“4. Let’s face it, there are a few things NYC is really good at. The subway, the bagels, Broadway and opera. Because the Metropolitan Opera is dark right now, they are streaming a different performance from their Live in HD series every day, gratis.
“8. Lana Del Rey may scoff at those who play video games, but if there ever was a time to play Bio Menace, Hello Neighbor or Ultima, now is that time. GOG.com is serving up 27 DRM-free classics and indie games right now.
“9. Interested in something a bit more practical? Udacity is giving away free tech training to recently laid-off workers. Starting today, the California company is offering its 4-6 month online courses for nothing. Udacity classes typically cover topics like artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital marketing, product management, data analysis, cloud computing and autonomous vehicles — and typically they go for $400 a month.”
10 Things that are Suddenly Free, by Tony Pierce, Los Angeleno, 26 March 2020
“‘A scarcity of workers following the drop in population created incentives for labor-saving technology, as the survivors among the poor insisted on higher wages. Guilds to which admission had previously been hereditary or strictly limited were forced to recruit more widely, from among the poor… Many bequests from wealthy people who had died made possible the creation of new national universities. These newly founded schools weakened the monopoly on education previously held by the ancient universities of Bologna and Paris. Because not enough teachers in these new universities knew Latin, the use of vernacular languages spread.'”
Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading, by Daisy Alioto, NYR Daily, 27 March 2020
This very succinctly sums up what happened when Europe lost nearly half it’s population in the Middle Ages. That human devastation eventually created a middle class as parents were able to better and better educate their children, and this, in part, lead to the French Revolution, among other revolutions, and inspired democracy because the 3rd Estate, everyone who wasn’t nobility or clergy, didn’t have the same privleges as the nobility or the clergy. The 3rd Estate also did most of the work in 18th century France, and while some of them got rich, most of them didn’t. So, yes, it was about democracy, but also about money, consumer goods, and security. I think there’s a correlation between “Wealth of Nations” 1776 publication, and the French Revolution, but I’m not an historian or economist, so I might be wrong.
“Playboy ended its print magazine’s frequency in response to the impact of the virus. It’s unlikely it will be the last iconic publication to do this in 2020. Time Out has temporarily suspended its print edition across all of its global markets and closed its chain of upscale food halls in four U.S. cities, plus two others in Montreal and Lisbon. But the company is confident both businesses will make a comeback this year. Layoffs have decimated city and regional magazines and newspapers. And publishers are cutting budgets wherever they can—including spending freezes and salary reductions as high as 20%.”
It Hasn’t Taken Long for COVID-19 to Wreak Havoc on Publishing, by Caysey Welton, 26 March 2020
“Council workers take advantage of the empty streets to spruce up the crossing featured on the cover of the 1969 Beatles album.”
Abbey Road zebra crossing repainted in coronavirus lockdown, by Laura Snapes, The Guardian, 27 March 2020
“Annual Reviews has made its journals available to all (without access control), in an effort to assist students, faculty, and researchers who are working and studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy is effective immediately and will run until 30 April – at which point, the organisation will assess the need to extend this agreement.”
Annual Reviews journals now available to all, by Research Information, 26 March 2020
“It is far too early to make grand predictions on how the coronavirus will change the world. But we can already say that it will almost certainly not ‘kill populism’, for the simple reason that ‘populism’ does not have one, unitary response to the pandemic. Based on recent historical experience, I would put my money on the coronavirus crisis having at best a moderate overall effect on populists: some will win, some will lose and some will stay the same.”
Will the coronavirus ‘kill populism’? Don’t count on it, by Cas Mudde, 27 March 2020
“Frontiers is dedicating part of its open science platform infrastructure to collect and disseminate information relevant to the research communities battling the COVID-19 pandemic using its Coronavirus Knowledge Hub. The company has launched the Coronavirus Funding Monitor, a centralised portal of current funding opportunities for the research community. It offers a curated list of open funding calls and other support for researchers, non-profit organizsations and commercial organizations, specifically for COVID-19 and coronavirus-related research and treatment.”
‘Coronavirus Funding Monitor’ portal available to researchers, by Research Information, 26 March 2020
“‘The governors are acting in a way governors traditionally act, it just so happens that governors have more of an audience for it now,’ said the former Delaware governor Jack Markell, a Democrat.”
How US governors are fighting coronavirus – and Donald Trump, by Daniel Strauss, The Guardian, 27 March 2020
“We are therefore asking editors to accept without delay submitted manuscripts that in their judgment can stand as eLife papers, even if they feel that the manuscript would be stronger with additional data. In such cases, we will limit requests for revision to issues of clarity and presentation.”
Peer Review: Publishing in the time of COVID-19, by Michael B Eisen is a corresponding author, Anna Akhmanova, Timothy E Behrens, and Detlef Weigel, eLife, 25 March 2020
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
In fair weather prepare for foul.
It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.
It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.
It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.