What’s on my mind?
Unemployment is just rampant. The number of people out of work is just staggering. I talked to someone I know yesterday who has 4 dollars in their bank account and one month left in rent. The aid can’t come fast enough.
6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week. That is after 3.3 million last week, 10 mil. in just 2 weeks! Some perspective: before last week the highest weekly total ever was 695,000. So last week was nearly 5x higher than the previous record, this week was 9.5x higher. pic.twitter.com/LIjFolnaVZ
— Ben Epstein (@benepstein55) April 2, 2020
Other countries continue to put us to shame. I’m glad we’re finally coming around on the masks, but it’s time to get the rest of the foundation in place – tests, temperature checks, and individual tracking. That’s how you beat it.
Meanwhile, South Korea is light-years ahead with telephone booth-style testing stations. No need for PPE.
— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) April 1, 2020
As for me, I’m working on my Home Gym. If I’m stuck at home, I might as well be staying fit. I’m jealous of those with Peloton, Mirror, Tonal or any of the other new gadgets that let you work out at home.
Peloton and its rivals are seeing a spike in demand as millions of Americans self-isolate, but it may not last https://t.co/Nn2W4cehKD
— Businessweek (@BW) March 29, 2020
My latest attempt (Thanks MAL) is a weight vest. I’ve got a new 20 lbs vest. Wearing it turns air squats into real leg workouts, turns pushups into bench presses. My new vest just arrived and I tried it out for the first time last night and man my legs are shot after 100 air squats.
On Wednesday, the singer Adam Schlesigner, a songwriter for films and stage died at age 52 from COVID-19. Quite a talented guy and sadly won’t be the last great talent to be taken during this time. From writer Matty Karas:
Adam’s eye for the detail of ordinary suburban strivers was every bit as sharp as the well-chronicled ear for criminally catchy hooks that he deployed over the course of six FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE albums, five IVY albums, one TINTED WINDOWS album, one unforgettable hit song for a fake ’60s rock band in a TOM HANKS movie, 157 songs for the TV series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, one Broadway musical, one off-Broadway musical, one MONKEES song and let’s just stipulate there was a lot of other stuff.
On a happier note, this was my favorite thing I saw yesterday (Thanks Dana P.). There’s a museum that asked people to recreate paintings with stuff they can find at home. Some great results. Some are below but click in to see all of them.
Ah yes, the time of evening when I wind down and move 8 feet to my right
— Emma Pettit (@EmmaJanePettit) April 2, 2020
- World: Cases: 1,014,673, deaths: 52,973 (up 4,390 – a daily increase of -17%)
- USA: Cases 244,678, deaths: 5,911 (up 774 – a daily increase of -27%)
- Marin: 118 cases (up 10), 6 deaths