Before we get to links and news, one of our Buildr Newsletter readers John pointed us in the direction of
(Let Me Google That For You), a site that populates a link you can give to someone who asks a rudimentary question that's easily answerable by a quick Google search. The link shows the question-asker how to Google search what they're wondering about. For example:
"How do you change your phone lock screen?"
You get it. Just some harmless passive aggression we'd like to pass along, you know, to get through quarantine. Speaking of which, here are this week's quarantine recommendations:
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
The Beatles ("The White Album")
by The Beatles
Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels (in oatmeal)
Movie times for reopening Georgia movie theaters this Friday (buy tickets soon, they'll be going quickly)
Irresponsible purchase of the week
: 6500L HD video projector with carrying case (theoretically to watch
the links you're looking for (construction and non-construction). As always, please send any notable links to
The AIA reports the
largest ever single-month decline
in billings, nearly tripling the worst month during the Great Recession. For commercial builders, the worst is still ahead, says ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu: "Construction activity tends to lag the broader economy by 12 to 18 months, so that weakness will eventually catch up with the construction sector." Coincidentally, 12 to 18 months is also the length of time Basu's friends lose their patience from their phones changing "Anirban B" to "Airbnb."
While the first (and likely second) round of Paycheck Protection Program quickly dried up, it can't hurt to
if you're a fledgling small business like the
: The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, the largest construction union in Massachusetts representing about 10,000 workers,
they can return to essential jobsites if they feel safe.
10,000 workers have entered the chat
(Bowl) Cuts in Confidence
: ABC reports
dramatically decreased contractor confidence
in their Confidence Index, noting sales expectations, profit margins, and staffing levels all being cut down the middle, much like our down-the-middle-parted bowl cut in 3rd grade which dramatically affected our personal Confidence Indexes.
In rare, non-Chaotic Evil construction news,
the largest stadium in the world
is being built in Guangzhou, China for an estimated $1.7 billion, designed by a Shanghai-based American. The 100,000 seat stadium should be completed by 2022, under the assumption that there will be a 2022.
: To give a boost to a slowly returning industry, UK construction
and allow construction to commence on nights and weekends, much like a teenager's social life as they begin to regain their parents trust after being grounded.
, loss of smell and taste appeared in 64% of COVID-19 patients. Did you know you can't taste peanut butter without the ability to smell? Please don't fact-check this.
: Have you heard of Dalgona coffee? It's a viral
that produces "magical foamy creamy goodness" with minimal ingredients. We're 100% trying this and 100% icing the wrist we use to stir 400 times.
For the musically-inclined,
is Pitchfork's list of some upcoming quarantine performances and isolation-centric Spotify playlists. For the musically-inclined in Los Angeles, famous record store Amoeba shut its doors...
(they're moving one street over eventually).
: In this week's "Zoom better watch its back" news, the Zuck has entered the chat as Facebook primes
to enter the group videoconferencing ring
. Facebook's allowing 50 people max with no time limit in the free version vs. Zoom's 100 person max for 40 minutes in theirs.
Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia are facing collapse, so Richard Branson has
put up his island as collateral
. A lesson for us all: keep an island in your back pocket to whip out when your back is against the wall.
Speaking of keeping things in your back pocket, Netflix
that they have enough produced content to last us the next 2 years, a length of time congruent to the supply of toilet paper most of us have.
Close the window, you'll let in a draft
of the socially-distanced NFL Draft, in case you got bored of watching college athletes sitting with headphones on in their well-furnished homes barely reacting to the most important news anyone can receive in their lives.
: In spite of the fact that there isn't much to gamble on, DraftKings
. We've gotten word internally that there's still table tennis occurring daily in Russia.
Ever wonder about dinosaur extinction? Just us? Apparently
, a nefarious version of dirt, played a bigger role than scientists have ever realized.
That's it this week. As always, stay safe, and stay positive.
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