None of my phone apps can open the PDF with the Covid test results. My options:

a) I take the laptop with me
b) I print this document

D I G I T A L I S I E R U N G ! ! ! ๐Ÿคฃ

I bet on Friday they would repeat the same question, and because I did not get any meds, I'd still have symptoms, in which case I could only go there on Monday... ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

My options:
a) follow their rules and probably heal after many days of fever and pain
b) follow their rules and die of sepsis after many days of fever and pain
c) pay a private doctor

I went with c) yesterday, and after one dose of antibiotics I already feel much better.

Faith in public healthcare is sinking fast.


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Yesterday, on day 3 of a tonsillitis, I call my GP. Once. Twice. No one picks up. I walk there.

No one is outside at the Covid testing container, so I walk in and explain the situation. Reaction: "you cannot walk in here with those symptoms!!" Yeah, well how about you pick up the phone, I called a *emergency* number, ffs.

So they said they'd call me back, which they did this morning. "Do you still have symptoms?" "Yes...? ๐Ÿ™„" "In that case we can only test you on Friday".


Covid-19, German politics 

Laschet wants to "drop the vaccination priority rules once great amounts of vaccine arrive by the end of spring".

I have so many questions.

a) plenty of doses by the end of spring? Is he in a parallel reality?

b) why should that imply that prioritization won't be necessary?

c) does he have any credentials that make him an authority on this topic?

d) did he even ever say anything logical and coherent on this topic?

e) why do newspapers publish his brain farts?


That's my bill for the rental car I used to go vote in the last Portuguese presidential election.

Because those incompetents could not organize postal voting for this particular election.

During a pandemic.

Just in case you are wondering why Portuguese emigrants do not tend to vote: My polling station is 180km away from where I live, and I live near a major European city.

How can this still be called a democracy? What if I could not afford the ride?

I am fuming!


This is downtown Lisbon right now. Empty streets. No one is outside despite the fairly warm winter. This is how we drive back the epidemic when our hospitals are on the brink of collapse.

Does it suck? Certainly.

But please consider:
- Would our kids rather have formal education or living parents?
- Would we rather have a fancy hairdo for 2 weeks or properly functioning lungs for the next 40 years?
- Would we trade the availability of lifesaving surgeries for a party with friends?

I just realized I never posted the finished shawl. I finished it shortly after FOSDEM 2020, back when the world was sฬถtฬถiฬถlฬถlฬถ ฬถsฬถaฬถnฬถeฬถ slightly less insane. Here it is, in all its glory.

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Sometimes I like to think that my shrimps are swinging their whiskers around to tune into their favorite radio station.

You know you are not yet fully awake when you put your hand in the pocket of your sweater and find the wet kitchen cloth you had been using one hour before...

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