First of all, let’s address the Greek letter, “Omicron.” Turns out, the Greek alphabet has two “o” letters, namely Omega (Ω, ω), which we are generally familiar with, as well as Omicron. 😲 Whaz dat? And why so many?
Let’s break it down. “Micron” means small. Clever. Omicron or Omikron letters are O and o; Omega letters are Ω and ω. I consider all of them versions of the “o” that we know of today. Omega was supposedly pronounced a little longer than Omicron, like “ooooo,” since “mega” means big. Omicron was perhaps pronounced like “o!” with staccato. 🤓 I know, right???
Back to the more pressing issue here — this new COVID-19 strain. The B.1.1.529 strain, now called Omicron. We have been expecting you, oh dear Omicron.
Guys! Every new infection is a new chance for the COVID-19 virus to mutate into something different. We welcome the weaker “difference” but ya can’t stop the monsters from popping out of these mutations. We are essentially walking incubators and yes–incubating these baby viruses. Try to continue to stay away from crowds–or keep a distance from anyone outside of your “pod”, including your neighbors. Hah! Just wave to your neighbors! Wave and yell loudly under your mask! Ya don’t need to get up close and personal.
The central dogma is foundational to our understanding of biology. It might need a little updating, perhaps a fresh suit. But it is still the foundation. Just know that there is a version 2.0 to this story.
I was frustrated. Frustrated by the situation that I found myself in. I had a plume of smoke above my head. But then, I took a moment, and thought I should probably keep an open mind. Then I thought: Everyone would agree that an open mind is almost always, and for sure, better than a closed mind. Ain’t that right? So I took another look. To my utter surprise, my mind was only half open; I had assumed an image of a very open-minded self that was becoming untrue. While I was busy with my frustration, I have tuned the conversation out, and was closing my mind as the frustration built. So I pried my mind open. I pried. And I pried. And then, wow. A door revealed itself, unexpectedly. And the door opened.
On the August 25, 2020 episode of Charles Duhigg’s How To! podcast, Guy Raz said that a disruptive idea is (I assume he means “almost” and not “absolutely”) going to be rejected by most people, quoting the Airbnb founder’s experience.
Professor Massimo Pigliucci of CUNY-City College hosts a podcast called Stoic Meditations. The episodes are really short. I tend to hit play; and it would end in a blink of an eye. A bit of a criticism for the professor: The audio quality or perhaps the way it is delivered results in a slightly muffled audio that is sometimes difficult to follow and goes by very quickly. It is, after-all, only 2-minute long.
That said, the latest episode caught my attention and had me replaying the episode ten million times. It is about Epictetus’s discourses, Book 3, Chapter XXIV.
Ah, impromptu speaking. How do we make sure that we are ever-ready to say something, especially something smart, when you run into someone or when you are called upon to speak impromptu at a group meeting?