Internet highlights – w/c 29th March 2020

4 04 2020

How to stop false information from going viral.

Famous artworks, adjusted for quarantine.

Formerly busy public spaces – empty.

A dad set up a whole treasure quest for his daughter when she asked about the door in the ceiling.

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April Fools 2020

1 04 2020

There were a lot of people on Twitter saying April Fools should be ‘cancelled’ this year.
My position on it is that as long as it’s kept light-hearted and harmless, then it’s a great distraction for us all. There’ve been all sorts of other jokes out there to keep spirits up, people don’t seem to take issue with any other form of comedy, and yet for some reason people have written off today – it’s a shame.
(I’m sure most people will disagree with me, that’s fine, we’re all allowed an opinion.)
Anyway, disappointingly it looks like nearly everyone has erred on the side of caution; this is all I’ve found:

Not great in quality or quantity, but respect to them for giving it a go!

Let’s hope that this time next year life is back to normal and we can enjoy this properly.

UPDATE: things found after the midday deadline

Internet highlights – w/c 22nd March 2020

28 03 2020

Upstairs. Neighbours.

Ideas of things to clean and how to clean them if you’ve got time to kill!

If Friends was set in the UK.

Album covers redone to be social distancing appropriate.

Things that would have been weird a month ago.

The National Theatre are going to stream one free play per week.

Church hunting in 2020.

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The Rosie Result – by Graeme Simsion

28 03 2020

This is the final book in this ‘Rosie’ trilogy about Don Tillman.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Don is just a really likeable character (possibly moreso because the books are written in the first person from his perspective). By this book he and Rosie have been married for over a decade and have a 10 year old son, Hudson. Don has a lot of things he’s learned about social interaction, rules and patterns to keep an eye out for to understand things he might otherwise struggle with.

Early in the book there’s a suggestion from the school that Hudson may be autistic and that they should look into having him tested. Don is not keen on this, but the comment has also been made about him. He leaves his job to focus on Hudson, to try and achieve various targets (numbered, of course) to help him to fit in.

A lot of the book questions autism stereotypes, as well as educating neurotypicals in ways they can better help those with autism feel comfortable – one being checking if their preference is to be referred to as ‘autistic’ or ‘person with autism’! There’s definitely a message in the book about how we always think of ‘unable to feel empathy’ as a symptom of autism, but rarely do neurotypical people have much empathy for them – definitely a few challenges thrown in, which is helpful.

I’ve made this sound like a heavy book, it’s not. It’s funny, warm, and interesting! There’s also a whole plot with Don opening a bar given his interest and skill in cocktail making – it’s an easy read, just has a good message to share along with it.

Internet highlights – w/c 15th March 2020

21 03 2020

It’s a long and weird week, there’s been a lot of time on the internet and a lot of stuff on the internet, so sorry if this is a bit long! Obviously there’s a lot linked to Coronavirus, but I’ve tried to make sure the majority is humorous, or good advice, rather than miserable or stressful, though the occasional may have slipped in, sorry. Now you see why I do this consolidating in one place, rather than sharing and retweeting all this as the week goes!

Tips for working from home.

Call to day of prayer and action on Sunday 22nd.

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Twas the nightshift before Christmas – by Adam Kay

15 03 2020

“This is Going to Hurt” has been an absolute sensation and after reading it in 2018, when I saw that a short (142 pages) Christmas follow-up was coming out I was very excited to read it. I got it for my dad for Christmas as his career was in the NHS and he’d also loved the first one, and I’ve now borrowed it back from him! (Thanks Dad!)

There isn’t much to add to what I said about the first book (if you haven’t read that, I would read that first, just for a bit more context), it’s just a great insight into the reality of life in the NHS, a few highs – mainly lows of course, but told in a humour that means it’s an entertaining read.

My favourite thing about this was a footnote in the introduction:

“In mt first book, “This is Going to Hurt”, the most common reasons for entries being omitted included ‘too disgusting’ or ‘too Christmassy’. Here I make amends for both.”

If that doesn’t make you want to read it – nothing will!

Internet highlights – w/c 8th March 2020

14 03 2020

The internet roasts Disney films.

Films that should be made from other character’s perspectives.

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