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Audobon’s Birds of America art released as free, high-res downloads for printing via Boing Boing

August 14th, 2020 Comments off

The National Audubon Society has released all of John James Audubon’s magnificent watercolors from his classic work Birds of America (1827-1838) as free, high-resolution downloads for printing. The 435 life-size watercolors in the collection were “all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration.” Each image’s web page is accompanied by Audubon’s wonderful first-person descriptions of the animal.

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Home School: Free to Use and Reuse: Maps of Cities via Library of Congress Blog

May 27th, 2020 Comments off

Cities grow, adapt and change, like all living things. The Library’s map collections show this in all sorts of unexpected ways, offering a vision of days gone by, of what “normal” once looked like.  We present you with some fascinating glimpses of the cities of yesteryear in this edition of the Library’s Free to Use and Reuse sets of copyright-free images.

The good news about these, if you haven’t seen them before, is that they are yours for the taking — print them out, blow them up into huge posters, use them for laptop screensavers. It’s your choice. In the past few months, we’ve highlighted classic movie theaters, genealogy, maps of discovery and exploration and so on, but there are lots more.

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Photography Life Just Released All of Their Paid Photography Courses for Free via PetaPixel

May 24th, 2020 Comments off

If you’re running low on free educational content and you’re eager to use this time to improve your craft, we have some good news. The website Photography Life hast just released all of their premium photography courses, usually $150 apiece, for free on YouTube.

The announcement was made earlier today by Photography Life founder Nasim Mansurov, who explained that he and his staff felt compelled to help out the community during these difficult times.

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Home School: The Smithsonian has released more than 2.8 million images you can use for free via The Verge

April 21st, 2020 Comments off

The Smithsonian Institution is releasing 2.8 million high-res images from its massive collection into the public domain, putting them online for anyone to use and download for free. The open-access online platform will include 2D and 3D images from its 19 museums, nine research centers, archives, libraries, and the National Zoo, Smithsonian Magazine reports.

“Being a relevant source for people who are learning around the world is key to our mission,” Effie Kapsalis, the Smithsonian’s senior digital program officer, says. “We can’t imagine what people are going to do with the collections. We’re prepared to be surprised.”

Nikon School Online – Free online courses for April via @NikonUSA

April 5th, 2020 Comments off
Make the most of this time.
Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let’s come out of this even better.

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Voleflix, a public domain movie site via MetaFilter

April 3rd, 2020 Comments off
Voleflix, a public domain movie site via MetaFilter
MeFite malevolent trawled some lists of public domain movies (lots of great film noir) and put together a new, improved, or at least free version of Netflix. Behold: Voleflix! Includes films featuring Ed Wood, Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Vincent Price, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Stanley Kubrick, Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra and more… It also has daft Voleflix Originals and rates your taste in movies from your watchlist. [via mefi projects]
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Isolation Entertainment: The Globe is streaming a Shakespeare play for free every fortnight via Time Out London

March 31st, 2020 Comments off

The latest London theatre to step up to the plate with free high-quality content is Shakespeare’s Globe. The iconic Elizabethan-style playhouse already had its own public streaming platform in the form of Globe Player, but watching it has always come at a fairly steep rate, with productions rented or purchased at individual prices that usually exceed a month’s full access to many TV streaming platforms. As of next Monday (April 6), that changes.

First up is a full English-language Shakespeare play per fortnight available for free. The line-up kicks off with 2018’s ‘Hamlet’, starring Globe boss Michelle Terry in the title role of the doomed Danish prince.

 Second up, every single production from the 2012 Globe to Globe series will be made available for free, for the whole period. So that’s a Korean ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, a Macedonian ‘Henry VI Part 3’, a Polish ‘Macbeth’, a Hebrew ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and so on and so forth. You can find the full list here.

FREE Audiobooks for kids (and adults) from Audible

March 20th, 2020 Comments off
No need to download or log in or anything. Click the book and start listening immediately! Maybe it’s time you finally read/listened to one of those classics, like Frankenstein, that you have always been meaning to read. — Douglas
For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
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Noted: Free Download: Dozens of Old Wood Type Alphabets

March 17th, 2017 Comments off

Would a “freemium” model for empty storefronts and office space be good for LA and property owners?

October 7th, 2010 3 comments

Sometimes I think great ideas can come from the naivete of others. In that vein, let me present an extremely naive idea and see if it spurs any thoughts by those more knowledgeable. — Douglas

Driving around Los Angeles is that object lesson in the state the economy. It is my personal, anecdotal survey of what is happening in the city. Right now, it is worse than I have ever seen it. Block upon block of storefronts with NOW LEASING signs or boarded up windows — High-rises with empty floors — parking lots empty except for the weeds poking through the asphalt. The city seems to be rolling up the sidewalks and reverting to its natural state of grasses and tumbleweeds.

I think there might be a way to help everyone get things moving again. What would happen if property owners “leased” out office and retail space for free? Wouldn’t a building which is in good repair, well-lighted and having foot traffic be more inclined to attract more tenants than an abused boarded-up, graffiti-covered blight on the neighborhood?

I assume there are some benefits to leaving properties empty. Utility costs are nil and there are surely tax breaks due to the loss of revenue. Still, wouldn’t it be better for everyone if these spaces were filled and functional, even at reduced or no rent?

Taking a sign from the Internet world, wouldn’t it be beneficial to develop some sort of “freemium” model for underused commercial real estate? Wouldn’t it be better for all to return these properties to a productive state, if only on a temporary basis? I could foresee month-to-month agreements where small businesses and organizations could use the space, but also be aware that deal could be revoked if a paid renter was found. It isn’t very stable for an organization, but I know I could live with that arrangement if it meant I had a place to meet and hold classes. In some cases, these “freemium” renters could even turn into full tenants as the economy improves. Just as with Internet services, converting a few to the premium plan could support the free use by others. Even more, it could introduce small businesspeople to the idea of an eternal office and the benefits it provides.

How would it work? My first thoughts turn to my own needs at the moment. I could really use a small 10-20 person space to hold meetings and New Media classes. Since I CAN work out of my house, I do, but I can’t and don’t necessarily want to bring strangers into my home for training. I need something cheap to provide me some flexibility, without breaking the bank.

Each day, I walk by 3-4 empty auto sales lots here along Van Nuys Boulevard where I live. They have been unused for months and detract from the neighborhood dramatically. Every time I walk by I think of how I, ad others, might be able to use those spaces, but I have no idea where to start.

Further up the street is a small 3 story office building that has NEVER had a tenant in the 3-4 years since it has been completed. I have thought about calling the number on the FOR LEASE sign, but I am at a loss for what I would say. “Hey, I noticed your building is empty and thought maybe you could give me and my friends a few rooms rent free!” It seems absurd to even say it, but maybe that is exactly what we need to do.

I would love to hear from more knowledgeable people about how something like this might be “sold” to property owners. I don’t have any experience in that area so I am sure I am missing some important aspect, but I still think there might be something to this “freemium” model for office and store space. Let me know what you think about why this might work or why it can’t. I would love to learn more about the realities of commercial real-estate and how it might be turned to everyone’s benefit.