I had flu twice this year and it didn’t ruin my life and other’s

I rode out a flu last week and during the weekend. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I can’t afford getting sick in this time of the year, because we are normally in the heat of doing new software projects for the new year.

During the last few days I felt tired, but had enough appetite to eat well and spend a few quiet days at home doing selfcare. I only took flu meds before going to bed. I had a bit of a runny nose in the mornings before getting out of the bed. I had a light headache, but nothing that could stop me from working from home. In fact I was quite productive during the last few days, working and taking coffee naps. A coffee nap is one that you take after a cup of coffee and it is very energizing. You should try it.

This is the second flu I got this season and the first one was just as light. I had my flu shot earlier. I get them every year. This year’s flu vaccine was only 10% effective according to the reports, but it still managed to lessen the severity of my flu. So rather than going two miserable weeks my flu lasted five days that didn’t interfere with my work schedule. I’m glad that I got immunized.

While this hasn’t been the worst flu season recorded, but seems like this year’s strains cause more intense sickness. Children, seniors, and people with suppressed immune system such as cancer patients going through chemo and radiation treatments are the most vulnerable groups to the flu virus. This year so far 53 children have died in US. The number of flu related deaths in US ranges from 12k to 56K according to CDC website.

Flu vaccine may not prevent you from getting sick, but it can still lessen the severity of the disease and save lives. Vaccines also stop epidemics from happening, because the more people vaccinate, the more the population becomes immune through herd immunity. That means it’s less likely for viruses to jump from one person to another. Unfortunately the percentage of population that get their flu shots in Canada and US hardly passes 40% of the population.

Fear of needles, Mercury, Formaldehyde, or catching flu seem to be the common reasons that people are refusing to get their shots. Some flu vaccines contain traces of Ethylmercury. That’s while the mercury content of the harmful kind which is Methylmercury is twice as much in one serving of sushi or tuna sandwich, but that’s seems to be ok. One serving of organically grown apple or pear has seven times more naturally occurring formaldehyde than a dose of flu shot. Flu vaccines don’t even contain flu viruses so the chances of contracting flu virus is non-existence. While some people still prefer not to put seemingly dangerous chemicals in their body, it is safe to say that vaccines are the most natural form of preventing a deadly disease, because they prepare body’s own natural immune system against the viral invasion. That is much safer than putting high doses of flu medication that contain painkillers and antihistamines chemicals in the body.

So please for the sake of saving lives and productivity in the society please get your flu shots. It’s not all about you, it’s for the greater good of the population. It is also the cleanest and most natural way of fighting the flu epidemics.

Problems with our School System

I learned software development and project management through open source projects where everyone is encouraged to read each other’s code, copy it, modify it, make it better, and republish it. It’s the most effective and best way to learn how to code and develop software. This concept is however considered to be academic misconduct within the school system and it is severely punished.

Halloween Parties Terrify Me

I’m skipping dance tonight. The idea of putting together costumes and Halloween preparation to me is more frightening than the costume itself. I’d hate to be one of the few in the crowd in civil outfit. The silent judgement is inevitable. When I think about it, that’s how I’ve always felt about theme parties of any sorts. I find myself distant from everyone in the room as if I don’t belong there. That’s how I feel and it’s not because my friends are jerks. In fact, I have some of the best people in my circle that I could ask for.

So tonight I’ll be having comfort food and watching the last 3 episodes of Stranger Things 2. Basically Netflix and chilling with the wonderful self.

Making Coffee Marks

I used to draw and illustrate quite a bit. It was a hobby I picked up after a relationship meltdown. Acquiring a new skill is one of my ways of coping with the post break up depression.

Problem with drawing is that it is a solo and quiet practice and I do need to get out more and socialize. There is no such a thing as work-life balance in an entrepreneur’s life. You only get to balance the works you like with the ones that you have to do. When you don’t find the time to nurture your desires to create art, it will find new ways to come out. One morning after I finished my french press coffee I left the mug upside down on the saucer before leaving. When I got home I saw this!

This is a recapture of he same mark after few days of drying it off. Also a better background. I am tempted to reproduce these on paper now #coffee

and here I got the idea that maybe I can create art with my morning coffee. It will only take a few seconds which works well with my schedule. So every morning I left my mug upside down on a drawing paper. I was prepared to see a lot of bad results. Mind you, these patterns are quite random. I was waiting to see those serendipitous results.

I don't know what to do with these now. They are taking over my kitchen #coffeeart

I started to play around with different consistencies of coffee grind. These patterns were quite fragile and I needed to find ways to fixate them. I noticed Faxative spray – which is used for protecting pencil drawings – worked reasonably well to protect the coffee patterns. I still managed to damage some of the patterns through the process.

Order emerges from chaos in the universe, nature, and daily life #coffeeart

This is one of my favourite patterns. It’s like the moment of big bang!

Hello, I am your morning coffee spirit #coffeeart

This is quite possibly the morning coffee spirit appearing to greet me.

Today's coffee mark. I couldn't possibly double mark this one. Minimalism won. #coffeeart

Overtime I learned to appreciate the more minimalist patterns with soft subtle edges and random dots.

Today's coffee mark #coffeeart

This may be a conceived embryo or a new universe at the moment of birth.

This might work for now #coffeeart

I was thinking of using shadow boxes to preserver the works. These patterns have been fixated and currently hanging on my coffee table. That is until I can find some frames with enough depth to contain them.