I‘m guessing that just like me, lots of you are looking for a break from the constant COVID-19 news cycle, #samegirlsame. This isn’t because I don’t get this is a big huge tragic deal… it’s because I do understand that. And in all honesty, I need an escape from it… at least just for a little bit. And as someone that has an endless storage bank in their mind for “useless” knowledge (it’s also what makes me weirdly great at trivia night) I was quietly pondering where I can find new content that isn’t reflective of our current pandemic. You know, the interesting, happy, uplifting things. Or maybe not even happy or uplifting, but something with depth and FACTS. I do love certainty. Maybe more now than ever before. (And I can’t be the only one that feels that way.)
So as I was mulling my brain for the content of yesteryear (seriously, like the OG internet) I remembered that Stumble Upon was once a thing. It was an extension that would take you to the far corners of the internet based on your interests and something I so desperately needed like ASAP. After a little digging and not remembering what the hell the name of the extension was (it launched in 2001, I was only 10 at the time, but like I said I have a knack for remembering random things), I was thrilled to find out they rebranded into Mix. It’s pretty much like the OG version of Flipboard but for your desktop/laptop. So down the rabbit hole I went! And I still got the same cheap (free) thrill that I got from originally using the extension back in the early 2000s.
So if you need something else to do besides puzzles or hopping on Zoom or FaceTime with your family and friends I’ve got you covered. Even though I’m not an app or an extension, I’m happy to share some old and new things (mostly new) I’ve found on the world wide web with you. Some of these things are just plain cute (see: puppies). Some are super insightful. And others are down-right mind boggling. Also, isn’t that digital collage of me up there dope AF? I think so. My super talented friend Nel made it and it brings me lots of joy so don’t forget to reach out to your artists friends right now, they need love and support too!
“What if our real problem was not so much that we are not allowed to go anywhere – but that we don’t how to make the most of what is already to hand?”. The School of Life talks humans and confinement.
Food & Drink
Things to do at Home
Things to listen to/watch
I have been super into Jubilee’s YouTube series, Spectrum. They take 6 people with common identities and ask them a series of questions (the responses are all on a spectrum, strongly agree to strongly disagree), it is fascinating.
Meg’s podcast recs (binge addition) are: This Land, The Clearing, Caliphate, Bundyville (particularly season 2). Her business podcasts recs are: Going Legit‘s current mini-series on piviots (Meg is featured on episode 22), How I Built This, and Without FailWithout Fail.
What have you been doing to keep busy? Any interesting or entertaining finds you want to share with us? Give me your spotify playlists, I need them for all time i’m spending in the kitchen, Link it up in the comments!