In a great piece, One writer I respect, Om Malik, references an article written by another writer I respect, Fintan O Toole.

Over two months after our extended family business had to close its doors for the duration of the lockdown, I too see a sliver of a silver lining.

Plague Trails - Out of Eden Walk

A new planet is born, perhaps. What will it be like a billion years from now? ESO Telescope Sees Signs of Planet Birth - ESO

Today, I noticed more people cycling than I ever have before. Dublin is changing for the better.

Doordash and Pizza arbitrage

More plaftorm bull***. Some of the comments below the article are even more interesting and enlightening.

NPHET needs to bite the bullet and mandate that everyone must wear some form of face covering while outdoors. They should do this now before we begin the slow phased process of opening up next week.

Out for a walk earlier this morning on a quiet road, I noticed myself keeping a set distance behind a guy of a similar age also out walking. For some reason I turned around and there behind me was a third guy of a similar age, maintaining the same distance from me.

Three middle aged guys walking down the road.

Like three Airbus crossing the Atlantic on the same heading, hight and distance apart.

Consider this, before buying on Amazon. ongoing by Tim Bray · Bye, Amazon

The inevitable has happened. – On my Om

About to repoint a domain to the Shopify platform, this caught my attention. There are no easy answers for merchants going online though, as the big platforms each want a slice of your margin. The Anti-Amazon Alliance – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

This is brilliant writing that completely captures the reality of small business. My Restaurant Was My Life for 20 Years. Does the World Need It Anymore? - The New York Times

Been a while since I saw one of these.

Completely agree with Karlin. It’s time to ban websites from gathering our personal data

A lot to unpack here. Some of his thinking I agree with. DiEM25’s Vision of Europe for the post-Pandemic Era: Some personal thoughts – Yanis Varoufakis

Silent Dublin. Monday 20th April. 2020.

Interesting data on what’s happening in the UK economy. Corona shock

Interesting read on the future of media.

Updated to include this How I’d rebuild print media

Scott Galloway is never a boring read. Always provocative, always makes you think. Post Corona: The Four - No Mercy / No Malice

Really liked John Naughton’s description today of the twin problems of the British system

Seems accurate to me. Government by amateurs and state incapacity.

The Brent Geese will be leaving us soon.

Interesting data from the Central Bank. Spending on debit and credit cards and ATM withdrawals could be down up to 40% in April compared with April 2019.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Daily Spending Patterns - Central Bank of Ireland

The joint document from FF/FG is a good starting point for Government formation. There is much that all Irish citizens would agree with. The Green Party should engage.

Government framework document.pdf - Google Drive

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