It's Kryptonite Wednesday, which means it's time for another... oh, you don't know what Kryptonite Wednesday is? Let us explain.
As you're well aware by now, US Primary voting is this week for several states, and there are three important days to keep track of—
Buildr's favorite day to vote. You walk in to a ghost town polling station and feel like you're doing something wrong. "Oh no, you're good. Happy Clark Kent Monday!" says the ballot worker, before directing you to an iPad that is so new, you have to remove the plastic first.
This is the most popular day to vote. This is when you spend your lunchbreak plus an extra forty-five minutes to wait in line like it's the Indiana Jones ride at Disney Land, but less fun. You get an "I Voted!" sticker and post a selfie on social media, revealing your Super Tuesday-preferring identity to the world.
This is the day you walk into an elementary school to vote and they ask you to leave because the polls closed the night before. You borrow a child's iPad to still try and vote but get in more trouble for messing up their Minecraft world. With that important business out of the way, let's catch up on the latest news (construction and non-construction). Don't forget to send your favorite links to
A joke involving the ents from Lord of the Rings:
Last week, we had mass timber news, this week we have Mass. timber news. Out of a study at UMass-Amherst,
two New England tree species
have been discovered to be very useful for CLT, which could create jobs, improve rural and forestry economies, and support better forestry management. One of the trees is being scouted by Belichick just in case Tom leaves.
Here are some
detailing how climate change is affecting construction jobs of late. Excessive heat causing railroads to buckle aside, you have to hand it to someone who knows their way around in Photoshop.
50,000 construction workers
have been laid off in Hong Kong due to coronavirus, with another 80,000 workers having their weeks cut to one or two days.
Panera Bread is taking a swing at being the Netflix of coffee, at
$9 monthly for unlimited coffee
. The obvious next step will be for Panera to offer small Roku-esque boxes next to your TV that spew out espresso.
Remember when your iPhone 6 Plus battery would go from 75% to 4% after one measly
? Apple may be on the hook for $500 million for purposefully throttling their phones, which means
you may be in line to collect $25
Do you have an hour-plus commute and wish you could use that time to enhance your brain? What a very specific wish that is.
that will make you smarter. Happy listening!
Zoom has already added
than all of last year due to coronavirus making folks more work-phobic. Tip: For added safety, it's best to turn video mode off and go audio-only. In related news, Twitter is
the first major US company
so far to encourage its workers to work from home.
Speaking of coronavirus, pre-empting its affect on the US economy, the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates for the first time since the '08 financial crisis.
Here's what it means for you
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