12 Jan 2020
“When the garden eels at a Tokyo aquarium remove their heads from the sand, they are usually confronted by pairs of human eyes staring back at them through the glass. But like other animals around the world, the eels at Sumida Aquarium are finding their environment transformed by the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. They also appear to be forgetting what humans look like. Concerned that the garden eels – so named because their grass-like appearance when, en masse, they poke their heads out of the seabed – could come to see visitors as a threat, the aquarium is asking people to get in touch in the form of a calming video calls.”
Japanese aquarium urges public to video-chat eels who are forgetting humans exist, by Justin McCurry, The Guardian, 1 May 2020
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“There is a third option that your employees might prefer: a ‘workshares’ program. This is where you reduce employees’ hours and pay and they receive partial unemployment payment from the state. It can be an advantage for businesses–that get to keep their employees–and employees, who get to keep their paychecks.”
How ‘Workshares’ Can Help You Keep Employees on the Payroll, by Susan Lucas, Evil HR Lady, 20 April 202
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“Yes, transit is in freefall — but some modes more far than others.”
People Are Still Riding the Bus During COVID-19 — and We Need To Protect Them, by Kea Wilson, Streets Blog, 30 April 2020
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“Restless Californians are letting Gov. Gavin Newsom know they’re over his statewide order to stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At noisy street demonstrations and in polite letters from government officials, they’re saying: Let us start getting back to normal.”
Even Harder Than Shutting Down: How Does Newsom Reopen California?, by CalMatters, 24 April 2020
“Reinventing the Job Interview” and more! (podcasts)
WorkLife with Adam Grant
Interesting stuff, well produced, and not overly long podcast.
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“Another company, AutoWeb, disclosed last week that it had paid its chief executive $1.7 million in 2019 — a week after it received $1.4 million from the same loan program.”
Large, Troubled Companies Got Bailout Money in Small-Business Loan Program, by Jessica Silver-Greenberg, David Enrich, Jesse Drucker and Stacy Cowley, NYT, 26 April 2020
How can any company that can pay it’s CEO $1.7 million in any year be considered a “small” business? What the hell is wrong with these people? I wonder. Also, would you buy a used car from Steve Mnuchin? I wouldn’t. And, lastly, is ANYONE vetting these applications? Or is it just first come (to the trough) first served? America! Straighten up and fly right, dammit.
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20 Jan 2020
You can put me on “hug,” Chuck, Peanuts, 27 April 2020
Oh Peppermint Patty. That’s m’girl.
Mint and Marcie, by Joe Linsner
And if you’d like to see MUCH MUCH MORE of these two, you’ll have the joy of buying the Weapon Brown GN because “A Peanut Scorned” is no longer online. You can, however, read the rest of it online. Further, however, the W Brown GN is totally worth it if you’re a fan of satire/homage. J Yungbluth’s knowledge of newspaper comics et al. is impressive, if not a little frightening. But I like that in my graphic novelists. Really, I do. (Amazon, if you just want to cut to the chase.)
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“There are no new comic books. Steve Geppi, head of Diamond Comic Distributors, which distributes nearly every comic sold in the anglophone world (or used to), announced this on 23 March, though senior industry figures already knew what was coming. The coronavirus pandemic had sunk retailers deep into the red. They couldn’t pay their bills to Diamond or rent to their landlords, because they hadn’t made any sales. ‘Product distributed by Diamond and slated for an on-sale date of 1 April or later will not be shipped to retailers until further notice,’ Geppi wrote.”
‘This is beyond the Great Depression’: will comic books survive coronavirus?, by Sam Thielman, PW, 20 April 2020
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“Annual list of the most challenged books includes Alex Gino’s George, about a transgender girl, and John Oliver’s picture book about a gay rabbit, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.”
LGBTQ children’s books face record calls for bans in US libraries, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 21 April 2020
I TOTALLY WANT A COPY OF A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo! SQUEEEE! Or whatever it is. Prince & Knight looks pretty good, too. Ah, I was born either too soon or too late, or even sadder, I was born at just the right time. Oh well.
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