you catching Covid-19!”

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

……….sure he’s worth it?

Bakhtosh
Bakhtosh
1 year ago

Tough to see those bundles of congealed chaos when they’re sick. We’ll get through this and come out stronger, and hopefully wiser.

Halosty
Halosty
1 year ago

Can Zeke turn off his own senses? Because if so, then we know he *wouldn’t* actually rather go back to the darkness.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 year ago
Reply to  Halosty

Given how Scott is currently hacking his functions, he might not be able to now even if he would be normally.

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago

So to all the fine folks with experience working at home, any suggestions for how I can try to keep my focus on the job at home? I’ve locked the pets out of my room, put on real clothes, set up a dedicated work area outside of the rest of my life etc. Yet I’m still encountering challenges even getting into the groove without my colleagues around to help anchor me.

Jacob
Jacob
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen

Dedicated focus time, set realistic short term goals, reward achievements with small breaks.

It’s all about discipline, good luck in there.

Christopher
Christopher
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephen

Something else that may help, keeping in communication with those colleagues via Teams, Slack, etc.

Wal
Wal
1 year ago

I wish you luck and good health to you and your family

Vlad the Impaler
Vlad the Impaler
1 year ago

Tim, I hope your son gets well soon and you all stay safe and healthy. My son is also 6 (soon to be 7) and I know what you mean, it’s so scary when they get a very high fever! It happened to us when he was about 2 years old and I don’t think I’ve been more scared in my entire life! I’ve been working from home now for 2 weeks here in the UK, after one of my colleagues got flu and the manager decided to play it safe and tell everyone to stay home. I usually work… Read more »

Vedrit
Vedrit
1 year ago

Bad choice of words, Ethan. Should have said “That’s just a precaution…So you don’t murder everyone the moment you get control back. So we can talk.”

toughluck
toughluck
1 year ago
Reply to  Vedrit

Lie and say you didn’t get around to getting those routines operational back.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

After about 8 years of owning Demon’s Souls, I finally slew the first boss tonight. That was 99.99% getting scared off by losing my souls and just putting it on the back-burner, and .01% coming to terms with my inevitable death and persisting through it until I opened the main gate and gathered the courage to face…the most wonderful letdown in gaming history. When I realized this Spartan-inspired blob was relying 100% on its “down in 2 back-slashes” minions for attack and defense, and that they had a silly habit of breaking formation in a vain attempt to chase me,… Read more »

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 year ago

Probably not as strained as out seventy-six-thousand, three hundred and… four, and counting X-Bot friend over here… 😉

Kidding aside, I hope you and your family pull through all this!

KillerDragon989
KillerDragon989
1 year ago

Now would be a great time to get a ‘Free Hugs’ T-shirt

Sunman42
Sunman42
1 year ago

Hope the little guy is better soon…. and mom and dad can breathe again.