The Bloggining

“Economists have done the math.”
What Should The Government Spend To Save A Life?, by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight, 27 March 2020

“Why the rapid shift to digital library services necessitated by the Covid-19 crisis could help chart a new, more productive course for the digital library market long term.”
Is the Covid-19 Crisis a Watershed Moment for Library E-books?, by Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly, 27 March 2020

“EBSCO and its partners are making resources freely available and expanding access to e-content to help library staff support their institutions as they focus on online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
EBSCO creates Covid-19 resources site, by Research Information, 27 March 2020

“Publishing companies are scrambling quickly to figure out how to generate more revenue, as the COVID-19 outbreak is putting intense pressure on their top line. But there are also publishers who recognize that now is an opportunity to give back and help their community get through this difficult time.”
4 Shout-Outs to Publishers Doing Their Part During the COVID-19 Outbreak, by Folio, 27 March 2020

“From Hamlet to Wu-Tang Clan to maths lessons for kids, there are countless ways to have fun.”
Lockdown: the best free online experiences to stave off boredom, by Rupert Jones and Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 26 March 2020

“The model uses network topology that includes factors such as network size, how interconnected it is, and which networks slow down data with bottlenecks caused by a limited number of nodes. The researchers suggest that their findings could be used to quickly disseminate accurate information so as to displace false information about anything – from computer security to public health.”
Researchers speed the death of ‘bad’ data in the race against good, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos blog, 31 March 2020

“During the pandemic, reliable delivery of essentials like milk, eggs, toilet paper and cleaning supplies has been a lifeline for those who are reluctant or unable to venture outside their homes — Amazon-branded trucks have remained a familiar sight in residential neighborhoods. The competitive advantages of Amazon’s meticulously constructed worldwide logistics network, built to shuttle nearly every imaginable item to customers in as little as an hour, are especially evident in this crisis.”
We Need Amazon During the Coronavirus. That’s a Problem., by Greg Bensinger, NY Times, 31 March 2020

Thanks, Greg Bensinger. I do need to think about this, but I really don’t want to think about this until August. Yes, August will be a good time to think about this.

“As part of its efforts to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and comply with the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s order limiting the public to essential travel only, Metro will increase its focus on ensuring the system remains available for those who need essential travel.”
Metro to increase focus on making system available for essential trips during COVID-19 pandemic, by Steve Hymon, The Source, 30 March 2020

“The U.S. doesn’t have what it needs to fight the novel coronavirus. N95 respirator masks are emergency room workers’ ideal line of defense against the small particles of spittle that can transmit COVID-19. It’s a banal-looking medical product — like a baseball straining under a small tarp of synthetic cloth — but its mundanity doesn’t make it easy to find. A recent NBC News survey of health care workers reported widespread rationing of N95 masks in hospitals. The country also doesn’t have enough ventilators — machines that assist breathing — and the need for those will be a matter of life and death in the coming days. There are around 160,000 ventilators in U.S. hospitals and only 16,600 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile, according to a recent report from the Center for Public Integrity. New York state alone is requesting an additional 30,000. While it’s unclear how many ventilators the country might need in the coming weeks and months, one estimate from a 2005 Department of Health and Human Services pandemic simulation put the number at 742,500.”
Trump Fully Invoking The Defense Production Act Would Help, But It Won’t Fix Everything, by Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight, 27 March 2020

Reading:

Alan Moore’s run on The Swamp Thing in the 1980s.

Quotes:

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.
Balthus

Passion is momentary; love is enduring.
John Wooden

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plodding wins the race.
Aesop

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.
John Wooden

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
John Wooden

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
Charles de Gaulle

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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