Quarantine started months ago (though it feels like longer), and now, like everyone, you’re bored in the house too. It seems like you would do anything to get out, to see something or someone new; a new tree in a new yard, a different bird song in a different balcony, a different face on a different body. You catch our drift. You’re now even bored of singing ‘I’m bored in the house, and I’m in the house bored.”
Friends, when you’re bored with something, you only need to get a new perspective! So we traveled all over the internet to find you TED Talks and books that will help you unbore yourself! you’re welcome!
Bored? Get a new perspective on plants!
Whether you’re a virtuoso plant grower or you really know your mud with all top tips to care for your plants at your fingertips, you might have always thought of plants to be calm, almost passive beings.
Did you know they can manipulate animals and also use the same kind of branching communication network that your nervous system uses? And they also could be talking about you behind your back.
Watch this TED Talk by Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso, and you will never see your plants the same way, ever again!
2. Still bored? Check out the magic that whiskey and music could create
We know what you’re thinking. But it’s not that. We’re talking about Swiss artist Fabian Oefner and his use of everyday things to create mind-blowing artworks.
An excerpt from his talk invites you to stop being bored in the house and look at the beauty that constantly surrounds us.
3. Perpetually bored at home?Check out the history of ‘home’ and everything that lives in it
“It is always quietly thrilling to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.”, says Bill Bryson in his wonderful book At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Goodreads review: Bryson’s introduction to the book reads how little he knew about the ordinary things of life. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room, to write a history of the world without leaving home. Whatever happens in the world – he demonstrates – ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.
So now, as you wander in your house, from room to room, feeling bored, you should pick this book up and reinvent the way you see your at-home living.
4. Need to get a new perspective on everyday things? Check out these musical banana & pizza slices for computer cursors?
Leftover pizza slices? What if you could use them as arrow buttons on your computer? You might be wondering why you’d want to do that at all. But if you’re bored in the house, this might prove to be a bit more wondrous than you’d imagine.
If you’re still confused (or think we’ve gone mad with boredom), watch Electrical Engineer Jay Silver go bananas over everyday things and using them as you’d never think of!
5. All aboard the spaceship Earth
Tired of being bored during quarantine, living in ‘the new normal’? Catapult into space with the adventures of Chris Hadfield and rediscover the way you see life on Earth with An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth.
Goodreads review: You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video, or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut. And will help you get a new perspective on the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.
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