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Separated At Birth, part 165

For part 164, click here.

For the whole series, click here.

The new improved Vince McMahon:


My dog, in disguise:

COVID-19: The Looming Challenge of Long COVID

by Raywat Deonandan, PhD
Epidemiologist & Associate Professor
University of Ottawa
(I add my credentials to these COVID-19 blog posts in case they get shared. I want readers to know that my opinion is supposedly an educated and informed one)

In 2020, Harvard economist Dr David Cutter estimated that the cost to American society of so-called Long COVID would be a staggering $2.6 trillion, representing 17% of GDP.  For comparison, total US health care spending historically is around 18% of GDP.

This post-viral condition is poised to be one of, if not the, most impactful health conditions for coming years and possibly decades.  Some believe that the pandemic is over. (It’s not.) But COVID will continue to render its horrors upon us for some years to come.

Later today, I will join Fahad Razak and Jennifer Frontera on a panel discussion on TVOntario’s The Agenda, about some of the challenges posed by Long COVID. In preparation for that session, I’ve decided to briefly jot down a summary of what is known about this syndrome. (more…)



Welcome to the year of Zardoz, my droogies.  Yes, that epic Sean Connery flick was set in 2023. I’m sad that Connery didn’t get to see its reality. I’m further sad that his sartorial prediction has not yet come to pass:


Mind you, as I continue to work from home, there’s no reason that I can’t make this my new official office attire.


Getting Free Voicemail

Confession: I’m writing this post only so I can have a record of this information when I need it.

Here’s the thing: I’m a cheap bastard. I don’t like paying for services when I know there’s a free workaround. One such service is voicemail on my cell phone plan. Yeah, I can afford the couple of bucks per month. But why do it when I don’t need to?

Here’s my solution for free voicemail. All you need is two things: (1) a free virtual phone number, and (2) forwarding services on your cell phone, usually provided by your carrier at no cost. (more…)

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