This week Melissa is focused on retrofitting her home in preparation for distance learning. She has many thoughts and questions about what to expect when entire households are all online all at the same time.
This episode we discuss the shows we’ve been watching to escape the challenges of being stuck at home. Out in Arizona, Melissa feels like she’s living in a Hobbit movie where things are on fire. Mike is excited for another celebrity spotting in South Dakota. In New York, Elisa has been knitting her way through a TV watchlist like none other, so tune in and make a checklist along with us. We are all just waiting around to Upload anyhow. 😉
Modern Love Hulu
Little Fires Everywhere Apple TV+
Dear … Netflix
Ozark Elisa’s pick:Ancestry All Access Plan 6 months
Apple Special Event June 2020
After watching and listening to WWDC20 demonstrations and announcements, Elisa thinks the new App Clip will be really useful. Melissa is excited for macOS and iOS to finally have some UI consistency. Mike is looking forward to kicking the tires on the new Apple CarPlay.
Melissa is happy to eat her rant about the lack of adding metadata using the native Photos app in iOS 14. Though there wasn’t time to demonstrate everything in the Keynote, this would have been an amazing thing to see!! From Apple’s iOS 14 All New Features, scroll to the Photos section and you will see:
“Add context to photos and videos with captions
View and edit captions to add context to your photos and videos, and easily find captions you’ve added in the Search tab. With iCloud Photos enabled, captions sync seamlessly across all your devices.”
Last episode we discussed what makes a great design and what we liked most or felt was life-changing. This time, we’re flipping it to talk about the Terrible Product Designs We Love to Hate. How could these product designs be improved to make the world a happier place? Dealing with waste and bad design takes some thinking outside the box.
What is a product or service you believe is so well-designed that it makes life easier to navigate? We share our gratitude for design by discussing our top-of-the-list, favorite products inspired by an article Elisa found in Fortune Magazine The 100 Greatest Designs of Modern Times.
Tip: in Safari browser on iOS or macOS, you can use Reader View to cut out distractions from ads.
Our picks for what we most look forward to doing again once it’s safe outside of stay-at-home practices: Elisa: going to concerts and hitting the beach. Melissa: family entertainment parks such as her local Funtasticks Family Fun Park. Mike: going out to eat.
We’re still sheltering at home, which gave Melissa time to set up her new TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WiFi System. We think the quarantine has overwhelmed Skype because we had a few recording issues that became comical. If you listen carefully to the bloopers at the top of the show, you’ll hear Mike turn in to a chipmunk!
Here are the products Melissa reviewed in this episode: Melissa got the 3-pack pictured above, but if you have a smaller home, you could probably get away with the 2-pack set then add on a single later on if you think you’ll need it.
Coronavirus is still the major news around the world, and more people are working from home and using video services to keep in touch with family and friends. We talk about the pros and cons of Zoom and FaceTime. And of course, because we’re, well, *us*, we veer off into other topics.
As we all hunker down hiding from the Covid virus we discuss what we are doing to cope with this epidemic.
First Mike talks about paying more attention to his health and watching his weight. Then they all talk about ordering food with apps, the future of bill paying, entertainment options for all you shut ins and teleworking.
For our picks Elisa is thinking about exercise while social distancing with Peloton Bike. Melissa want to be comfortable while working so she went with the Altwork Station. Mike just wants to forget what going so he going to play games on his Commercial Grade Cocktail Arcade Machine.
DON’T PANIC!!! It’s just Mike & Melissa this week. Elisa is fine, she’s just away for this show. With the Coronavirus starting to ramp up we talk about measures and precautions to deal with the possible pandemic. And one of the best things you can do in a situation such as this is to laugh or the stress will kill you. First we start by talking about the Spotify playlist we created called “Quarantine“. We also discuss a little about making playlists and scrobbling.
With spring just around the corner (hopefully) everyone’s attentions turn to travel and vacations. First Elisa offers some advice on cruises and has a website to compare different cruise companies. Next Melissa is planning a school trip for her son and has tips on getting things ready and help for money handling. Finally Mike want to traverse this great land and has a trip planner and a booking app to offer.