I'm Alex Kearney, a PhD student studying Computer Science at the University of Alberta. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology.


Every Monday a bunch of folks from the lab get together to watch movies---we've done it for years. Monday Movie Madness. All of us are practicing social isolation, but didn't let that get in our way of movie-time. We spun up a chat app and pressed play at the same time. This week we watched the surprisingly appropriate Wes Anderson film, Isle of Dogs.

Even when you're far apart, watching a movie together and having a little catch-up is a nice way to break the hermitude.


It's amazing how things have changed over the weekend. On Friday I boarded a plane in San Francisco---an area with a covid outbreak---and was only asked if I'd been in contact with people traveling in Italy/China/Iran. Today the border is closed to everyone except Canadians and Americans. People who cross the border are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.


When everyone was scrambling buying beans and pasta, I bought a little extra toilet paper. I feel like a prescient crisis champion.