Friday Favorites

Each Friday, I share my favorite things from the Internet in the past week.

The week has felt really long for me – I’m looking forward to the weekend even more than usual! I can’t believe how quickly February has flown, and that it’ll already be March next week. I’m hoping that means the end of cold weather for the year – I don’t know if I can handle much more. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love watching Olympic figure skating. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are a pairs team of figure skaters from Canada, and they are AMAZING. They performed this at the Olympics, but the video itself is from an earlier competition. I went down a rabbit hole earlier this week and watched this, plus a bunch of their old routines. They put so much emotion into it – just incredible!

On the topic of Olympics – while it’s clear I’ll never be an Olympic athlete, that doesn’t mean I can’t learn anything from them. This article on how to manage stress like an Olympian is useful for anyone – no one knows high pressure stress like someone competing in the Olympics!

This article is a great reminder to anyone who makes videos for YouTube or any other media (so, almost half of the population, really) to put captions on your videos to make sure they’re accessible to all. 

Finally, I stumbled on this video and was so impressed. I love going to the symphony, and can’t imagine composing a piece where so many instruments have to play together and harmonize. I had to “compose” a few pieces for the piano when I used to play in middle school, and that was hard enough – it was only one instrument! But here, watch Ben Folds put together a song for the whole orchestra LIVE, with no planning. I could not believe it!

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