Week 15: Flat battery
- I deleted twitter off my phone, and therefore stopped reading it, a couple of years ago when I realised I wasn’t really getting anything from the platform. In the move to enforced remote working I thought I’d reintroduce it as a way to pass time now I can’t walk over to peoples desk. I lasted 3 weeks and had to remove it again because it was negatively impacting my emotional wellbeing. Other things I’ve recently had to do including no longer reading the Guardian or BBC News.
- All of my news now comes from the Financial Times. Even there though I have to limit myself to not looking at the live blogs that regularly. The slower, more in-depth reporting seems to produces less sensationalism and more measured response to the current uncertainty. It let’s me feel like I still know what’s going on in the world, while probably missing a large chunk of “news”.
- My mental health is thanking me for these changes, and I’m definitely feeling less anxious about the world.
- We’ve started watching BlackAF which is funny while still making incredibly well pointed serious references. We’ve also started watching Breeders which has had me laughing out loud a number of times. Being childless I’m finding a good amount of humour at the thought of some of the scenes in both shows, I imagine parents might find them equally funny for a different reason. I’d recommend both series.
- On Friday at work Alice, Keran and I did a mock-local radio show for our Friday Social slot. We made a number of jingles set to music to play between songs and talking, wrote a script and got two guests to come and be interviewed on the show. Then through having three instances of Google Meet open on two laptops along with an external sound card, a mixer and a midi controller I was able to pipe a combined music and voice stream to our colleagues, while also being able to mute us while the music was playing so we could plan what was happening at the end of the songs. It was probably slightly over-engineered, but it was a lot of fun. Though the nervous engergy and stress of doing a live performance took a while to unwind from.
- On Saturday I wanted to pop to our nearest supermarket, but due to a slow puncture on one of the car tyres (depending on the weather it needs more air about once a month) I first needed to pump up the tyres. After 10 minutes of waiting for the compressor to fill each tyre in turn I popped it back in the boot and jumped in the car and tried to start the engine. Bugger, I’d just flatted the battery getting the tyres inflated. I then had to wait for just over an hour for the recovery person to come to jump start the car, then drive around for a while to put extra juice into the battery. Getting to Sainsbury’s I then had to join a long queue before I could do the shopping and come home. My quick pop to the supermarket took a full 4 hours. Next time I’ll remember to start the engine before plugging in the compressor.