Quarantine Queries

The guys over at Chartr use Google Trends to gather up lovely data for us all to look at. A LOT of it is very interesting. At a time like this where we are all in quarantine, what better time to look at the data. So they checked out Google trends to map out ways we’re living differently.

First of all, a lot of us are googling ‘What is Zoom’. Why is this important? Well a few months ago Zoom only had 10 million users. Now? Well, there’s over 200 million users.

“Bars Near Me” has been replaced with “Wine Delivery”. Those who are looking for puzzles may be digging out old copies of the sims.

Furthermore “Gym Membership” search queries has been replaced by “Online Yoga”. While no one is searching for “Hot Outfit For A Date” and “Weekend Getaway” anymore.

Also, no one is searching for “Bus or Train Timetables”, people are searching for “Buy A Desk”, but not “Buy a Suitcase”. While people searching on “How To Watch Harry Potter”


Harry Potter is childhood nostalgia and comfort. Therefore it makes sense as to why people are searching for Harry Potter and are re-watching them during quarantine.

Quarantine Potter

Chartr have plotted the number of mentions of Harry Potter books against the screen time of those characters, across all 8 movies. This is so they can see which of the characters were relatively promoted during the transition period from book to screen.

The results showed that the film adaptations of the books, did a pretty good jon. As most of the main characters were promoted well. This suggests that the producers did stick faithfully to the books. However, this could be down to how closely JK Rowling worked on the makings of the films.

Screen Time

However, some characters did in fact do better! Lucius Malfoy was mentioned 249 times. Which would equate to 6 minutes of screen time. Yet he got more than 15 minutes. Narcissa also got more screen time. Though many of the Weasley family, Bill, Percy and Molly got less screen time.

The above chart shows 100 most mentioned characters that got at least 1 minute of screen time. Though some didn’t make it into the films at all! For example Ludo Bagman got 250 mentions in the books. Though he never made it into the movies. Bagman was the head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports. Peeves the Ghost, Winky the crouch family elf or Charlie Weasley didn’t make the cut either.

Mad Eye Moody also got hit hard. Though his screen time may be attributed to Barty Crouch Jr who pretended to be him in the Goblet of Fire.

Overall though the data suggests a very good adaptation of the books, and the screen did well to portray the book. Which is good considering the over 4200 pages of source material.


Technology has served us well in quarantine too. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics has shown an interesting trend in the US over the last 45 years.

Things produced in the US per hour (Productivity) has gone up 120% since 1970. While the compensation of workers has gone up by little over 50%. Why aren’t they closer together like before 1975?

Well, it could be attributed to globalisation, bargaining power, minimum wages, public policy and legislation all impact how wages are determined.

Quarantine Robots

Technology is getting better and better. More and more people are being replaced by technology. Which on the surface of things is a good thing. A factory worker could go do what he/she wants. The new car people want to buy is cheaper as it was made by a robot, which works more productively and up to 24 hours a day.

However, if retraining is difficult or there isn’t as much competition, the company will reap all the benefits. Which in turn will result in the transfer of income from labour to capital owners. While studies suggest consistently that technological change decouples wages from productivity.

The chart is not intended to show a political point but to stimulate debate when many jobs which are deemed lower skill are absolutely essential to our survival.

While a study from McKinsey suggests that “about half of all the activities people are paid to do in the world’s workforce could potentially be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies”. Automation is coming, and if we manage it properly it could be wonderful for millions of people.


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Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Harry Potter Wizards Unite: AR Game

Harry Potter Wizards Unite: Your New Favourite AR Game!

First of all, lets take a moment to mention how much of a success Pokemon Go was. Pokemon Go was released it took over the world at an unprecedented and unknown scale! Since spawning lots of different social accounts and a HUGE community grew almost over night. Consequently Harry Potter Wizards Unite is from the same team that brought you Pokemon Go. Aimed at all Harry Potter fans, this game will make all users instant wizards!

From Niantic one of the world’s real-world AR gaming game developers, Harry Potter Wizards Unite will have players launched into the world of Harry Potter. Aimed at all of those who dream of becoming real life wizards, will finally be able to experience the Wizarding World. Also players of Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be able to learn spells and explore their neighborhoods, uncovering everything fantastical. Players will be able to discover and fight all the legendary beats from the game! Also team up with other wizards to take down the weird and wonderful beasts.

Due for release in 2018, this game we’re sure will take off just like Pokemon Go did!

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Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them

Marcus Bronzy recently went to see the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and the main consensus is that it was SICK!

It was aimed at more of an adult audience and wasn’t as child like as the previous Harry Potter films, it is set  in New York, 70 years before Harry Potter, following the writer Newt Scamander on his adventures with the secret community of witches and wizards!

It is 1926 and something mysterious is on the warpath in the streets of New York, leaving a path of destruction in it’s wake and in doing so threatens exposing the wonderful wizarding world to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of the American For Muggles also known as the ‘No Majs’   — A dark wizard known as Gellert Grindlewald has absolutely destroyed Europe and left it in a mess has slipped away from sight, and is nowhere to be seen, is he to blame for the recent troubles seen in New York?

It is here where the main character Newt Scamander arrives in New York, where he is nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue various weird and wonderful magical creatures. Many of which are kept safely in (and away from danger from any dark wizards) in his leather case. The movie takes a turn for the worse when a No-Maj known as Jacob Kowalksi lets some of the beasts that Newt has managed to capture out of his leather case and free into the streets of New York! Which unbeknownst to Jacob is a serious breach of trust with the Statue of Secrecy, former Auor Tina Goldstein pounces on Newts misfortune and tries to regain her post! The troubles for Newt don’t end there as Percival Graves (Director of Magical Security at the Magical Congress of the USA) has suspicions on Newt and Tina!

The pair of them join as unlikely allies, along with Queenie (Tina’s Sister) and their accident prone Jacob to get back Newts beasts before Percival gets them and harms them! The stakes are high though as the four friends are now branded as fugitives and their mission to save Newts precious beats may put them on a dangerous path with the dark forces which could force all of their worlds (No-Maj, Wizarding) to the brink of war!


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Invisibility Maybe!

Credit: Telegraph

Credit: Telegraph

We’ve been getting closer and closer to real life invisibility cloaks for a while now, – but we’re not just quite Harry Potter – yet.

There has been an advancement in a special type of material from Iowa State University which guards whatever its placed on from Cameras – you’ll still be seen via the naked eye – even when watching a video feed – you’ll only be hidden from other machines or radar.  This type of tech could be used in a stealth fighter jet for example.

The University of California at Berkeley have developed another type of invisibility tech that reflects light to keep objects hidden.

This method uses special gold antennas to “reroute reflected light waves” so that the thing it covers was invisible when the material was turned on by switching the gold’s polarization.

For now it’s just working on a microscopic scale, measuring “barely” 80 nanometers thick and only large enough to cover a few biological cells.