Don’t Bunch Up!

Randal O’Toole, the Anti-Planner, points out the wrongheadedness of ever-increasing urban density, Now, we are getting another lesson. Due to a novel virus, we are told to “socially distance” ourselves. But no one is telling us to drive our cars instead of riding transit. Instead, the transit agencies are still operating and giving out platitudes like “we wipe the handrails every day.” BART says it is running ten-car trains all day so people can stand as far from one another as possible. Spring Breakers, I think he means you. Update:  Over at Issues and Insights, Thomas McArdle weighs in on … Continue reading Don’t Bunch Up!

Some Wu Flu Hacks

We’re all getting into social distancing big time, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  And everyone knows about wash-your-hands-don’t-touch-your-face-sneeze-into-a-tissue precautions. But here are four more behavior changes to help avoid infection: avoid those hot-air hand dryers in public restrooms, they’re germ blasters use disposables instead of  reusable shopping bags, they’re mobile petri dishes clean your freakin’ cell phone periodically, it’s a crud collector ditch the face mask, it may increase your risk, and it just makes you look like a poser a$$hole Oh, a pilon:  THE FIVE SECOND RULE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY. Over at Breitbart, John Nolte unleashes a … Continue reading Some Wu Flu Hacks

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

Many of us university instructors are scrambling to adapt our formerly face-to-face courses into online courses. This, to allow “social distancing” in response to the Wuhan Flu pandemic. Rebecca Barrett-Fox urges us “Please do a bad job of putting your courses online.” I’m absolutely serious. For my colleagues who are now being instructed to put some or all of the remainder of their semester online, now is a time to do a poor job of it. You are NOT building an online class. You are NOT teaching students who can be expected to be ready to learn online. And, most … Continue reading The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good