What a wonderful week here in Australia. In a few states across the country, parks have reopened and you can now get a beer at the local, provided you socially distance and collect a parmy at the same time. They are small steps towards freedom and you can certainly see things are definitely on the move. But that hasn’t stopped things from getting heated elsewhere. Overseas, civil unrest is high, confusion is mass and the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. So, while we’re revelling in the positivity of our reinstated freedoms, we should still remain diligent.
That’s why we’re keeping our eyes on the prize and focusing on the inner. This week, we took up a few new hobbies, reconnected with old loves and worked out some kinks. Here is What’s Keeping Us Sane this week – May 16 edition.
Tales of Mystery & Imagination
Nick Hall – Digital Editor
Yeah, yeah, the editor likes to read, big surprise. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved classic horror novels like Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr Jeykll & Mr Hyde and The Invisible Man, so naturally, I gravitated towards the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. The themes are super dark and writing is impeccably unhinged, generally from a rather twisted perspective. Unfortunately, as I’ve gotten older, reading has taken a bit of a backseat as work tends to suck up most of my time, but this week I made a conscious effort to get back into the written word.
Scrounging through the cupboards, I came across Tales of Mystery & Imagination, a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories. As soon as I opened the pages, I remembered why I loved these books so much. The characters are so well developed, even though the stories are brief and you definitely get a sense of mystery, deviance and horror. Each night, I read one short story before bed, which is a vast difference from the hours of computer and phone content I was packing in prior to closing my eyes previously. It is having an impact as well. Not only am I sleeping better, but I actually feel like I’m getting smarter. For anyone interested, I highly recommend starting with the simple readings like The Oblong Box before moving on to the more complex classics like The Pit and the Pendulum.
Scott Purcell – Co-Founder
We all know about “Netflix Culture”; when a show starts to go viral and everyone becomes absolutely obsessed with it. So much so, that hundreds of YouTubers do recaps of each episode explaining intricate details that you may have missed. It makes watching the show, and bragging to your friends about your superior knowledge, all that more enjoyable.
There’s no better channel at recapping pop-culture than New Rockstars. The detail they go into and easter eggs they find is absolutely insane, often discussing the philosophy behind the plotlines or inspiration behind key scenes.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying watching their recaps of the new Rick & Morty Series that often run for even longer than the episodes itself. Would highly recommend checking them out if you want to elevate your Netflix experience.
“Shaqtin’ A Fool” on YouTube
Frank Arthur – Co-Founder
With live sports still on hold, it’s been fun diving into the archive. From classic games, epic bouts and all-time greatest highlights, YouTube has been a handy source for reflecting on great athletic moments in history.
As an NBA fan, I’ve been frothing over the legendary achievements highlighted in Netflix’s The Last Dance, however, I’ve equally been enjoying the not so legendary NBA moments on Shaquille O’Neal’s Shaqtime YouTube channel in Shaqtin’ A Fool.
From defensive fails, horrendous 3 point attempts, vicious crossovers to missed dunks, Shaqtin’ the fool is a compilation of the NBA’s most humorous, bizarre, embarrassing moments.
Theragun G4 Pro
Denise Barnes – Native Content Manager
There is a reason Theragun is known for being the pioneers in the percussive therapy space. Unlike the cheap K-mart impersonators, these devices are truly life-changing. After every work-out, I spend a few minutes massaging target areas with the G4 Pro and the results are astounding. I hardly ever wake up with sore muscles anymore. When you glide the Theragun over your stiff or sore areas, you can feel it working. It’s that “it hurts so good” kind of feeling.
Another favourite is using it on my feet at the end of every day. I no longer have to beg my husband for foot rubs every night, and truth be told, the Theragun does a better job anyway 😉 Yes, it might be pricey, but it’s like having your own personal therapist readily available to give you a deep tissue massage whenever you need it.
What’s Keeping Us Sane
It’s been a good week here at Man of Many HQ. It feels like most people around us are already planning trips away and cafe stops, so it’s an interesting period where the streets are brimming with positivity and enthusiasm. If there is one piece of advice we can impart, however, it’s to remain cautious. The pandemic definitely hasn’t passed yet, so maybe hold off on the house parties for a few a weeks longer. After restrictions have been lifted and the threat is minimal, go nuts, but just make sure you swing us an invite.