What are you doing to help?

Helping yourself to start, then helping your friends and community

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I’m doing a 366 Day Challenge, and am 87 days in. You can follow along on my PixelFed account.

I wrote a short blog post entitled “Do what you can for your community, your friends, and yourself“. Basically, I want to remind everyone that they can help themselves as well as people close to them in times of great need such as this.

Here’s a selection of the things that I read and watched this week. Stay safe out there everyone!


The only news this week isn’t about Covid-19, even if it seems that way. That said, I’m just linking a few stories that are at least semi-related that I thought were worth a read.

How the coronavirus could trigger a backslide on freedom around the world – Allie Funk and Isabel Linzer, The Washington Post

Is Open Source recession-proof? – Dries Buytaert

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief – Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online – Kevin Roose, NYT


The Furries Are On to Something | Full Frontal on TBS – I appreciate the positive mainstream coverage that furries have been getting more of lately. Even when the discussion is around terrorist attacks and alt-right furries (check out the multi-part series done by the Worst Year Ever podcast from earlier this year), the conversation is about how the community overcomes the negative elements.

The Accidental Virtual Pandemic in World of Warcraft – Half as Interesting – I wasn’t aware of this WoW bug from an event, or how the CDC and multiple medical papers examined the outcome of this in-game pandemic to see how it models compared to real world virus spreads.

Dirty Machines: The End of History | Sci-Fi Short About Time Travel – This is a neat little film that is meant to be part of a larger series. I’d be interested in seeing more, as it looks well shot, tightly choreographed, and holds an interesting premise for time-travel paradox avoidance.

Contagion (Directed by Steven Soderbergh) – A Germaphobe’s Nightmare – Show Me the Meaning! LIVE! – We watched ‘Contagion’ the other night, after I’ve been suggesting it to my sister for years since we play the board game Pandemic regularly. Also timely!

That’s it for this week. Everyone stay safe and healthy out there ๐Ÿ’

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