Monday, January 18, 2021

Sam's Weekly Quarantine Digest #41: January 18, 2021

 Hi all,

Hope you're enjoying the holiday weekend!  I don't know about you, but I really needed it - we're just a few weeks into the new year, but I feel like we started 2021 at a gallop!

As I've heard from many of you already, I'm heading into this week full of anticipation and nerves.  I'm certain I'm going to stress-bake several dishes this week to keep myself sane!  So, out of necessity, this week's Digest is full of things that relax me and make me smile - cute animals, old books, cartoons, recipes, and so much more.  And if none of these things are your cup of tea (get it?), spend a few minutes Googling something you love, and find one article or photo or project that makes you smile - I promise it will be time well spent.

As always, previous digests can be found on my blog at  If you have suggestions or would like to stop receiving these emails, just let me know.


  • Here is a Twitter thread of animals interrupting nature photographers - it is every bit as absurd (and adorable) as it sounds!
  • Here is a thread of the most beautiful libraries in the world - there are 75 on this list, and I intend to visit every single one (already well on my way)!
  • Ok, I know it seems like the sky is falling, but sometimes it actually is, and you have a chance to see it - ten times this year, in fact!  Check out this guide to watching every meteor shower in 2021.
  • Is art more your thing?  Check out The Met Unframed (mobile only), which allows you to view virtual galleries, discover hidden secrets of the Met's artwork, gamify your museum experience, and even take home the art to your own living room wall using AR.
  • Ever read a Wikipedia article about something truly bizarre?  I included a few suggestions in one of the Digests last May (see here), but it turns out that there is actually a Wikipedia article about unusual Wikipedia articles.  Or you can read about the history of Kool-Aid (and many other beloved snack items) here.  Enjoy your rabbit hole - you'll be there for a while.
  • The Animaniacs (and Pinky and the Brain) are back, with all new episodes available on Hulu.  So what are we doing tonight?  The same thing we do every night, Pinky - sit at home and watch TV.
  • I started playing The House of Da Vinci (Android; Apple), a delightful mobile game, this weekend.  It reminds me a lot of The Room (Android; Apple), one of my favorite mobile games.  They're escape-room-style puzzle games that are challenging, mysterious, and absolutely suck me into their world.  100 Doors (Android; Apple) is pretty great, too.  If the escape-room games I suggested a week or two ago didn't scratch that itch for you yet, these are a bit darker and more serious, and perhaps a bit more challenging as well.
  • If all else fails, try Cookie Clicker.

  • Getting a late start on your New Year's resolutions?  Check out MyFitnessPal's 7-day guide to healthier habits.
  • The Covid-19 vaccine is now available to all New Yorkers age 65 and over, as well as first responders and certain others.  You can sign up for alerts when new groups become eligible and get more information about how to schedule your appointment here.  If you live outside of NY, check your state government's website for details about your state's vaccine rollout.
  • If you still haven't tried it, now's the time to try my favorite workout video (cardio kickboxing).  I also highly recommend any Zumba class (including the Nintendo Switch Zumba game).

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