Bathroom Betterment: Robot Brains and Slippers
Author: Nick Carvell
Whether you’re getting ready for work or winding down before bed, any time you spend solo in the bathroom is a chance to relax, expand your mind and work on becoming the best version of yourself. Start and end your day right by checking out our monthly recommendations for bettering your bathroom experience below...
The soundtrack: Promenade Blue by Nick Waterhouse
Born in LA, guitarist and singer Nick Waterhouse has spent the past decade crafting sound that references the very best of Fifties and Sixties rhythm and blues, jazz and soul, but feels completely contemporary. What makes his music really special is his commitment to analogue recording, giving his tracks a real feeling of energy and authenticity in a world of overproduction. His latest album, Promenade Blue, drops this month, which – judging by the first to singles on Spotify – promises to be a sundrenched selection of tracks that will be perfect for playing with friends at our first socially-distanced gatherings.
Streaming on Spotify from 9 April.
The podcast: The Robot Brains Podcast by Pieter Abbeel
Hosted by renowned artificial intelligence researcher and professor Pieter Abbeel, each episode of The Robot Brains Podcast meets global experts in AI who are currently attempting to build robots that can think like us. The first episode has just been released, featuring an interview with Andrei Karpathy, director of AI at futuristic car-maker Tesla, about what it takes to test and teach a driverless car and what it’s really like to work with modern day Tony Stark, Elon Musk.
Available now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
The tech: Bathroom TV by Proofvision
Fed up of dropping your tablet in the tub or your smartphone in the sink? If you dream of being able to catch up on your favourite shows in the relaxing environs of your bathroom, you need one of Proofvision’s bathroom TVs. Available from 24” (pictured) to a whopping 55”, these widescreen wonders are not only waterproof, but are heated so they don’t steam up . Sure your room will need a remodel to sink one into the wall, but that’s a small price to pay for being able to watch a whole episode of Saturday Kitchen in the shower.
The book: We Are Bellingcat: An Intelligence Agency for the People by Eliot Higgins
A timely reminder that the internet can be used for good as opposed to evil, this new book charts the rise of Bellingcat: a collective of members of the public who teamed up online to solve some of the biggest criminal cases of our time. From the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine to the sourcing of weapons in the Syrian Civil War and the identification of the Salisbury poisoners, Eliot Higgins (who founded the group on his laptop sitting at his kitchen table) explains the tools he and his team of amateur sleuths have used to investigate these events - and how limited the response has been to them by government agencies around the world.
£13.99 at amazon.co.uk
The essential: Slipper slider by Bedroom Athletics
The weather might be heating up (finally, thank God), but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to want something cozy to slip on first thing in the morning - it just needs to be a little breezier. Welsh sleep-outfitter Bedroom Athletics has just released its first toe-exposing slider silhouette, lined with soft sherpa fleece and fitted with a non-slip sole for maximum comfort and breathability. Perfect whether you’re prepping to enjoy an espresso on your patio in the sun or padding around the house.
The product: High Exfoliator by The Other Saint
Sun’s almost here - time to get sloughing. Having been trapped indoors with central heating blasting away over the past few months, you might find a few flaky areas on your face. Drink plenty of water, then have a gentle scrub in the shower with our satisfyingly coarse High Exfoliator. While the crushed up walnut shells buff away cold-weather crustiness, cranberry seed oil will soothe your skin to ensure you head out into summer best face forward.