Just random links.

We’ve decided to move this list of links and random content from a pinned post on our blog to a page. We still plan on updating this page with new and interesting links as I come across them.

You can now find Random links in the header at the top of our blog. Thanks! πŸ˜€πŸ’»β€οΈ

Five by five.

The powers that be at Grey Midwest thought it would be fun for everyone on the GMW creative team to share a 5×5 presentation about what they’ve been doing at home during the pandemic quarantine when they aren’t working. A 5×5 is five slides in five minutes. Each slide is supposed to be about a different topic.

Five slides felt kinda restrictive so I made this little iMovie instead…

This was my first experience with iMovie. And I think it turned out pretty okay. πŸ˜€πŸŽ₯❀️

Pause for paws.

Oscar was just hanging out in the office with me this morning. πŸ˜€πŸΎβ€οΈ

Just hanging out again.

Oscar was hanging out with me in our office again this afternoon…

He loves sitting on the arm of the sofa and looking out the window…

He’s so dang cute. πŸ˜€πŸΎβ€οΈ

Good morning from Northside.

Good morning from Northside. This is week seven of working from home. πŸ˜·πŸŒ„β€οΈ

Exactly the same.

Have you noticed that every COVID-19 commercial is exactly the same?

I’m pretty tired of every company telling me that we’re living in “uncertain times”, but that “we’re here for you.” They then say their top priority is “people” and “families” by bringing their services to the “comfort and safety of your home.” And don’t forget: “we’re all in this together!” Together during these unprecedented times. Somber piano is having its moment in the spotlight. Now, more than ever. it’s here for you. And we’ll get through this. #Together.

And it’s all starting to get really annoying. 😷🦠❀️

UPDATE: I saw this commercial last night…

It’s the best COVID-19 commercial I’ve seen so far. Other than this one from MNUFC…

Pure class.

Working from home: Day 27.

By my estimation, this is my 27th day working from home. I feel like I’ve really been hitting my stride, developing a really good rhythm and a great routine. And our little home office is becoming more and more functional every day….

It’s not too bad sitting here and working all day…

Not too bad at all. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ’»β€οΈ

Conference Call Bingo.

Someone in the Grey New York office put together this conference call bingo sheet…

It’s funny because it’s true. πŸ˜€πŸ’»β€οΈ

Google Nest Wifi.

We get our wifi through Cincinnati Bell. We have a 500mbps plan. In theory, it should be pretty fast. It’s worked really well for us. But then again, we haven’t really pushed it too hard. With all the working at home for the last few weeks, I’m always downloading and uploading pretty sizeable files, and our wifi has struggled to keep up especially when it comes to all the video conferencing for meetings. We decided to replace our Cincinnati Bell provided router and try a router and point for Google Nest Wifi

I’m a designer, not an IT professional so I don’t completely understand all of this. But a traditional, single router provides relatively limited coverage. It becomes spotty the farther away you are from it. Google Nest wifi claimed to blanket the whole house in fast, reliable wifi that keeps buffering at bay without the need for wifi extenders. One Nest router with one point provides coverage up to 3800 square feet. The white one is the router and the blue one is the point…

The website said it’s strong enough to handle up to 200 connected devices (I need more devices) and it’s fast enough to stream multiple 4K videos at a time. We put the router in our front bedroom on the second floor…

And we placed the point down the hallway in our office…

And each Nest point is also a smart speaker with the Google Assistant. The wifi set-up was ridiculously easy through the Google Home app. And now are internet speeds are off the charts. This the speed test from Google Home…

 

But I mainly use an app called Meteor to check our internet speeds. This is what our speeds were with our old router from Cincinnati Bell…

And these are our speeds with the Google Nest wifi router and point…

And here’s the speed mid-morning when everyone is on the network…

Night and day difference. Our wifi is so fast now. It’s really great. To me, Google Nest is definitely worth the money! And once we return the router to Cincinnati Bell, we’ll be saving $10 a month on our wifi bill. So eventually, the Google Nest wifi will pay for itself some day. πŸ˜€πŸ“‘β€οΈ

Genifer also got this new rug for our master bathroom…

I love it.

Just hanging out on the sofa.

Oscar loves sitting on the sofa while I’m working in our office…

He just hung out on the sofa all day. πŸ˜€πŸΎβ€οΈ

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