Voting in a Pandemic

Word Count: 383 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

2020-04-07

If you’re interested in political history (or just current affairs viewed through the lens of a political historian) haven’t come across Heather Cox Richardson, I highly recommend her daily summaries. Specific to this one, it’s worth remembering that we still have an election running and, it seems that the Republican Party is intent on using the pandemic as a way of magnifying their power. In this case, we have primary elections which really should be either postponed, moved to vote by mail or otherwise have significant allowances for the pandemic.

Taxation and What We Really Pay

Word Count: 1017 · Reading Time: 5 minutes

2020-03-29

I was having a conversation with a friend about tax rates and the idea that we should go back to higher rates (say, what was done in the 1940’s and 1950’s). I’ve seen a lot of confusion about what this means and what kind of effect it has on the amount of money you keep at the end of the day. So, I wrote up this table showing the tax rates from 1944 (paid in 1945) and then converted 1944 dollars to 2020 dollars to build a comparison table.

Paralenz+ Review

Word Count: 2478 · Reading Time: 12 minutes

2020-03-05

Recently, Paralenz announced their next generation of dive cameras, the Vaquita which prompted me to write up this post about the things I love and the areas I’m hoping they will improve in the next generation. My summary on this device is that the hardware is very good and the software is mediocre, it’s worth getting as long as the caveats don’t impact your use case (although at this specific time, I’d wait for the Vaquita which should come out in April).

Whalesharks!

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2020-02-01

Today I filed another REEF survey and we got to see a whaleshark up close and personal. I did manage to get some good video of it, especially the left side, so I also got to file a Wildbook report. If you’re not familiar with these programs, REEF collects information on reef health by asking divers to do roaming surveys identifying fish species and abundance. Wildbook keeps track of Whalesharks, which we know very little about, and is able to identify them by the patterns on their skin.