Hello dear readers. I hope you’re staying safe, and relatively sane in these unprecedented times. If your new life is at all like mine, you now spend a lot of time in Zoom calls, for “work” and for socializing. (Work is in quotes because a team of national experts are still on the fence about whether I have done any actual “work” in the past four weeks of “working” from home) I even hosted my annual Easter Brunch over Zoom, which went great because there was more ham than usual left over for me to eat!
Since we’re all Zooming through life right now, tons of institutions, both local and national have released their own, official sets of virtual backgrounds that you can use while in a Zoom call. Posting a handful of watermarked, high-res images might seem like the absolute least that some of these organizations could do during this time of global pandemic, and it is. But also, we gotta keep those graphic designers busy or else they get very restless and start creating new worse fonts.
Anyhow, I decided I should jump on the bandwagon and release the AUTHORITATIVE set of A Building, A Feeling, and A Latrine Zoom backgrounds. Could you have just browsed through my old columns and picked out your favorite pictures yourself? Absolutely. However, I’m saving you time by telling you that these are the best ones, and I’ll also be imparting some of my best Zoom tips and quarantine lifestyle tips to you as we go through this collection.
First off, the OFFICIAL B/F/L logo!
Flawless! Let’s see how it looks in a meeting.
Ah, I see Zoom thinks the whites of my eyes are part of the background and it’s making me look extremely evil. No problem, no problem, easily fixed! I’ll just set up a makeshift green screen in my home. Easy peasy.
Next up, a cheeky one. I hate the HERE. apartment building, but it is a fun Zoom background, because if you’re ever in a call and somebody is like “hey is Tom here?” you can point at the sign and say “HELL YEAH I’M HERE.” Classic.
During these troubled economic times, it’s PIVOTAL to support your local businesses by making them your Zoom backgrounds, and also wearing their t-shirts while in Zoom calls.
My column last December about fire hydrants was quite popular, so had to include one of those.
“O Hydrant, u so silly!”
Here’s a Zoom background of the worst intersections on campus. Great for reminding everyone on the call of the small joys of not leaving the house ever. (no 4-way stops!)
Great Zoom tip: if you’re not sure that everyone on the call is paying attention, put on a creepy mask and see who notices.
Sometimes it’s fun to dress up to match your Zoom background. This outfit and background combo tells everyone that you’d rather be (miniature) golfing!
As fun as it is to imagine you’re Zooming in from a tropical beach or whatever, sometimes you want a background that really encapsulates your current fragmented mental state.
Everyone will relate to what you’re going through with this Zoom background!
Of course it wouldn’t be a B/F/L background set without a bathroom, and why not use the worst bathroom I’ve ever reviewed!
Oh geez. Not sure why you’d want to use this as your background, but I empower you to do so!
Anyway, there’s lots of other great images in the Building/Feeling/Latrine archives, but I’ll leave you with these for now. See you all next month! I promise you, no matter what happens in the world, I will continue to make dumb faces and write inane pee jokes for my adoring fans!