Blogging is not living. It is the use of living.

“OED lexicographers report seeing huge rise in ‘a very short period of time’ of many coronavirus-related terms including self-isolation and WFH.”
Oxford dictionary revised to record linguistic impact of Covid-19, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 15 April 2020

“Credit card swipers have found a hard-to-detect way to target WordPress websites using the WooCommerce plugin by secretly modifying legitimate JavaScript files. That’s according to web security company Sucuri, which has detailed a recent attack it was called into investigate on a site that had experienced a mysterious spate of credit card fraud.”
WordPress WooCommerce sites targeted by card swiper attack, by John E. Dunn, Sophos, 15 April 2020 Very few WP sites, but update your plugins anyway. This has been a Mayerson Service Announcement.

LA Taco
Los Callejones: How Santee Alley’s vendors have adapted to sell coronavirus supplies in the street (photo essay)
, by Kemal Cilengir, LA Taco photo essay, 20 April 2020

“As chef, restaurateur and California cuisine revolutionary Jeremiah Tower said on Instagram, ‘Congratulations to Danny Meyer who’s net worth tops $400 million and has just recieved his 10 million dollar federal “small business” stimulus check. After laying off the “small number of” 2,000 employees. Wow! Time for all of this to change!!!'” ~snip~ “That all makes sense but it has appeased no one. After two days as the target of withering critique, Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti and Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer posted a letter on LinkedIn on Sunday night announcing Shake Shack will immediately return its $10 million PPP loan. The letter also explained their thought process in applying for PPP loans — it was confusing, we were just following the rules, we didn’t know the money would run out.” ~snip~ “Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Potbelly and Taco Cabana have not made any public announcements about their PPP money.”
No, Major Chain Restaurants, You Can’t Take Millions Of Dollars Meant For Small Businesses And Expect People Not To Hate You, by Elina Shatkin, LAist, 20 April 2020

I can’t afford Ruth Chris, so boycotting that won’t be difficult. Also the money ran out? Who’s monitoring, or rather, not monitoring this program? I know our government isn’t used to giving money to those who really need it, but this is nuts. Isn’t there, like, a checkbox on the application that would disqualify giant restaurant chains with 147 locations worldwide? “Check here if you have over 100 locations” how hard is that to code? Honestly. If you want to help employees, just give them some money to tide them over until we’re open for business again. Gah.

“And at a time when extreme measures need to be taken, honesty and transparency from our government leaders is critical to helping the public understand what’s happening and why sacrifices are needed to protect the nation. Yet Trump’s talking points, especially early in the crisis, have often undermined the recommendations of experts. For instance, he initially downplayed the seriousness of the COVID-19 threat and has repeatedly talked about “reopening” the economy even though public health experts say states lack the resources to do so safely. This means some governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and Ohio’s Mike DeWine, have drawn the national spotlight for their leadership during the crisis. But governors’ leadership may only go so far in encouraging national unity in the face of this crisis, and without a unifying message from Trump, a wider national effort to combat the virus may fall apart.”
Times Of Crisis Reveal Which Political Rules Are Essential To Our Democracy, by Julia Azari, 538, 20 April 2020

We’re not going to get a “… a unifying message from Trump…” so what’s the new plan?

“Asparagus souffle, mushroom tagliatelle, baked cheese croissants, apricot and lemon curd cake – seven delicious recipes that are as good as gold.”
Nigel Slater’s easy egg recipes, by Nigel Slater, The Guardian, 20 April 2020

They always sound easy… and then they’re not. Alas, I’m more sad than bitter, and love reading receipies I’ll never try (although the croissant one might happen someday).

“But despite being so rooted in a particular historical moment, Dr. Strangelove remains one of Kubrick’s least-dated films. This has something to do with the narrative precision of the script, the brilliant performances which embody such well-drawn archetypes that they seem as fresh and relevant today as they did 48 years ago … but it also has something to do with Kubrick’s obsessive attention to design. Everything about the film feels authentic, from the vast War Room set (so impressive that Ronald Reagan asked to see the real thing as soon as he moved into the White House, no doubt disappointed to discover that it didn’t actually exist), to the newsreel-like assault on Burpleson Air Force Base, to the interior of the B-52. The latter was an invention based on one grainy photograph on a book cover, but the production was approached by military officials who wanted to know where they got hold of all that secret technology.”
America in England Dr. Strangelove (1964), by Kenneth George Godwin, Cagey Films, 22 February 2012

Quotes:

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
Amelia Earhart

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
Zelda Fitzgerald

The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode.
Flannery O’Connor

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I bought some instant water one time but I didn’t know what to add to it.
Steven Wright

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own.
Charles Caleb Colton

Don’t threaten me with love, baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.
Billie Holiday

Art is not living. It is the use of living.
Audre Lorde

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?
Laurence J. Peter

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