We're not the only ones looking for something to do while we wait for the world to 're-open'. Sports commentators worldwide have been in limbo, waiting for the games to resume. In the meantime, some have come up with ingenious uses for their talents.
First we have Andrew Cotter, a sports commentator from the UK who has been giving commentaries of a different sort... that of his dogs... yes, dogs... on Twitter. And don't worry, you don't need a Twitter account to watch these:
The next laugh is care of Nick Heath who would normally be commentating rugby matches but since the pandemic hit has been keeping people entertained by giving commentaries of average people doing average things. The folks at Sportsnet compiled some of Heath’s work in an article, again, you’ll find the link below. Once you’re in the article, just scroll down a bit to get the videos. The ‘leggings’ one is my favourite with the stroller race a close second.
Can't hear anything in the video? The volume on the video may be muted. Have a look at the pictures below which will walk you through what to do. Then go back to the video and give it a try.
First, look at the bottom right of the video, you're looking for a small image / icon of a speaker. If you don't see the speaker, you might need to tap/click in the middle of the video screen first so that the controls appear, then click on the speaker icon. Sometimes just clicking on the screen will enable the volume.
Now you should see the video controls, along with the speaker icon which represents the volume control at the bottom right.
Once you have the controls, click or tap on that speaker icon (see the picture below):
It should automatically turn the volume on. There is a slider that you can move up and down to adjust the sound as needed. After that, all you have to do is press the play button (that small white triangle on the left) and watch!
To try again be sure to go back to the video by clicking the appropriate website link from the list above.
The last 'ism'
It never ceases to infuriate me: ageism.
Unfortunately it is the last 'ism' that is still seemingly acceptable and often not even thought of as discriminatory. Even as 'aware' as I claim to be on the topic, this TED Talk was eye-opening for me, and inspiring.
Give a listen to the talk that Ashton Applewhite gives on ageism and see what you think. If you have any thoughts to share after watching, feel free to start a discussion by posting your comments below.
Here's the link:
Let's end ageism
Ashton Applewhite on TED Talks
Play some games with Google
Google is doing their part to help us deal with our collective boredom with their 'Stay and Play at Home' campaign. This means dusting off some of their more popular Google Doodles to entertain us all while we shelter in place.
Google Doodles are modifications of the Google logo that commemorate a certain event or person. Every once in a while these Doodles feature games... which is the highlight of this campaign.
Yesterday, being Cinco de Mayo, Google showcased the Mexican card game Loteria. What's great about this game is that you can play alone, or send the link to a friend to play together!
The link to play Loteria is listed below. Give it a try, then once you get good challenge a friend. Here's the link to play: https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-loteria
Here are some of my other favourite Google Doodles:
Share your favourite Google Doodle in the Comments section below.
Have some fun with Siri
This one is for all the Apple users out there, we're going to have a bit of fun with Siri.
Siri is your personal assistant on your iPhone, iPad or even on your Mac. Many of us already use it to tell us the weather, or the score of the Leafs game (.. oh right), but Siri can do a lot more for us. Depending on your settings and your device you will access Siri in a slightly different way.
Here's how to activate Siri:
Once you have activated Siri you can explore a bit... here are a few things to ask:
To have some fun with Siri, ask these:
If you are new to Siri or are having a problem accessing it, it may just be your settings, post a comment below and I'll try to help.
Visit the Apple site to learn more about Siri; https://www.apple.com/siri/
For more detailed info on how to set up Siri for iPad visit: support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/ipad/ipad4bce70ef/ipados
For iPhone: support.apple.com/en-za/guide/iphone/iph83aad8922/ios
For your Mac: support.apple.com/en-ca/HT206993
Hi, Katherine here. Many of you have attended my lectures and workshops in your community. I'm looking forward to continuing to chat here on this blog.