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Headspace offers free guided meditations and workouts for New Yorkers via Mashable!

April 6th, 2020 No comments
 

New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, so Headspace is bringing a little bit of relief to the Empire State. 

Headspace announced a partnership with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to offer free guided meditations, sleep sounds, exercises, and mindfulness content for kids on a New York-specific webpage. In case you’re not aware, Headspace is a popular mindfulness mobile app that offers all of those things under normal circumstances, but usually charges a subscription fee to access everything.

“Now more than ever it’s critical that New Yorkers stay healthy both physically and mentally, and these resources will help people cope with rising levels of stress and anxiety during this unprecedented public health crisis,” Cuomo said in a statement.

After COVID-19: A little blue sky thinking for a post-COVID19 world

April 4th, 2020 No comments

A little blue sky thinking for a post-COVID19 world

Ok, a little “blue sky” thinking for  a time when this crisis (or at least the worst of this crisis) is over…

  • What are you planning for when restrictions begin to be lifted?
  • What will you change?
  • What will remain the same?
  • What new ideas/projects/habits will you begin?
  • What are you going to do strictly for yourself and your family?
  • How will the world be different for you?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!

This new quarantine game lets you play with friends from home + your smart speaker via RouteNote Blog

April 3rd, 2020 No comments
 

This party game sets you the task of talking to your Smart Speaker in just the right way to win this new quarantine game.
Hey Robot is a game that’s been building support on Kickstarter and is yet to launch in full. However it’s lovely creators saw everyone getting bored whilst stuck at home self-isolating and have launched a rough version early that is free to play.

You need either an Amazon Alexa or Google Home speaker, they say it doesn’t work so well with phones. You place that near to your computer and call your friends to bring them in and you’re off in one of the two game modes.

To play Hey Robot, you have to make your Smart Speaker say a word or certain phrase without saying it yourself. It’s like taboo with a robotic and sometimes nonsensical player who also happens to have a hell of a lot at their disposal.

Procedural one-page dungeon generator via Boing Boing [Gaming]

March 30th, 2020 No comments
With most of us stuck at home, this might be the time to dig out the D&D rule books and use this site to generate some dungeon maps to get you restarted on your mythical adventures. — Douglas
 
Oleg Dolya (last seen here for his amazing procedural medieval city-map generator) is back with a wonderful procedural one-page dungeon generator that produces detailed, surprisingly coherent quickie dungeons for your RPG runs (it’s an entry in the monthly challenge from /r/procedural generation).
Read Procedural one-page dungeon generator via Boing Boing




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You Can Now Play Cards Against Humanity Online With Your Mates via LADbible

March 28th, 2020 No comments
As we all come to terms with the new rules about staying inside,, people are turning to online pub quizzes, bingo events and Netflix streaming parties to keep social while socially distancing
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And if you’re looking for something else fun to try, you can now play Cards Against Humanity online with your mates. Welcome to 2020.
The popular game, which really brings out the worst in people, can be played on Playingcards.ioio and is fairly simple to set up; create your own virtual room via a link you can pass to your pals, where everyone can see the game in real time and join in.

Parents Rejoice! Sesame Workshop Has Made 110 Sesame Street eBooks Free via Gizmodo

March 27th, 2020 No comments

If your recent transition to working from home every day was made all the more challenging with a house full of kids not able to go to school, Big Bird and his Sesame Street gang are offering a little relief by making 110 ebooks for kids absolutely free on all the major online book platforms.

Accessing the free titles, which include everything from books teaching kids timely lessons like sitting still to sparking an interest in becoming the President one day, does require access to a mobile device like a smartphone, tablet, or ereader. But the Sesame Workshop has extended this offer to platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook, and even Kobo, with no specified expiration date just yet.

A bunch of Amazon kids shows are now free even if you’re not a Prime member via TechHive

March 23rd, 2020 No comments

Attention parents with school-aged kids who have way too much time on their hands: Amazon has opened up 40 of its most popular family shows to stream for free to all, meaning you don’t need to be a Prime member to enjoy them.

Among the titles available are full seasons of Amazon animated originals such as Bug Diaries and Pete the Cat, as well as older fare including Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and Just Add Magic. Additionally, PBS Kids has taken down the Prime paywall for much of its content, so shows such as Arthur and Caillou are now free. You can browse the full selection of titles on a dedicated page, but it’s unclear how long the offer will last or whether new shows will be added over time.

Home School: Whale experts launch free, virtual marine biology camp to entertain and inform kids via GeekWire

March 22nd, 2020 Comments off

The scientists running Seattle-based Oceans Initiative more typically apply their marine mammal expertise to research on endangered orcas or conservation of white-sided dolphins in Washington’s Puget Sound.

But the upside-down world of the new coronavirus and the closure of their nearly 6-year-old daughter’s school inspired them this week to launch what they’ve dubbed their Virtual Marine Biology Camp.

FREE Audiobooks for kids (and adults) from Audible

March 20th, 2020 Comments off
No need to download or log in or anything. Click the book and start listening immediately! Maybe it’s time you finally read/listened to one of those classics, like Frankenstein, that you have always been meaning to read. — Douglas
 
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
Read Audible Stories | Audible.com via Audible.com


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@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner via Instagram

March 18th, 2020 Comments off

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@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner

@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner via Instagram

@gogojosephw Cooks up curry for dinner via Instagram

Might as well make the best of being stuck at home.
Joseph whipped up a batch of his Japanese-style curry for us all.

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