Stray thoughts under partial quarantine

Corpsey

call me big papa
- I was walking in the park yesterday, from which you can see the shard and various other skyscrapers on the horizon. And I thought to myself how they look so distant now. Not just geographically, but temporally. That central London is now just a memory. You know that it's not functioning as it usually does. And because you can't even travel there anymore, it's like some sort of ancient ruin. The shard has become (for a few months at least) a pyramid.

- Hasn't the shutdown of human activity (by and large) brought into relief how unconcerned with us the rest of nature is? (Leaving aside for a second the incalculable damage we do it all the time.) I mean that I was watching some crows (park again) and thinking about how totally unconcerned they are with this virus. It's just us wot cares. And spring will slowly set on, resplendent, as if everything was fine.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
It's a good thing I can't get any weed atm or I'd be having these "thoughts" all the time.
 

sufi

lala
I've been having a LOT of these
e.g.
Dreams
i had a couple of corona dreams already - can't ever remember irl events so triggering, but sounds like that's the case for a few of us
(sitting on the floor in the back of a conference hall, entirely wrapped in a white bedsheet like a burka, everyone claps, one clap only, cos the virus)
I won't quote in ful as there's nothing more boring than other people's dreams
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I feel concern about our shared dream scape - that wonderfully science free subconscious space is contaminated with the contagion (the other dream was scarier)
 

sufi

lala
e.g. Time Travel
Day 3 of lockdown and it's been 6 weeks now
Everybody is de-rhythmised (not to mention dematerialised obvs), everyone is on about how the days are all the same, can't tell which is which, can't remember which day i did what, can't seem to get a grasp on the hours passing, tim's moving at different rates, online is eating up the hours, and the clocks effing changed of course

maybe it's a temporary thing that we'll adjust too, rather than a complete cutting adrift of office/babylon time forever, which itself may or may not be a long time

as baboon mentioned: it can be helpful to impose a rigorous timetable, but there must be a reason why my brain considers that incompatible
 

luka

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Staff member
Me and version haven't noticed this is just our normal everyday routine
 

luka

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We don't even know what a day of the week is. Welcome to our world.
 

sufi

lala
e.g.

Panic buying,

Where the fuck does that come from? so easy to get the bug - i went to morrisons last week and everuone was so pleasant and graceful, but it was wierd and disorientating still. actually a little unsettling. But i was surprised how i went for the cheese - like we really had to have some to the extent that i should buy more than what we needed even though it wasnt exactly the cheese i wanted :eek:

Amazing to see how we plummet down the old hierarchy of needs so swiftly, from self-actualisation to food insecurity in just a few days :poop:
 

sufi

lala
Well there's not much you can do about it al but embrace it all so stuff yourself with cheese I say.
well exactly - life goes on fairly normally, it's not like i get out socialy that much anyway these days, a big proportion of the effects of the quarantine are mental, still very considerable though - especially when we're all on it together, cyborgalised by the always-on internet panopticon

yet another
e.g.
it's been fascinating to watch as each and every human goes through the same sequence of denial, fear, resignation, anger, blame, rationalisation, panic etc etc about this thing
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
Less exalted but I've noticed that people who used the phrase "blood boil" almost invariably have Union Jacks in their Twitter handles.
 

Leo

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just realized I'm been vegatarian for almost three weeks. wife is pescatarian (only occasional fish, tho), so cooks veg at home. the only time I eat meat is when I'm out to lunch or dinner.

feel good, don't miss it really. although I do look forward to a greasy burger or steak -- charred on the outside, bloody on the inside -- when we come out the other side. I think I was set off by a neighbor who was cooking bacon earlier, a cruel sensory tease.
 

luka

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You know when you go,pub by yourself in the afternoon out of boredom and you're drinking your third pint and you start giggling to,yourself maybe you're reading a newspaper or something hahahahha

That's what I've been doing in isolation over the last two days hahahahha over things I wouldn't usually laugh at. I suppose it's the beginning of the descent into hysteria,
 
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