Kiva, microloans, charity
So Kiva is a microloan non-profit that funds small loans to disadvantaged businesses, mostly in impoverished countries. You loan money interest-free, you get paid back, and can loan your money again. Kiva operation costs will chip away at your fund pool, but the thing I've learned over the years is that this model makes it feel like I'm doing something while rarely putting money in. While I _am_ loaning a bank my money for free, I realized I'm not being very generous.
When you finally embrace your need to wear reading glasses, be prepared to buy a pair for: Each desk you work at, your bedside table, the chair where you read, and a pair to carry with you out of the house. It's much easier to have a pair everywhere you use them than to take the same pair everywhere. You will find decent ones are expensive at the drug store. You can find good ones for less online.
Carl, yesterday, suggesting dinners: "Goulash?" [nb: the American kind]
Me: "The last of the ground beef is spoken for for other things. It'd have to be chickpea goulash. 😆"
Me today: *makes pasta e ceci*
Carl: "This... is chickpea goulash."
Me: "... it really is, isn't it? Huh."
tech rant, tired of "progress"
I am thoroughly convinced that modern networked computing is a house of cards. Used to be I just logged into a server and read the log file... now logging involves multiple servers, hauling my logs through three layers of stack, dissecting and smashing up my logs into searches and dashboards... I just want to grep through a damn log file on the server. Any one of those components breaks (and they do, often) and your log console fails.
So many people keep saying "these unprecedented times" and I keep questioning, are they really unprecedented? The 1918 flu epidemic was a lot the same... isolation, social distancing, mask-wearing, inaccurate information, hoarding. They didn't have the internet or so much modern travel, but lack of those made things even harder. This isn't a flu virus, but I think these things are getting nit-picky. This current unpleasantness certainly has a precedent.