I got my second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday I felt slightly fatigued and generally off-balance. Saturday night I slept very poorly, and my temperature measures almost 1° higher than usual. Not major side effects, for sure, just enough to be certain something is happening.
On Sunday we just enjoyed dinner with friends at Mediamatic, catching the last night of the greenhouses dining that got so much attention.
Work has felt very busy as everyone prepares to be gone for summer holidays. Thinking on the side, though, I’m coming to some conclusions about where to take things next year. I wouldn’t say I’m optimistic, but I can see forward again.
We’ve been watching The Newsroom, a typically cheesy-intellectual Aaron Sorkin drama from 2012–2014 that glorified journalism. At times the concerns raised seem quaint when viewed from the Trump era. Mostly, though, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the wistful nostalgia for a time when the news was taken seriously as a public good.
It seems timely, then, that we viewed a few episodes while the streets outside were shut down for a memorial to Peter R de Vries, an investigative reporter recently assassinated. Thousands of people queued in half-kilometer line to simply pay respects to a beloved journalist, in a society that still values the Fourth Estate.