Nova Scotia’s CoViD-19 Story… in Verse

There once was a land called Nova Scotia –
Which’s Premier asked the people not to roam –
In pandemic times of new corona –
This is their tale to #staytheblazeshome!

To prevent the spread of CoViD-19 –
They had to stay inside, with some, alone –
Until it was gone or came a vaccine –
They all would have to #staytheblazeshome!

They could still explore the world, see others –
Through Firefox, Facetime, Facebook, Skype, Edge, Chrome –
Each one on their own, or all together –
Connect with tech and #staytheblazeshome!

There were lots of other things to do, though –
If folks did not have internet or phones –
Arts, crafts, books, games, writing, music, puzzles –
So much to help them #staytheblazeshome!

Now, of course, they had to go out sometime –
But far too oft, and always with their phones –
Through which Google tracked them day and night time –
To show they did not #staytheblazeshome!

When the Premier saw this, he was livid –
He got on TV, his mouth frothed with foam –
Scolded those ignoring laws on CoViD –
And told them all to #staytheblazeshome!

Right away, the message resonated –
The world made memes, beers, songs, shirts, all things known –
Ev’ry thing with what the Premier stated –
His catchphrase hashtagged, #staytheblazeshome!

But unlike the virus that went viral –
His scolding’s biggest impact was in tone –
Worse and worse, the situation spiraled –
Folks yelled, but did not #staytheblazeshome!

So he sent police to ticket people –
For being where they’re not allowed to roam –
Or too close in public, or too social –
When they know well to #staytheblazeshome!

This worked well, and things reopened slowly –
Each step with rules, enough to make a tome –
To avoid more peaks and waves that’d only –
Return them all to #staytheblazeshome!

So did Nova Scotians follow plenty –
Enough to rid of CoVidD from their home?
Will there be a Tales from CoViD 20?
One called You Did Not #staytheblazeshome!

Meh! For now, heed Nova Scotia’s screw-up –
As detailed in this cautionary poem –
To diminish such pandemics’ wallop –
Right from the start, ye #staytheblazeshome!

What are Nova Scotians Like? Why, like Sidney and Maudie!

Whenever I’ve traveled outside of Canada, I find that Nova Scotia is still relatively unknown to the world. I have to tell people where Nova Scotia is after I tell them I’m from there, because the name is mostly meaningless to them. Then comes the assortment of scouting questions as to what it’s like there, what people do there, anyone famous they might know from there, what people are like there, and so on. On the matter of people, since I’m not a sufficient sample on my own, possibly because I’m Asian because Nova Scotians aren’t mostly Asian, from now on, I’ll tell them about Sidney, as in Crosby, and Maudie, as in (Maud) Lewis.

Sidney Crosby has been the greatest hockey player in the world for a decade or so now. Nova Scotians suddenly get a lot of credibility with the mention of Sidney. However, Maud, is still as quaint as the rest of us is to the rest of the world. If you don’t know Maud, I can’t say I blame you. I didn’t even know much about Maud, and her life, though I did know a bit about her art, and I’m from Nova Scotia.

But if you don’t know much about Maud, may I highly recommend this film that is still out in the US as I write this in early September 2017. You can see it via other means after this. SO beautiful and inspiring, though tragic in many ways, too.

 

And a fuller summary of Maud Lewis rather than just a movie trailer…

 

And an oldie but goodie…

 

A painting of hers that was recently found sold for more than $125K!

100 Years of Nova Scotian Weather Online and Interactive… and Then Some

I just finished recreating a Tableau “viz” that is a series of online, interactive dashboards with weather information for eight places in Nova Scotia from the past 100 years (1917-2016):

  • Halifax
  • Liverpool
  • Yarmouth
  • Greenwood
  • Halifax Airport
  • Amherst
  • Antigonish
  • Sydney

They are on the Tableau Public site under my profile listing all my vizzes so far. Not many but the start of something good!

I also have dedicated weather vizzes for:

from reasonably good data sets that existed so I didn’t have to kill myself getting all the data from nearby weather stations and cobbling them all together! I had over 1600 files for those 8 places! Well, Halifax didn’t have a great data set but since so many Nova Scotians live in the area, including me, I didn’t want to leave them out.