The Sur La Table painting was commissioned by Downtown Santa Monica Inc., after its chief executive, Kathleen Rawson, disheartened by the closed businesses in her district, contacted Evan Meyer, chief executive of Beautify and a street artist himself. “Can we do something that can give people some hope?” she asked him. Rawson pulled together a small budget for several “COVID-19 response murals,” as she called them, on the city’s newest canvases. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Murals send a message of hope in grim times
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Seated in his spacious and technologically advanced stretch limo, he asks to be driven to a barbershop, ignoring the advice of a security officer who worries about heavy traffic because of a presidential visit. The limo stutters across town and on the way, Packer has a rendezvous with his wife, a liaison with another woman, and meetings with medical and company officials. He witnesses a violent and prolonged anti-capitalist protest, attends the funeral of a beloved Sufi rap star, and is targeted by a “pastry assassin”. All along, he bets against the rise of the yen until he meets his nemesis, a disgruntled ex-employee. … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty
While the tool is pretty cool, it’s probably not that practical to constantly look through your phone’s display if you’re walking down the street. However, it could be helpful when people are stationary, such as when sitting at a table in a restaurant or when relaxing at the park. … [Read more...] about Google releases free AR tool to help you social distance in the COVID-19 age
When our body contracts an infection, it automatically produces antibodies to fight off that infection. Otherwise, vaccines, which often carry the disease-causing microorganism in a dormant or inactive state, help the body produce those antibodies so as to protect an individual from catching the infection, making him/her immune to it. Besides, if an individual is immune to a disease, he/she cannot pass it on to others. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?