Donovan chats for a short bit about finally getting his stimulus money from the IRS, his inability to get any decent sleep over the last few days, and an announcement of a new podcast.
Donovan talks about Georgia Governor Kemp’s announcement that he’ll let the shelter-in-place order lapse at midnight on 4/30/2020, but he’s extending the state of emergency to June 12th. Those in GA with learner’s permits won’t have to take the actual driving exam…just go online and upgrade! That is, if the damn website will work.
Donovan talks about his first world problem with Walmart pickup, and he announces how you can join him and others for “Virtual Happy Hour”.
VIDEO (yeah, it’s not normal to have video)
COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the United States. Donovan wonders if the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us valuable lessons that we will carry forward into our New Normal? Researchers have identified four markers that could indicate when the pandemic is getting close to ending.
Multitudes have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Some are dealing with the actual disease itself, while others are dealing with the aftermath of the attempted containment. Donovan’s company isn’t immune, so he’s making some adjustments to his expenses. In this episode, he talks about moving podcast hosting providers, though he really, really loves his current provider.
Donovan started tracking the mortality rate of COVID-19 in the United States, with the latest number on the day of the recording showing it’s at 1.51%. He had hoped it would show a downward trend, and at first it seemed to, but he even admits there isn’t enough data points at this time to see the trend.
The Senate passed a $2 trillion dollar stimulus package, and the House is expected to pass it Thursday or Friday. However, Donovan wonders if now isn’t the time to put Univeral Basic Income (UBI) to the test.
Latest scientifict reports are now showing that COVID-19 survivors are developing an immunity to it, in contrast to earlier reports that said people could get re-infected. What changed?
Panic buying hasn’t slowed down, and Donovan expresses his frustration, along with how his stress levels and anxiety are at an all time high.
Donovan talks about COVID-19, the latest stats, what he thinks about the stock market results, and how people are reacting to something that seems, at least on the surface, not to be all that deadly. What’s making it deadly and detrimental to our lives is how we’re all reacting to it.
- COVID-19 Coronavirus 2019-nCov Statistics Update (Live): 118,421 Cases and 4,267 Deaths
- Official: White House didn’t want to tell seniors not to fly — The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press.
- Trump Says Those on Grand Princess Cruise Ship Should Stay On Boat So U.S. Coronavirus Numbers Don’t Go Up — During a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Friday, President Donald Trump stated his preference that passengers on a cruise ship in the waters off of California remain on the boat because their entry onto U.S. soil could make the country’s coronavirus statistics increase.
- COVID-19 coronavirus compared to SARS outbreak: cases, deaths, spread – Business Insider — Experts called SARS “the first pandemic of the 21st century,” since it spread across 29 countries. The virus emerged in Guangdong and infected 8,098 people over the course of eight months, killing 774.
- Coronavirus Mortality Rate: How COVID-19 Fatalities Compare to Ebola, SARS and MERS — SARS and MERS—fellow members of the large coronavirus family of viruses which now includes COVID-19—have mortality rates of around 10 percent and 35 percent, respectively, Tildesley said. Since it emerged in 2012, MERS has killed 858 people, while 774 people died of SARS during the 2003 outbreak.
- Outbreak (1995) – IMDb — Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.
- Quarantine (2008) – IMDb — A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC, after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
- Contagion (2011) – IMDb — Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.
- World War Z (2013) – IMDb — Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatens to destroy humanity itself.
- The Andromeda Strain (1971) – IMDb — A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.
At the risk of recyling old content, Donovan hopped into the audio wayback machine and revisited some content he recorded over a year ago, which was only released for a limited time under another show name. As with many of his podcast projects, he shelved it as he wasn’t sure it really had legs.
In this content of yesteryear, he talks about an interaction between Cory Booker (who had just thrown his hat into the Presidential ring) and an atheist. It was an interesting conversation that spawn further discussions on Twitter, specifcally from an individual that thought all atheists were the sourage of the planet. Eventually, reading of the various tweets gives way to Donovan’s thoughts on what it would be like to live a secular/atheist world.
After recommending hardware from a certain tech company, Donovan explains his frustration with said tech company after the hardware arrives and he keeps trying to purchase an additional piece for the hardware, which apparently the tech company doesn’t even stock! Except, the hardware came with one. Mind boggling!
Donovan talks about an issue he's having with people wanting things from his Mom's house. He also covers some news tidbits with this episode being a little podcast news heavy.
Musical Credits: BenSound
- NEW Collaboration with Staples Connect in Boston Area – Spreaker Blog — Earlier this month, Staples US Retail announced the opening of Staples Connect, a reinvented store with coworking, podcasting and community event spaces where professionals, teachers and students alike can connect and grow.
- Horse Radio Network | The Voice of the Horse World — The Horse Radio Network is celebrating posting over 10,000 episodes ▸. The podcast network, which has been in operation since 2008, includes a daily morning show, Horses in the Morning, which is now at 2,400 episodes.
- The 5 Stages of the Podcast Listener Journey – Alice Ko – Medium — There’s plenty of discussion around the benefits of launching a podcast, measuring podcast ROI, and how podcasts drive brand awareness and generate leads. But, where’s the conversation around one of the most crucial elements of podcast success: the podcast listener?
- Larry Tesler, Modeless Computing Advocate, Has Passed Away — Larry Tesler, who passed away on Monday, might not be a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but his contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use are the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing
- 23 Tweets About Podcasts We’re Gonna Need You To Read By The End Of The Day – Funny Or Die
In a lighthearted episode, Donovan discusses two studies that talk about what we humans do in the shower. 80% of people pee in the shower. 1 in 30 have defecated in a workplace shower! Listen to the episode for all the stats! Warning — some of this stuff might be gross to some people. 🙂
Musical credits: Bensound
- 80 Percent of People Pee In the Shower – Shape Magazine | Shape — Peeing in the shower just may be America’s best kept secret-nobody talks about it, but apparently almost all of us are doing it, according to a recent survey by Angie’s List on shower habits.
- One In Thirty People Actually Poo In The Work Shower – UNILAD — The shower; for many, a place of hygiene, relaxation and reflection. For some it’s a place to drop a jobby or do something even more intimate.