March 2020 Articles

Admittedly, not everyone is enjoying his or her time during the pandemic. But as Gandalf once said:

So I spent more time binge-watching Netflix TV Series reading new articles and taking new online courses while keeping myself healthy. Here are the articles I enjoyed reading this month:

Anaïs Nin on Embracing the Unfamiliar (BrainPicking)

Amidst the COVID-19 issue, this quote has been soooo relevant:

“It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar.”

Anaïs Nin

There are so many things we don’t know and much information available online are either vague or fake. Our future appears bleak. This challenges the way we respond to things as human beings. Although the article does not concern itself with current affairs–far from it actually because it is about appreciating what is mysterious in art forms. Still, I find it comforting.

Could You Pass The Quirky Claustrophobia Test NASA Gives To Astronauts? (Forbes)

I was only but a small percent of those who aspired to be astronauts when they were kids. For as long as I learned to look up at the stars on a clear night or at the dark clouds on stormy ones, I wanted to be an astronaut so it wouldn’t surprise anybody that Armageddon was and still is one of my favorite movies. To make the long story short, apart from the expenses studying the stars entailed, unless I got over my irrational fear of places caving in, this dream would remain a dream.

An Astronaut’s Tips For Living in Space – Or Anywhere (NASA)

In connection with the previous article, I read this one from NASA. Watching a number of videos on how astronauts live in space and keep to their strict hygiene is an eye-opener. It has drastically changed my perspective in using too much water when bathing and keeping the toilet really squeaky clean.

Why your internet habits are not as clean as you think (BBC)

The statistics in the article could make one think he shouldn’t surf the internet anymore. Then again, it would take more than this article from breaking old habits. With my brother’s recommendation, I did try Ecosia, a platform that promises to plant trees, as my search engine but I still reverted to Google. Knowing that Google uses green energy is somehow comforting.

Shrinking Ozone Hole, Climate Change Are Causing Atmospheric “Tug of War” (Scientific American)

Raffy Tima’s photos in Instagram and Twitter made me search for some articles related to the positive effects of the enhanced community quarantine to the environment and eventually, I found some articles on the shrinking Ozone Hole. I know they are not entirely related but I had a grim thought that as our planet choked on pollution for so long, a virus threatens the health of our respiratory system in a similar manner. Then again, nobody wants to be afflicted with COVID-19, nobody chooses to, particularly those who who sacrificed their own lives saving others. However, I am also fairly certain, Earth’s Mother Nature does not want to be polluted. Doesn’t this make you appreciate every gulp of breath you have and motivate you to pay more attention to your health and hygiene and by extension, the environment, not only during a pandemic but all the effing time?

How are you spending your time these days? What articles have you read and thought worth sharing?


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