So you decided to self-isolate your family. You feel like you’ve made the right decision. After all, it is your moral duty to your family and the nation to do everything in your power to halt the Coronavirus crisis. In fact, you feel a wave of pride washing over you — the virus stopping superhero Gotham needs right now. Everything is going to be ay-o-kay.
Wrong. It’s been two days and you feel like locking the kids in the garage with a year’s supply of V-bucks and Domino’s vouchers and drowning your sorrows with a bucket of wine.
And while life might seem bleak at the moment, all is not lost. Instead of losing your mind, why not train it instead? One of the best ways to kill boredom is by keeping yourself occupied. And what better way is there than educating yourself?
Let’s be honest — there’s only so much Game of Thrones slaughtering or “real” housewives who participate in banal arguments in restaurants you can watch. Instead, why not check out these super interesting courses.
Become a Microbiology Laboratory Technician - Udemy
Or, is it? Maybe we should all go to the pub.
Sun Tzu may not have been a leading virologist, but he knew a lot about kicking ass. And he’s right — how can you stay safe if you don’t know anything about microbiology?
– How to diagnose diseases (important because the government can’t be arsed).
– Pursue a career in microbiology (if you survive, ha!).
– The best way to start your career in microbiology (but what’s the point, we’re all going to be on Statutory Sick Pay for 18 months).
The course itself is about an hour and half long, but you’ll probably kill another five days obsessing over the inner-workings of Covid-19 due with your newfound knowledge.
The real issue is that with greater knowledge comes greater paranoia. Is it worth the risk? Probably. What else is there do to?
Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Scientific Thinking and Communication - Masterclass
Alright, I think you get what I’m doing — trying to link any old science course to Covid-19 in the desperate attempt to capitalise on people’s boredom.
It’s true, you caught me. The only Masterclass course I can even slightly link to Covid-19 is this one.
In fact, the picture on the right (or below if you’re reading on mobile) is the best royalty-free image of NDT I can find. Do you really want to let down such a lovely looking bloke? Just buy his Masterclass course. Please. Otherwise he may cry.
But yeah, in terms of the course, it looks pretty cool. He breaks down what science is; teaches you to be skeptical about what you read (like, for example, reviews of courses online lol); the ins-and-outs of cognitive bias; communication (very important when locked up with your nearest (too close) and dearest (both emotionally and financially); and how to inspire people.
You get a pretty good deal, with plenty of content to keep you occupied during your terrible time locked inside with your family.
So yeah, just need a few more words to fill the whitespace next to this image. Pretty much run out of things to say. OK!
Ashley was going to continue writing this article, but he’s out of time on his lunch and has to get back to more economically beneficial activities such as bathing in Dettol and counting his sneezes. Oh well, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of other awesome courses on his site. Have fun!