covid digital humanities

2020 走到一半,乜嘢係全世界人都在談論covid-19,華文圈就是武漢肺炎、新冠肺炎等等。一年多前首次聽到『數碼人文』digital humanities這詞,雖則其意思在變,但用電腦、資訊科技等來研究、來咬文嚼字的人士對於這半年來新創,或重現的字必定嘆為觀止!

j’ai entendu    digital humanities (humanidades digitales / humanités numériques / DH ) pour la première fois  en 2018. alors au plein milieu de 2020, les chercheurs de DH doivent d’avoir beaucoup de mots logiques et illogiques (comme social distancing, pourquoi pas physical distancing? quelle occasion ratée de régler les choses)

de toute façon, voici quelques mots qui ont fait leurs tours au monde:

隔離, 觀察, 檢疫, 防疫, 社交距離, covid, covid-19, corona, virus, coronavirus, quarentena,  cuarentena, quarantine, quarantaine, confinement, déconfinement, isolation, lockdown,  social distance, social distancing, physical distancing, distanciation sociale

did you know quarantine stems from forty days in one or those romance languages? whatever you think, i simple don’t want to deal with the messy, confusing orthography!

what are those words and neologisms in your own languages? let’s make a bigger pool for the DHers to play with!

 

clean hands save lives

“clean hands save lives” is a book i received as a gift from an academic public health event but never got around to read. that changed earlier this year because of covid-19.  thanks to the virus, medical professionals and laymen alike talked non-stop about infections and how not to get infected. so a long-held simple fact’s importance resurfaced and became à la mode again, for unfortunate reasons. here you can download numerous versions of the book for free!

https://tcrouzet.com/le-geste-qui-sauve/downloads/

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salud en los tiempos de la corona

contents如果有得揀乜嘢時候唔好病,咁應該係社會動盪,又或是病毒猖獗嘅時候。我老豆從舊年2019嘅十一月九號到而家五月尾廿八號差不多折騰咗半年。乜嘢搞到佢囉囉攣?米就係偏食引致膽石阻塞膽管發炎、肝酵素上升等問題。經過兩次住院,無數次社康護士上門洗傷口、換紗布之後,上星期五那一針鈎住傷口嘅針最終鬆脫。輾轉由母親陪伴到北區醫院後,日間手術部門的醫護把傷口縫合,暫時解決了對父親來說既重複、又戰戰兢兢、又知啲唔知啲嘅家居護理服務。觀乎其飲食習慣-少飲水,少蔬菜-不出一兩年內想又要遭受折磨!所以腦筋清醒嘅時候,應該養成良好的飲食習慣,免得自己和身邊人受苦又受罪!

plastic forceps, dressing tray, sterile field, non woven sponges… these things have been repeatedly consumed for the past six months on my dad, during the two hospitalizations and as well as the many community health nurses’ at-home follow-up services. owing to his old age, my dad did not have his gallbladder removed since he had this acute inflammation and fever in early November 2019. If he were 15 years or more younger, the surgeons would have removed that gallstone generating organ without second though, as i deduced simply by eavesdropping his ward neighbour. fortunately for him, that organ is apparently back to functioning after prolonged external tube draining, wound-dressing, etc. just one and a half week short of 6 months. if there is any advice for those of you have a weakness for unhealthy, greasy, low-fiber, dehydrated daily diet, my blunt and my-own-dad-tormented advice is DROP YOUR BAD HABITS WHILE YOU ARE STILL YOUNG(ER) AND SANE. it not only hurts your eventual caretakers, in this case mostly  my mom, and part-time-wise, me, additionally it will make taking any remedial actions almost impossible, as in my father’s case who has alzheimers and his stubborn,  deranged perceptions of his own well being or the lack of therein really has been painful and brings anguish to everyone involved. he gets a break now until his bad habits get the better of him in a few years time.

le mal de terre en los tiempos de la corona

 

疫情之中,經朋友又發現一可以抽水的影片。吸引我是多人戴口罩的一幕。

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話說歌曲唱的是環境問題、市民參與等等,但若果把covid-19放遠點跟愛滋病毒hiv、伊波拉ebola比較,人類愈來愈大的足跡,跨進少接觸動物嘅生態環境,是否一次又一次生化危機的幕後黑手?

a seemingly unrelated song on citizen engagement and environmental pollution, but the snapshot of everyone in masks caught my attention and brought us back to the current covid-19 crisis. are our footprints too big that the present and further problems are unavoidable?

歲晚收爐至另行通告?temporarily closed til god knows when

能夠令極端資本主義減慢下來的,不是社會運動,而是新冠肺炎。你有否見過黃昏七點便關門的麥當勞快餐店?如果不是商場阻止,麥記打十號風球都不會停下來。然而今次這商場因為過境的碼頭停用,內裡的商舖也頓變冷清。停止營業的計有銀行、餐廳、中醫、藥房等等,但看看通告便知各家的公關手段。個別受疫情影響生意難做的,幹嘛寫成“裝修”呢?大環境影響,又不是自己錯也不敢寫出事實,這些公司內部文化真是有啲問題喎!

neither typhoon signal number ten nor the prolific social movement of 2019 can barely touch upon the religiously capitalistic machinery of hong kong. then came covid-19, who made a steady and rapid ascent with the year of the rat, and like stepping on brakes did it achieve in sabotaging the capitalistic rat race with just a few dozens of cases and counting, in february 2020. whether it is tcm clinic, restaurant, bank or pharmacy, their branches in this shopping arcade which serves also as a ferry terminal to mainland china and macao decided to temporarily close the doors until perhaps the community outbreak of the virus retreats, if their leases last that long. what perplexed me was the lie a few of the notices posted “renovation” as the pretext, what were the management thinking? it wasn’t the company’s fault, but external, uncontrollable circumstances that require cost-cutting measures. if there is anything, it makes me think thrice about the integrity of these corporations for if they need a pretext foe something they didn’t do, imagine when they really make an error or put their customers in harms way, they probably would find tons of excuses to rid themselves of responsibility! so consumers beware, separating the good crops from the rotten few in the time of covid-19.

戲玩鬥獸棋 unintentional animal combat

農曆新年,開玩笑的放隻貓係度鎮壓疫症,另一邊廂我庚子年的首日封發行當天給朋友用生肖郵票寄了一個象形設計的手機套。不自然的串連了貓,鼠,象 如鬥獸棋的格局。今年的生肖倘真喻疫情,那希望貓兒能把它鎮壓下去!

there is a childhood boardgame called jungle, i could easily call it animal combat in a more word for word and vivid translation. i assembled a three-party food chain when i posted a feline on social media for chasing after this lunar new year’s rodent while the little mascot can easily sneak into the big ears of flying jumbo’s cousins…
such is the a trumps b trumps c sequence here.

wishing everyone staying away from forest fires, viral outbreak or any other troubles in the year of the rodent!
gata meow meow

rats sourire si, souris non!

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small hours laundry

not since the days when i was living in astoria or long island city that i went out to laundry at 3am. this time around, almost one and a half decades later, in my hometown of all places, i did it because one of these automatic laundromat chains had a new opening offer of only 5hk$ a load (of 18lbs).5$

everything is automatic, unmanned, and you don’t even have to add detergent. 24hours
instructions

with the options of fabric softerners or what not, usually japanese or korean
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24hoursTOO
the regular prices are pretty competitive, to full services stores

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it was a clean and tranquil place at 3am, if only it could wash out all the troubles of hong kong in 2019!

動盪的七月 juillet turbulent

2019年的七月,是個折騰市民的七月。手機裡、電腦內的相,嚟分門別類,先後排序也許都來不及。差不多每星期的抗議運動,東方之珠的黑衣人、雨遮陣,似在追近法國的黃背心。人流之多令天星小輪大排長龍、癱瘓部分地鐵車站係六月已發生最少兩次。炎熱下這帖子還是留待圖片自說話,聆聽盡在畫面中。

juillet 2019 ne reste que 2 jours mais c’est déjà un moi assez fatiguant pour les hongkongais. les grands défilés ont été commencés en juin. la star ferry a été débordée des manifestants, les stations de métro mtr temporairement fermés etc. sont les situations jamais eu avant, au moins à hong kong, cette ville reconnue pour sa efficacité. j’ai pris plusieurs photos, toujours en désordre, mais ça vous donne un peu de mes idées pour ces dernières journées de perturbations.20190701_191756.jpg20190701_191022.jpg20190701_220328.jpg20190701_194925.jpg20190701_192959.jpg