How can I help with donations?

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While we are all under strict social distancing/stay at home orders/quarantine, many people are looking for ways to help the brave people who are risking their own health in order to make sure people who have contracted COVID-19 are able to recover. Many of us have people in our lives who are essential workers such as nurses, doctors, or other people in other medical professions.

Since the beginning of this outbreak, people have been buying materials in bulk that these medical professionals need in order to do their jobs safely. According to the New York Times, early in April, a man was arrested for hoarding “192,000 N95 respirators, 130,000 surgical masks, and nearly 600,000 medical grade gloves.” The man was arrested for lying to federal agents about selling the supplies back to hospitals with a 700% mark up. 

Even though those supplies are being distributed to hospitals in New York and New Jersey, many hospitals don’t have enough supplies and have begun taking donations of cloth masks. According to the Hennepin Healthcare page, they are taking donations of cloth masks for staff who do not need medical-grade protective equipment. They, like many other organizations, have provided a pattern to make the masks and designated drop off times.

Hospitals are also accepting donations of unused medical supplies as suppliers are not able to produce as much as all the hospitals need. Finding these products also becomes difficult when people are panic buying supplies in much larger quantities than they could possibly use. If possible, please consider spending some of your time while social distancing making these masks for our health care workers who are putting themselves in danger to help others.

Health care workers dancing during COVID-19

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By: Grace Blumer-Lamotte

COVID-19 is a global pandemic affecting everyone. According to the CDC, “’CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease.” Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.” There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

Many doctors are making silly dance videos that entertain people while they’re in quarantine/social distancing. Some of the main icons of the dancing during COVID-19 are: Kala Baker, Jason Campbell, and Jeffrey Salvatore. 

All of the healthcare workers that are dancing are posting their videos on various social media platforms such as: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the most popular, Tik Tok. They are all getting the positivity they deserve on those platforms.

According to Good Morning America, many doctors are making Tik Tok accounts to post their dancing videos. Tik Tok is a big media platform that has videos that range from 15-60 seconds.

The health care workers are dancing during COVID-19 to bring joy to families at their home and to relieve stress. They strongly advise you to stay home during these uncertain times.

The doctor, Jason Campbell, said that he wanted to “find a way to reach out to the youth in his community.”

Kala Baker claims that her videos “bring joy to a really dark place right now”’ according to CBS.

Jeffrey Salvatore says, “It brings us joy,” he tells CNN. “It lightens our spirits while we are testing outside in the cold and in the rain. It is a mechanism we are using to keep our spirits up.”

The doctors are already saving people’s lives and working 18+ hours, but they are also bringing joy to families and relieving people’s stress. I think we should repay them by dancing alongside them and supporting their hard work.


Netflix screenshots

A new season of Castlevania came out, and all-in-all, I was not disappointed. There was some great action, good character development for everyone except Hector, and some really funny moments.

But it’s those funny moments that I want to talk about. Castlevania is a Netflix-exclusive show, and Netflix does not let you screenshot. For me, this means I can’t share those aforementioned “funny scenes” with my friends.

When you do take a screenshot, no matter what device it is on, it comes out like this:

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It simply blacks out the screen, and whatever image you wanted to use for a meme or whatever becomes useless. It’s really frustrating, because it means I either have to verbally describe it to them or search for the same image online, which can take a while.

But why does Netflix do this?

Well, screenshotting, and screen capturing, which is your device recording the video and audio on your screen to make a video that you can share, use the same general technology. Obviously, Netflix can’t have people recording their shows and movies, because they could end up on pirating sites, which isn’t good for anyone at Netflix, because then other people are profiting off of their work. Because of this, it’s a lot simpler to just not let viewers screenshot.

So, how do you get around this?

Well, it’s not as simple as it seems at first. There are several videos on YouTube that show you how to on Apple or Android devices, but these are constantly being updated because Netflix keeps catching up to them, so there’s a chance whatever videos show you how to do it are currently inaccurate. There are also some solutions that involve rooting your device if it is an Android, but I would not do that because rooting is a difficult process and voids your warranty. 

What I find weird about this whole situation is that other streaming websites, and apps like VRV, don’t do this at all. Also, phones still have cameras, so as long as you have two devices, you can still share images from their shows, although they won’t be as good.

Funnily enough, the reason I ever thought about this topic is because Nintendo does this two, at least in a way. On Nintendo Switch, you can screenshot and record whatever you want from any game, but you can only share on Facebook and Twitter. If you want to share it on another social media platform, you have to go and first post it on one of those two sites, either share it from there or download it, and then post it somewhere else. Because of this convoluted system, I’ve seen many people on other social media just take pictures of their TV’s with their phones and then share it directly, which is much easier, but again, the pictures are a lot worse in quality.

My point with this entire article is that not having the accessibility for your fans to share nothing more than subtitled pictures is stupid. It’s definitely not piracy, most people just do it for memes or laughs, and if you can constantly update your systems to stop the lastest form of screenshotting, then you can find a way for people to screenshot and not screencast.