Pandemic Care Packages

Pandemic Care Packages

Episode 304 – April 18, 2020


  • Twitter Food Bank & Pandemic Care Packages
  • Steak Umm’s Data Master Class
  • Yep, I Need A Haircut
  • LEGO Wedding
  • Gerbil Art
  • Virtual Reality Fitness
  • Whirlpool Chores
  • Amazon Echo Music Analytics
  • Staying Sane
  • Transcribers Of Reddit
  • Gmail Meets Hangouts
  • Bring Me The Correction
  • Media Consumption Changes

During episode 304, BL and David discuss the Twitter food bank drive; Steak Umm’s brilliant tweetstorm; how top New York restaurants are selling care packages & birthday party meals; a wedding photographer’s LEGO shoot; a no-contact haircut solution; virtual reality fitness; art for gerbils; music analytics for voice data; the Whirlpool Kids’ Chore Club; the transcribers of Reddit; some great resources to keep you sane; inbox Google Meet; Discord’s noise-cancelling AI; an email template malfunction;…and much, much more.

Best Practices

Twitter Food Bank

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In the last 24 hours, you and me raised $43,277 on Twitter to feed over 1,150 people and 430 families— Bill Pulte (@pulte) April 18, 2020

Steak Umm’s Data Masterclass

The frozen food brand warned customers on Twitter of the dangers of COVID-19 misinformation and gave a master class in the differences between data, anectdotes, and facts.

friendly reminder in times of uncertainty and misinformation: anecdotes are not data. (good) data is carefully measured and collected information based on a range of subject-dependent factors, including, but not limited to, controlled variables, meta-analysis, and randomization— Steak-umm (@steak_umm) April 7, 2020

Pandemic Care Packages

Sending a friend – or yourself – boxed care packages from top NYC restaurants helps support local businesses.

Virtual Reality Fitness

ICAROS = Fitness + Flight Simulation VR.

— David Erickson (@derickson) March 14, 2020

Need A Haircut?

This site pairs you with a “world class” barber or stylist to video coach you or a friend through an at-home haircut.

LEGO Wedding

Everything is awesome for this wedding photographer.

Lego Wedding

Gerbil Art

A bored quarantined couple meticulously created a tiny museum of their pet gerbils.

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Voice Data For Musicians

Amazon gives artists voice data, which is increasingly a driving factor for music discovery.

Whirlpool Kids’ Chore Club

Whirlpool’s Chore Club for kids helps parents teach kids everyday chores while they’re at home.

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Transcribe This

Across Reddit, often buried inside the comments section, you’ll find elaborate descriptions of image posts and videos, social media screenshots and memes.

Quarantine Resources

Ways to stay sane – some great resources to help you through quarantine time.

Google Meet In Gmail

Google Meet is now available to all GSuite customers in Gmail, which means you can start and join meetings right from your inbox.

Noise Cancelling AI

The Discord platform has added an AI noise cancelling feature to its conferencing platform.

Worst Practices


A template malfunction leads to an embarassing correction.

Screenshot: BringMeTheCorrections

Shiny New Stuff

GitHub Gets Better

GitHub, the Microsoft-owned software hosting site, said on Tuesday it will reduce prices on its “Teams” subscription.

Free Guitar Lessons

Fender is giving away three months free access to its Fender Play app.


With A Little Help From The Feds

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (#PresidentCuomo) facing off with trump to the tune of “A Little Help From My Friends”

Fun Stuff

With A Little Help From The Feds

Pro Tips

Video Conferencing Guide

David has written a video conferencing guide that includes eight pro tips to help you shine online.

Weekly Numbers

Media Consumption Changes

From March 25-30, 2020, the GlobalWebIndex surveyed internet users ages 16-64 in the United States (2,218 respondents) and the United Kingdom (1,726 respondents) to determine how their media consumption had changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Table: GlobalWebIndex - COVID-19 Related Media Consumption Changes