Okay so we think we are starting to get the hang of the social isolation and other than not remembering what day it is (EVER) and never having to make an effort with our appearance (except when work annoyingly sets up video calls!) its not too bad.
The fact that we are scared to brave the shops is new and luckily we have had Bristol stepping up with:
The Lockdown Economy website naming all the local independant businesses and what they are offering currently
A google map with links and details again of local businesses who are still going – here.
Resources for learning or basically anything by the look of it, based around ADHD but seems to have everything for bored kids! Chatterpack
and guess what ? Marshfields are doing home deliery on ice-cream .. yes you heard right!!
Anybody who wondered what the Big Brother house was like to be in? At least you don’t have an audience of people watching and commenting on your every mood swing so that has to be good – right?
There’s obviously not a lot going on and to be fair the phone autocorrected a word to be webinarse – and we can’t say we blame it so are making it the word of the month. Catching up with reading old fashioned books is working well and keeping us away from the screen, which is like a breath of fresh (or rather house) air.
Things to Like!
Some things that we’ve spotted that are now pretty accessible are:
The artificial intelligence festival – there are free tickets to limited talks or only $99 for access to all areas, remote of course! It’s running from June the 8th til the 12th.
Support Folding@home It is a project focused on disease research. The problems they’re solving require so many computer calculations – and need your help to find the cures! Be part of a bigger solution with your time and compute power (you don’t need to be a genius)
You have probably already gotten through all your boxsets and caught up on all your reading/housework/DIY this week so we’ve decided to put some activities together to keep you all busy during this time of self isolation.
Being a glass half full lot we think that if we actually had the time on our hands to do stuff during this time then what better way than to use the time to upskill. For companies closed or struggling with reduced workload its the perfect chance to upskill your staff. For those who are in other industries who are in shutdown currently – take a look at the free or affordable online training options.
Looks like we are taking an enforced break for the foreseeable future while we watch the city and country react to the Coronavirus impact. There’s some great datasets in the MIT update here for those bored data people out there to play with, for the rest of you we suspect we will bump into you in B & Q / Ikea /garden centre or in the supermarket queues when you realise you forgot to stock up on chocolate oranges!
Update on our Events
So for Women’s Tech Hub & CodeHub’s Workshop Wednesdays – we have to announce cancellations as Desklodge have very sensibly cancelled external events, they’ve suggested it’s just for March – however, we will keep the events for April open but are playing those by ear so we really don’t know 🤷♀️! Keep an eye on the codehub slack as they may run some remote sessions…
For the Bristol GirlGeekDinners at the ACCU – there is no longer an ACCU conference 😢 they were very good and happy to support until the very end with sponsorship from Bloomberg even though they were not coming! So big thanks to the ACCU conference and Bloomberg and sorry that you have to cancel! We’ll try and put together an alternative dissemination event later in the year if we can and look forward to ACCU 2021!
Free Three Fridays (f3F)
Currently, we are continuing with these as they are limited in numbers and Desklodge is still open for co-working. If these do get cancelled we will be happy to meet with members in other public spaces to continue with our support for you. Please keep an eye out for the updates and if you would like to meet up individually during this period (all members) please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and arrange a meeting.
While we are still running the fridays then please follow:
If you think you may have flu, please do not come in
Please frequently wash/sanitise your hands
If coughing or sneezing, ensure it’s into your elbow or a tissue and avoid touching your face (we know its the start of hayfever season)
Avoid being tactile i.e. handshaking, kissing, hugging etc (this is just us generally, can we keep this longterm please?)
If you have come back off holiday in the last 14 days (from anywhere really) please do not attend … we also have holiday envy!
We don’t have pizzas on fridays but if we did: we would cut the pizzas cleanly so you can pick up slices and not ‘tear and share’
Most importantly – support the people that made need help are they in isolation? do they need provisions? And most of all stay well out there 😷