The playlist for this Sunday is called Sad Songs to Stir the Soul. Sometimes it takes a sad song to make you feel better.
Hi guys. We had a pod of harbour porpoises visit our beach last week, and they put on a bit of a show for the locals. They seldom come this close to shore, so it was cool to see them up close. Check it out on my YouTube Channel…
My book Murphy’s Law is on sale starting today in the United Kingdom. As part of a special Amazon countdown deal, you can buy the book for only £0.99—a whopping 73% off. The price will rise in three equal increments through the week until it reaches its regular price of £3.49 on April 16th. So buy early and often.
Hi guys. Just wanted to let you know my book Murphy’s Law will soon be on sale in the United States and the United Kingdom. As part of a special Amazon countdown deal, the book will be available for £0.99, a whopping 73% off, in the United Kingdom starting on Good Friday, April 10th. The price will rise in three equal increments throughout the week until it reaches its regular price of £3.49 on April 16th.
A similar promotion gets underway in the United States on April 17th. The book will be on sale for $0.99 starting that day and will rise in four equal increments until it returns to its regular price of $4.95 on April 23rd.
I had a testy conversation with a good friend of mine the other day, and you guessed it—the topic was Covid-19. My friend thinks our reaction to the pandemic has been way over the top. We risk turning our economy into a runaway train on a track leading to the edge of a cliff, he says. The steps we’ve taken to stabilize our economy will turn our workforce into a pack of foot-shuffling snivelers with their hands out to the government, and effectively mortgage our future to a crushing debt load for generations.
And for what?: an illness where the chances of exposure are low outside the hotspots like Italy, Iran, Spain and increasingly the United States. Even if you contract the disease, he says, your chances of dying from it are miniscule. Take me for example: as a non-smoking male in my late 60s, my chances of survival are about 96.4%. Pretty good odds even if we are betting against death.
My friend has a point. Everything he said is true. But the problem is, he’s still thinking about the problem from an individual’s perspective— not from the perspective of the herd. When we persist in risky behavior, our chances of avoiding adverse consequences are good, but we increase the overall risk to the herd. As time goes on, the health of the herd declines, and the risk for individual members rises. In other words, we need to think about how our actions affect everyone—not just ourselves. The healthier the herd, the better off we are as individual members.
The recent spate of panic buying provides a good illustration of how this works. Suppose you go to the store to buy some hand sanitizer, and when you get there, you find only two bottles on the shelf. You buy them both to protect yourself for a longer period of time. However, someone else in your herd now has no protection at all. Your chances of exposure actually increases because now there’s more potential to spread the disease within the herd.
I believe Covid-19 is coming at us at a key juncture in our social evolution. Like it or not, we’re living in Trump World right now. The herd is divided along many different fault lines: rich and poor, powerful and disenfranchised, young and old, black and white, winners and losers, and so on. But to survive the existential threats that we will soon be facing—climate change, natural and bioengineered pandemics, nuclear war, artificial intelligence, robotic military, and other things that we haven’t even thought of yet—we will need to work together. We will need to do what’s best for the herd.
Hopefully, we can learn something from this pandemic that will carry us forward to a more certain future. We need to see our world as a single integrated ecosystem, supporting one human species sharing one planet. If we can’t see our world that way, we are already doomed.
Hi guys. So sorry, but I guess I spoke a little too soon about getting the band back together. The Bowie part of Millar-Bowie has decided to opt out of our date on Saturday at the Gibsons Public Market. Paula has a sore throat, and they have decided to avoid public events for the next while because of the coronavirus. I totally understand and respect their decision.
I’m going ahead with the event and will be performing two 45-minute sets as a solo performer as I’ve done in my last two appearances there.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but just as a reminder…
- avoid public events if you’re not feeling well
- maintain a distance of two arm’s lengths from others, especially if they are sneezing or coughing
- wash your hands frequently and keep scrubbing for 10 seconds, which is about the time it takes to sing happy birthday. I like to insert the word “corona” for the name while I’m scrubbing, although for the virus, it’s the opposite of a birthday.
Stay well everybody, much love…
I’m really looking forward to getting the Millar-Bowie Band back together this weekend. We’ll be playing a 45-minute set in the atrium at the Gibsons Public Market on Saturday, March 14th. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. with a solo set by yours truly, and then Jim and Paula Bowie will join in for a second set at about 3:45 p.m. We’ll also have Jack Polesser with us on drums.
I’ve been playing as a solo performer quite a bit the last little while. It certainly has some advantages: You get to win all the arguments, and you don’t have to share any of the money. But there’s nothing quite as satisfying as joining with other musicians to weave a nice, tight tapestry of sound that connects with an audience. Hopefully, that’s what we’ll be doing on Saturday. Please drop by if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Hi Everyone. I’m running a free book promotion of Murphy’s Law this Tuesday, March 3rd on Amazon—so if you happen to be a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can download the book for free. If you’re not a Kindle Unlimited member, you can always sign-up for the 30-day free trial. Thanks so much for your continued comments and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon, and please have a great weekend!
Hi Everyone. I’m running a free book promotion of Murphy’s Law this Sunday, February 20th on Amazon—so if you happen to be a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can download the book for free. If you’re not a Kindle Unlimited member, you can always sign-up for the 30-day free trial. Thanks for your continued comments and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon, and please have a great day!
Hi Everyone. I’m running a free book promotion of Murphy’s Law this Tuesday, February 11th on Amazon—so if you happen to be a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can download the book for free. If you’re not a Kindle Unlimited member, you can always sign-up for the 30-day free trial. Thanks for your continued comments and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon and have a great day!