Killing time is hard. Many of us complain about the modern society and lifestyle and how they leave very little time for individuals to pursue their interests. And when we are finally fortunate enough to get this wish fulfilled, this terrible tragedy happens. Take my case for instance, its been a month since I’ve been (mostly) working from home. And I’m bored now. Here are some things I’ve tried, all in order which have been somewhat quite helpful for me, so I figured they might be helpful for some of you as well.
Watching TV Shows and Movies
This is the go to choice. In the initial stages, we’re all optimistic that the lockdowns will wind up in less than a week or two. So, for these trying times, I discovered a few never before watched gems. The TV shows are mostly crime fiction. The movies are mostly Bollywood, since I had paused watching Bollywood movies due to my awful experience watching one the previous year. Here are some:
- MacGyver (1985) - 139 episodes + 2 movies.
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries - 34 episodes + 1 movie.
- Agatha Christie’s Poirot - 70 episodes.
- Panchayat - 8 episodes. A wonderful series made by TVF.
- Jumanji - The Next Level. Just because I watched and liked the previous one.
- Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
- Angrezi Medium
- and… believe it or not, Titanic. Finally watched it.
Oh how I miss home!
Reading - for those who enjoy playing the movie in their own imagination
But the lockdown continued… So, we kill harder.
- Unbounded series by Teyla Branton (5 novels + extra novellas): https://www.goodreads.com/series/101678-unbounded
- Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud (3 + 1 books): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartimaeus_Sequence
- Read a comic book/manga. I’m re-reading two of my favorite series right now - One Piece and Attack on Titan, in Japanese. Its a bit irritating to open up Google Translate and a reference book on the side every now and then, since I need to brushen up my Japanese quite often. Gee if only I had the time.
But the eyes need to relax. So, Audiobooks
My eyes are beginning to hurt now. I’m so bored I might just begin a new boring TV series. Luckily, audiobooks to the rescue.
- V.I. Warshawski Novels by Sara Paretsky. I’ve only read the first 8 till date: https://www.goodreads.com/series/55214-v-i-warshawski
- Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Narrated by Natalie Dormer - the Jamie Moriarty from Elementary and Margery Tyrell from GoT.
Pick that project when you wanna do something
Well things get a bit interesting here. Post Valentine’s Day, many of my friends and family saw it fit that it was a fit time for me to get fit. See what I did there?
That exercise went down the drain once COVID-19 took over. So now, trapped in the occasional loneliness of my house, I’ve decided to conserve my energy even further.
I currently have a Raspberry Pi 3B+ managing a lot of things in my house. And the Pi costs me electricity. I figured I’ll install some solar panels (I bought those a month ago) on the roof of my house. Not only can it power my Pi and laptop, it can also power enough lighting for one room - a bulb, some motion-driven floor lights during the night (I have those!) and a fan. Configuring AirPrint and wireless scanning on my Raspberry Pi is also on the cards.
Learning AutoCAD. I’ve always wanted to do that.
I’m also thinking of designing a high-efficiency toilet seat. A few less liters for one man, billions of liters less for mankind.
On the subject of toilets, an automatic bidet seems more doable since it has already been done. Japan is full of these things, but they are quite costly. Bringing down the cost seems like an achievable objective and a prospective business opportunity.
For the times when you wanna do nothing
KINDLY NOTE: I’m at this stage right now…
Just relax, and lie down, anywhere (prefer a hygienic place, please). In these days, I’ve slept on the couch, on my PC Desk (I was able to fit on that surprisingly), on the floor and on a hammock:
Surprisingly it held up quite well, given my excessive weight. Material science has come a long way indeed.
- Watching Mike Boyd’s channel on YouTube. This guy learns a new skill almost every week. https://www.youtube.com/user/microboyd
Try the 28-hour day. It’s fun:
Make those post-lockdown resolutions
We all plan. Planning is part of life. Just remember, however, that a great TV show character once said:
For me, I’m gonna…
- Go some nice grocery shopping.
- Get my MacBook repaired. Damn butterfly keyboards.
- Cosplay as the Green Arrow.
We’ll get past this, folks. Stay strong.
And finally, wear a mask