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Hey there! Welcome to the newest issue of TimeMachiner. For those of you who are new here, thanks for giving me space in your inbox. 🙌🏻
It's "windows open" weather here in NY and, if I may steal a line from McDonald's: I'm lovin' it. Summer has most certainly left the area and I'm quite enjoying having my windows open for some fresh air.
My time this past week has been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4. I'll get to the game in a moment but here is the best part of the whole thing: I borrowed the game from my library. That's right. My library loans out video games.
Many, many times I'll see posts on Reddit's Books and Frugal subreddits reminding others that libraries have come a long way since we were kids. Of course, there are still books. But when I go to my library's website or to the building itself I have so many options. It is refreshing.
Off the top of my head, many libraries across the country loan: audiobooks, puzzles, games, home gadgets, lawn games, tablets, streaming devices, wifi hotspots, video games, and tons more. Want to go to a museum? They have free passes. Need to print something? It is a nickel a page. This doesn't even touch their digital offerings. Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy, and on and on. There are plenty of things you can use the library for without even leaving the house.
All this to say, that not only am I thoroughly enjoying this Horizon game, but knowing I'm supporting my local library by borrowing it is a big win for all.
The game itself is akin to Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It is a wide-open world where you can go anywhere and make your own way. The storytelling is fantastic and the game is fun.
If you want to get in on the fun, pull up the website for your local library and see what they offer. Most of the time you can apply for a digital card instantly to get access to digital items. Then stop in to get the physical card and unlock an insane amount of free resources.
Here's today's Random Factoid: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses Waffle House Restaurants being open or closed as one way to determine the effect of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery. Source
Poll of the week
Last week's results:
Which invention from the following list would you eliminate forever from the present, past, and future?
Heated Swimming Pools - 4
3D Printers - 3
Bicycles - 2
The Internet - 2
Due to a snag in last week's issue, I had to attempt to gather the results in a different way. So there's no graphic this time around. Thanks to everyone who voted! While heated swimming pools are really nice, I have to agree that I also would wave goodbye to them. For the two of you who voted to eliminate the internet, I have questions... 🤔
If you had to pick one genre of music to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Results will be posted in the next newsletter.
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