Writing this on the treadmill after a kettlebell workout – a small modification of the routine that Joey Yang put together in his article here.
Listened to Jimmy Kimmel on the Bill Simmons Podcast. I linked to the video because it capture the current situation: celebrities making a bunch of content from home. Just like everyone else sharing things from home.
Figuring out new routines — They talk about their new routines now that they’re working from home. Interesting perspective from people with large teams of creatives. Also cool because they’ve each been working in media, changing roles, and adjusting as the internet changed everything. Kimmel mentions a couple times that it feels like going back to his roots working in radio where a lot of it was done alone.
Buying some gift cards — Food has always been a part of The Ringer in some way. David Chang’s Podcast is in their podcast network. (And don’t forget House of Carbs!) Kimmel‘s hobby is cooking. (I need to remember where it was, maybe when he was on Conan Needs a Friend, but he talks about cooking large meals for groups of friends and Conan suggests that it’s probably part of the reason Kimmel is known as very happy amongst comedians.)
Ending TV as we know it? — As more and more people stay inside for extended periods, they’re seeing how entertaining low production stuff can be. Simmons points out that social video and phones have lowered the expected production standards people have. Some of the entertainment is the “just like us!” novelty of these celebrities at home. It’ll be nice to see shows return to higher production. Simmons points out that he watched a talking head news show with people dialed in with video chat and… it’s pretty much fine. The at-home nature of it doesn’t overshadow the discussion. (While the whole angle of other content is being at home.)
Just like us! — They do a parent corner segment and discuss their family lives changing with all the time spent together at home.
Mental model: Second order effects — As COVID became more and more serious, I did start think about what life would be like working from home and then maybe needing to stay home entirely. It never crossed my mind that…
- … sports (and pretty much all live events) would be affected. I had tickets to UFC 249 and didn’t think about the possibility of not going until the NBA postponed all games.
- … I would play so much Mario Kart. Maybe that more people would play videogames. But Mario Kart has been the default for separate groups of friends. I think because it’s fun when mixing drastically different skill levels. (Smash, not as much.)
- … everyone would just start working out from home. I didn’t expect to see so many people doing push-ups on social media. I went to order a heavier kettlebell a couple nights ago. Weights in the standard progression (16kg, 24kg, 32kg) were out of stock on most of the sites I checked. Not sure entirely if it’s because of this but kettlebells are great for at-home workouts. Hey that reminds me of an episode of The Pat Flynn Show where he talks about building a minimal home gym for ~$100.
I’ll start a new post for that.