Stuck at Home Doesn’t Have to Mean Bored at Home – Bi-Weekly Update (July 3)

For the long holiday weekend, here are the latest additions to “Stuck at Home Doesn’t Have to Mean Bored at Home.

But first, Happy Fourth! And, for the holidays, don’t forget that today is the long-awaited online debut of Hamilton

The purpose of the original post and these updates is to provide ideas for maintaining some quality of life while on lock down. Note that the original post is updated continually to contain all of the suggestions, including the updates; these separate (now bi-weekly) update posts are intended to provide an easy way to know what’s new. (I know that these posts are entirely unrelated to the general subject matter of the blog. But, given the circumstances and that I have received a surprising number of appreciative comments about it, I plan to continue for the foreseeable future.)

If you have found things not on my list that others may benefit from, please send them to me, and I will include them in the next update.

In the meantime, here are a few updates to enjoy . . .


While we won’t be having live fireworks on the Charles this year, you can still catch A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes on Saturday, July 4, at 8:00 PM EDT.

Prince’s Sign o’ the Times Super Deluxe Edition will be reissued on September 25 and will include over 60 previously unreleased tracks and two concerts.

Cooking, Cookies, and Other Food Options

Branching out (for some of us, who were previously relegated to eggs, pancakes, and grilling), it may be time to try this “Weekend Project: How to Make Indian Pickles or Achaar” from Thrillist.

Photography and Video

Need some ideas for improving your pictures of the kids? Fracture’s post, “Take Better Photos Of Your Kids (With Your iPhone),” is a good resource with some good suggestions.

Travel (Virtually … or Not!)

Thank you Thrillist for the 4th of July focus: Take a virtual tour of the U.S.S. Constitution.

Or you can do self-guided tours (again, thank you Thrillist) of Boston’s Freedom Trail and others.


I just want to know how they tried this the first time and how they got this timed so well.

And, thank you to MIT Technology Review’s The Download for the socially distancing dog.

But, by far the most amazing is this: “A Decade of Sun”…