Delco and Mare of Easttown

Most of what follows comes from and also the trivia section of the IMDB entry on Mare of Easttown

Critics and viewers have praised the series and Winslet for convincingly replicating one of the varieties of the Philadelphia regional accent, an oddity in mainstream media. The specific accent is known as the “Delco accent”, after Delaware County to the west of Philadelphia.[41]

After three episodes, Saturday Night Live created a segment called ‘Murder Durder’, spoofing the show’s Philadelphian accents and plot points. The cast and crew found it hilarious and were very flattered

One of the only productions to attempt the Philadelphia accent, much less master it. The cast received universal acclaim for their portrayal of the harsh Philadelphia sound; notoriously known as one of the hardest accents ever to imitate. The production was so committed to having authentic accents that dialect coach Susan Hegarty was the second person hired after Kate Winslet. The vowel sounds are so wildly inconsistent from word to word that linguistic professor Betsy Sneller suggested that it is easier to go over each word individually. “It’s really, really difficult to learn even in a natural language setting, so the fact that Kate Winslet [and the cast are] doing it is very, very impressive.” Craig Zobel recalled that Winslet would show up to set with her script completely covered in markings of the specific vowel sounds.

All 7 episodes were shot at the same time. Craig Zobel had to continually check with the script supervisor to figure out what part of the story the episode was, and what certain characters knew. When production was halted due to COVID, a significant amount of rewriting had to be done, to limit the amount of people on set. Zobel credited Kate Winslet with guiding the production on how to maintain a safe work environment, after consulting with Scott Z. Burns, following their collaboration on the pandemic film Contagion (2011).

Production began in October 2019 and continued until March 13, 2020, when COVID restrictions forced filming to cease, mere weeks away from completion. In what was originally envisioned as a six-week break, production was delayed for several months until September. For the cast, they had to continually rehearse their accent, for fear of losing the specific Delco accent. When filming resumed, the scenes took almost double the time to film, due to the extra precautions required. Craig Zobel estimated that 50% of the script had to be rewritten in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

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Insight into Flight

It’s been forty years or so since I have gone so long without taking a single flight.

Having habitually complained about flying, especially in the years I was virtually commuting between Ottawa and Orange County, I was surprised when I realized that I can’t wait to take another flight, preferably somewhere far away.

On the point of aviation, here is a blog about my love for the  Cessna:

The Rules of Contagion

Covid has enabled the spread of contagion theory.

n the US, people without children in their house typically spend a few weeks of the year infected with viruses; people with one child have an infection for about a third of the year; and those with two children will on average carry viruses more often than not.

Byington C.L. et al., ‘Community Surveillance of Respiratory Viruses Among Families in the Utah Better Identification of Germs-Longitudinal Viral Epidemiology (BIG-LoVE) Study’, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2015.

“The red-blue divide in the US in the light of contagion/network studies”

There is a long-standing paradox in medicine: people who have a heart attack or stroke while surrounded by relatives take longer to get medical care. (Dhand A., ‘Social networks and risk of delayed hospital arrival after acute stroke’, Nature Communications, 2019)

Centola D., How Behavior Spreads: The Science of Complex Contagions (Princeton University Press, 2018).

Bayesian probability – Wikipedia

Bayesian inference – Wikipedia

Notes on Christakis, Apollo’s Arrow

Immunizing the elderly, while it will reduce their deaths, does not have much effect on the actual course of the epidemic. Immunizing working-age people helps break chains of transmission through social networks and can be much more effective in preventing deaths on a population level (an idea that resembles what we discussed above with respect to targeting socially connected people for immunization). p 66 Christakis

Petrarch of the Black Death: What are we to do now, brother? Now that we have lost almost everything and found no rest. When can we expect it? Where shall we look for it? Time, as they say, has slipped through our fingers. Our former hopes are buried with our friends. The year 1348 left us lonely and bereft, for it took from us wealth which could not be restored by the Indian, Caspian or Carpathian Sea. Last losses are beyond recovery, and death’s wound beyond cure.  p. 139

Plagues can amplify existing social divisions and often create new ones—between the sick and the healthy or between those considered clean or contaminated. And in times of plague, we witness a chasm between those deemed blameless and those considered blameworthy. Simpleminded Manichaean thinking surges—good versus evil, us versus them. p  180

[Physical distancing will lead to social distance. Covid already has dug deeper moats between classes, races, genders- GL]

So, just like the pandemic gave us a glimpse of a world with less traffic, it also gave us a glimpse of a world with less medical injury, p 269

Unbeknownst to most people, the manufacture and distribution of toilet paper in the United States is bifurcated. Paper products for offices and factories form a totally different supply chain than those intended for home use, which meant that many grocery stores were short on toilet paper for months.  p 274

If the Roaring Twenties following the 1918 pandemic are a guide, the increased religiosity and reflection of the immediate and intermediate pandemic periods could give way to increased expressions of risk-taking, intemperance, or joie de vivre in the post-pandemic period. p  283

In general, by killing working-age adults but leaving agricultural lands, buildings, mines, metals, and other capital assets relatively untouched, these deadly pandemics, on average, resulted in a rise in real wages and a long-term decline in interest rates. p 284

.In her essay “On Being Ill,” Virginia Woolf complained that the culture had neglected an obvious source of inspiration: “Novels, one would have thought, would be devoted to influenza; epic poems to typhoid; odes to pneumonia.… But no.” p 288

A total of 38 percent of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form sometime in the last ten thousand years.104 Over 25 percent of Americans believe that the sun revolves around the Earth. And 61 percent cannot correctly identify that the universe began with the big bang. p 290

For instance, rural residents [in China] set up crude roadblocks of felled trees to keep outsiders out, and they interrogated visitors in local dialects in order to detect interlopers. p 10