March 15, 2021

Nightingales, Non-fungibles, and Napping


Episode 18 of Thank The Week included:

  • An exciting glimpse into a normal world
  • A month of basketball madness
  • And an evening of footballing joy
  • A mystery tech event
  • And a mystery Fortnite event
  • And what on earth are non-fungible tokens?

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Transcript
Craig Williamson:

This week we have an exciting glimpse into a normal world. We have a month of basketball madness and an evening of football joy. We've got a mystery tech event and a mystery four night event. And what on earth are non fungible tokens? Let's take the week.

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Thank The Week. Learning to be thankful for last week, and excited for this week. With your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

Welcome to Episode 18 of Thank The Week for the week of the 15th to the 21st of March 2021. Welcome to the positivity podcast. If you live in in America, you've got an extra hour of evening light at the moment, I think your clocks have now changed. And that's always a nice feeling when we get to that point in March happens here in the UK in a couple of weeks time. Really excited for that. So settle in. And let's have a positive review of new sports tech entertainment and my own daily life. Let's get to it.

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News

Craig Williamson:

We had a tantalising glimpse into the beautiful future of a post COVID world, the US centres for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC, talked this week about how people who have been vaccinated should be behaving and it just gives us a feel that things are going to get back to normal and hopefully not too long in the future. So their advice is that people who are fully vaccinated can actually gather indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without wearing any masks and without worrying about any other kinds of social distancing. So this is effectively how life was for us all probably about a year ago. And it's nice just to have that actually said out loud in terms of how we feel that we can all behave. Obviously, we've all got a different attitudes and experiences with this thing. But hopefully, we're going to get back to normal pretty soon. So they define fully vaccinated as being two weeks after your second dose of a two dose vaccine or two weeks after your first dose if it's a single dose vaccine. But yeah, just the fact that you can gather indoors with people who were also vaccinated. And they also said that you can gather indoors with people who are not vaccinated, as long as they're not in any high risk groups. So that's really positive news. Obviously, we haven't had that advice yet. In the UK, I think we're all still in a lockdown, certainly in England at the moment. But it is a nice glimpse into the future where hopefully, we can start to behave as we did before. And more positive cover news in the UK. So we actually set up in the UK, these Nightingale hospitals, which were effectively emergency hospitals that were set up around the country, I think there were seven of them. And one of the biggest was in London. So a big conference centre there, the XL centre had 4000 beds set up. So thankfully, these haven't seen too much action, but they have been used. And the really good news is that they are now going to close down. So we've reached the point where hospitalizations have decreased so much that we can actually close the nightingale hospitals down. And I think in England, apparently that the hospital admissions are down over 90% for aged 85 and over since the second wave peak. So that's a really, really huge drop. And a lot of that is down to the vaccination. So please keep going out there and getting your vaccinations. Now let's talk about non fungible tokens, NF T's you may have seen this in the news this week. If you haven't, I'm going to do my best to explain but I must confess, I'm not an expert. And this does still seem a bit bizarre to me. That background, let's think back a few weeks ago, we talked about a rare banknote that was sold at auction, and that got $400,000. And we thought that's crazy. Someone buying something for $400,000. And it's just a little banknote, well, non fungible tokens, this is about people buying things that don't even exist. So this week, somebody bought the digital original, whatever original means for a digital file of a work of art and paid nearly $70 million $70 million for this piece of art, which is effectively a JPG file. It's just a digital image file from a computer. And what's more, anyone can access that JPG file and download it. So I think the way I'm trying to think about this, he's comparing it to a masterpiece. So let's say a piece of artwork, the original exists, and it's the real piece of canvas that the real artists used, and they put their signature on it. Now everyone can possibly buy a copy of it or a print of it. But there's only one original that the actual artist touched and has his brushstrokes on. Well, this doesn't really seem to make sense in a digital world because a digital image is identical whether it's on your computer on my computer or on someone else's computer, or a phone or a tablet, it's just ones and zeros. It's digital information. It doesn't actually have any difference on a different device. This is whole. This whole thing is just rather bizarre, but there's a new system whereby you can effectively add a digital signature and this is stored using something Hold blockchain which I'm not going to get into details of partly because I don't fully understand it. But effectively, someone bought the original of a JPEG for $17 million. And it's just insane. And you know, they these things are called non fungible tokens. And there's several auctioneers who are actually saying this is a bit ridiculous themselves and they feel it might be a bit of a fad. But is it the next big thing? I really don't know. But I tell you what, if you can make 70 million from a JPEG, I might have to see how to get into this game myself. So that's non fungible tokens $17 million for a computer file, insane!

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Sport

Craig Williamson:

Couple of things going on in American football last week, Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys signed a new deal to stay with them for the new year, and that will see him receive $66 million as a signing bonus. And then he will make 75 million in year one and earn 95 million in guaranteed money, which is just incredible. And apparently those three numbers are all NFL records. You know what he could buy a non fungible token with that kind of money, and I'm sure he'd be very happy with it. So yeah, that's that's quite incredible. Dak Prescott supposedly is the next big thing in quarterbacks and Dallas Cowboys didn't want to lose him. So that's exciting to see how he continues to progress with them next season. The other thing going on in the NFL is the free agency period starts officially at 4pm. Eastern Time on March the 17th. So that's something for you to look forward to this Wednesday. If you enjoy basketball, then American college basketball, it's March Madness time. It begins this week. The first games are on the Friday the 19th of March. This is the culmination of the college basketball season. And it starts with 64 teams in a big knockout tournament. And the final will be on Monday, April the fifth. So lots of college basketball action to look forward to over the coming weeks. We have more Six Nations rugby coming up this weekend on Saturday, the 25th of March it's Scotland against Italy, Ireland against England and France v Wales. And now let's go on to football. I mentioned briefly last week that Rangers were very close to winning the Scottish Premiership. And actually shortly after I recorded they did win the Premiership and I think by the time my podcast went out last week, they were already champions. So real big congratulations to them, the first time winning the championship for 10 years. also nice to see Steven Gerrard ex-Liverpool player, legend of the club, winning that trophy as Rangers manager. Now this week, I did enjoy some superb action in the Champions League. And it just kind of brought to home the joy of watching matches that really mean something that is really high stakes here. So this was Champions League round of 16. And it was the second leg of the knockout games on Tuesday on Wednesday night. So everything's at stake, you're either out or you're through. And that's the sort of games where you see one team kind of celebrating wildly at the end and the other team are just in pieces and tatters on the floor. And the game I particularly enjoyed was I picked out the two games on Wednesday last week, but it was the two games on Tuesday night that were fantastic and particularly event is against Porter. So you Juventus from Italy, against Porto from Portugal. The game finished three two on the night to Juventus, but it finished four four overall on aggregate and Porto went through on away goals. And it was just such a thrilling game went to extra time it was end to end and Juventus were scrambling to get an extra goal at the end, but just couldn't manage it and just incredible drama. And really, really fun fun game. Yeah, and just brought to home how nice it is to watch a game like that. It's a neutral. I wouldn't have wanted to watch my own team perhaps suffer in that way. But when you get to see it and you don't have that much at stake, it was just such a fun game. So yeah, very exciting now for the Champions League draw for the quarter finals, which takes place this Friday. And that is of course after the last two Champions League games which are happening on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Thursday evening is Europa League action and I don't normally pick out Europa League games, but I think there's a bit of a testy one coming up. So Thursday night, we have the second leg of AC Milan against Manchester United in the round of 16 of the Europa League. And that's really nicely poised at one all after the first leg so that should be a fun game to watch all's on the line. I think that will be really entertaining. Then coming up this weekend we have more Premier League and FA Cup six round action is back. And the pick of the games for me is the FA Cup on Sunday we have Leicester against Manchester United

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Tech

Craig Williamson:

Last week I got you all hot and excited about a new mobile phone that was going to be announced that it was announced that was the Oppo Find X3 Pro mobile phone. It was announced last week. It's a 6.7 inch smartphone, water resistant, but the thing that I was excited to see and it did actually come out it has a microscope camera. How novel is that? You don't see that on I don't think any smartphone so it's got one of the camera lenses is a 30 times microscope and the only focus is at distances of around a million So you have to pretty much press this thing against Whatever you're looking at. It's only three megapixels, but the quality of the images is pretty amazing. And that's because it's got this little ring light around the lens to illuminate because obviously, you're getting your phone so close to something, there's not going to be any natural light in there. So I've already seen some images from people looking at close ups of display screens or looking at close ups of coins. It's just amazing. And yeah, maybe it is a bit of a novelty. But I think if anyone's got one of those in their pocket, I'm sure they're gonna have a lot of fun with that. So anyway, it's available in the UK from April the 14th. The starting price is 1100 pounds. These phones are just getting ridiculously expensive. And it is unlikely unfortunately to make it to the US but really impressive to see new tech like this coming out. That's the Oppo Find X 3 Pro. And something for us to look forward to this week. This is this Wednesday, March the 17th. Samsung are holding their next unpacked event and they are promising to share something awesome. Well, there you go. So is it going to be an update to their foldable phones, their foldable tablets? That would be exciting. Unfortunately, most of the rumours seem to be indicating it's just going to be them launching an update to their mid range Galaxy A series of phones, which wouldn't have me too excited. So if that is all they talk about, maybe I won't even mention the next week. But you know, what is they talk about a new foldable phone, you can be sure I'm going to be talking about that next week. So let's have a look how that goes. Wednesday, the 17th of March Samsung's unpacked event

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Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

Earlier this month saw the return of a programme that I've actually got into quite late on but this is Gogglebox. And it's on Channel Four here in the UK. It's prime Friday night viewing, and it's basically an hour of watching TV, and what you're actually watching his other families watching TV. Who thought of that idea, it just seems bizarre, but it works. It's so funny. It's so fun. And there are some really fun characters on there. Commenting on the week's TV, I think in the US you've had something like this, it was called the people's couch. And I think there was a celebrity version that you had last year called celebrity watch party, which we did get in the UK, I think it was called celebrity gogglebox. USA over here. But anyway, if you can see any of the gogglebox action, I really recommend it. It's on here every Friday night on Channel Four. And something for gamers to get excited about this week. My son is always excited about this kind of thing. He'll be really looking forward to this Fortnite Chapter Two season six launches on Tuesday, March the 16th. I don't quite understand why we've got chapters and seasons. It's It's all a bit alien to me. But anyway, the new season of Chapter Two is out on Tuesday. So everyone will be downloading that like crazy. I'm sure I will be setting that up for Henry's Xbox. According to Epic Games. When you first launch into the new season, you'll play through the conclusion of agent Johnson's mission in the zero crisis finale, the aftermath of this event is sure to shape reality as we know it. Well, well, I'm excited. So anyway, it's unusual, I think fortnight to have a bit of a single player experience. So it sounds like as soon as you log on, once the updates loaded, then you will have that little single player experience. And you can take it from there. So something for fortnight players to look forward to this Tuesday.

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Guest

Paul Calcote:

Hello, my name is Paul Calcote. And I'm the host of Real People Real Talk, the podcast. And my podcast is all about taking people from surviving to thriving spiritually, physically, financially, mentally, and relationally. And my goal of the podcast is really, that each listener would be all that God has called him to be. But one thing that happened to me last week that I'm so excited about that was excited about it was so great is the fact that I had a chance to guest on other podcasts. And so I'm a talker, so anytime I get invited, I love that. And so that was really cool to be on the other side of the mic. But one thing I'm really looking forward to this upcoming week is my wife's a teacher. And so she has her spring break, which means you know, she's out of school. So that's the time that we're going to take vacation. And so we're going to go home and see my family in Mississippi want to see her family in Louisiana. So I'm super excited to see my parents, I haven't seen them since Christmas, my nieces and my nephews. And we got a lot of things planned. So when you go to Louisiana, you got to have a crawfish boil and things of that nature. And I'll get a chance to preach at my Dad's church. So I'm super, super excited about seeing family, having a break from work, getting time to rest and sleep in and maybe a couple of days not have a to do list. And so yes, my name is Paul Calcote. And you can find me on Instagram at PaulWCalcote. Or you can find my podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. And it's called Real People Real Talk. Have a great week.

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Well that spring break sounded really nice. I'm not sure we're quite there yet here in the UK but hopefully soon. So What am I up to? Well, this morning, I had a lovely phone call with my brother Keith. And it's just really lifted my spirits and just given me a spring in my step today. So it's just really nice to have a good catch up. We don't get to do it very often, partly because of the time difference. He lives in Hong Kong, and I'm in England, and also we do lead fairly busy lives. Well, to be fair, it's mainly Keith, who lives a very busy life. He's always out at events and parties and all sorts of things. So anyway, lovely to have a catch up. And even more so because he was so restrained when it came to taunting me about Liverpool's recent form in the Premier League. So I just wanted to say, Thank you, Keith, for that. In other news, our kids went back to school this week. Now, this is a bit of a mixed bag. So both were a little apprehensive. But they did get on well, and actually had big smiles on their faces, very happy to get back to school, interesting for dawn, and I've been back in an empty house. And actually Dawn even went into work one day, I had a completely empty house. And I thought that would be great. And I thought I'd be really productive. But it was actually quite a different experience when you've been used to for people being in the house for the last two or three months. And then having the house to yourself it Yeah, it was a bit of a strange experience. But sadly, the story doesn't finish there. My son, Henry, someone in his year group tested positive for covid. They've been testing them at school this week. So he had a test when he went back on Tuesday. And all the school were clear, which was I think, nearly 1000 tests, which is pretty incredible. And then they had the second test on Tuesday. And unfortunately a couple of kids in his year group tested positive. So that does mean his entire year group have had to be sent home. So I had to rush out on Friday lunchtime, collecting from school. And now they've all got to self isolate for 10 days. So we're back to square one. We've got Henry at home, and we're going to be homeschooling for another week. Ah, thought we were nearly there. But anyway, he was quite excited about the prospect of not having to go out and not having to go to school for a week. So Henry is back with us. Now talking about COVID testing that was Henry's first time being tested at school this week. And thankfully, none of the rest of us has ever had a COVID test up to this point, we've not had any symptoms over the last 12 months, thankfully. But with the kids being back at school parents are now being encouraged to test themselves at home. So what I did was I drove to our local test centre. And that's what we've been encouraged to do, you just go there and pick up a pack of home tests. So these are kind of like pregnancy tests. So it's like the little bit of plastic, you put the liquid on there. Not not urine in this case, but you put a little liquid on there. And then it shows some bars as to whether you're positive or negative. So I went out to the test centre picked up a pack of home test kits, you get two packs, and there are seven in each pack. So we've got 14 to be getting on with. That should probably keep us going for a couple of weeks, but we will probably use a few on Henry now just to make sure that he's okay after being exposed to the case at school. But anyway, I thought I'd let you join us for the fun of our very first COVID tests. So I have the box in front of me NHS test and trace COVID-19 self test rapid anti Gen test pack of seven and they are made in China. So I've got a little box, I'm going to open it out. Let's see what we've got. It's like a Chemistry set

Harper Williamson:

we've got some disposables sampling swab, and we've got seven of those. All in a strip,

Craig Williamson:

Seven of the actual tests, seven little tubes, seven little waste bags. I guess we must look at the instructions. Children under 12 years of age should be tested by an adult. Use a separate kit for each person you can only use each item once Do not reuse. Step one prepare your test area. We'll need a watch, tissues and mirror and hand sanitizer or soap and warm water. So we're all sat on the dinner table. I did disinfect the dinner table before we started. We should all wash our hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. We each get a test. Right, sets up your test, take the test strip.

Harper Williamson:

This is a swab,

Craig Williamson:

Swab right take the test strip out of the sealed packaging and place it onto a clean flat surface. Once opened, start the test within 30 minutes. We'll do Harper First you want to be our first person. Right so we got a tube ready and all that Harper is to gently blow her nose into a tissue and throw the tissue away. So we have a swab. We'll open the swap packaging only when you're ready to use. You'll use this for both throat and nose. Right take your swab sample Do not touch the tongue, teeth, cheeks, gums or any other stuff. With a fabric tip. Alright, so I need to ask you to open your mouth wide and tilt your head back. Gently rope over both tonsils. Okay, go on. Right then that. Put the same swab gently into one nostril until you feel a slight resistance. Roll it firmly inside making 10 complete circles. Process the sample, pick up the extraction tube and place the fabric tip into the tube so it's in the liquid, press the tip against the edge of the extraction tube with force while rotating it around for 15 seconds. Press the cap tightly to avoid any leaks. Gently squeeze the extraction tube to place two drops of liquid onto the specimen well marked S. One, two. So that's it. We're done Harper's test liquids on there, we just need to wait for 30 minutes. And now Dawn and I will do our own tests. So all three tests have had 30 minutes and we are all negative. So that wasn't too bad, was it?

Dawn Williamson:

Yeah, it was quite easy.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah, it was quite painless, quite straightforward. So will from now on be doing a few of those every week.

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

A book that I talked about a couple of weeks ago was the boy at the back of the class. The author's name is Onjali Q Rauf. And the story is about a refugee boy that moves to England with his foster mum. And he went to a school. And the person talking in first person in the book is a girl called Alexa. And it took me a very, very long time to realise that it was actually a girl and that her name was Alexa, because they never actually went through all the deep those details. And basically, Alexa and her friends wanted to make friends with the boy, when they found out that he would be sitting at the back of their class. And then they found out that he was refugee, and that he'd lost his parents when he was travelling to England. So they wanted to help and find his parents. And the story shows a lot of friendship with the friends wanting to help each other a lot and sticking up for each other. And it also shows that people in real life are refugees, and that they are coming to these countries to get away from wars, and that we need to help them. Some other books by the same author that I have are the star outside my window, and the night bus hero. Now I'm going to move on to a book that I'm reading right now which is called roof toppers, by Katherine Rundell. I've got a reasonably far away through this book. I've only been reading it for two days. But so far it sounds very interesting. And at school we are actually reading the Explorer by Katherine Rundell. So it's a coincidence but think it's quite good. And the Explorer has a Costa award. And I had no idea that Costa did awards for books but apparently they do in roof toppers. It's basically a story of a girl or the word that they mentioned a lot in the story so far award that when she was a baby she was lost in see in a cello case and because of shipwreck and a man picked her up and took care of her

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Random

Craig Williamson:

I've got relaxing days for you and I've got exciting days for you this week. Monday, the 15th of March is napping day and nothing there encourages people all over the world to remember the benefits of being young and taking a little time out of your day to have a nap. You know we all did that when we were really young. Why can't you do it now? Well, I cannot handle naps. I must say that if I have a nap. I am just ruined for the rest of the day. It really sends me out but fairplay if you can have a nap and you enjoy nap, take a nap Monday the 15th is napping day. Tuesday the 16th is lips Appreciation Day. It's about love Your lips and learning better ways of taking care of them throughout your life. Do you love your lips? Well, I use lip balm. And it is possibly a bit of an obsession because ever since I was a child, I've used lip balm several times a day, probably too many times a day. So my lips are normally quite moist and luscious. And actually, even though I'm a veteran of taking care of my lips, I've recently discovered these little Vaseline tins is called Vaseline lip therapy. And you run your finger in it, and then you run it onto your lips, which is a bit novel because I've always used these little coloured chapstick things that you just hold and rub on your lips. So yeah, I really like these little Vaseline tins, your fingers do get a bit sticky, but then your lips are nice and moist afterwards. So yeah, I do recommend that. So lips Appreciation Day is Tuesday, the 16th. Thursday, the 18th is awkward moments day, there is a celebration of all awkward moments. And it had me thinking, are there any awkward moments that I could share? And I think we've all got those crushingly awkward moments that we never actually want to talk about ever again. But they seem to pop into our heads at the most inopportune times. I'm not going to tell you about those events. You don't need to know about those. But there was a couple that came to mind is actually speaking to my brother Keith, that reminded me, so I do have a habit of getting locked in toilets. And that can be a bit awkward. I did get locked in my brother's toilet once and his toilet room affectionately known as the poo room. And I didn't have a phone on me at the time, which looking back seems insane. I mean, how else am I going to catch up with Facebook if I don't take my phone and into the toilet. But anyway, so I didn't have my phone. And he has quite a large house and everyone was downstairs and I was upstairs. And I was locked in the toilet that the door was just stuck. So I had quite a while frantically banging on the door until I was rescued. To remind me this is a bit of a pattern because I was at Wes' house once and this is es our Kansas City Chiefs an who's joined us a couple f times on the podcast, and I g t locked in his bathroom as well upstairs, thankfully that I hink that was in his house i England, but thankfully I did h ve my phone that time. But yea , that was a strange phone c ll to make when you're in some ne's house and you call them up and say, please help me get out of your toilet. I'm stuck. nd this all led me on to possibl the most awkward moment that Ye h, I can share it because it was more awkward for the oth r person perhaps than it was for me. But once this was when I as at university, and you hav shared bathroom facilit es, and for some reason someone was in one of the shared facilit es and didn't put the lock on So I opened the door and som one was sat down mid-str in, and it was just Yeah, a pret y awkward moment and I can st ll see to this day the surpri e look on his face. For sure. hen he closes his eyes, he can remember the surprise look o my face as well. So anyway relive your favourite awkwar moments on Thursday, the 18th o March Friday the 19th is world sleep day. If the naps won't interfere on Monday have some good sleep on Friday the 19th. And then we finish on Saturday, the 20th of March. It is International Day of happiness. It's a global celebration, marking the United Nations International Day of happiness. And it's coordinated by action for happiness, the charity that I've talked about several times on the podcast. The motto for the day is keep calm, stay wise and be kind and if you want to know more about that you can go to dayofhappiness.net Thank you so much for joining me this week. Links to all the stories are in the show notes at thanktheweek.com/18. Please do tell a friend about Thank The Week and help to spread the word of positivity. And I'll see you all next week. Goodbye!

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