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  1. It should definitely have been shown to the idiots who held a party of 50 people in SW Connecticut and got over half the attendees infected with COVID-19. People like that are part of the reason why Fairfield County has 270 cases out of 415 in the entire state (the other reason is that we are right on the border with New York, which just surpassed 25,000 confirmed cases).
  2. Day 6 of Coronavirus Vacation: I am prepared for any “shelter and place” order that might be enacted, since the only times I’ve left my neighborhood these past few days are for hiking and nature walks. I got KSP to work so I don’t die of boredom between schoolwork and scholarships. However, I’m getting increasingly concerned about the possibility of school being closed for the rest of the year. Would that prevent me from graduating high school since I wouldn’t be able to properly complete the curriculum? What’s worse is that there are plans for at-home AP testing if we can’t be back to school
  3. I’m actually starting to get worried now: https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/5053816002 A quarantined, constrained, fearful America is becoming closer and closer to reality. I really don’t want this to ruin the rest of my senior year and admissions to college, or my trips and plans for this summer (most of which are to natural areas and hiking places without many people, but who knows what we’ll be able to do).
  4. Day 4 of Coronavirus Vacation: mostly boring, but I’m doing okay. Stocked up on enough groceries to last the next few weeks, and I’ve found a new daily routine of taking care of a Privet shrub (Ligustrum ibolium) I bought for a research project. There’s already a plan for how schoolwork is going to be done over the next two weeks, and once school opens again, the curriculum will go back to normal. Oh, and I also forgot my Steam password so I can’t play KSP. *Quack*
  5. Looks like my school is shutting down because of the Coronavirus. I don’t know the full story yet, might post more later depending on what is announced.
  6. I really, really, really hope it does not progress to levels where interstate travel is prohibited. That is going to pretty much obliterate many of my plans for the next six months — college visits, vacations, entomology research, and possible trips to MIT to work with the TESS team (and perhaps TESSCon2).
  7. Okay, I should’ve rephrased that. What I meant was how many precautions were taken despite the few amount of reported cases here, to the point where it seems like they’re taking it too far too soon, and it seems that they’re not focusing on things that could have a greater likelihood of getting people infected. I am well aware of the importance of making sure infected people get less people infected, which is something I agree with, but what has been done is not going to fulfill that. My school is not particularly clean and is extremely crowded, so if someone does get the virus, we’re all tota
  8. Connecticut has reached peak panic levels. Just about everything school-related that isn’t being at school (trips, sporting events, conferences, awards ceremonies, etc) have been cancelled or postponed, which is not only excessive, but also ineffective, because my school is so insanely crowded that it’ll be easy for the Coronavirus to spread if someone gets it. I posted the full list of what’s been going on here. Suffice to say, it’s absolutely ridiculous, and all it’s doing is spreading fear and anger.
  9. Oh, but it gets better. It turns out this banning is from the state of Connecticut, and my district has also started cancelling or rescheduling more events. So far.. -All VEX teams in CT are legally forbidden from going to Regionals -VEX Worlds is basically screwed at this point -All students are legally forbidden to leave the state in school trips -All awards ceremonies are cancelled -All events in the auditorium are cancelled -The orchestra trip to Florida is cancelled, which means 80 people just lost a total of $125,000 to $160,000 — and can’t get it back
  10. Some clarifications on what’s happening in CT: It’s not just my school district banning all field trips. It’s actually issued by the governor; all out-of-state school trips are banned in fear of bringing the Coronavirus back, so going would be illegal. All of New England also appears to be out of the Worlds competition, no matter who wins Regionals (it’s just gonna be Massachusetts teams though). Also, the play and other activities (probably including prom and graduation) are actually being postponed into various parts of June, not outright cancelled (yet).
  11. Unfortunately, right now people are only in “EVERYONE PANIC” mode, and the methods they school system is going to try and combat the virus will only make things worse. Thousands of dollars have now been wasted by hundreds of students and parents with everything being cancelled, and none of that is going to do any good, because my high school is probably the most likely place we’ll get the virus, because it’s so compact. It’s important to keep something like this from being a widespread, deadly infection. However, it’s just as important to not jump the shark and panic so much over a f
  12. My school district has banned me and everyone on the VEX Robotics team from going to the Regionals competition in Worcester, MA because of Coronavirus fears...even though there’s been no native cases in my state. If we try to go by any means, we will be punished. The school has also started banning and canceling just about everything else — the play, conferences, some after school events. And let me reiterate, we have NO native cases in Connecticut. Two are from people from New York, and one is from somebody who came from California. It’s completely unjustified panic, and other towns are follo
  13. With only one native case and two from people who came over from New York, Connecticut has officially entered panic mode. My school district has cancelled conferences and the play (which isn’t until the first days of April), and has banned us on the VEX robotics team from going up to the Regionals competition in Worcester, Massachusetts (which doesn’t have any cases). If any of us go up, we will be punished by the district. Other towns have wimped out and followed suit. I can’t wait for the state-wide shutdown and getting banned from doing anything outside of school. At this rate, th
  14. Someone with the Coronavirus quarantined themselves at my local hospital. No other cases from an actual resident have been confirmed (that guy was from a neighboring state). 

    So naturally, my school district, in its infinite wisdom, has cancelled all field trips and after school activities. They are forbidding us on the VEX Robotics team from going to the Regionals competition, meaning we’re going to be the only Regionals-qualified school in the state not going. No Regionals means we’re automatically not getting to the Worlds competition, which ruins my chance of actually seeing it in person; same for every other senior on the team. 

    1. GDJ


      That sucks. Yeah we're dealing with the same crap up here in the Great White North. Everybody is in panic mode.

    2. ProtoJeb21


      Oh it gets worse. They cancelled the school play that was supposed to be in a few weeks, and other schools in the state have panicked and banned their teams from Regionals. 

      Typical. They act out of panic and take the easiest, worst option. You can’t contain a virus nobody has. 

  15. Eve looks great with clouds. We also got our first look at that ringed Super-Earth mentioned back in August. I forget its name, though.
  16. What Disney needed for the sequel trilogy was a cohesive plan and a guy behind it, not unlike Lucas or Feige. Having a thought-out roadmap for any new trilogy, along with exploring a new time period that audiences might be more willing to see, could work out in the long run. However, at this rate Star Wars is going to have a much better future in television. The Mandalorian has proven to be a smash hit, the Cassian and Kenobi series hold a lot of promise, and there are apparently two new animated series in development. I’m particularly hopeful for the Kenobi series. Not only is it so
  17. Looking back on the books, novels, and TV series of the new canon, there was a lot of foreshadowing for Palpatine’s return. Spoilers for TRoS, the Aftermath Trilogy, Star Wars Rebels, and Thrawn follow, along with a ton of lore-dumping.
  18. I did like this movie, and there were plenty of things it did very well (which I won’t do into detail on because spoilers), but at the same time it feels like it had several missed opportunities. The biggest thing I have against TRoS isn’t the movie’s fault; it’s how the film makes it very obvious that there was no coherent vision for the Sequel Trilogy and JJ really wanted to get out the story he wanted to tell. This can be seen with the pacing issues and several of the creative choices. Did this impact my enjoyment of the movie? No, not really, and I don’t want it too; there were s
  19. I can’t wait to see the Internet explode this weekend with the release of The Rise of Skywalker and Cats. While I did like TRoS and would not consider it a bad movie, it’s going to send the fan base into a frenzy, for better AND for worse. 

    Cats is apparently just as much of an abomination as expected. 

  20. If there’s any good news, Matt apparently has regained access to his channel (he just posted a new KSP video), and he mentioned on his Discord that the copyright stuff is being worked on.
  21. If anyone’s interested about what the new COPPA ruling means for YouTube, MatPat just made a video on it:
  22. Sorry, I misspoke. The issue with the new COPPA rule is that it is so vague and has such a high consequence — a $42,000 fine for mislabeling a video as child-friendly or not.
  23. YouTube is killing itself at this point. It’s trying so hard to appease massive corporations and groups like the FTC that it has completely lost sight of what it was supposed to be: a place for creators to thrive and post quality content. The more YouTube continues their poor practices or implements even worse systems (like the new COPPA rule that is probably going to demonitize most kid-friendly channels), the more creators will be leaving the site for others that don’t have corporations exploiting faulty copyright rules to get a quick buck out of someone else’s hard work. As much a
  24. Matt lost his first appeal: https://mobile.twitter.com/Matt_Lowne/status/1197262055549607936?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet Is YouTube going to answer his pleas? Of course it won’t.
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