The Web: A Place Full of Stuff
I hope you’re all holding up and staying well during these strange times.
Isolation is… isolating. In the physical sense at least.
I often find myself thinking about what it would have been like to isolate oneself a couple of decades ago, without ultra-fast access to the Internet and the joys of exploring the World Wide Web (shout out to Tim Berners-Lee, you absolute legend!).
Life would have probably been a lot slower and quieter. And lonelier, unless you have a loud rambunctious family that you share your life with.
So, I find myself grateful for the fact that we are able to do so much online; to reach out to others, to learn more and to stay engaged.
(And waste a lot of time – no regrets though!)
This post is a celebration of the wonderful stuff that the web has to offer.
For those of you looking for stuff to do, whether that is to relax, to learn, or to avoid doing actual other stuff (like revise – I’m with you), this post is for you.
(Disclaimer: If you find yourself going down a rabbit hole of random content, I take no responsibility.)
Even though Term 3 has officially started (woohoo, exams!), it still feels like university life has come to a halt. But no, I am proud to say that even a pandemic won’t hold us students back from our shenanigans.
It’s lovely to see that sports clubs and societies are still doing things online, including live streaming and setting fun challenges. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend that you follow their social media channels (Facebook groups in particular). Warwick Salsa, for example, is posting salsa tutorials to keep us going!
I’ve also been enjoying the virtual fitness classes that Warwick Sport are offering – goodness knows I need to do some exercise.
Right now, I really wish that I had a basement where I could channel my inner mad scientist. I wonder how many things are going to be invented, now that people are stuck at home? Nothing’s more dangerous than a bored human who needs something – anything – to do.
One of the best things about the web, in my opinion, is the sheer amount of inspiration that you can get from it. I love the fact that I can spend hours watching photos and videos of people creating things in innovative ways (even if I don’t try them myself!).
I’ve fallen in love with digital art. It’s not physically messy, but it’s liberating and relaxing (maybe a bit too relaxing – I painted one thing for three days straight!). For learning digital painting, I would really recommend starting here.
There are so many ways to get creative without the need for many resources. Taskmaster has released challenges on their YouTube channel that have been really fun to try at home, which is definitely worth a look.
When I say ‘educational’, I use the term lightly. Even learning random trivia is educational.
I’ve been trying to learn something new every day with some spontaneous Google searching – and by ‘something new’, I aim to find something as random as possible for the laughs.
Let me start you off with something new that I discovered today:
This is an Okapi. Have fun looking that up. 😉
I realise that this won’t help with exam revision (unless you study zoology, maybe?)…
In terms of exams, then, I’ve been making use of the online textbooks offered by the library, as well as online resources (including videos) shared by my lecturers. I’m also a mega fan of watching YouTube videos to casually revise – if you haven’t explored the educational side of YouTube yet, I do recommend it.
There is so much information out there! (Not all of it is true though, so keep your wits about you, my fellow adventurer).
Yes, the web offers so many things to do. But I think it’s important to stress that we don’t need to do everything – or anything at all.
I must say that at the beginning of isolation, I felt the pressure to be productive, to make the most of the time we have. However, I’ve realised that it’s ok to not feel productive – after all, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Furthermore, I think that now of all times, we really need to take care of ourselves – if you need a break, take a break.
The web is also great for not doing stuff; that is, winding down and relaxing. I’m eternally grateful for the existence of music streaming services! Now’s also a really good time to watch nature documentaries. I don’t know why, but it’s nice to think that the animals are probably having the times of their lives while we humans have to stay inside.