How soon will an app be available?

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Photo by Hitesh Choudhary on Unsplash

While watching an Italian TV talk show last night, I listened to a biologist and journalist, Barbara Gallavotti, who was being interviewed. She spoke about how researchers at MIT were developing an app that could tell whether a person was an asymptomatic COVID-19 case or whether they were free of the virus simply by analyzing the sound of their coughs. Her initial reaction was that it must be some kind of joke!

She investigated its publication in the IEEXplore journal and discovered it was indeed promising. She then played a sample of two people coughing. …


We wish you a Merry Christmas.

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Photo by Fantesca Estate & Winery on Unsplash

England was reeling from shock as British police confirmed that they will not hesitate to impose the rule of six — even on Christmas Day!

Can you picture the scene? You sit down with your family plus all the nephews, nieces, and grans. You are ready for a lovely Christmas lunch with turkey, ham, and plum pudding.

You have, of course, no intention of abiding by the rule of six. Maybe they mean a multiple of six? So 6 x 3 = 18 would make a lovely yuletide gathering.

You read on Facebook that the Queen had signed a Royal Decree allowing people the right to invite as many people as they like and to hell with the safe bubbles and all that. Those were not the words she used, of course, but you really believe the decree is not Fake News and you are happy with that. …

Numerical humor

It’s easier than you think

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Photo by Mike Szczepanski on Unsplash

Every possible piece of advice on the Internet consists of three steps. You can change your life in three steps, become an affiliate marketer, get rich, file for a divorce, get a flat belly, and even earn money as a writer. Just to mention a few.

But in indigenous North American folklore, the magic number is four but I can only cope with three so don’t ask me about that, please!

Why the magic number three?

In Latin, the expression is- omne trium perfectum. Translated, this means that anything and everything that comes in a package of three is perfect! Perfection and completion. Lots of examples in the Bible. …


It’s time for a change, again.

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Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash

I was shocked when I opened my Medium page this afternoon ( 564 times so far today!) The old comforting, solid, and stolid M logo/icon had gone!

Was this a prank or a joke? Well, it’s not April 1st. It must be something else. Is it related to a conspiracy theory, deep state, or the swamp?

My partner asked me why I was so upset. She was on the phone trying to comfort me.

“As far as I can see, it’s three circles. Starting with the biggest one, then a Medium one and finally a small one which seems to be hiding behind the corner. …


Why are managers performing so badly?

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Photo by Andreas Klassen on Unsplash

I always expected my boss or manager to be an inspiring leader. Maybe I was expecting too much. In many cases, they left me wondering how on earth they had got where they were. There were a few glorious exceptions, thankfully. These were the tough leaders who led by example and that itself was always an inspiration for me. They also displayed resilience and I admired their character.

1. They have no problems in setting a great example.

One manager refused to share his teacher training materials with us so we never felt really a part of the team. …


Sons and daughters can benefit enormously in the long term

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Smart working may or may not make life easier for Moms. Photo by Standsome Worklifestyle on Unsplash

I know I am biased because my mother was a working Mom. But I believe the skills we had to learn were invaluable as we grew up and later on in adulthood. Is there any evidence for this?

I was very happy to read the Harvard study which confirmed my bias! This research examined no less than 100,000 children who had working moms in 29 countries.

Basically, the study shows that having a working mom helped the daughters to be more successful in the workplace and they had more supervisory roles. …


Politicians and experts are talking too much

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Photo by Cade Renfroe on Unsplash

I have reached breaking point. Every time I turn on the TV, there is a talk show and they are talking about you know what. That virus thing. I will not even mention it! There will be variations on what virologists, epidemiologists, immunologists, and politicians think now. As opposed to yesterday.

How many talk shows? Here in Italy, where I live there are 7 a day while in Germany they only have about 6 every week! In addition, every news bulletin gives extensive and exhausting coverage of the topic as well.

Why not have one and only one bulletin about COVID-19 every day, such as the one that WHO issues? This would leave us time to breathe and also talk about other topics such as our life.


The war with COVID-19 on the racing track

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And they’re off! Photo by Nicolas Hoizey on Unsplash

Here we are in one of the coldest places on the planet to watch the Special COVID-19 Vaccine Winter Olympics in January 2021. I am your host Robbie Jab for to-day. Yes, we are ahead of you because we have used our time machine.

We are particularly excited for the 800m race because this will establish the winner who can rescue the world in record time! The vaccines that won in Round 1 and the semi-final are ready now for the final.

Who will win the gold medal and how successful will they be in keeping their title? …


Placebo or nocebo effects are nothing when you see what is really going on

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Photo by George Pagan III on Unsplash

We all know about the placebo effect. Once we get the prescription, we are ready. It does not matter if it is the real drug or just an inert substance. Just take it and we will enjoy great health.

I love the placebo effect. Makes you want to give up all your meds. Go on, you will be fine.

We all know about the power of having an injection which is supposed to fix the backache. Whether it is a steroid or a fake substance, we will feel immediately better. …

Learning disability

Dyslexia is often neglected and stigmatized

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Photo by Praveen Gupta on Unsplash

There are many myths and legends about dyslexia. You sometimes hear that kids just need to try harder at reading or that the main problem is that they reverse letters so that “b” becomes “d” and so on. In reality, only about 10% of kids with dyslexia have the problem of reversed letters.

These half-truths are just part of the story! This is why we need to set the record straight in order to help our loved ones. As usual, there is a certain stigma attached to the ‘dyslexic’ label and this does not help, either.

Basically, dyslexia is just how certain brains deal with interpreting letters, sounds, and words. Think of it as having a slightly differently wired brain. Certainly, neither Albert Einstein nor Richard Ford was held back by this condition and they did brilliantly. As we can see there is no direct link between intelligence and dyslexia. …


Robert W. Locke

Satire, humor, Italy, politics, mental health, life lessons & parenting. Amazon author:- Contact: colbor at yahoo dot com

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