21 Totally Free Things On The Internet

The internet is a magical tool. The best thing about it is it’s totally up to you how you use it. You’d be served well to check out the websites below. Some are educational, some are useful and some will save you money. All of them are free and definitely worth your time.

Free ways to learn something.
1. Class Central
Class Central will get you back in the classroom without the crippling student debt. You’ll have full access to recordings of college courses, plus Syllabi.

2. Open Yale
Basically the same as above, except this has you in a specific set of hallowed halls, namely Yale’s. Other colleges have similar programs, but this one stands out.

3. Coursera
Coursera features classes put together especially for the platform by professors, complete with assignments and opportunities to interact and collaborate with other students.

4. Code Academy
Code Academy will teach you the joys of coding potentially to make a bunch of money.

5. Doulingo
Duolingo is a great way to learn language built around mini-lessons in a game like format you might even enjoy.

6. Music Theory.Net
Music Theory.Net  is the perfect way for a beginner to learn how music works or to just brush up on the basics.

Free Movies and books
7. Open Culture
Open Culture has just about everything, including textbooks, movies, audiobooks, and ebooks.

8. Documentary Heaven 
The aptly named Documentary Heaven has a bunch of free documentaries.

9. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg features over 56,000 free books (available to read online and often as a Kindle download) Most of these have entered the public domain. So if you’re looking for a throwback, you’ll find it here.


Free ways to save money

10. Retail Me Not
All coupon clippers should bookmark Retail Me Not. You can directly search for stores like H&M, Whole Foods and everything in between.

11. 10 Minute Mail
At 10 minute mail, you’ll be issued a free email address that will dissolve after 10 minutes. Why would you want that? Because you can sign up for free deals elsewhere without using your real email address.

12. Craigslist
For free stuff, you can always check out Craigslist. The people on there are weird and they throw out all kinds of stuff, including useful things you don’t want to spend money on. Like coat hangers or a taxidermied bear.

13. Mint
The best way to save money is to just get your own personal finances in order. Accountants cost money. Instead, just use the free service Mint. It’s a website/app from the people that made Turbotax built around budgeting, bill paying and credit score checking.

Free internet tools
14. IFTTT
If you’re looking for something cool and free that’ll make your life easier, IFTT will give you “recipes” to make your apps and devices work together. For example, it will teach you to turn on your lights when your Uber arrives or how to hook up Alexa to your Google calendar. It’s a little Black Mirror for some peoples tastes, but at the very least it will make your life seem more efficiant.

15. Pixlr
Pixlr is basically a free version of old Photoshop if you want to touch up your Instagram posts before they go public.

16. Paint.net
You can also use Paint.net for an improved version of MS paint.

17. Musescore
Finally, to compose music with all that knowledge from  Music Theory.Net. Check out Musescore and get cracking.

Free ways to act and feel better
18. 7 Cups
If you just need somebody to talk to and therapy is out of your budget, check out 7 Cups. It’s a free place where you can air your feelings anonymously in group chats or directly to a listener or a therapist, also anonymously.

19. Rainy Mood
If you’re just looking to block out the world, head to Rainy Mood, which plays the sound of a thunderstorm and will likely improve your concentration.

20. Stay Focused
To really concentrate though, you can just start blocking websites that distract you with the add-on Stay Focused.

21. Grammarly
If you don’t feel like getting educated by one of the websites above,  you can at least write like an educated person if you download the plug-in Grammarly. It’s basically a free spell check but slightly more advanced than what comes from your computer and focuses on grammar.

Source: thethrillist

Tattoos That Can Play Actual Music

Skin Motion’s augmented reality tattoos can be read and played back by a phone.

Mobile app and artist platform for augmented reality tattoos, Skin Motion, launched its first product in June. Soundwave Tattoos enable people to experience their ink in a new way, offering an app that reads a tattoo and plays back the audio.

The idea came about when two friends got the opening line from Elton John’s Tiny Dancer tattooed by Nate Siggard. Nate’s girlfriend Juliana said it would be cool if you could listen to the tattoo and Nate realized that he could make that happen. He had one with Juliana and their baby saying “I love you” and filmed it to share online. The video went viral and people from all over the world showed their interest in getting a similar tattoo. Nate filed a provisional patent for AR tattoos and set out to develop a mobile app that would bring tattoos to life for anyone who also wanted to get one.

With Soundwave Tattoos, people will be able to upload or record the audio they want on the app or website. A Soundwave is generated, which they can take to a licensed tattoo artist from their Artist Network. Once the artist does the tattoo, a photo of it is uploaded to the platform. The audio and tattoo are then processed and added to the app. When the user opens the app and points their mobile device’s camera at the tattoo, it recognizes the shape of the Soundwave and plays back the original sound.

Soundwave Tattoos are a new way to express yourself using art and technology. You could memorialize a loved one forever, or keep a favorite song or quote with you permanently.

Check out the demo to see how the Skin Motion app works below:

source: psfk   skinmotion youtube

14 Hacks That Will Make Getting Through Winter So Much Easier

When the winter months roll around, you’d better be prepared to battle the cold. The frigid temperatures can take a huge toll not only on your body, but your clothing, home, and car, too. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared to avoid getting stuck in annoying or downright dangerous situations.

Here are 14 awesome hacks that will help keep the frostbite away so you can enjoy the beauty of the winter wonderland that surrounds you!

1. Use kitty litter on slippery tires: Trying to get traction on your vehicle’s tires when the road is a sheet of ice is nearly impossible. However, if you sprinkle a generous amount of kitty litter underneath the treads, it will give the wheels the kickstart they need to get you moving.

2. Use a razor to remove pilling on your sweaters: Snowy weather means your favorite knits might fray and accumulate a layer of thin fibers that can look unsightly. Using a disposable razor, you can actually easily scrape off those fibers without damaging the fabric.

3. Put screws in your sneakers to prevent slipping: One of the biggest dangers of winter is ice and slipping and falling isn’t only embarrassing, but it can be quite painful as well. Placing a handful of screws into the soles of your shoes will drastically reduce the chances of falling.

4. Make a DIY defroster: If your windows or stairs are covered in ice, don’t worry! Combat the slippery stuff using a mixture of two quarts rubbing alcohol, one cup water, and one teaspoon of dish detergent. Throw it on the ice, and watch it melt away.


5. De-fog your windshield: Windshield fog is a huge danger when you’re trying to navigate icy roads. If your windows are constantly fogging up, try filling a sock with odor-free kitty litter and placing it on your dashboard. The combination will suck up any moisture and leave your windows crystal clear!

6. Use your ceiling fan to keep warm: We usually associate fans with summer, but this hack will actually have your fan working to keep you warm. Since hot air rises, switch your fan so it turns counterclockwise, and it will push the warm air back down to the floor. All fans have a switch for the seasons!


7. Prevent hat hair: Keeping your head warm is always important, but unless you have a crew cut, your hair will almost always look disheveled every time you remove your winter hat. However, spraying a bit of dry shampoo in your hair will fluff it back up!


8. Unstick your snow shovel: No one likes to shovel snow, but it has to be done. Snow, however, can accumulate on the shovel head, making your chore even more tedious. Coating your shovel’s head with non-stick cooking spray will eliminate this headache.


9. Use foil to save heat: Radiators are great for staying warm, but a lot of the heat they produce gets absorbed into the wall behind them. If you place a large sheet of tin foil between the radiator and wall, the heat will reflect back into your home.


10. Prevent side view mirror ice: If you own ziplock bags, you’ll never have to worry about frost coating the side view mirrors of your car ever again. Place the bags over the mirrors at night, and in the morning, they’ll be clear!


11. Ride your bike safely in the snow: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to store your bike until the warm weather returns. Fasten some zip ties around your tires every few inches and you’ll have the treads to ride safely through the snow!


12. Keep your boots standing upright: To prevent your tall boots from crunching up when you store them, stuff the insides with pool noodles! They’ll keep the fabric on your tallest footwear from getting unsightly creases in them.


13. Use the sun to melt ice: Vehicle defrosters can be expensive, so if you don’t have the money to buy one, use the power of the sun instead! If you park your car so the windshield faces east, the sun will rise in the morning and melt off all the annoying snow and ice before you need to start your car.


14. Protect your windshield wipers: Ice can affect cars in all sorts of negative ways. Sticky windshield wipers are one of the worst situations to deal with. However, if you lift them and place socks over them during a storm, they’ll stay dry and operate normally in the morning.

If you try out these hacks yourself, you’ll find the winter months to be far less daunting!

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