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warehouse worker
CNBC is reporting that Amazon is planning to build its own diagnostic labs as it ramps up to test the bulk of its workforce for COVID-19 every two weeks. Workers would test themselves with nasal swabs, using a video for guidance, with a clinical professional supervising. Those testing positive will be referred to a third-party Continue Reading →

Doomscrolling

Concerned smartphone user
There's was a piece on wsj.com by Nicole Nguyen about about "Doomscrolling" that caught my attention. She writes, "Also known as 'doomsurfing,' this means spending inordinate amounts of time on devices poring over grim news—and I can’t seem to stop. My timeline used to be a healthy mix of TikTok memes and breaking-news alerts. Now the entire conversation is focused on two topics: the pandemic and the protests." I think she's speaking for so many of us (I include myself in the legions of doomscrollers as it is now defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary). Continue Reading →
Las Vegas Covid Masks
According to USA Today, downtown Las Vegas was "packed" as it reopened the other night. Market Watch is reporting that "American Airlines stock jumps after 'steady' rise in demand leads to increased flying," and CNET is reporting that CES 2021 (January 6-9, Las Vegas) is in the works as both a physical and a virtual event. Continue Reading →

Regulating Twitter

Twitter Bird in Cage
Imagine a universe where Twitter is fully regulated, an alternative Twitterverse. This is not a place that will ever exist, but sometimes it's helpful to simplify complex issues to help think them through. What would your perfect Twitterverse be like? What rules and regulations would have to exist? Would the world be a better place if your imaginary Twitterverse existed, or would it just present us with a different set of complex issues? Continue Reading →
Part Copying
Most of us are waking up in an unrecognizable world. We are working from home or forced to adopt new ways of working together. We're all adapting and doing our best just to get through the day. There are not many silver linings to this dark pandemic cloud. But one may be the opportunity to create new, better, more productive processes which will lead to much better products. Continue Reading →
Making More Money The New Fashioned Way
There's a funny article on The Verge about a pizzeria owner making money by buying his own $24 pizzas from DoorDash for $16. Considering that NYC just passed some laws limiting what third-party delivery services, this is kind of a strange twist. Continue Reading →
Ordering Food by Phone? Check the Number
An old phone hack is causing all kinds of anxiety and grief right now. For years, Grubhub and other third-party delivery services have assigned forwarding phone numbers to restaurants in order to use a simple voicemail system to charge for suspected phone orders. Continue Reading →

A Tale of Three Cases

prone ventilation coronavirus
America is getting ready to reopen for business. Everyone has their own ideas about how this will work. On paper, or from a dispassionate conference room, it is easy to speak of “an acceptable level of risk.” COVID-19 is personal and, if you become infected, there are a wide range of possible outcomes. How safe is safe enough? Continue Reading →

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