Entertainment in times of Covid-19
Art Rosnovsky / April 26, 2020
4 min read
Just wanted to throw together some things that help me and may help you enjoy the physical distancing a little more.
TV and Movies
- Apple TV+All Apple Originals
Apple TV+ offers Apple's original shows without a subscription
- Stream Free Episodes of HBO Series Online
HBO has offered a bunch of free episodes and documentaries
- Quibi - Quick bites
Quibi offers a 90-day free trial. (UPDATE: In October 2020, Quibi shut down.)
My all-time favorite show. It resonates, even more, these days.
Stream on Hulu
World War Z
A really cool movie about
Codid-19 zombie outbreak.
Rent or buy anywhere
A little naive and fairly old movie about an outbreak of a virus in a particular city.
Stream on Netflix
If you ever wondered if anyone ever predicted Covid-19 outbreak, wonder no more. This movie is strikingly accurate when it comes to what we are experiencing today. Pretty fascinating!
If you're a gamer, definitely try Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It's a fantastic game, but I couldn't play it — it got too complex for my non-gamer taste. But you will enjoy it, I promise!
Ori and the Heartbreak of Non-Gamers
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Fantastic, dynamic, beautiful, and quick. Challenging enough to keep you entertained, but casual enough to be played, well, casually.
Video Happy hours
Consider this an invitation to a casual ad-hoc happy hour! Bring beer, coffee, Red Bull, or soup. Pajamas ok, pants are highly recommended :)
Podcasts and such
Going for a walk? Quick workout? Cooking something? Put on a podcast and get twice the fun!
- Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald
- Staying In with Emily & Kumail
- Office Ladies
- Darknet Diaries
Conferences & Meetups
It's interesting how conferences adapt to this new reality. And I must say, most are doing a fantastic job transitioning to 100% online. Some still charge quite a lot, some are very flexible (pay-per-track, pay for VOD, or only pay for workshops, for example), and some gone completely free. Well, my conference budget just got waaaay more flexible as well. I think, I'm going to attend them all BECAUSE I CAN 😂
- JS VidCon May 7 — $10+
- Avocado Labs Regular Meetups — Free
- Byteconf React 2020 May 1 — Free
- Jamstack Conf 2020 May 27-28 — Free
- react-europe May 12-16th — Free (?)
Tutorials (and other learning)
There are hundreds upon hundreds of fantastic tutorials and resources to keep you sharp and leave isolation with a bunch of new skills and projects!
- How to Create a Summer Road Trip Mapping App with Gatsby and Leaflet
- Developing a Serverless Twitter Streamer and Performing Sentiment Analysis
- JWTs 101
- A list of sample Web App Ideas
- Take your React skills to the next level by building a Todoist clone
- Learn to Code with Interactive Tutorials
- Introduction to Identity
Books are awesome. Fight me! Here's a list of books I am reading, will be reading soon, or have read in the past and highly recommend.
- Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
- Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers by Andy Greenberg
- American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton
- Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried
- User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant
- Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World by Joseph Menn
- No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
- It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried
Bonus: Home improvement projects
Nah, I'm not the kind of person who's into DIY. But I've got a pretty serious urge to make our back room into a proper office and lounge space.
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