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The Swan Project

Twenty-four student cellist from across the world came together (virtually) to play 'The Swan' from Saint-Saens's The Carnival of Animals. Each cellist played a small passage and the video was seamlessly stitched together to create the entire piece.

I hope this video serves as a comfort during these bleak times. When life gets rough, I always resort to music first. With the combined force of 24 student cellists from around the world, we wish to share that experience with you through "The Swan" from Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of the Animals. It is a piece of cello repertoire that harnesses simplicity and beauty in a language that speaks directly to the soul. In this unprecedented time of COVID-19 gripping the world, our bodies may be in different places, but our souls can still unite through music.

Via - YouTube


Japanese Celebrity Pikotaro Recreates His Pineapple-Apple-Pen Into Hand Washing Song

Japanese celebrity Pikataro has turned his famous Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP) song into a catchy hand washing song.

Stay home, stay safe, sing, dance, and wash those hands.

Via - YouTube


Students Graduate Remotely Using Robots

A spring graduation at Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo, Japan looked a little different this year. Instead of canceling the ceremony due to social distancing concerns the university offered a robotic alternative. Students graduated remotely using a robot stand-in.

The robots' "faces" were tablets that displayed the faces of the graduates, who logged on at home and controlled the robots via their laptops.
One by one, the robots motored toward the podium to receive their diplomas. School staff clapped and said "congratulations!" as University President Kenichi Ohmae placed the diplomas on a rack mounted on the robot's midsection.

The school is encouraging other institutions to adopt this robotic graduation method.

Via - The Jakarta Post

Photo: BBT University via Reuters


Oregon Teacher Delivers Care Packages For Distance Learning

With distance learning being the new normal, some teachers are going above and beyond to connect with their students. Karie Snodgrass teaches 2nd grade in Oregon. Instead of giving up on a big project she had planned for her students she spent hours upon hours preparing and dropping off care packages to the kids in her class.

"We were getting ready to do this huge project with plants and measurement and math and everything," Snodgrass said. "I knew they wouldn’t have access to seeds but I had the seeds already. So I put all the seeds in baggies wearing gloves and then I thought then they need journals and then they need crayons and so I put together care packages."

She called this act her version of the ding, dong, ditch. We call it another wonderful example of kindness in action. Thank you to her and all the amazing teachers out there.

Via - KATU


When A Flight Attendant Works From Home

What happens when you force a comedian / magician and his lovely flight attendant wife to social distance together? Pure comedy gold!

FYI - The sketch was written by the wife.

Via - YouTube


Neighborhood Hangs Happy Birthday Signs for Boy's 7th Birthday

A neighborhood in Lake Oswego, Oregon figured out a clever way to celebrate a 7-year-old's birthday.

To celebrate 7 year old Liam, neighbors had signs to wish him a 'Happy Birthday' during his birthday walk!

You may not be able to have a party, but that doesn't mean we all can't still celebrate! A very happy birthday to everyone, young and old, who has a birthday coming up.

Via - Instagram


You May Have To Wait For Your Next Corona With a Twist of Lime

It has just been announced that the Modelo Group will be stopping production and marketing of Corona beer. For how long? Who knows.

The Mexican beer company said it was taking the steps to “comply with the measures adopted by the Federal Government” of Mexico. 
They also expressed their “total commitment to be part of the fight against the SARS-Cov2 virus”, the statement reads.

Judging by the pallets of Corona still left in the supermarkets near us, the product hasn't been selling well in recent weeks.  


Photo - Rodgrigo/ AFP/Getty Images/ FILE


Portland Restauranteur Makes Face Shield From Menu Folder

A restaurant owner in Portland, Oregon is making news for being inventive with the use of plastic menu holders.

Min Trahn, owner of Butterfly Belly Asian Cuisine, saw that face shields are in short supply and realized he had just the thing to make some on his own.
He took a look at his laminated restaurant menu folders and saw they could be transformed into face shields.

This may not look like a cutting-edge design, but you have to admit it is original. We applaud everyone who is out there actively trying to make a difference and help people. Now is the time to get creative and resourceful.



A Desperate Mothers' Prayer

As many of us our navigate the new normal of homeschooling our children, I am grateful to the village of moms who send me hilarious videos and memes to help me get through the day. I normally don't share them with everyone, but this one was too good to keep to myself.

I big shout out and thank you to this comedian who created the Desperate Mother's Prayer. Thank you Desperate Mom (also known as Brandalyn Shropshire)! Thank you!

VIA -YouTube


Malaysian Government Apologizes For Telling Wives Not To Nag

In what can only be described as a really terrible public service announcement, the Malaysian government recently advised women to wear makeup, dress nicely, and avoid nagging. A short time later they were forced to retract that advice and apologize for their sexist comments.

The Malaysian government was forced to apologize after its Women's Development Department published a series of sexist "tips" to help deal with home quarantine, like advising women to continue to wear makeup and to "avoid nagging."
The campaign was met with fierce backlash, and the posts have since been deleted from the department's social media account.
One of the biggest criticisms was that the government body charged with supporting women appeared to be ignoring concerns about a rise in domestic violence that may accompany stay-at-home orders to focus on things like how women should dress.

The Women's Development Department director-general claims they were just trying to send out positive messages to woman during this time of crisis.

Via - CNN


Truck Carrying Toilet Paper Goes Up In Flames

A truck, carrying a load of toilet paper, sadly caught fire in Texas. The good news, the driver of the truck appears to be okay. The bad news, the toilet paper did not survive.

The toilet paper, which appeared to be large rolls typical of commercial use, was scattered across the roadway. TxDOT officials said the tractor-trailer and the load of toilet paper "burned extensively," estimating it would take authorities "some time" to clean up.

My heart aches for the loss of so much toilet paper.



Pacific Northwest Photographer Captures Social Distancing Moments

Skylar Bird, a photographer from the Pacific Northwest, is busy social distancing all while continuing to capture beautiful family moments. This time, however, those moments are through glass. She is calling it the Social Distancing Project.

South Sound photographer Skylar Bird is in the midst of a special project: family photo sessions - but with precautions, of course. Bird photographed moms, dads, and kids through their front contact at all. Despite the separation, Bird captured precious moments and documented history as the country commits to social distancing and staying at home.

Thank you to the photographers who remind us that, during even the darkest days, there is still beauty and laughter to be found in the world.

Via - KATU

Photo: Skylar Bird


Man Proposes in Front Of Makeshift Eiffel Tower Because Paris Trip Was Canceled

What do you do when your perfect proposal is thwarted by world events? You bring Paris and the Eiffel Tower to Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Erika said "Luke and I had a big trip planned for Paris to see my sister who lives there. We decided literally the day before our plane left to cancel the trip in order to keep ourselves and others safe."
So instead, Luke decided to bring Paris to Fredericksburg and continue with the engagement as planned.
He drew the Eiffel Tower and proposed underneath.
"He took me to the alley leading to Market Square where he had drawn a big picture of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in chalk," Erika explained.

Nice artwork Luke!

Many congratulations to the happy couple!  

Via - WJLA

Photo: Erika Diffendall and Luke McClung


Dog Delivers Wine Curbside

A winery in Maryland has gotten creative with their curbside wine delivery. Stone House Urban Winery has enlisted the help of 75-pound brindle boxer named Soda Pup. The winery believes it is a way to spread joy and wine all at the same time.

“We’ve had people call in just specifically to have soda pup bring wine out to them. people who have never even been here before,” Yata adds.
It’s bringing people together but not too close together.
Yata jumped online and found a nifty little backpack. They pack the wine in the pockets and a treat in there so Pup gets something out of it.

Don't worry, Soda Pup isn't carrying too much on his back. His little backpack only holds two bottles at a time. His owner says they are also giving him plenty of breaks.

Via - WJLA

Photo - ABC7 File Photo


High School Robotics Team Makes Personal Protective Equipment

School may be out, but that hasn't stopped a high school robotics team in Camas, Washington from putting their skills to go use. Team Mean Machine has been busy designing and creating Personal Protective Equipment to donate to hospitals.

Students are working from home, using the team's laser cutters and 3D printers to create eye shields and face masks. So far, they've created and donated 550 eye shields to PeaceHealth and Legacy Health. They are finalizing their designs for face masks.
Students say this is what the robotics team has trained them for. Now, they're able to help in a time of crisis.

Team Mean Machine may not have been able to compete in the robotics competition this year, but they are 1st place winners in our book! Go Team Mean Machine!

Via - KATU

Photo: FRC Team 2471

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