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The complete list of every free streaming service you can watch right now via Input

April 29th, 2020 Comments off

The good news: tons of media usually reserved for paid customers is free right now. Not even kind-of-sort-of free; we’re talking no strings attached free, the kind you don’t need to worry about cancelling months later. You’ve got more than enough time to stream, and these companies are more than happy to provide the content.

Some of these services also offer generous free trials during the pandemic, and if you’re bored, you should take advantage of those, too. Just be sure to set yourself a reminder to cancel before your credit card gets charged at the end of the trial, or if you’re trying to track down the trials you’ve already forgotten about, a service like Truebill can be a lifesaver. Here’s a (fairly) comprehensive list to all the free content you can binge right now, plus the best free trials you can scam with nothing more than a fresh email address:

Quarantine Entertainment: NBCUniversal Rolls Out a Free Sneak Peek of Its New Streaming Service, Peacock, to Comcast Users via Gizmodo

April 15th, 2020 Comments off
Right on cue, Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers are getting early access to the premium tier NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock roughly three months before it’s set to officially launch. While these customers won’t see much of the service’s originals right away, they will get access to thousands of hours of movies and series. Plus, they’re getting it for free.

Home School: The trick that made animation realistic via Vox [Video]

April 8th, 2020 Comments off

One breakthrough made animation look natural. And it involved a clown dancing on a roof.

In this episode of Vox Almanac, I look into the beginning of rotoscoping, a technique animators can use to create realistic motion. Invented by Max Fleischer of Fleischer Studios (and echoed and practiced by many others), it involves taking filmed footage and using it as a traceable model for animation. The results are fluid and natural in a way animation had never been before.

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Online Play! Six Sites for Playing Boardgames through the Web via Girls’ Game Shelf

April 7th, 2020 Comments off
While we’ve had to hit the snooze button on conventions and game groups, that doesn’t mean you can’t play with friends and folks from around the world. Do it virtually! Here’s a few sites to help keep you entertained with game-y goodness AND hanging out with other gamers from the comfort of your own couch!

Home School: Hotel Room Opened With “Privacy” Card! from The Lockopicking Lawyer on YouTube

April 5th, 2020 Comments off

Isolation Entertainment: London’s National Theatre Starts Streaming Its Most Famous Productions Across The World For Free via Forbes

March 31st, 2020 Comments off

Some of our favorite things to watch on Netflix and YouTube

March 22nd, 2020 Comments off

Huge trove of digitized 78rpm records via

September 17th, 2019 Comments off
Another great free collection from the Internet Archive — this time an audio collection instead of images. Dig in and enjoy! — Douglas
Through the Great 78 Project, the Internet Archive has been digitizing the audio from 78rpm records produced from 1898 to the 1950s. Over 25,000 high-quality recordings are currently available from artists like Edith Piaf, Irving Berlin, Lena Horne, and Duke Ellington. This preservation is important because the discs are fragile:
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Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) – World’s 1st Keyframe Animation Cartoon – Winsor McCay via Change Before Going Productions on YouTube

September 3rd, 2019 Comments off
Watch this classic from the very beginning of film. — Douglas

Released on September 15th, 1914. Sometimes called the world’s oldest cartoon (erroneously), it is still the first to be created using keyframe animation. This movie required Winsor McCay and his assistant John A. Fitzsimmons (who traced the backgrounds) to create 10,000 drawings, which they inked on rice paper and mounted on cardboard.

Gertie is a dinosaur based on the Brontosaurus (nowadays known as Apatosaurus) skeleton in the American Museum of Natural History. McCay’s employer, William Randolph Hearst, was displeased with McCay’s success outside of the newspapers, and used his contractual power to reduce McCay’s stage activities.

Read Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) – World’s 1st Keyframe Animation Cartoon – Winsor McCay via YouTube

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Learn a new language by watching Netflix via The Verge

September 3rd, 2019 Comments off
Improve your skills on your own, effectively and enjoyably, by watching films and series in the language you study.

Build your listening comprehension with thousands of hours of authentic language in context. After installation, you will have additional features for language learning when you watch videos on the Netflix website.

• Subtitles are shown in two languages, allowing you to compare the original audio and text with a translation in your language.
• The extension allows you to listen to subtitles one at a time, and to change the playback speed.
• There’s a pop-up dictionary, and the extension suggest the most important words for you to learn.