10th April 2020
From MIT. Why does it suddenly feel like 1999 on the internet? ‘The coronavirus pandemic has turned back the clock to a kinder time on the web, before the novelty of virtual connection wore off. Will it last?’ …and an associated piece from NYT, The Virus Changed the Way We Internet.
There have been some huge increases in news organisations’ audience levels and subscription figures. But what (as seems to be occurring here) happens when coronavirus fatigue sets in? Chart-beat’s latest traffic and engagement analysis observing this trend, is here.
In aid of British Red Cross. Exclusive designs by British graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill, featuring limited-edition prints, postcards and tea towels. ‘Kindness Will Keep Us Together.’
Great interactive infographic from The Guardian. How coronavirus spread across the globe – visualised.
Top Twitter thread. ‘Tomorrow (9th April) it will 100 days since an outbreak of a new virus was *first reported* to the WHO by Chinese authorities. It’ll be still just 58 days since the disease was actually given the name ‘COVID-19′. The speed at which scientists and medics are responding blows my tiny mind.’
Tortoise Media on ‘a pandemic, quantified’. ‘There are lots of rumours, suppositions and lies about Covid-19. Our tracker contains numbers you can trust, from insolvency filings to Netflix visits. We’ll be updating it throughout the crisis – and beyond.‘ (reg may be necessary. If you would like access, please let me know)
From @Derekjanderson. ‘A friend in China just shared a screenshot from a local delivery service. The delivery person’s body temperature is now displayed in the mobile app on delivery details screen.
‘In November 1970, officials in Oregon, USA decided to blow up a rotting whale carcass. The whole thing went horribly wrong. Why do we bring this up? Well, this story can teach us 3 things about C-19.’
From @BBHLabs. ‘A genie lets you ban one buzzword/bit of workspeak from ever being said again. Which buzzword do you choose?‘ Quite a list here….
Heh. Welcome to the official pet-renaming website. ps – ‘please inform your pet of this change’….
Animals are invading cities as people quarantine themselves at home.
Oscar winning animated short, Hair Love, is a 7 minute film that centres around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair.
Farewell then Honor Blackman. Memorable for many things, singer, actor and member of the Liberal Democratic Party. Unforgettable for this scene in Goldfinger.
This, just because I miss it terribly and it is beautiful and heartwarming. ‘It makes sense of everything I am.’ The transcendence of the long-distance swimmer.