They are discomfiting and tempting, catnip to boredom and cabin fever. I’d rather look longingly at clothes I am no longer wearing, imagining a time when they are once again a part of my life (parties! work events! restaurants!) than face reality (stories of trauma, hospital shortages, businesses on the brink of bankruptcy). … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Should we still go shopping (online)?
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Alexandra Hsie, 30, is a freelance video producer who lives in Manhattan with her fiancé, Peter Andrews, 31, who she hears is a UX designer. Andrews tries hard to understand what she does, Hsie told me, but she goes elsewhere (her friends in the industry and her colleagues) when she needs someone to get in the weeds with her about anything related to her work. Which is exactly how she wants it to be. … [Read more...] about Couples having a working-from-home revelation: That’s what you do all day?
I don’t know whether this day will ever come, but I don’t want the entire onus to be on me. I just want to throw things in the recycling bin and have them be recycled. I am busy, I have other things happening in my life, and if the national recycling rates are any indicator, I am not alone. As a nation, we will never reach the San Franciscan utopian levels of recycling without legislating what private industry can produce. The EU came to this conclusion in 2017 and set a goal of having all plastic packaging be recyclable by 2030. A year later the EU decided that directive alone wouldn’t do enough to reduce the amount of garbage Europe generates, and it mandated that single-use plastics (which make up 80% of litter on European beaches) be replaced by recyclable or compostable materials. Unless we want a future where we swim in plastic seas and drive over combustible land, these mandates need to become U.S. law. … [Read more...] about How America’s least sustainable city learned to love recycling
The nonprofit, which designed a Turbo Tax-like tool for bankruptcy in response to the fact that the people who most need bankruptcy can’t afford a lawyer or navigate the complex process on their own, is expecting filings to swell over time. “During the economic recession of 2008, bankruptcy filings increased by 2-3 times, and based on the number of people claiming unemployment right now, I think that we should see bankruptcy filings at around the same rate,” says Upsolve cofounder and CEO Rohan Pavuluri. “That would be my guess, especially because of the level of consumer debt that already exists in our economy.” In the week ending on March 21, a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. … [Read more...] about People are starting to declare bankruptcy from coronavirus—but it’s often impossible to do while distancing
Do you need to be comfortable when being out of the office to assuage your fears? Great, wear sweatpants. You don’t need to wear pants or a skirt unless you’re doing video conferencing where your entire body is visible. More generally, the more you can simulate your work experience at home, the better for preserving a routine and potentially meeting expectations. The last thing you need is for a boss to question your ability to function from home when you have no choice but to do so. … [Read more...] about Working from home? Here’s how to separate the ‘work’ from the ‘home’