From 7-minute workouts to improving our sleep quality, the internet is helping us look after ourselves this week
When it comes to surfing the web, it's easy to get lost at sea. So let Moncrieff's regular guest Darragh Doyle, a man who knows a thing or two about what's weird and wonderful online, steer you in the right direction.
You can listen back to his full segment below, but here's what you need to know from the Internet this week...
The London Irish Centre (LIC) held its annual fundraising black-tie ball known as the ‘Big Night Out’, an annual event raising much-needed funds for the LIC’s work with vulnerable Irish in London. They also released an emotive appeal video featuring powerful testimonies from client who have benefited from the LIC was shown on the night. It celebrated the historic heart of the Irish in London, in two areas of work: (i) Looking after the most vulnerable Irish in London and (ii) Promoting Ireland and Irish culture to London. It also engages with a huge online community, with reach of over 100,000 people.
Check out the video at the link above!
Fillit is an online platform that connects people and spaces. It caters for people looking for the perfect temporary venue for events, pop-ups, retail, promotions and everything in-between across Ireland. Examples include office space, shared working spaces, launch events, galleries and markets.
Fillit makes finding and booking a venue simple and help 'landlords' manage and promote their spaces to wider audiences. Listing on Fillit is free; they only charge when your space gets rented through their website.
Female-friendly dating app Bumble has launched a new BFF mode that aims you find people like you to be friends with, rather than date. Users specify whether they’re looking for friends, dates or both when using the app so everyone shown in the BFF section will have selected friendship, rather than dating.
Finding friends works the same way as finding a date. You swipe right on the people you are interested in and when you get a match, you can start chatting.
They may seem small, but emojis are more than just funny faces. They’ve become how girls express themselves in text and online. But do emojis truly represent girls? Always asked, and it turns out even emojis limit girls to stereotypes. Always wants girls to share what girl emojis they want to show how they are Unstoppable #LikeAGirl. Take a picture, shoot a video or tweet using #LikeAGirl to inspire young girls everywhere that anything and everything is possible!
Dxislyea is a simple website that shows what the experience of dyslexia is like for some people. Letters change, jump, swap and change that works on the principle of typogylcemia - where readers can understand the meaning of words in a sentence even when the interior letters of each word are scrambled. As long as all the necessary letters are present, and the first and last letters remain the same, readers appear to have little trouble reading the text.
Ocearch enables the brightest scientists in the world by giving them approximately 15 minutes of access to live, mature great white sharks (and other species) to conduct up to 12 studies including tagging and sampling.
The tool captures mature sharks that range between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds as scientists maneuver them onto a 75,000 lb. custom lift. The sharks are then released after researchers have completed their 15 minutes of work.
You can follow the tagged sharks around the oceans to see how far they travel, when they break the surface and where they go over on this fascinating website, which has videos and much more.
Manything is an app that converts your spare smartphone or tablet into a sophisticated home security camera in seconds. With live streaming, motion detection alerts and cloud recording it’s the easy way to monitor your home and pets when you’re away.
You can set your camera to only record and alert you when motion is detected, or to record and stream continuously.
You can watch your live streams, review motion alerts and remotely control your Manything cameras from anywhere. You can also watch your live streams from the Manything website.
Some features require payment but if you have phones that you aren’t using or donating, it could be a great way to keep track on your home.
Forget the gym: The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App is all you need to get fit if you have 7 to 11 minutes spare.
It caters for beginners and fitness veterans alike, so you can choose the level of intensity that works best for you and each routine is accompanied with a short video from a personal trainer to help. You can also create and save your own custom workout if you already know what you want to do.
72 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be customized and modified to create more than 1,000 variations to help keep you motivated and moving.
The power of this workout is that it’s simple to do. Follow along with Chris Jordan, who will teach you the correct way to do each movement. All you will need is a wall and a chair to complete the workout.
If even hearing the word mindfulness sends you to sleep, this is the app for you.
A 2015 Harvard University study showed that the practices of mindfulness meditation can help both get to sleep and improve the quality of the sleep that you have.
Sleepfulness is full of tried and tested mindfulness tracks to help you not only get to sleep but also improve the quality of the sleep that you have.
You can choose to listen to tracks at four different times of your day: Going To Sleep, When You Can't Sleep, Waking Up and Daytime. And all of them support the quality of your sleep and therefore the quality of your day.
The app contains ten free tracks all designed to help you relax your mind. There are then additional packs which you can purchase for specific needs such as Anxiety, Stress or Brightness.
The Marble Machine is an elaborate hand-cranked wooden machine that uses 2,000 marbles to make music. As marbles roll through the machine they strike drum pads, a bass guitar, a vibraphone, and other parts to produce sound. The Marble Machine was created by Martin Molin of the band Wintergatan.
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