Fresh Bits 4/3: Interesting Things to Do and Read

Hope you enjoy today’s Fresh Bits: 11 juicy links to help you enjoy this weekend a bit more. Please comment and let me know what you think of this list. Also consider signing up at the right to follow and receive new post email notifications.

Each day is a new battle to say yes to what matters and say no to what doesn’t. Focus is a practice. – James Clear

  1. Good post on the value and distraction from having passion pursuits during times like now:  Why Hobbies (Still) Matter in the Midst of a Pandemic.
  2. How would you like to check out a digital book from a library of 1.4 million titles? And for free! You can at The National Emergency Library until June 30th. But please continue (or start) buying books online from your local, independent bookstore while they’re shuttered, else they may not be there when we return to roam freely.
  3. Okay, although some of you housebound DIY nerds may not be quite this desperate (yet), I still offer How to Make Bagpipes Out of Garbage Bags. Just don’t tell your neighbors I gave you this link.
  4. For you movie bingers, here’s a way to make even movies you’ve seen before a bit more interesting and film noir-ish:  In Praise of Watching Your Favorite Movies in Black & White.
  5. Actor Patrick Stewart reads a Shakespeare sonnet.
  6. Phoebe Reads a Mystery podcast, current one chapter a day of Agatha Christie’s first mystery, The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  7. Something only word lovers could embrace:  Overly Descriptive Color Palettes. Found this…a bit hypnotic to keep scanning the names and enjoying the word crafting.
  8. Reading a bit of Austin’s book every day and I’ve bought multiple copies in the past to gift to creative friends. I consider this a must-have bookshelf book, especially useful in these times if you write, draw, sketch, paint, or pursue any creative activity:  Keep Going by Austin Kleon.
  9. What I’m reading this week: Exercising both sides of the mind starting with the first installment, The Invisible Library of Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, (after finishing the sixth last week). To offset that fun, fantasy world, still working through Ryan Holiday’s “The Obstacle is the Way,”  exploring Stoicism.
  10. What I’m watching this week: Still binging on BBC’s Time Team, and old series set in the UK. A team of archaeologists, led by Black Adder-famed British actor Tony Robinson, take on three-day explorations to resolve mysteries and answer historical questions. On Prime Video (but also elsewhere, like Acorn TV somewhat).
  11. What I’m listening to this week: As usual, when I need some background music of a calming or relaxing nature, I listen to Hearts of Space, either their weekly show or listening for hours to their Seasonal channel. Info here, if curious or interested.