3 YouTube videos worth watching
Today is day 23 of the #lockdown in South Africa. News about the COVID-19 can exasperate the mind, whether you go looking for them or they find you wondering the in the internet rabbit hole. So I thought I should share some of the YouTube videos I've watched during this period. I found them to be respectively informative, inspirational, nostalgic and just interesting. But nothing intense. It's just bridge content between moments around the house. If you're reading this over the weekend, I hope you have nothing on your to-do list. Pick up a bowl of snacks and summon men's trusted internet steed, the cursor - or thumb.
First on the list.
Terracotta Warriors I have a serious interest in archaeology and some palaeontological discoveries. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. He is also known as the man who founded China. Legend has it that he was very brutal and reigned with terror. During his reign, he ordered the creation of 8000 plus uniquely sculptured army statues, with horses and real weapons. The sculptures would be placed in exact army formation close to his burial site, he believed that the statues would protect him against his enemies in the after life. Okay, let me not spoil it for you. You can click on the image to watch the full documentary.
Jamaica Breaking the 4x100m World Record During the London 2012 Olympics, Jamaica's 4x100m team of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt broke the world record. The fact that they won so effortlessly, wasn't the main reason I was so entertained nor was it their unmissable confidence and command of the spectators. But if you pay careful attention to each sprinter before the race, you will notice that they don't make any eye contact with their opponents - not in any disrespectful way. Each one is cognizant of the world's best around them, however, reaching the other side of the 100m track first is the goal. Usain Bolt rightly put it, "...I'm focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so I'm working on it." Check them out:
Microsoft surface studio Something on the geeky side. Late last year Microsoft unveiled their Surface Studio PC, as a direct competitor of the iMac. As a creative, I am drawn towards multi-functioning hardware. I can't stand rigid equipment. The Microsoft surface studio is the kind of tool I would like to own - less cable clutter, great software and more functionality, even though Google's Chrome OS is my preferred ecosystem, that's why I use the Asus C434 Chromebook Flip as part of everyday tools. The Windows OS on this surface seems to complement Microsoft's implementation on the surface studio very well. I really enjoyed Adam Savage's product test review, check it out:
The last one, I know I said three.
In the spirit of the COVID-19 #lockdown, I would recommend that you also watch Netflix Docuseries "Pandemic". Maybe before that, you can watch "Four Corners," it is the most up to date and comprehensive account of the extraordinary chain of events that have left the world on the edge of a pandemic.