Kid-focused: Easy crafts for young kids. I liked the cotton swabs and the fork! Despite the name, it’s about 10 minutes long.

Kid-Friendly: The Cincinnati Zoo has a series of videos from 2017/21018 featuring Fiona the baby hippo. This is the first one. It’s 8.14 minutes long. It does show a hippo giving birth

Kid-Friendly: Here’s a 14-minute travel video on Iceland.

No foul language, but more fun for adults. From a fundraised for the late Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal reads passages from classic works like phone sex.

Smithsonian Magazine offers you virtual travel.

Healing Image by Kaori Hamura Long

Healing Image by Kaori Hamura Long

Books, Writing and Creatives:

Jason Sanford has compiled websites that offer resources for creatives (and all of us, really) as we shelter in place. Thanks to File 770.

On Writers Beware, Victoria Strauss shares her interaction with a busy internet troll.

SFWA has made some personnel changes, with three people in new positions.

Probably to no one’s surprise, the sales of children’s books and games is in an upswing.

Bookstores are offering care packages.

Wired chats with Myke Cole about the myth of the Spartans, and his new book Sixteenth Watch, which features the Coast Guard on the moon.

Gabino Iglesias writes about how to ask established writers to blurb your book.

TV and Movies:

During “shelter in place” I’ve been watching a lot of old TV, including the two season’s of HBO’s  dark fantasy Carnivale. Here, from 2013, is an interview with the creator and showrunner Daniel Knauf. In this article, Horror Home Room comments on the show as American folk horror.

BBC will start airing Season Three of Killing Eve earlier than planned. It will premiere on April 12.

Since no one has any original run episodes in the pipeline, channels are getting creative. The CW will rerun its Arrowverse Crisis on Infinite Earths starting April 7.


Ars Technica reviews the iPad Pro, which is… a computer.

Ars Technica has an article about the squabble between GM and the President over ventilator manufacture.


Kotaku offers a roundup of webcomics.

If you love research and are getting a little stir-crazy at home, here is a way you can help archives and libraries.


I always knew I lived in a political bubble, but I might live in a space bubble! And you might too.


In Japan, people are evoking a folkloric spirit as am emblem of hope and community during the Covid-19 pandemic.


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    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.

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