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What to do under lockdown

Jonathan Novak
Culture Editor: Online Grace Hamilton shares a number of different suggestions for how to spend the summer in London while in lockdown.

With a nationwide lockdown now in place and the practice of self-isolation becoming more important than ever, it is easy to get restless and even stressed with the new format of learning that the High School is adapting to. Below are a few things to try during those moments between finding ways to keep active at home, spending time with family and staying on top of work. 

A book you can’t put down:

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker

Stand-up Comedian and Mathematician Matt Parker’s “Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension” is a perfect mix of both parts of his career. This book tackles age-old mathematical concepts in a colloquial and humorous manner, making it easy for virtually anyone to learn more about binary or multidimensional shapes and truly enjoy doing so. Parker begins the book by discussing how people traditionally count, but by the end of the chapter, he explains with a few paragraphs and pictures that it is possible to count to over one million rather than the typical ten on one’s fingers. From exploring different sizes of infinity in terms of hotels to explaining how to cut a pizza “properly,” “Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension” is the most enthralling agglomeration of complex mathematics that is just as engaging as any stand-up comedy routine. 

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A must-see TV series:

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Recently, the launch of Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, finally took place in the U.K. about four months after the U.S. release of the service. Disney+ is filled with hours of hilarious, exclusive and nostalgic content, including many titles in the non-fiction genre as National Geographic documentaries are available, such as “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” This docuseries is no typical analysis of nature, as it instead consists of Actor Jeff Goldblum essentially exploring popular items, such as sneakers and denim, and what their role is in culture today. Filled with colorful graphics, unique guests and Goldblum’s signature playful personality, this docuseries is exciting for all audiences, as Goldblum’s self-described childlike wonder is absolutely magnetic during his quest to learn more about and celebrate culture. The first season, which is made up of 12 episodes, is available to stream on Disney+.

Top song releases of the week:

  1. Better Days – OneRepublic
  2. Girl – Shaefri
  3. Fences – Blanche

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About the Contributors
Raunak Lally, Culture Editor: Online Emeritus
Raunak Lally (’20) is the Culture Editor: Online Emeritus. In her junior year, she was a staff writer and was just as dedicated then as she is now to the Culture section of The Standard. She is committed to her community partnership as she wants to explore and connect more with others in her community. She enjoys creative writing as much as journalistic writing, and loves completing math problems as much as completing an article.
Jonathan Novak, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus
Jonathan Novak (’20) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online Emeritus of The Standard. He joined The Standard as a staff writer as a freshman and previously was the Sports Editor. He likes writing and exploring issues in the school and the professional sports world. Novak is involved in the varsity soccer and track teams. His favorite subjects are math and science. Novak has lived in London for his entire life and been at ASL since K-1.

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