Monday, May 18, 2020

This man is the sole occupant and caretaker of a luxury hotel in Barcelona; Manipulating data by putting dates out of order; Contact Tracer sounds scifi

Raphael Minder for the NY Times:
Every five days, Daniel OrdoƱez opens 1,400 pipe taps in a waterfront hotel here in Barcelona that locals call “The Sail” because of its shape.

Each tap has to run for about five minutes, so the task takes him a full day. “It’s probably the most boring part of my job, but it’s needed,” he said, to avoid a form of pneumonia that can be spread by bacteria in the water: Legionnaires’ disease.


He now lives alone on the 24th floor, which gives him an unrivaled view of the city, its beaches and the Mediterranean. “At the start, I thought I would be here for about two weeks,”


“It’s been a bit weird to watch my few socks spin inside the washing machine of a huge laundry room, but I’ve now also had time to get used to that,”