Staying away from the statistics regarding coronavirus has become a necessity as it is taking a toll on mental health issues. Yes, you can still remain updated about the situation in the world but it is important to limit the time spent on the feed scrolling through every little detail about the deadly virus. Celebrities all around the world are making sure you remain entertained and they are uploading videos of their shows and routines from their homes. We know that binge-watching and binge-reading have also become boring now but you should keep yourself busy and we have the perfect content for you if you are not in the mood to go back to Netflix. Sam Neill’s Twitter feed! Remember our Jurassic Park Legend? Go to his Twitter profile and you will love the short clips of his daily routine recorded with hilarious narration from the man himself. From washing shoes to reading children's books, he is doing it all and we are here for even the tiniest bit of update. 1. The shoe-washing pick-me-upSource: Twitter "I didn't realise I had so many shoes that are pretty much exactly the same," he concludes. "But boy, do they smell good." 2. PoetrySource: Twitter "There's no one around to annoy, so what the hell!" says Neill, before launching into a reading of a poem called No Doctors Today, Thank You by Ogden Nash. 3. Ukulele cover Source: Twitter 4. Coffee wisdom Source: Twitter "Today, I want to learn about something that's been a mystery to me for a very long time," says Neill, cracking open a copy of Sandra Rendgen's Understanding the World. "What exactly is the difference between a café latte, a cappuccino, a flat white, and a macchiato?" The content is enough to make you pass your day with entertainment so go check out his timeline!
The whole world is now using applications like Zoom for video conferences and business meetings. Well, staying online to attend such calls can be boring especially when you are sitting in your pyjamas and eating peanut butter right out of the jar. So we have compiled some of the best hacks and features on Zoom that can help you make your video conferences smooth!This list will also be useful for those people who are struggling to use Zoom so keep an account of all the features mentioned below and make the online experience refreshing. Source: Mashable Change the Background You can have a lot of fun with Zoom backgrounds while chatting with your friends. The Zoom wallpaper on the screen can be changed to any colour, meme or cartoon so utilise the feature when you are taking screenshots to post on Instagram and Snapchat. Right now, everyone has become lazy so if you do not want your friends to see your messy bedroom, just change it to any virtual appearance, ranging from the sky to a beach. Source: Zoom How to do it? 1. Click on the little arrow next to the "Stop Video" button in the lower-left 2. Then click "Choose Virtual Background" 3. Once you're in there, click the little plus sign to add an image or, no joke, a video. Know your Hotkeys Zoom has a lot of built-in keys that can take away the use of mouses or trackpads. So you just have to click on those and can pretty much operate the application without any indicator. Features between Mac and Windows differ but the key idea is the same. If you are a Mac user and want to shut off the camera, just use Command+Shift+V. V is for video so it is easy to remember! Same rules apply for other shortcuts so if you want to shut off the mic, you can use M and press S for the screen. No Zoom Time Limits Like every video chat, Zoom also has a time limit. So after every 40 minutes, your call ends and this can be a problem for people who are staying at home and want to gossip for 3 hours straight with their friends. Zoom does have a feature for limitless calls but unfortunately, you have to pay for the subscription. The easiest hack is to end the call and restart it by adding the same people in it. If you are in China or the United States, the restriction for 40 minutes has been lifted so you are kind of lucky but other folks have to use the traditional hack. Look Nice on ZoomSource: Zoom This is probably the most pretentious feature but we have to inform you about it. Many business meetings happen on short deadlines so you do not have time to make your sleepy face “presentable”. For this, Zoom has a solution. You can go to the videos section in the settings menu and click on the ‘Touch Up My Appearance’ feature. Zoom says that this makes your appearance a little smoother to people on the other end of the call. So take advantage of these hacks and get down to business meetings or school lectures!
All the recreational activities have closed due to coronavirus and people are just trying to find multiple ways to entertain themselves. From Instagram challenges to online concerts, users are keeping themselves busy with any source of amusement. Aspiring artists, specifically, are suffering due to coronavirus as their shows and gigs have been cancelled and they have to survive on limited means. The times are quite upsetting and multiple organizations have been set to help individuals who are struggling to maintain financial stability. Amid this, the state of California just introduced a new activity for people who like art and love to visit museums. They believe that if you cannot go out to appreciate art, you can become art. This is why the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is making people recreate their favourite works from the museum using household objects. As people are restricted to their houses since last week after the state issued a complete lockdown, closing all non-essential businesses, they have found this new activity for social media. Getty Museum tweeted on 25th March, “We challenge you to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home. Choose your favourite artwork. Find three things lying around your house. Recreate the artwork with those items. And share with us.” People did not disappoint at all as they gathered objects from all around the house to recreate social works of art. Here are a few examples if you need any inspiration. Source: TwitterSource: TwitterSource: TwitterSource: Twitter Source; TwitterSource: TwitterSource: Twitter Source: TwitterSource: TwitterSource: Twitter Social distancing does not mean that you stay away from art so find all things around your house that can help you recreate paintings or sculptures from museums. Honesty, we never thought that our lives would come to this but since no one has anything better to do in self-quarantine, this is the best option. So stop scrolling through your social media for the 99th time since the morning and try to be creative. You can also include your family members in these crazy renditions and have fun while you're stuck in this quarantine. We cannot believe that historians who will look back at this global pandemic are going to find such amazing masterpieces.
For all the single people out there, dating just got complicated. While many couples are observing social isolation together and uploading cute videos, people without partners cannot even meet someone new because of the lockdown situations in many countries. However, this did not stop a particular Brooklyn-based photographer, Jeremy Cohen, who is nothing less than a hopeless romantic during the quarantine. Source: Mashable His love story started because of social isolation and he documented every step in a series of TikTok videos that are receiving massive internet hype. He says that flirting is "usually daunting" for him but given the special circumstances, he built up confidence and went for the game. Last week he saw his neighbor, Tori Cignarella, who was dancing on her roof across the street from his apartment and he was mesmerized. So he attached a piece of paper with his number on it to a drone and flew it to Tori's rooftop where she received it. "I think being confined to a box while being quarantined can inspire creativity," said Cohen in an email to Mashable. He admitted that he wouldn't have made a move if he was not observing social distancing. "Because of this and the fact that I craved human connection more than ever, it gave me the guts to shoot my shot with Tori." Well, it worked. She texted him an hour later and asked him out on a dinner date which was slightly different than the usual ones. Both of them microwaved frozen dinners and set tables on their balcony and rooftop with glasses of wine to enjoy a socially distanced date. They Facetimed each other during the dinner and uploaded a video of doing so on TikTok. "I can understand how people seeing it could think it would be fake considering there are so [many] endless amounts of videos online that tell fake stories," he said. "All I can say is that if they knew me personally, they would know I'm not the type of person to put out a big lie and run with it." However, the story doesn't end here. For their second date, Cohen decided that it was time to meet Tori in person so they went for a walk. He inflated a human-sized hamster ball, got flowers and went to Cignarella's apartment so they could take a walk down the street without having any contact with each other. Unfortunately, he was not able to give her those flowers due to the hamster ball but they hugged each through the bubble and it was adorable. "There are heaps of different ways to communicate [with] people through technology, and it's all at our fingertips. Just be creative, kind, open-minded, and put yourself out there! (Virtually)", advises Cohen. So, if your partner is making excuses and avoiding you during social distancing, show them the efforts this individual just made for a stranger.
Feeling distressed and alone? Pups to the rescue! Look, I understand that the world has suddenly turned into a dystopian episode of isolation and panic. It’s dark and gloomy with a rush of paranoia every second. But, we have to stick together and continue living normally for as long as we can. Yes, we are afraid of this Coronavirus and the mysterious future it forecasts, but remember, we still have puppies in this world. There is light and positivity if only you allow yourself to enjoy it. In times like these, you can hold on to this powerful quote by Albus Dumbledore. Source: Goalcast Didn’t help? Well, then calm down yourself and check out the link below to watch how these adorable puppies explore the aquarium! https://twitter.com/atlantahumane/status/1243218832581447683?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1243218832581447683&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpk.mashable.com%2Fculture%2F2171%2Ftake-a-break-from-stressing-and-watch-these-puppies-explore-an-aquarium
Now is the time to catch up on all your reading so make sure you do your best to follow your hobby. A lot of us get busy during office or college schedules and forget what it is like to spend hours in a different world but now is the time to revive the experience. The good news is that there are lots of ebook platforms that can help you download unlimited books. So here you go. Source: Shutterstock 1.Google eBook Store There’s a section on Google’s eBookstore that has thousands of books available for free. A lot of different genres are included so whether you have a taste for classics or thrillers, you can always browse through and find your read of the day. 2. Project Gutenberg This site has more than 45000 free books and it was a volunteer program started to promote reading. You do not even need a registration fee so download books now on ePub, Kindle, HTML or even simple text formats. 3. Open Library This place is an open online project of the Internet Archive, offering over one million free books. You can also contribute to the ratings and search easily by entering the name of the book, author or your favourite genre. 4. Internet Archive If you want access to amazing historical and free academic books, you can check out this website that operates without any profit. This site contains papers and textbooks in different languages and formats so it can save a lot of money. 5. BookBoon Do you need some knowledge about business or academics? If yes, then BookBoon is the right place for you. It has more than 1000 free ebooks and you do not have to sign up for downloading. 6. ManyBooks.net From bestsellers to famous authors you can find any sort of book here. This site offers more than 29000 free ebooks and you can download it for your e-readers like Kindle and iPads. 7. Free eBooks You can go through all the ratings and reviews of each book before selecting from a wide range of romance and drama. This site has a huge variety so you just have to sign up and get lost in the world of reading. 8. LibriVox Sometimes you are too tired to read books on your own so this site presents tonnes of free audiobooks including classics and texts that are no longer printed. 9. PDF Books World Now you can access a PDF version of all the classics that you read as a kid, thanks to the public domain. From Shakespearean plays to Keats’ poetry, you can find anything here so just download whenever you feel like going back to the 17th century. 10. Feedbooks This is similar to PDF Books World but you have to sign up for an account to gain access to multiple free ebooks. So that’s the only effort you need to make and it costs no money. So when you are on Facebook, head to the public domain tab and select your favourite book. 11. International Digital Children’s Library If you feel that your kids are not yet ready for classics, then head to this site to find books reserved exclusively for children. Multiple translations of books are also available so hook your young ones to reading by downloading award-winning reads from this site. Make use of this quarantine time and get into reading now!