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Grab a bike and get some fresh air

Grab a bike and get some fresh air

TL;DR: Save on a bike at Dick’s Sporting Goods and get 10% off a helmet with any bike purchase, as of May 29.


It’s a tough week, and our usual coping mechanisms might not be available at the moment. One thing we can do right now is get outside and take in some fresh air — it’s not much, but it’s something.

To help you get out and be active, we’ve found some bikes on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Plus, every bike purchase gets you 10% off a select helmet. Safety first! There are tons of bikes on sale, but here’s a sampling of what’s in store for women, men, and children. Note that not all options are available to ship and you might have to pick up at a Dick’s store. Those available to ship will be listed first. Read more…

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Google’s latest experiment encourages social distancing through AR

Several months into this pandemic, you can no doubt already eyeball six feet/two meters with the best of them. But if you’re still having trouble — and happen to have an Android device handy — Google’s got you covered, I guess.

The latest project out of the company’s Experiments With Google collection, Sodar is a simple browser-based app that uses WebXR to offer a mobile augmented reality social distance. Visiting the site in Chrome on an Android handset will bring up the app. From there you’ll need to point your camera at the ground and move it around as the device recognizes the plane with a matrix of dots.

Move it up, and you’ll get a visual perimeter of two meters (that’s 6.6 feet for us imperial unit loving Americans) — the CDC-recommended length to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The organization also handily lists it as “about two arms’ length. The app is probably more clever than it is useful at this point. Perhaps some day in the future, if smart glasses ever really take off. A big if, of course. 

Meantime, holding a phone up to make sure you’re a proper distance away from your fellow human/disease vector is a bit less practical than good old fashioned common sense.

This is virtual therapy’s moment. Can it last?

This is virtual therapy’s moment. Can it last?

I open Instagram for the only glimpse I have of my friends in the outside world. As I scroll, ad after ad assures me that support for loneliness is just a click away. 

As much of the country shelters in place due to the global pandemic, virtual therapy is having a moment. The inability to visit a therapist in person, paired with the anxiety and isolation caused by mandatory social distancing, seems to have created a perfect storm for therapy apps to provide an umbrella. 

There’s a wide variety of options: Some services connect you to an actual human therapist via video chat, some walk you through self-help exercises to do on your own, while others are either a hybrid of those two approaches or meet somewhere in the middle. Over the last few months, companies across the virtual therapy spectrum have not only seen existing users checking in for sessions more often, but an explosion of new sign-ups as well.  Read more…

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