Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves
Episode # 376
Since most of us will be spending more quality time at home than usual in the coming weeks, I have been wracking my head for some useful things your technology can do for you while you go out. not a lot. Here are some things that can enrich, educate, and entertain you (and your family) if you’re stuck at home.
Read for the pleasure of reading
First, read something just for the pleasure of reading.
I love to read, but I never seem to have time to read anything that interests me. So while I stay longer, I spend time reading every day just for fun. (Try it, it’s delicious.)
And, if you run out of things to read, try the Libby app (iOS only), which works with many public library systems and lets you view and read e-books on your iDevice for free.
Learn something new
I also plan to learn new things.
For example, I am an aspiring wood artist and I love woodworking magazines and websites and I have saved or bookmarked dozens of project plans and articles. Now I will have time to read them and maybe even build one of the projects.
In the same spirit, I want to learn how to use SketchUp, a 3D drawing application for Mac. This will allow me to draw project plans, measured drawings and life-size models for any project I dream of.
I bought a book called “SketchUp Success for Woodworkers” almost a year ago. But I have been busy and he has been collecting sawdust ever since.
I will use some of my time at home to read the book, learn the software and, hopefully, develop and execute a project plan.
Another thing you could do with your unexpected time at home is to write something strictly because you want it, not because you have to.
I spend most of my working day writing, so I usually don’t bother writing much after the job is done. Now I write letters and emails to friends and family I haven’t been in contact with recently. And I’m writing my second protest song…. (My first protest song, iTunes Must Die, is now available for free download at www.tinyurl.com/itunesmustdie. Enjoy!)
Finally, for entertainment, we catch up on our TV shows and movies on our Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime watchlists.
If we manage to watch everything on our current lists, we have received a free subscription to Apple TV + with my iPhone, and although its programming has not attracted us so far, we will force ourselves to try other programs.
Finally, if all else fails and we’re still hungry for things to watch, we’ll probably give in and subscribe to Disney + so that we can watch most of the Marvel superhero movies and The Mandalorian, which everyone but us has apparently already seen.
One last thing:
Wash your hands a lot; use a hand sanitizer if you can find it, and hang on. As my mother used to say to me: “That too will pass”. In the meantime, do something to enrich yourself, educate or (as a last resort) entertain you.