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No, the Apple Watch Ultra is not too big

2023-03-21 05:16:48

No, the Apple Watch Ultra is not too big

Ever since I've posted a photo of the Apple Watch Ultra on my wrist(Opens in a new tab), I've been getting questions from concerned smartwatch/fitness aficionados who worry that the new outdoor enthusiast smartwatch is simply too bulky.

No, the Apple Watch Ultra is not too big(图1)

While I cannot say whether the Ultra will comfortably fit every wrist, I can assure you Apple's new wearable is just the right size.

The thing about the Ultra is that it's a special purpose smartwatch. It's a diving computer; it's something you take on hikes, swims, kiteboarding sessions, and even Ironman competitions. It has to have a big display, a long-lasting battery, as well as a larger crown and button (that you can operate with gloves on) to be useful. So that's exactly what Apple did when it designed the Ultra.

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The Ultra has a 49mm case, which is 4 millimeters bigger than the largest Apple Watch Series 8 you can get. It doesn't sound like a lot, but the case is also fatter and bulkier, and it adds up to a considerably bigger wearable.

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When I tried the Ultra on my wrist, I could feel the extra heft from the added weight and, yes, it's a lot bigger than the regular Watch (the full set of tech specs is unavailable at this time, but the Ultra definitely feels heavier than the regular Watch). But that's exactly what I expected from a smartwatch like this. In fact, I'd be disappointed if the Ultra were any smaller.

I'm far from an "extreme" athlete, but I do my bit of outdoor workouts and swims, and I need a smartwatch that can withstand bumping into something, with large, legible letters on the display. Two years in, my own Apple Watch Series 6 has been used for this purpose and it's quite busted up. With a display that's slightly recessed into the case (instead of being curved down into it like the regular Watch), the Apple Watch Ultra feels like it could take a lot more punishment.

Check out the size of that crown. Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable

I also love the Apple Watch Ultra's new crown, the little rotary dial on the side used for tasks such as browsing through apps. Handling the regular Watch's gentle crown while running or doing an intense workout can be a daunting task. The Ultra's crown is bigger, with far deeper recesses giving you the extra grip you need when you're halfway into a long trail run.

For comparison, check out other rugged watches from companies like Garmin(Opens in a new tab) and Polar(Opens in a new tab). Garmin's popular Fenix 7 sports watch comes in several case sizes, with the largest being 51mm. I've tried the smaller, 47mm-sized variant on my wrist, and it's roughly as bulky as the Apple Watch Ultra.

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Of course, if you're intent on buying the Apple Watch Ultra for its aesthetics alone, you'd do well to try it out on your own wrist before you buy. But as far as rugged, sporty smartwatches go, the Apple Watch Ultra is just the right size.

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    The cultural impact of viral evidence

    Bystander videos have proven to be crucial evidence in convicting officers before. In 2015, North Charleston police officer Michael Slager fatally shot 50-year-old Walter Scott from behind(Opens in a new tab) after stopping him for a non-functioning brake light. Slager, who is white, claimed he shot Scott out of self-defense because Scott, who is black, tried to grab his Taser. An eyewitness video of the incident proved otherwise.

    The eyewitness who recorded the incident at first didn't share it out of fear of retaliation(Opens in a new tab), but gave it to Black Lives Matter activists and news media when police reports differed from what actually happened. The video does not show officers performing CPR on Scott, despite the report, and also shows Slager appearing to drop an object next to Scott's body. Upon the release of the footage, Slager was charged with murder(Opens in a new tab). At his 2016 trial, the jury fell one vote short of convicting him(Opens in a new tab) despite the video.

    The video of Slager killing Scott also never reached the level of widespread attention that Frazier's video did. The video Frazier took of Chauvin killing Floyd was not only clear evidence, but also had an immeasurable impact on the way the American public sees the police.

    While Black and brown communities are disproportionately over-policed, many Americans have the privilege of not worrying about being threatened by law enforcement. Though marginalized people have long known about and experienced this injustice, the video of Floyd's death was a wake-up call for the privileged as posts about it dominated social media for weeks.

    "There was just such depravity on Chauvin's face that you never could have gotten without that video."

    Somil Trivedi, senior staff attorney in the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, doubts that the jury would have reached a conviction if not for the video's impact.

    "The video of Derek Chauvin putting his knee on George Floyd changed the world in a lot of ways, but it definitely changed how people see police," Trivedi told Mashable. "There was just such depravity on Chauvin's face that you never could have gotten without that video that really drove it home for people, how much disregard there is for life, especially Black life."

    Derek Chauvin's trial was livestreamed. Credit: AFP via Getty Images

    That cultural shift in the way the public views the police, Trivedi continued, may have influenced the way law enforcement keeps itself accountable as well. He noted that the prosecution in this trial was able to find police officers to testify against Chauvin, which is uncommon. While it may have been a "strategic call" to "preserve their institution" in the face of irrefutable evidence, Trivedi said, the fact that fellow officers testified against Chauvin is a step forward.

    The risks of being a bystander

    Frazier was hailed as a hero for her video of Floyd's murder. In remarks following the trial's verdict(Opens in a new tab), President Joe Biden described her as "a brave young woman with a smartphone camera." PEN America, a nonprofit organization for freedom of expression, honored the teenager with the Benenson Courage Award(Opens in a new tab) in a virtual gala in December 2020.

    But Frazier has also faced an inordinate amount of harassment(Opens in a new tab) for recording and posting the video of Floyd's death online. Critics claimed she shared the video for "clout," and others questioned why she didn't intervene herself.

    "I don't expect anyone who wasn't placed in my position to understand why and how I feel the way that I do...of course I'm not about to fight off a cop I'm SCARED wtf," she wrote in a Facebook post(Opens in a new tab) last year. "Fighting would've got someone else killed or in the same position George (may he Rest In Peace) was in!"

    Frazier is correct: At best, physically intervening may have ended with her being detained, and at worst, she could have been killed as well.

    Simply recording the police is a constitutionally protected right of all civilians, but despite protection under the First Amendment, recording cops can put an eyewitness at risk. The threshold between the right to record and interfering with the police is murky. University of Maryland constitutional law professor Mark Graber told NPR's Code Switch that filming the police is legal "as long as you're not interfering with their activities,"(Opens in a new tab) but what constitutes interference is unclear. Police officers can't tell bystanders to stop recording, search their phone without a warrant, or demand they unlock their phones to delete the video, but that doesn't stop them from illegal retaliation.

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit dedicated to defending digital civil liberties(Opens in a new tab), warns civilians that even though recording the police is a First Amendment right, police have been known to respond with arrest, destruction of property, and bodily harm. During the height of the Black Lives Matter protests last year, police assaulted both demonstrators and members of the press who recorded them(Opens in a new tab).

    Sophia Cope, senior staff attorney on EFF's civil liberties team, told Mashable that retaliation is a possibility but strongly urged bystanders to record the police regardless.

    "It's important to understand that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in particular relates to putting restrictions on government power," Cope said. "That means the government itself cannot restrict the ability of someone to exercise their First Amendment right. In the context of the police, it's not that it's your personal right to record the police, it's that the police themselves — as agents of the government — should not prohibit people from recording."

    What about body cam footage, doesn't that hold police to account? In some ways, yes, though it is rarely as helpful as a bystander's video. While there has been a nationwide push for police to use body cams, Brooks noted that body cam footage can be manipulated by police departments. Even if it isn't, Cope added, body cam footage provides a limited perspective of an incident.

    "It's important to know from the officers' perspective what he or she has seen, but that's incomplete," Cope said, adding that bystander videos provide a wider frame of the scene. If an officer claimed a suspect was carrying a weapon, for example, body cam footage could show the shadow of an object that may convince a sympathetic jury of the officer's claim. But a bystander video could show the object unobscured, and prove that it looked nothing like a weapon.

    In nearly all cases, maintaining distance between yourself and the police is all you can do to maximize your chances of safety while filming a police officer, especially if their partners are enabling violent or racist behavior — which is not an uncommon phenomenon.

    As Brooks explained, bystanders who record police may risk harassment and being targeted by law enforcement, but that it's a moral duty to intervene in "whatever ways you can."

    "That's the price you pay for wanting to live in a democratic society."

    "That's the price you pay for wanting to live in a democratic society," Brooks said. "You can't physically intervene when a cop is harming someone but [recording] is something you're legally protected in doing, as long as you don't interrupt. You might save someone's life by doing that, and in the worst case scenario, be able to hold a cop accountable. If you weren't able to save a life, you'll film a murder."

    Policing the police

    The need for holding the police to account is, of course, nothing new — the tools used may have changed drastically in the last 50 years, but the reality of police violence has not. The Black Panthers, for one, began as a community-led self-defense organization that monitored police behavior in Oakland. 

    Stanley Nelson, a filmmaker whose work focuses on African-American history, directed the 2015 documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. In a call with Mashable, he explained that the Black Panthers used to follow police officers while displaying guns, which was protected under California's open carry laws. The "copwatching" practice seems radical even today, but Nelson noted that the Black Panthers' monitoring of the police was nonviolent.

    "It says something about today, and how little distance we've come, because you can't imagine a bunch of African American men jumping out of the car with guns to police the police and no violence break out," Nelson said. "I think it's really interesting that the police showed more restraint over 50 years ago than they do today."

    The Black Panthers were known for their "copwatching" practice. Credit: Bettmann Archive / getty images

    Nelson explained the way that reality plays out today: "People feel powerless because they have guns and you don't. The way that police, you know, police African Americans is with a sense of terror. So the best thing that people can do is stand back and videotape it, because that's the only power they have."

    Where do we go from here?

    Simply recording the police and posting footage of it online is obviously not the be-all, end-all solution to accountability. In an ideal world, civilians wouldn't have to resort to recording the police at all, much less worry about violence from an organization that claims to protect them. To enact necessary changes beyond recording incidents or further spreading videos of police brutality, Brooks recommends joining a Black-led community organization, donating to mutual aid funds, and advocating for local policies to redirect police funding to community services.

    Law enforcement won't hold itself accountable on its own, which is why defunding the police to invest more in housing, healthcare, and mutual aid remains a rallying cry for activists. That kind of change takes time, and while some municipal policy changes across the country are finally in effect(Opens in a new tab), civilians can still take immediate action when they see police targeting civilians.

    If you do happen to witness an encounter between a civilian and a police officer, recording it can help keep them accountable when the broken system won't.

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  • Mark Hamill joins critics in deleting Facebook, condemning Zuckerberg

    Mark Hamill joins critics in deleting Facebook, condemning Zuckerberg

    The Force is not with Facebook.


    On Sunday, Star Wars icon Mark Hamill took to Twitter to announce that he would be deleting his Facebook account in protest of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to allow political advertisements including lies and propaganda on the site.

    Hamill is the latest in a number of high-profile celebrities to condemn Zuckerberg's actions — with company like actor Sacha Baron Cohen who penned an op-ed on social media site regulation for the (Opens in a new tab)Washington Post(Opens in a new tab) in late November 2019.

    "So disappointed that Mark Zuckerberg values profit more than truthfulness that I've decided to delete my Facebook account," Hamill tweeted. "I know this is a big 'Who cares?' for the world at large, but I'll sleep better at night. #PatriotismOverProfits"

    (Hamill also included two emoji we're pretty sure were meant to indicate the United States is greater than money, but seems to have accidentally used the flag for Malaysia. You win some, you lose some.)

    Hamill then linked to a New York Times (Opens in a new tab)article(Opens in a new tab) from Thursday that reported on Zuckerberg's decision to double down on Facebook's stance on freedom of expression. The article specifically cites a blog post(Opens in a new tab) from Facebook's Director of Product Management Rob Leathern, also posted Thursday.

    “In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other companies are left to design their own policies,” Leathern writes. “We have based ours on the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.”

    Twitter followers of Hamill responded positively, with many praising his decision to take a stance against Zuckerberg and Facebook. (Notably, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey banned all political advertising(Opens in a new tab) from the platform in October 2019.)

    One user even likened Facebook to the Galactic Empire. And honestly? Lol.

  • Miss Michigan brilliantly calls attention to the Flint water crisis


    Miss Michigan brilliantly calls attention to the Flint water crisis

    This year's Miss America pageant crown went to Miss New York(opens in a new tab), but Miss Michigan 2018, Emily Sioma, made a splash of her own.

    During introductions, Emily Sioma approached the mic confidently and used her moment to bring awareness to the water crisis happening within her state.

    SEE ALSO: Miss America 2019 says she's happy she didn't have to wear a swimsuit to win

    "From the state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma," she said, unwaveringly.

    Flint, a city less than two hours away from Sioma's hometown of Grass Lakes, is still in the midst of a water crisis that began in 2014 when residents of the city "raised concerns over reported rashes, hair loss and other problems from using the tap water." While steps have been made to rectify the health crisis, the city is still struggling(opens in a new tab) to make substantial progress towards providing clean drinking water for its residents.

    Sioma highlighting the problems in Flint stood out among the other introductions, many which included their schools and majors. Fans of the pageant watching from home took notice at Sioma's declaration, and celebrated her taking the time to shine a light on the crisis.

    While she may not have won the competition, she definitely stole the show.

  • Trumps 5 for 5! tweet had Twitter users hilariously decoding its meaning


    Trumps 5 for 5! tweet had Twitter users hilariously decoding its meaning

    Something out there is winning, according to President Donald Trump's Twitter account. But for a brief time Wednesday morning, we were just a bit confused as to what or whom.

    On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted the following (refreshingly short) eight-character message to his followers: "5 for 5!"

    But because he didn't provide any context in the tweet itself, Twitter users did what they do best and turned the simple message into a fun and slightly over-the-top meme.

    SEE ALSO: Kathleen Turner reveals what it's really like to experience Donald Trump's 'gross handshake'

    One person suggested this was Trump's way of announcing that he's seen all the Shrek films, while another was sure this had something to do with his lunch order, and a few thought it could be the number of people in Trump's orbit found guilty of crimes. The possibilities are nearly endless.

    While memes are fun, Trump was likely referring to the special elections that took place around the country on Tuesday(opens in a new tab). Four (not five) of his tweets from the previous day congratulated Republicans in Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri for their wins.

    Though Trump appears to have been bragging about wins for five candidates he endorsed(opens in a new tab), the races in Ohio and Kansas were still considered "too close to call(opens in a new tab)" on Wednesday. After his "5 for 5!" tweet, he went on to claim that "as long as I campaign and/or support Senate and House candidates (within reason), they will win!"

    One notable exception: his endorsement(opens in a new tab) of Roy Moore. I think we all remember how that turned out(opens in a new tab).

  • Spare a thought for this hiker, the victim of a hellish helicopter rescue

    Spare a thought for this hiker, the victim of a hellish helicopter rescue


    It's already bad enough being injured in the middle of a hot, dusty mountain.

    So spare a thought or two for this hiker, whose bad day turned even worse when the helicopter basket she was rescued in started spinning uncontrollably.

    The 74-year-old woman was airlifted from Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday morning, when the basket at first started to sway, then gradually built up speed as it continued to rotate. The poor woman.

    In a press conference(Opens in a new tab), authorities said the woman was nauseous and dizzy after the somewhat calamitous rescue, but didn't suffer any additional ill effects after the spin.

    "Sometimes when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, it will start to spin," Paul Apolinar, Phoenix Police's chief pilot said. "We have a line attached to the basket that's supposed to prevent that. Today it didn't."


    That line which was intended to stop the spin eventually broke, authorities said, and the helicopter's team tried to stop the rotation by adjusting the height of the basket.

    "They start to lower the load, it does actually start to stop," Derek Geisel, the pilot during the rescue, told reporters.

    "And then we slowly brought it back up, it gets into the same downwash from the aircraft and it started to spin again ... They tried to stop some of the spin with the line that Paul was referring to, but that didn't work and it eventually broke."

    Authorities said the spinning is a known phenomenon, and they train for it. In the last six years in which rescuers have hoisted people with the basket, the spinning has only occurred twice.

    Not fun, but hey, at least she's OK.


  • Pornhub just dropped a newly redesigned line of sex toys

    Pornhub just dropped a newly redesigned line of sex toys

    Pornhub is launching a new and fully redesigned line of sex toys on Wednesday, and promoting the line with its "Not My Job"(Opens in a new tab) campaign.


    The tube site partnered with ad agency BETC to create a video where household objects — an electric toothbrush, socks, a shower head — sing a parody of The Blood Hound Gang's "The Bad Touch" about how they're not meant to be sex toys. The video is a real doozy:

    At the end of the video, the poor cucumbers and bike seat are "saved" by Pornhub's new sex toy line. Customers can try to guess one of 250 "household objects you shouldn't use for sex" on the campaign site(Opens in a new tab) for the chance to snag a unique discount code for up to 30 percent off a purchase.

    BETC scanned hundreds of articles and online forums to find what offbeat items people have used to get themselves off, creative director David Martin Angelus said in a press release. "It’s amazing what people will have sex with when there isn’t a sex toy handy, especially in the current climate of shelter in place," he commented.

    Additions to Pornhub's toy line include Spell(Opens in a new tab), their version of the Hitachi wand; Silicone Cuffs(Opens in a new tab), pretty self-explanatory; Trilogy(Opens in a new tab), an anal training kit; and Tighten Up(Opens in a new tab), an adjustable cock ring. The new toys are USB rechargeable and waterproof, with "powerful yet quiet" motors. They're made of black body-safe silicone and gold metallics, invoking Pornhub's recognizable black and orange logo.

    The Trilogy set, modeled by Asa Akira Credit: pornhub

    "In redesigning and expanding our Pornhub Toys collection, we wanted to ensure our 130 million daily visitors have all the right tools — whether they’re enjoying their favorite Pornhub content on their own or exploring their fantasies and desires with others," said Pornhub vice president Corey Price in a press release. "It’s time to give household items a break once and for all."

    Watch the campaign video and purchase toys here(Opens in a new tab).

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  • Watch Fox News report a Monty Python joke as Seattles reality

    Watch Fox News report a Monty Python joke as Seattles reality

    If Fox News' latest report is to be believed, Seattle's peaceful Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone(Opens in a new tab) is roiling with infighting among the activists who have made it a police-free zone.


    Of course, as with so many things Fox News, it is not to be believed. In what appears to be a clip from Friday night's broadcast, a reporter with the channel shows a screenshot of a now-deleted Reddit post that purportedly demonstrates the absurdist level of disagreement in the ranks of those protesting police violence in Seattle. There's just one problem: It's actually a joke, lifted almost verbatim from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    "There's infighting among some of the occupiers, and some signs of rebellion against Raz Simone — who we introduced you to here on the story last night," intoned the Fox News anchor. "One posting on social media that has now been deleted, read this: 'I didn't vote for Raz. I thought we were an autonomous collective? An anarcho-syndicalist commune at the least.'"

    The post includes language used in a famous scene(Opens in a new tab) in the 1975 cult favorite. Specifically, it's when King Arthur engages with a mud-farming peasant about various forms of government.

    The character, Dennis, explains to the dumbfounded king that he and his cohorts have established their own form of governance, thank you very much.

    "We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week, but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of purely external affairs," explains Dennis.

    A screenshot of the Reddit post, broadcast on Fox News and included in the above embedded clip, shows sentences that are almost word-for-word identical to those spoken by Dennis.

    Understandably, Twitter users got the joke — even if Fox News didn't.

    But by now we should be used to Fox News not getting the joke — or much of anything else, really.

  • Bacon the very concerned-looking dog is your new spirit animal


    Bacon the very concerned-looking dog is your new spirit animal

    Please allow me to introduce you to Old Man Bacon.

    Old Man Bacon is a dog with strikingly human-like features, who is fast winning over the internet with his extremely expressive face. Bacon's Instagram account(opens in a new tab) is flooded with pictures of him looking concerned, anxious, shocked, and despondent — all the big (and now very normal) 2018 emotions.

    SEE ALSO: People really want their dogs to chill out with CBD and demand is sky high

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    Bacon's looks of dread and despair are endearing and relatable — they also kind of make me want to buy him an especially strong Long Island Iced Tea.

    Though, it's probably best not to give dogs alcohol or project my human emotions onto them in a somewhat problematic way.

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    But don't worry, despite Bacon's proclivity for frowning he's actually quite the happy pup!

    The Pekingese, Dachshund, and Chihuahua mix was adopted over a year ago and now lives in Florida with his family, according to(opens in a new tab) Get Leashed Magazine.

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    Happy for you, Bacon!

  • Air-fried cheese is delicious because crispy cheese is amazing

    Air-fried cheese is delicious because crispy cheese is amazing


    It's hard to mess up cheese. Even bad cheese is pretty good. I'll crush a Kraft Single raw and call it a good time. Because it's hard to mess up cheese.

    So, the TL;DR for air-fried cheese? It's good. Duh. It's crispy, and salty, and tasty because, again, it's hard to mess up.

    SEE ALSO: The best air fryers for making crispy food faster than the oven

    The recipe came from Air Fryer Guy(Opens in a new tab) on TikTok and it's stupid simple. Here's how it goes.


    • Shredded cheese

    • Parchment paper


    1. Cut a sheet of parchment paper to roughly the size of your air fryer basket

    2. Lay the parchment paper down in the basket

    3. Grab a heavy pinch, or light handful of cheese, and lay it down on the parchment paper in the air fryer basket.

    4. Air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is brown all over and crispy, roughly six minutes

    Here's how the process looked for Air Fryer Guy.

    That's pretty much everything about this recipe explained in three screenshots. Credit: Screenshots: TikTok / @airfryerguy
    SEE ALSO: The viral parchment paper liner hack for air fryers is a waste of time

    The details

    I cannot express how easy this recipe easy. You cut parchment paper. You take some shredded cheese. You air fry. That's literally it. That can't possibly be it, you're thinking. Buddy, I promise you, that's it.

    When I set to test out the recipe, I just ran to the store and got a bag of shredded cheese since I already had parchment paper. I chose a bag of mixed cheddar cheeses, since that's what Air Fryer Guy seemed to use. I cut a sheet of parchment paper to size. I plopped that down then placed two pinches of cheese on top of the parchment. I figured I'd attempt to make two cheese crisps. Here's the cheese about to go in the air fryer.

    Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese. Credit: Mashable

    I set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let it rip. Two quick notes: 1. Air Fryer Guy set his air fryer to 200 degrees in his TikTok, but it was in Celsius, which is roughly 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Air Fryer Guy's scientific method of "keep checking until it’s crispy" is what I decided to go with. Way down in the comments, he said it could take about eight minutes but cook times often vary from air fryer to air fryer.

    I let the air fryer preheat with the cheese already in it, then kept checking every minute or two. After about seven minutes of cook time, my two piles of cheese joined forces to make one oblong, dark brown cheese crisp. It looked like this on the parchment.

    Cheese, kind of oily cheese. Credit: Mashable

    Notice how there is a significant amount of grease that cooked off the cheese during the crisping process. I removed the cheese from the air fryer and let it sit on some paper towels for couple of seconds to soak some of that off. I also let the cheese cool for a bit so it would finish hardening. Here is a close up of the cheese crisp, all finished.

    Crispy, crispy cheeeeeeeese. Credit: Mashable

    In short: the cheese crisp was good. It was definitely crunchier on the edges, while the center was a bit more bendy since the cheese was thicker in those spots. In fancy food terms, it was an average frico(Opens in a new tab). It had the salty bite of the cheese and satisfying savory notes from the crisping process.

    This might not be my favorite snack moving forward, but I do see this recipe having its uses. If you're going keto, this is a killer idea. Or say you've made a salad and want a tasty, salty topping? This would be perfect.

    It's also the easiest recipe I've ever made for AirFryDay. And again, what could be wrong with crispy cheese?

  • How to adapt if youve moved in with your parents due to coronavirus

    How to adapt if youve moved in with your parents due to coronavirus

    I delayed as long as I possibly could. But when I got to Day Seven of being home alone and not going outside, I knew the direction my mental health was headed.


    My anxiety levels had already reached an all-time high due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19)(Opens in a new tab). I lay awake until the early hours of the morning, my heart pounding in my chest. I had more panic attacks than I'd ever had in my life. Rumours of an imminent lockdown were swirling and the thought of spending weeks and months alone scared the shit out of me. My parents were worried and urged me to leave London immediately. Eventually I took the difficult decision to temporarily move home. Days later, Prime Minister Boris Johnson placed the entire UK under lockdown.

    SEE ALSO: 7 ways to help quell coronavirus-related anxiety

    I feel lucky and grateful to be in a position to up sticks and move back to Warwickshire. Moving into your childhood home with your parents after years of living independently is an adjustment, to say the least. In London, I live by myself and am used to having huge swaths of uninterrupted quiet time — something that has always felt like a luxury. In this haven of alone-time I binge-watch Vanderpump Rules, Queer Eye, and period dramas. Here, my dad loves to watch Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie adaptations and our nightly TV line-up is a hilariously fraught negotiation reminiscent of my adolescence. Caveat: my dad has graciously allowed me to watch Tiger King and Peep Show, and my mother has introduced me to a lovely new show called Repair Shop.

    Now, instead of pacing the floors of my flat, I can blast the Spice Girls and dance around the kitchen with my mum. My daily government-mandated walk feels quite literally like a trip down memory lane as I walk down brambly paths I once cycled down when I was a kid. As I write this, I'm sitting in the kitchen of my parents' home. I just ate the same breakfast I used to eat before school. I slept in my childhood bedroom. I feel I've regressed back to my teenage self, but I'm trying to see this period as a chance to spend quality time with my family.

    Many young people have moved home during the pandemic — be it due to mental health challenges, risks to their physical health. Several people I spoke to moved out of flats and houses they were sharing with frontline NHS workers assigned to respiratory wards. While university students have been sent home for the remainder of the academic year, other people are experiencing financial issues due to job losses because of the economic fallout from the virus(Opens in a new tab). Some told me they'd moved home to help their parents pay the mortgage because they'd lost their jobs due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

    So, how are people coping with the significant adjustment and lifestyle change that comes with moving 'back home'? I spoke to people who've moved in with their parents during this time to find out how they've adapted.

    Share pop culture recommendations with your family

    Now that most of us are staying home in a bid to slow the spread of the virus, our lives have changed dramatically — and so have the conversations we have with one another. For people living with anxiety, talking about coronavirus non-stop is not helpful. So, it's important to find positive, engaging things you can chat about as a group.

    Gemma Ratton moved home to Sunderland to be with her family because of financial worries.

    "I’m 22, so pretty skint on my first PR job in London, so it just saved me stresses and worries," she said. Ratton was finding London really stressful when the outbreak there began to escalate. "Just before I left London on the Sunday I tried to do a big shop at Lidl, as I do once a week and this guy started shouting and ramming his trolly into my back because I didn’t get out his way," she said.

    This is Ratton's first time living with her parents since she was 18, and she feels like they're actually getting on much better now than they did when she was younger. Her top tip is: "Share any recommendations you have with your family to encourage everyone to get everyone talking about things they love to watch and distract everyone from coronavirus." Ratton says she's tried things she wouldn’t usually do as a result of family suggestions.

    "I've got my Dad listening to Desert Island Discs and he's just watched Fleabag after me recommending it," she said. "The hardest part is being at home and not being able to see friends, but apps like Zoom are making it bearable."

    Ratton also recommended mixing up your days. "I’ve been trying to do different routes for my daily walk. Or listen to different podcasts whilst I’m walking."

    Find yourself a designated workspace

    Ellie Pilcher was living alone in London but decided to come home after multiple requests from her parents, who eventually demanded she come home. "I did it for my mum and dad’s mental health really," she said. "My mum has chronic asthma and my biggest worry was giving it to her, hence why I stayed in London, but after isolating for a week I felt I was safe enough to go home," she said. "My mum kept saying 'I’m so glad you’re home' every time she saw me for the next three days!"

    "None of us (parents, me and older brother) have gotten ill, and we’re all in good spirits," she added. These good spirits, she believes, can be attributed to the fact they each have a designated room they can work in. Her dad works in his home office, her brother's in the spare room, Pilcher works in the dining room, and her mum has the run of the rest of the house as she doesn't work. "I feel like I’m back at school, doing revision half the time," she confessed. They all socialise as a family in the evening but have as much chill time as they like.

    Set boundaries

    Even though you're "home home", it might not feel like your home. You're not sleeping in your usual bed, you've only got some of your clothes with you (three outfits in my case!), and you've a lot less alone time than you're used to.

    Pilcher told me she brought a blanket with her from her house and unpacked all her clothes so she wouldn't feel like she was living out of a suitcase. "Wear headphones when you’re working, even if just to block out excess noise. Make sure you shut your door and have as much ‘me time’ as you can. Even if your loved ones complain about it, me time is important," she added.

    Even when you're working from home alone, it's easy to get distracted by household chores that need doing — particularly when the mess is bothering you while you work. If your mum or dad asks you to do a chore when you've an afternoon of deadlines or calls, it can become a source of stress or even conflict. Pilcher recommended being clear with your family about the hours you're working and "what you cannot do during that time (no quick hoovering sessions or folding the laundry) so that you keep to your structured working day without disruptions."

    Do your bit around the house

    Even though you're away from your usual home, it goes without saying that this is not a holiday. While none of us should be putting any pressure on ourselves to be highly productive(Opens in a new tab) right now (we're living through a pandemic, after all), it's important to do your bit around the house.

    Simple acts like emptying the dishwasher, cooking dinner, making your bed, and keeping your room relatively tidy will relieve others from carrying the majority of the household burden.

    As someone who's spending a lot of time cooking and baking with my mum, I'm seeing it as quality time with her that I don't usually get much of regularly.

    Slow down and take it day by day

    Many of us are struggling with our mental health right now as we witness people around the world — and indeed, people we know and love — coming to terms with losing loved ones. As we adapt to a new way of life with little idea of what the future holds, it's important to be compassionate towards ourselves and the people around us.

    "This is what we all have to do for now, so how can I find ways to deal with it?"

    Clare Dyckhoff has asthma and made the decision to temporarily move home for health reasons. "Being in London isn't great for my health asthma-wise anyway so I wanted to come back to my folks' which has a lot more green space and where the quality of life is generally healthier," she said.

    She rents a flat in London with two others, who also left. "We all felt if we were going to be stuck inside for a good few months we'd rather be somewhere with more space and comfort than our loveable but small flat with limited space," she added.

    "Main attraction of moving home was being with my family (of which none are in the 'at risk' band), having pets to walk frequently, and lots more space to just be more comfortable during this time," she explained. "I'm very fortunate to have this option as so many don't — it just felt like the best (and so far is) choice."

    As for making the adjustment, Dyckhoff has told herself, "This is what we all have to do for now, so how can I find ways to deal with it?" She is trying to take one day at a time. "I suffer with bouts of anxiety in general and I've found being forced to slow down and deal with things one day at a time, even on an hourly basis, has been my best starting point," she said.

    "That and communicate to those you live with. Being back home has made me feel safer in a way — and if you can chat to family members about how you're feeling and vice versa, it can really help root you to managing this day by day, and feel a lot less alone." She's replaced going out for dinner with reading books, and in-person hangouts have given way to technology-enabled mingles.

    These are tough times we're living through. If you've had to move home due to financial pressures or health issues, know that you're not alone. While researching this article, my Twitter inbox was inundated with scores of young people who've done the same. Stay safe and be kind to one another.