Hello there, from another bleak wintry afternoon in Wales!
In a fit of madness/since I’ve been ill to the point where I can’t do much, I pre-ordered Cyberpunk 2077, and bought The Outer Worlds. I’m genuinely looking forward to losing myself in a fictional dystopian future rather than the one I’m currently living in [I’ve been to a covid drive-in centre which looked so much like a checkpoint in a zombie film that I had to pinch myself…]
The Dow hit 30k this week. I genuinely thought this explainer of the 124-year evolution of the Dow Jones was super interesting and I learned a lot from it. I didn’t know it was so *small* for starters!
Thanksgiving has been and gone but this is definitely food for thought as we (in the UK at least) look towards Christmas. I thought this was a really good illustration of how even a small gathering is risky. Ultimately, in any given situation, if one person has it, then it’s risky for everyone else. It sucks.
The Trump administration is rushing to implement dozens of policy changes in its final days, and ProPublica is tracking them. So far, they include . We’re following some of the most consequential and controversial.
Portuguese newspaper Publico has published a series of articles about how different outbreaks happened in Portugal. This is about a specific outbreak in a shoe factory and among relatives etc. Thanks to Rui who sent this to me — the other links are about an outbreak on site at a hotel remodelling and a retirement home. [I hope I got the translation right!] They’re all quite detailed and well done, very similar to the El Pais one in the last issue.
Not sure if this link will work BUT it should be a link to a story with a great map showing the difference in pollution between lockdowns in March and lockdowns now. (This time around, people probably are less scared and so less likely to comply with lockdown rules? Maybe?)
This is a great Twitter thread about scented candles and Covid. Having avoided candles for most of my adult life (because I don’t trust myself around fire, which feels sensible because I’m really clumsy?) I am now an enthusiastic candle fiend and I approve of this data investigation.
A really nice record-themed dashboard/vis allowing you to explore links between music artists in terms of inspiration etc. As the dash says: “The Lineage of over 10,000 artists can be traced back to these 8 ‘Originals’”.
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