Larry Mullen Jr., drummer for U2

It’s A Beautiful Day

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Daily Distraction

Although most graduation ceremonies were canceled this year, virtual commencements abounded. One of the most prominent was organized by YouTube. The YouTube special featured Barack and Michelle Obama, who delivered the commencement address and served as hosts. It also included appearances from a flute-playing Lizzo, the New York Philharmonic, Alicia Keys, The Simpsons, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. And those appearances …

A Titular Message

davidwicaiBlog, Daily Distraction

As his country remains in lockdown and cases continue to spiral, a British artist has crafted a short narrative message using the titles on the spines of hardcover books.

Dogs and a cat around a conference table. Dog says, "Operation COVID-19 worked! All our humans are now staying home with us." Cat replies, "Why was our department not consulted about this?!"

COVID Cats & Dogs

davidwicaiBlog, Daily Distraction

Remember meetings in board rooms? Apparently animals can still meet in groups — and even ignore the six feet rule. Anyhow, I digress … but that’s the whole point of posts on The Sidetrack. I’ve seen this cartoon bouncing around the Internet for a few weeks, but it still resonates. Personally, my cat seems happy to have all of us …

John Krasinki

Some Good News (And Hamilton)

davidwicaiBlog, Daily Distraction

Some Good News has become an instant YouTube hit, and it makes sense. John Krasinski (Jim from “The Office”, Jack Ryan and other characters) started this at-home video series only last week as a way to offer an escape from the otherwise depressing news of COVID-19. While the first episode is a must-see for fans of “The Office,” the second …

Alton Brown tasting his gluten-free cookie

Cookies From The Pantry

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Daily Distraction

Todd Anderson — who loves cooking and food, generally — sent this recipe for gluten-free peanut butter cookies. It comes from Alton Brown’s “Pantry Raid” web videos, where he uses typical ingredients to create simple recipes.

A community radio DJ at his soundboard

Community Radio During a Pandemic

davidwicaiBlog, Daily Distraction

During the coronavirus outbreak, many community radio stations have struggled with how to stay on-air safely. For many, it was as much an economic consideration as a reflection of their purpose. They needed to provide an outpost of normalcy for people finding themselves confined to neighborhoods and homes. They needed to provide the community that defined their radio station.

Italian twins Mirko and Velerio, smiling before playing their violins.

Symphony of Two

davidwicaiBlog, Daily Distraction

A lot of musical artists have played quarantine concerts, providing much needed moments of escape for their fans. But few have grabbed the Internet like the Italian twins Mirko and Velerio. The boys cover Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” with a genuine joy, which is not something many 12-year-olds in quarantine feel. Even before hitting play, their smiles provide a lift.  …

A screenshot of Pearl Jam's Great Escape game

Escaping Invaders

davidwicaiBlog, Daily Distraction

Leading up to the release of their new album, “Gigaton,” Pearl Jam created a Space Invaders-style game where players can choose a band member as the pilot. For those interested, the new album comes out today.

A Conference Call in Real Life screenshot

The Future of Communication

davidwicaiBlog, COVID19, Daily Distraction

If this video doesn’t have moments that resonate with you, then you’ve never been on a conference call or video chat. The barking dog, the espresso machine, the $#%@! mute button. This is one worth the entire four minutes — and who couldn’t use four minutes of distraction right now? Thanks to Ksenia Choate for the video. If you have …