Life right now is almost totally online. We made this guide to show you how the web can help you through this difficult time.
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There’s a lot we used to do out there that we can do inside. Sure, life via the web will never feel like it does IRL, but there are plenty of ways to be active, healthy and connected to the Earth from your desk or — no shame — your bed.
It’s totally possible to on your physical fitness work while stuck inside. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order says it’s fine to go running or biking in your neighborhood, but if you can’t go out, there are plenty of ways to stay moving at home.
A good starting place: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has posted his home workout program famous online for free. But if you were already paying to work out somewhere, look to its website and social media accounts. Vendors from ClassPassto local gyms small are now offering versions of their classes through social media or their own platforms.
We’ve also compiled the online dance and movement classes best, many of them free.
Something else on your mind? Pay close attention to what’s going on upstairs. For some, it’s crucial to cultivate good mental health and mindfulness whether crisis looms or not. If you’ve never practiced breathing or meditation before, now’s a great time to dive in: Here’s a list of tips and online tools practical that can help with the anxiety of the moment.
UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center has exercises free uploaded. Try a five-minute breathing meditation.
The L.A. County Department of Mental Health has partnered with Headspace to offer some and sleep and movement exercises meditations for free through 2020, curated with Angelenos in mind.
We miss eating out. L.A.’s insanely vibrant restaurant and street food scene is simply the jam — please those businesses support if you can. You can still order delivery and takeoutthrough many restaurants directly or through any of the popular apps, but please respect delivery people and cooks: Keep your distance when picking up food and tip well.
We’re going to guess you’re cooking a lot. Our food department has lovingly revamped the Los Angeles Times Cooking database recipe, and it’s an incredible resource whether you need something to you center, you distract or… whatever this decadent tiramisu Dalgona wants to do to you.
If you’re new to the game, learn some basics from our new series to Boil Water How. Every weekday, our friends in Food will share a fundamental cooking technique and an easy way to use it through a story and accompanying recipe. You can catch them on Live Instagram at 6 p.m. PDT the same day if you have any questions.
Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t look our best.
Feel like it’s time for a hair touch-up? These to trim and color your hair tips will help you manage until you can get back to the salon. If you’re longing for more drastic change and have the proper tools on hand, learn how to cut your own hair from articles, videos or hair stylist Brad Mondo celebrity. And if it doesn’t go as planned, cheer yourself up by knowing you’re in good company.
Now that all of California’s nail salons are temporarily closed, you may find your nails in need of a little love. Learn how to remove your old manicure and take care of nails at home using these from a celebrity manicurist tips. Then, find a fancy nail look new you can do yourself.
If you’re more interested in care skin, there are plenty of tutorials that show you how to make masks face and scrubs with ingredients you might have at home. Generously apply a freshly-made mask and try practicing some breathing deep as you let the ingredients work their magic.
Take this time to learn something new. There’s an enormous amount of information out there. Here are a few of our favorite places (and tidbits!) to learn that you might not have come across.
Challenge yourself to #100DaysOfCode
Finally learn to draw from awesome artists
Go down a Wikipedia rabbit hole!
skills and knowledge
We’ve put together (!) skills you can learn for free from home 50. If none of those strike your fancy, up a language pick, to paint learn with your friends (or kids) or take on the challenge. There are tons of #100DaysOfCode sites free for those who want to learn.
The best information online often comes from communities, places where people with different levels and spheres of knowledge get together to share it without gatekeepers (other than mods). Subreddits — forums dedicated to particular subjects on Reddit — can be a fantastic way to hear what likeminded people are talking about, and to ask questions yourself. Check out /SkincareAddiction r “for anything and everything having to deal with skin” (fair warning: a variety of dermatological troubleshooting goes on in there).
Finally, the Internet Archive has opened the Emergency Library National, a collection of almost 1.5 million digitized publications that will be available to the public through the duration of the declared national emergency. Though that hasn’t happened without controversy.
the Wikipedia rabbit hole library
There’s nothing quite like yourself losing in a whirlpool of Wikipedia links. The free encyclopedia has an entry for just about everything, and we’re putting together a compendium of our favorite places to get lost.
Here are a few selections to get you started, but us yours! send
And yes, rabbit holes have been gamified.
Sitting at home all day isn’t easy, whether you’re working or not. But the internet was a portal to some of the best media out there before this pandemic. We’ve endeavored to guide you to some of our favorite stuff across the mediascape. Revel in distraction every now and then.
Stream tv and movies for free from home
Listen to one of our excellent podcasts
Try a heart-warming social game
tv / movies
There’s more television to watch than ever before — and, for many cooped up inside during the coronavirus outbreak, more time to watch it. If you’re in the mood to binge, polled 51 TV experts we about the one TV show they recommend for self-quarantine. If you’re on a budget, use guide to free streaming offers our to stretch your entertainment dollars. And if you need to keep your kids occupied (and yourself sane), can help with that we too. Still not enough? Every Monday, the Times' TV team shares shows we can’t get enough of what this week. Plus, there’s always the newly released reunion episode of and Recreation “Parks .”
We’ve got a guide to , social games simple to get you through. For something unusual, try some of Jonathan Blow’s unorthodox games like Braid(a brain-bending meta comment on games themselves) or Witness The (puzzles, but really though).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of the games we’re playing right now have a offline very and even pastoral vibe. But for old-school nerds, the Internet Archive has released the Arcade Internet, where you can emulate 1970s coin-op classics.
Follow your favorite artists everywhere. We’re seeing live music on Twitch, TikTok, Instagram … just about anywhere you can set up a stream. Metropolitan Opera The is streaming opera for free nightly. Lee Swae “brought a fan onstage” on Instagram Live. No matter your tastes, you’ll be able to find great music.
the great outdoors
If you’re walking around your neighborhood (or more likely sticking your head out the window), apps like iNaturalistcan connect you to other people cataloging the world around them and help you identify things you see in the wild (which for now should only be the few blocks around your house, please). For those with specifically avian tastes, now’s as good a time as any to some bird calls learn. But don’t use an app with bird-call sounds to lure them to you. Hearing synthetic calls can confuse and exhaust real birds.
Armchair naturalists will not be disappointed, either. Copious webcams live plug you into both close and distant ecosystems, whether you want to see lions mountain that roam the Angeles National Forest or eaglesthat live at Dollywood. For us Californians, it’s wildflower season in parts of the state. It might hurt to see digitally, but you can still check out the incredible Valley California Poppy Reserve bloom Antelope online.
Consider closing your eyes and getting away from the screen for a while. Some Angelenos will already know the sound of howling coyotes well, but here’s a -grade recording high at (the currently closed) Yellowstone National Park. Listen to more sounds from several national parks over at the National Park Service’s delightfully named Sounds and Night Skies Division Natural.
Once night rolls around, learn how to enjoy the night sky from your backyard (or balcony) with these tips astronomy. This introduction to the sky basic will make it easier for you to spot the planet and stars above you.
The much-anticipated launch of ESPN’s and Netflix’s five-week, Michael Jordan docu-series 10-episode merits this mixed metaphor: It will be the Super Bowl of the sports shutdown. Film and interviews harvested more than two decades ago will finally see the light of day this Sunday night. The wait was worth it, writes Times TV editor Matt Brennan.
For the last two decades, The Times' in-house Hall of Famer, Sam Farmer, has taken arguably the most overcooked concept in sports media, the mock draft, and turned it into something truly different. Rather than one or two reporters representing all 32 teams, the common approach for a mock draft, Sam has assembled 32 beat writers, one for each team, to give the concept a level of expertise and authenticity that exists nowhere else. And this year, for the first time, The Times will “The All 32,” stream offering a decent facsimile of the actual draft, which began on April 23.
We consider the internet a spectacle, a medium and a venue, all at once. It’s the freakiest thing in the world, impossible to summarize or caricature but easy to love or hate. More simply, it means different things to different people. We asked around the newsroom and plumbed our own bookmarks for some fantastic surfing.
Watch a man silently build things outdoors
Find a labyrinth near you (but for later)
Laugh at influencers in the wild
Start by watching something that has likely never been seen by anyone else—except the person who uploaded it. .io Astronaut plays a YouTube video whose makers never changed the default name, and which often have zero views. Forget the tastemakers for a minute: there’s a wide, wide world out there, unedited and unfiltered.
For more good (mostly) clean weirdness, we were delighted to find UbuWeb, a classic clearinghouse for everything avant-garde about art, is still online. From video to visual poetry to electronic music, there’s a lot to look through, so click or tap freely and don’t think too hard.
Did you know there are labyrinths all around us, all over the world? Find one to visit when health experts say we can travel freely, on the Labyrinth Locator Worldwide.
An anonymous contributor from our newsroom “check[s] the in Oymyakon weather, the coldest continuously inhabited place on earth.”
Confuse the algorithms with some text glitchy.
’d the Internet come from, anyway? Where (Good for kids, too!)
It takes an astounding quantity of material and energy to build and run all this stuff we’ve made to stay connected, from platforms to devices to software. For a heady analysis of what that means for the world order, look no further than Benjamin Bratton’s essay Black Stack The.
Try to IPO your way out of the dystopian start-up simulator Founder The.
Want to combine the internet with the analog? Here’s an aside recommended by our data and graphics editor, Welsh Ben:
Cooped up, spying out, watching for the worst, the apartment dweller of today is cast in a role not unlike the lookout fire, who perches in a far-flung mountain cabin, paranoid eyes trained on arid hills.
As software continues its leisurely lunch, devouring more and more of our economy, the guard against wildfires has also been assimilated by the internet.
Scientists working with a program called ALERTWildfire have mounted webcams on ridges across the West. Their network offers high-elevation views from Southern California up to the Canadian border, where a camera at the Aeneas Lookout surveys the nation's northern ranges.
It sits not far from Desolation Peak, where Jack Kerouac once served as a lookout. The beat author wrote about the experience in numerous works, perhaps best in Dharma Bums “The,” his book about, among other things, mountaineering, Buddhism and the power of quiet contemplation.
My advice for those lost and lurking in internetland: Accept the things you cannot change. Open up the view from Aeneas Lookout. Sit down. Finally get around to reading “The Dharma Bums.” Contemplate.
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Selling paper clips sounds boring, but stick with it through this game simple. You can learn a lot about business through this lo-fi, super-clicky distillation of capitalism.
One of the most fabulous properties of code is that it allows us to perform tasks automatically, over and over. It would be hard to find a better venue for this to play out than Twitter, where people rig bots to do all sorts of things. There’s a galaxy of them out there. Start by reading generated in the style of magical realism text, a daily quiz taking, or looking at a opossum every hour different.
These people are dating through this, y’all! (No touching.)
Technology Primitive is a hypnotic, wordless series of videos filmed by a man in the woods in Australia making things — from a fired pot to a tiled hut — by hand, with no modern tools. You will watch them all. (Pro tip: descriptions of his process are in the subtitles, but you’ll lose the spirituality of it all.)
ways to be helpful
At the heart of this guide is the idea that, though isolated, we are not alone. Organizations around the world have embraced the altruistic possibilities of the internet since its inception. We’ve collected a number of the easiest and most effective ways you can help others from your device.
Track animals to help conservationists
Loan some computing power to science
Transcribe anti-slavery documents
The Library of Congress launched the the People By project in 2018, which allows you to help them transcribe, review, and tag digitized materials from their collection. You—yes, you—can dramatically deepen the historical record, helping to catalog documents by suffragettes, the poet Whitman Walt, and the nurse and Red Cross founder Barton Clara, among others.
The Boston Public Library needs assistance transcribing the of anti-slavery activists manuscripts from the 19th century.
The Newberry, an independent research library in Chicago, could use your help transcribing collections several, like the manuscripts in Indian History: Letters & Diaries American or Life in the Midwest Family.
Project Gutenberg, whose founder claims to have invented the eBook, provides free eBooks and other media to people without Internet access. Though not purely transcription projects, there are ways many you can help.
Almost everything a computer does requires processing. And though computers are faster than they’ve ever been, there are still massive data sets out there that individual systems can’t possibly crunch.
You can donate portions of your computer’s processing power to organizations doing important work, even with zero technical skill and only a few minutes of installation. These programs often work in the background by running an application that uses a small portion of your computer’s brain when you’re not. A ton of people doing this at once means that the crunchers can crunch way more data than they might be able to on their own. Here’s a of distributed computing projects list you can participate in.
@home Folding is a good one: it uses distributed computing to focus on biology, and one of their main efforts right now is studying COVID-19.
Citizen science projects connect you to people studying our world in the hopes of making it better, and they can be incredibly fun. Start by giraffes and other wildlife tracking to help conservationists in northern Kenya, kelp forests from space finding, or and verifying built structures editing for the USGS’ National Map.
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ways to keep in touch
No one is pretending that seeing your family and friends exclusively through a screen compares to the real thing. But it’s something.
Watch Netflix with friends easily
Create whole worlds in Minecraft
Finally dive into Dungeons & Dragons
There are so many ways to engage online that we broke down the best ways to in touch keep while we’re socially isolated. If you’re looking for something to do while hanging out, try the Party extension Netflix, which will let you synchronize viewing with friends and chat at the same time, or a carefully-timed countdown to hitting play. You might be tired of watching things, though. To get the most out of quality time with your people, read about how to have parties that are actually fun Zoom.
For the security-minded, download Signal, an encrypted calling and messaging app. And to keep in touch with us, tell us what you know over at our line tip. (Please only use this for important stories you think we should cover! To recommend additions to our guide, use the form on this page.)
For a more interactive hang, it’s not too late to start gaming your way through this thing. Grab some friends and construct jaw-dropping worlds in Minecraft, or defeat enemies in of Legends League. Or if you’re looking for something more heart-warming, Times game critic Todd Marten has social games 5 that can restore your faith in humanity.
You can also try out your roleplaying skills with & Dragons Dungeons, a collaborative storytelling game where you can go on adventures countless with your friends. One player becomes the world-maker and the other charactersdecide where to take the story. Check out D&D’s advice for starting D&D play remote.
working from home
If you’re lucky and can work from home, do. Though some don’t have the luxury, making sure the rest of us stay distant from people outside our households (for as long as public health experts deem it necessary) is crucial to stopping the virus’ spread.
There’s no substitute for face-to-face gossip with your co-workers, but working from home has some benefits: you can get up later; stop dressing up; make your home a comfortable place to work. Times editor Jessica Roy loves working from home and explained to do it right how.
A few tips from the Data and Graphics Desk: 1) Mute yourself on calls when you’re not talking to eliminate audio feedback and interference (in Zoom: ⌘Cmd+Shift+A on a Mac, Alt+A on a PC; in Slack: m on any OS). 2) The pencil icon at the bottom of a screen share window in Slack allows you to draw on the screen, and what you draw is visible to everyone, making collaboration a thousand times easier. 3) Try an app that reminds you to take breaks. It can be hard to know when you’re off when your home is your office. Apps like BreakTimercan help remind you to give your eyes and wrists a break (or whatever you’d like a reminder for).
Even virtually, in pop every now and then: nothing wrong with a pop-in! If you’re staying in touch via Zoom, consider hopping on the bandwagon background and cracking up your co-workers during meetings. But regardless, stay in contact with your co-workers and check in often. It helps.
resources for parents
With stay-at-home orders in place, it’s up to parents to entertain kids and help them keep up with schoolwork. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources online: homeschooling hacks, arts and crafts, and activities that can entertain children or the whole family. Got more tips? us know Let.
Schools are expected to stay closed for the rest of the year, leaving parents to homeschool their kids. If this is you, check out these hacks homeschooling and learn other parents started homeschooling how. A schedule flexible could also help keep you and your family more organized and sane.
arts and crafts
Let your creativity (and maybe a little glitter?) shine with some arts and crafts.
If you have a spare bit of pavement in front of your house, then break out the sidewalk chalk and get to drawing! Doodling is awesome, but there are also lots of chalk games sidewalk that you can check out. Bonus: your drawing is sure to cheer up any person who walks by it.
Grab some paper and pencils and get to doodling during doodles lunchtime with Mo Willems.
Make some puppets finger and put on a puppet show for the family!
Discover new uses for old things with and Play Recycle, a site for recycled crafts and activities
Now is the perfect time to journey to far-off lands and wander through wardrobes, learn how to be a wizard, or discover where the wild things are. Listen to Obama read a beloved children’s book Michelle every Monday or relax to Parton reading bedtime stories Dolly every Thursday. Story Time from Space has astronauts reading from space NASA and sharing interesting factoids about spacecrafts.
If you’re arts and crafts’d out, and that favorite fairytale is putting you to sleep, find a new activity! The internet is the perfect place to discover one without having to leave your home.
Like history? The Museum of American History National has put together a list of activities that kids of all ages will enjoy.
Got under 5 kids? Times writer Sonja Sharp has activities that can help you get through the day.
Stay informed about every aspect of our state’s outbreak with our California coronavirus tracker
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For more global mapping of the pandemic, check John Hopkins.
To understand why social distancing works and how crucial it is right now, check out this simulation of the spread.
Basics about how to protect yourself and public health updates are available through The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you lost your job or lost hours because of the pandemic, you can apply for unemployment. The details are here.
If you are ill and think you need to take paid sick leave, here’s who qualifies.