Saturday, June 27, 2020

This Is The Summer Columbia River Gorge


Vague Promises of Future Cat Pay Off

As academics and serious amateurs have noted, this blog hasn't focused on traditional pets such as cats and dogs.

Fancy rats have enjoyed keynote status, but generally for most of the child-rearin' we have not been a pet family. Much of the reason this is so is because a few of us have pet allergies. 

When queried about the pet policy my stock answer has been, "When you have your own place you can have as many pets as you want."

So when I spoke to the daughter a few days ago she pointedly wanted to say the words, "I'm eighteen, have my own place, so I got a cat."

Success and happiness! Stoke!


Friday, June 26, 2020

Today's Data

These graphs are from 

Every day I look at the statistics and hope for good news. Overall in the US COVID cases are on the rise. In Oregon cases are on the rise. 

Still, in Oregon the number of cases in proportion to the population is low.

I don't delude myself. This is a pandemic which means the virus travels, the people travel. I've reviewed a number of interactive maps which uses cell phone data to show how people moved around even when their state was in quarantine. 

It doesn't mean much if the number of COVID cases is low in Oregon but high in California.

We've still got a long way to go before this thing is over. 



Thursday, June 25, 2020

Interesting COVID Data

Today I was reading a news story and I noted the data came from Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Report The data sets were organized by geographic location and showed the percent change in visits to places like grocery stores and parks. I downloaded the data for Oregon and referenced Multnomah County.

About the data:

These reports show how visits and length of stay at different places change compared to a baseline. We calculate these changes using the same kind of aggregated and anonymized data used to show popular times for places in Google Maps.

Changes for each day are compared to a baseline value for that day of the week:
The baseline is the median value, for the corresponding day of the week, during the 5-week period Jan 3–Feb 6, 2020.

The reports show trends over several weeks with the most recent data representing approximately 2-3 days ago—this is how long it takes to produce the reports.

Note: If the baseline was established in January-February -- a time of cold, wet winter weather in Oregon -- the above graph may represent seasonal visits of parks more than a reaction to COVID.