By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

April 20, 2020

The TV showed video footage of Tokyoites going all the way to neighboring prefectures to play pinball or to shop and crowd the stores there. The now infamous photo of PM Abe reading a book, drinking coffee and relaxing with his dog. Siblings fighting with each other. People doing silly exercises and posting them on youtube. Talk shows rehashing information about Covid-19 filled with people spouting opinions restating what everyone already knows. All in all, a great way to waste time and go nowhere!

In 2020, there are MOOCs and online learning opportunities all over the place. Many of them are free and some of them offer certificates that can be useful in your vocation. By the end of this month I hope to have learned how to use and adjust a ventilator, analyze the movement and spread of Covid-19 and finish reviewing all of my notes from the virology classes I took six years ago. I also hope to have more vegetables planted.

If you aren’t engaged in an essential services profession that’s keeping you on the job, look around and take advantage of the free time Covid-19 is giving you!

有利になるように不要不急時間を生かす

テレビには東京の人がパチンコ遊びに他県まで走ったり、遠く離れたホームセンターなどに集まったりしているビデオが放送されている。有名になった阿部首相の家でくつろぐビデオも何回も観た。兄弟が家で退屈して喧嘩する画像も多い。Covid-19について同じ情報を何回も何回も繰り返す素人のゲストが、観ている人が既にしっていることを偉そうに言う。まとめると、かなりの無駄時間だな。

今の2020年にはMOOCやオンライン教育機会がいくらでもある。かなりの数は完全無料で、いくつかは仕事に役立つコース修了証書も僅かの金額で取得できる。今月の末日までに私は人工呼吸器の設置・調節・抜管を覚え、Covid-19の動きと広がりの解析方法を学び終え、6年前のウイルス学の2学期を渡ったコース資料やメモを復習する目標。そらに、キュウリも植えるつもり。

自分は必要不可欠なサービスの提供者ではないなら、現在のCovid-19の不要不急時間を有利になるように利用したらいかが?

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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