Interesting stuff on the Internet (Part N)
Open Culture is a site that says that it
... brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Some of our major resource collections include:
675 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.
Learn 46 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More
200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More
Well, there's even more. I followed the link to one of the movies and found the Internet Archive's collection of movies, here. Thousands of them! And that is only a part of what the Internet Archive is archiving. Apart from the somewhat well-known "Wayback Machine," which archives and lets you search web pages that have been since removed, the Internet archive has audio, video, and a library with a million volumes.
It's not just old crap that nobody wants. I'm reading Steven Pinker's "The Sense of Style" and wanted to see which of his books are in the lending library. The answer is lots. You have to be a member of a participating library, but if you are then there are about 100,000 fairly recent eBooks available. The Blue Hill library is not a member, but the Bangor Library, for which I have a card, is.
Find out if your library is a member, here.