Archives for the Date March 16th, 2020

Do you listen to classical music/Piano/Instrumental? If yes can you suggest me some?🤍

classical music is my whole life. my highest highs, my lowest lows, everything in-between. a few of my favorites, categorized by mood:

music that wrecks me:

music that brings me back:

music that makes me yearn:

music that feels like a dark fairy-tale:

music that reminds me of dusty practice rooms, quiet cobblestone streets after the opera, and resonant cathedral bells:

some devastatingly beautiful soundtracks and instrumental pieces:

and some vocal shout-outs:

awed-frog:Clear water in Venice’s canals.Dolphins near Sardinian harbours.Ducks in Rome’s…


Clear water in Venice’s canals.

Dolphins near Sardinian harbours.

Ducks in Rome’s fountains.

Nature can still heal if we give it a fucking chance to.


third day of italian quarantine: everything is closed, everyone is at home and so… WILD BOARS ARE IN MY TOWN WITH THEIR BABIES!!!! i’m laughing so hard

Stuck at home? Here’s an isolation survival post:


(Everything here is free to use! Feel free to add on. Links were purposefully broken to avoid Tumblr’s spam prevention.)


  • – Like Skype but better, more accessible, smoother, and with more features. Call, play games, and chat with friends.
  • – Watch and chat with people doing everything from gaming to cooking to teaching.


  • – helps you find what book to read
  • – Free audiobooks through your public library
  • – Free ebooks
  • – Free audiobooks and ebooks through your public library



  • – Learn how to do virtually anything with 2 free months of premium
  • – Make a game or movie, super easy to use, good introductory programming “language”
  • – Free photoshop-like program.
  • – Make a text-based game
  • – make 3D models
  • – Make a 3D game
  • – make a 2D game
  • – Listen to music
  • – Museums with virtual tours

Dungeons and Dragons: (play over Discord!) (DM me if you want PDFs of the Handbooks)

  • – The Basics
  • – Learn to play
  • – Make maps/play online

Video Games:

  • – play hundreds of games
  • – Even more free games!
  • – Play Gamecube and Wii games

Phone Apps:

  • – Play gameboy games
  • – list of puzzle games


  • – Input ingredients you have and get recipes you can make.
  • – Learn how to cook with limited ingredients from a lovely old woman who lived during the Great Depression
  • – Make bread with yeast
  • – Make bread without yeast

Other tips:

  • Take care of yourself (eat well, shower often, wear clean clothes, exercise, clean your space)
  • Talk with people
  • Do what makes you happy
  • Take time away from screens
  • Play – with your pets, your kids, your friends. Keep yourself active and busy and happy.

I saw pictures of philosophical texts & i was wondering for someone who’s interested in reading philosophy where should i start?

Philosophy is an ample spectrum of diverse subjects, perspectives, and unanswered questions. I’m by no means an expert, but below are several works that can serve as an introduction. I have also included second-hand reference/guide books, as well as databases, courses, and podcasts that can help for general orientation. Feel free to explore as you wish (don’t feel too compelled to follow linearity — rather your own instinct and interest). Keep in mind that philosophy is not just about studying ideas and notions, but also about your judgment and reaction towards these according to your own experience or speculation. It’s also about questioning your own beliefs in different areas and discovering your own standpoint. It’s preferable to have a historical notion of influence, context, and consequence, but it should be a stimulating endeavor for you. Discovery shouldn’t feel like a chore but a challenge. You will eventually find yourself drawn to particular conceptions and thinkers that will create more questions and compel you to explore certain areas more than others. [Other kinds of literature are complementary to philosophy, so I have also included texts that might aid and encourage further inquiry].

Philosophical Works

Philosophical Literature

[Aeschylus (The Oresteia), Euripides (The Bacchae), Horace (Satires), Attar of Nishapur (The Conference of the Birds), Rumi (Masnavi), Petrarch (Secretum), Lawrence Sterne (The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman), Voltaire (Candide | Micromégas), Denis Diderot (Rameau’s Nephew), Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment | Notes from Underground), Ivan Turgenev (Fathers and Sons), Chekhov (Ward No. 6 | The Black Monk), J. W. von Goethe (Elective Affinities), Edgar Allan Poe (The Imp of the Perverse), Honoré de Balzac (The Magic Skin), Oscar Wilde (The Portrait of Dorian Gray), Franza Kafka (In the Penal Colony | Before the Law | A Country Doctor), Thomas Mann (Death in Venice | Disillusionment), Stefan Zweig (The Royal Game), Albert Camus (The Stranger | The Fall | The Plague), Dino Buzatti (The Tartar Steppe), Natsume Soseki (Kusamakura), Christa Wolf (No Place on Earth), Maurice Blanchot (The Madness of Day), Jorge Luis Borges (The Library of Babel), Samuel Beckett (Molloy), Ernesto Sábato (On Heroes and Tombs), James Baldwin (Just Above My Head), Roland Barthes (A Lover’s Discourse), Thomas Bernhard (Wittgenstein’s Nephew), Audre Lorde (Sister Outsider: Lectures and Speeches) Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon)]

Reference Books


Free Online Courses/Podcasts

apparentlyeverything: One of the more interesting things to come out of the data on COVID from…


One of the more interesting things to come out of the data on COVID from other countries is that those with higher testing rates, like South Korea, are showing a very different picture of infection rates by age than those, like Italy, who are only testing people with clear symptoms. (Note, these are from a medium article, but it pretty well sourced):

In Italy, which so far has a very high mortality rate (around 7%), and where they have so far only tested people with symptoms, the infection rates by age group compared to their percentage of the population looks like this:

In South Korea, which so far has a mortality rate below 1% of all confirmed cases, and where they’ve been doing far more widespread testing, including people without symptoms, the infection rates by age group compared to their percentage of the population looks like this:

The lower relative death rate reported in SK is at least partly the result of doing far more tests. So far SK has done almost 250,000 COVID tests, the highest of any country outside China, which means approximately 5% of their total population has been tested. Italy is next, at 86,000 tests, but has a population slightly higher than SK, so their testing rate works out to 1.4%. But the more significant takeaway is that by doing more tests, SK is identifying more cases that are either asymptomatic, or that are mild, and these are the ones most likely to occur in younger, healthier people. The fact that almost 30% of their cases are in people in their 20s, means that there are a lot of asymptomatic or low-symptomatic but contagious young adults there, and likely in other countries too, and that they are actually more likely to have contracted COVID than other groups. There are some other possible confounding factors (e.g. it might be that people in their 20s in SK are being tested at an unusually high rate compared to other groups, etc.) that we don’t know, but it’s still a very striking finding. Only people in their 50s have infection rates that somewhat exceed their percentage of the population, and the difference is far less pronounced.

Anyway, my point is, if you’re in your 20s and currently disregarding advice for “social distancing” based on the fact that you think you’re unlikely to have COVID, you might be doing a lot more harm than you think.

kenyatta: ““There have been many plagues in the world as there have been wars, yet plagues and wars…


““There have been many plagues in the world as there have been wars, yet plagues and wars always find people equally unprepared. […] When a war breaks out people say: ‘It won’t last, it’s too stupid.’ And war is certainly too stupid, but that doesn’t prevent it from lasting. Stupidity always carries doggedly on, as people wold notice if they were not always thinking about themselves. In this respect, the citizens of Oran were like the rest of the world, they thought about themselves, in other words, they were humanists: they did not believe in pestilence. A pestilence does not have human dimensions, so people tell themselves that it is unreal, that it is a bad dream which will end.”

Albert Camus – The Plague

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