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By Bilal Hafeez 04-04-2020
In: post | Macro Life Newsletter

Macro Hive Life: Medieval Isolation Advice / Film Lists / Zoom-School Experiment

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Society is evolving in the COVID era. We’re socializing virtually and schools are delivering lessons online. Today, we pick blogs that delve into how we can adapt better to these time. We can take tips from the Middle Ages, we learn how to arrange our desks for those work video calls and we get in some exercise hacks. On the lighter side, we have some good selection of films and shows to watch, and some cool gadgets to check out.



Coronavirus: Advice From the Middle Ages for How to Cope With Self-Isolation (The Conversation, 4 min read) Tips from female “anchorites” (religious solitary living) from medieval times. Don’t expect comfort, acknowledge vulnerability, control temptation and keep busy are some of the recommendations.

6 things you can do to cope with boredom at a time of social distancing (The Conversation, 4 min read) Tips from a social psychologist who studies boredom.

How to tweak your desk so you look professional on work video calls (TimeOut, 1 min read) Adopt these four hacks; select the right desk space (sofa doesn’t count), have a tidy background, have a cup of coffee (or pretend) and get a plant. 

Your Warm-Up Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think (Outside, 6 min) A Norwegian study finds the  choice of warm-up (including no warm-ups) does not matter. There are no major differences in performance, heart rate, lactate or perceived exertion. Save time and cut your warm-up!

Five Things You Should Know Before Using Houseparty (TimeOut, 5 min) House party is a virtual hangout app. Its appeal includes; instant video chat, spontaneous virtual hangouts, notification when friends are online, playing games with friends and recording the video session. Although all these features have their drawbacks and there are concerns about the app’s security, its strength lies in being spontaneous and casual.  

The Great Zoom-School Experiment (The New Yorker, 7 min read) With schools transitioning into virtual learning. This article highlights the experiences from pupils and teachers as they adopt and overcome the challenges of remote learning on Zoom.

The Four Possible Timelines for Life Returning to Normal (The Atlantic, 11 min read) Article summarises four possible timelines and scenarios ranging from the optimistic (1-2 months) case to the most pessimistic (12-18+ months).

Florence Pugh’s Home-Cooking Instagram Videos Are Here to Save You From Boredom (Eater, 2 min read) Have a look at how British actor Florence Pugh is redirecting her energy into cooking.

How will football return after this unplanned hiatus? (The Conversation, 3 min read) Like the Olympics, the UEFA Euro 2020 championship has been pushed back to 2021. This would adversely impact some teams as players’ contracts expire. Using statistical modeling techniques (like DLS in Cricket) or playing without spectators are alternative solutions to determine winners.

Our Favorite Gadgets to Use When Stuck at Home (Gizmodo) Video showcasing gadgets used by Gizmodo staff to maintain sanity amidst the lockdown. Few useful ones include: Kindle Paperwhite (for reading), Apple Watch (to stay active), Sony WH-100M3 noise-canceling headphones (to drown out the noise and maintain productivity) and Nintendo Switch (for gaming).

The Best Movies On Amazon Prime Right Now (UPROXX, 15 min read) Struggling to find good movies? Here’s a good selection from Oscar winners to modern sci-fi thrillers.

Five TV Sitcoms to Help Get You Through Lockdown (The Conversation, 4 min read) If you prefer sitcoms, here are five classics.

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