“Is there anything a librarian can’t do?”
These L.A. Librarians are Building Hundreds of Face Shields for Hospital Workers Using a 3-D Printer, by Gab Chabranapril, LA Taco, 13 April 2020
“Under a mask, nobody can see you smile. You may think we can see you smile with your eyes, or smize, as supermodel Tyra Banks puts it. But when your glasses are fogged up with vapor exhalation, all those droplets that you’re politely keeping to yourself, you’re not really expressing your friendliest self. What L.A. needs now is a robust new vocabulary of hand gestures that say, ‘Hello, neighbor. I care.'”
Mask Up: How Do You Say Hello When Nobody Can See You Smile?, by Sharon McNary, LAist, 13 April 2020
“Jack Dorsey pledged to donate $1bn (£800m) to fund coronavirus research to help ‘disarm this pandemic’. Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 and went on to co-found payments company Square, is donating $1bn of Square shares to a charitable fund, called Start Small, to ‘fund global Covid-19 relief’. He said the donation was about ‘28% of my wealth’.
“Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, has committed $30m to the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust’s joint research project, the Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. Zuckerberg has an estimated $67bn fortune.
“Jack Ma, China’s richest person, has pledged 100m yuan ($14.5m) to ‘support the development of a coronavirus vaccine’. Ma has an estimated $44bn fortune.”
Call for super-rich to donate more to tackle coronavirus pandemic, by Rupert Neate, The Guardian, 11 April 2020
“Why do we make it so difficult for people to receive unemployment and other forms of coronavirus relief?”
The Stimulus Is Playing Hard to Get, by Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan, NYT, 13 April 2020
“A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling.”
A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling, by Zach Weinersmith, Maggie Koerth, Laura Bronner and Jasmine Mithani, FiveThirtyEight, 13 April 2020
“Yet a number of the stores that were among the first to launch successful campaigns in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic are complaining that, to date, GoFundMe has not released the funds promised them. While some of the bookstores PW contacted declined to go on the record, others are going public, hoping that the logjam around the platform’s disbursements will be cleared and that they will receive the funds they desperately need. (City Lights could not be reached for comment by press time.)”
Indie Bookstores Report Problems with GoFundMe Disbursements, by Claire Kirch, PW, 13 April 2020
“Investors are already anticipating several epicenters of economic pain. Oil companies, airlines, hotels, restaurants, retailers and automakers will report steep losses and issue forecasts for the coming months. Ford Motor, for example, said on Monday that it would lose $600 million in the first quarter — not counting some expenses like interest and taxes — down from a $2.4 billion profit in the first three months of 2019.”
How Bad Will the Economy Get? Companies Will Provide Clues, by Peter Eavis and Matt Phillips, NYT, 14 April 2020
“The 2016 election may not have been a realignment by historical standards, but it did bring the country’s political divides more in line with its cultural divides — the biggest of which may be the growing chasm between urban and rural Americans.”
How Urban Or Rural Is Your State? And What Does That Mean For The 2020 Election?, by Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight, 14 April 2020
“With its dozen theme parks shut down, cruise ships empty and movie releases postponed, the Walt Disney Co. has reportedly made the first round of job cuts announced earlier this month: 30,000 people who work at Disneyland, California Adventure, three Disney hotels and Downtown Disney are getting furloughed.”
A Sad Day At The Mouse House: 30,000 Disney Workers Furloughed in SoCal, by John Horn, LAist, 13 April 2020
“4U Blue – 4U Green” Sluggy Freelance, vol. 20, by Pete Abrams
Truth is strong, and sometime or other will prevail.
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.
We have deep depth.
We must seek the loving-kindness of God in all the breadth and open-air of common life.
George A. Smith
What sculptors do is represent the essence of gesture. What is important in mime is attitude.
What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh
When I have a terrible need of shall I say the word religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Vincent Van Gogh
When you’re in a play, 50 percent is the genius of the actor, 50 percent is the genius of the author. When a mime is not perfect, you see nothing.