For about three years, the A.V. Club ran Sawbuck Gamer
, a regular column reviewing the week's most notable free and cheap games across all platforms, from web games to handhelds to console downloadables. It's a treasure trove of content, especially since more literary sister site The Gameological Society took the helm
, and it's publicized great desktop projects like the luscious platformer Frogatto
), feature-rich Super Mario Bros. X
), the evocative faux-web Digital: A Love Story
), interactive fiction gem Rover's Day Off
, and the hyperkinetic RunMan: Race Around the World
). But if you're in the mood for something more immediate, why not start with a list of all the original column's free A-rated online titles? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Ektoplazm is now the world’s largest distributor of free (and legal) psytrance music specializing in high-quality Creative Commons-licensed content from netlabels and independent artists, all released in MP3 and lossless CD-quality FLAC and WAV formats.
posted by Trurl
on May 23, 2012 -
The official Google Earth plugin
is one free download that makes all sorts of cool stuff possible in your browser. There's a full screen version of the program
(complete with underwater views and 3D buildings) which can be searched by entering queries at the end of the URL. There's a framed version
with support for layers, historical imagery, day/night cycles, and the Google Sky starmap.
Less useful but more fun are Google's collection of "experiments" demonstrating the possibilities of the Earth API, including a "Geo Whiz" geography quiz
, an antipode locater
, a 3D first-person view of San Francisco
, a virtual route-follower
, and MONSTER MILKTRUCK!
, a crazy fun driving simulator that lets you careen a virtual milk truck through the Googleplex campus, ricochet off the Himalayas, or explore any other place you care to name.
Lots more can be found in the Google Earth Gallery
-- highlights include
a look at mountaintop removal mining
a real-time flight tracker
a guide to trails and outdoor recreation
a 360 panorama catalog
geotagged Panoramio photos
and the comprehensive crowdsourced Google Earth Community Layer
And while it's too large to view online, don't miss loading the Metafilter user location map
into a desktop version of Google Earth! [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 9, 2011 -
"English As She Is Spoke
is a broken Portuguese-to-English phrasebook written by two translators, José da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino. Sort of. You see, in reality, translator Pedro Carolino wanted to create a phrasebook on his own. Not knowing English, he took José da Fonseca’s French-to-English phrasebook and then used a Portuguese-to-French phrasebook to translate that. It’s sort of like what you and your friends do on Google Translate, but with a poor, mislead Portuguese man doing it by hand in candlelight." [more inside]
posted by item
on Apr 18, 2011 -
WFMU's Free Music Archive,
"an online digital library of music that will allow music fans, webcasters and podcasters to listen, download, and stream for free, with no restrictions, registration or fees. And it will all be legal." Still pre-launch, but there's already quite a bit of music
available on the site, including a sampler CD
posted by cog_nate
on Jul 15, 2008 -
Fuck Yuo I Am a Robot
are offering their album Compensator for the Accelerator for free download from their site. Infectious ass-shakin' Estonian electro-pop. Lyrics to track 2 NSFW, likewise sleeve art jpgs if you opt for the .zip download. You can sample one of the tracks, Hydraulic
, on YouTube if you don't know them and would like to check them out first, though personally I can't get enough of Zukunft
(direct mp3 link).
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 12, 2007 -
- Radiohead's OK Computer
covered by 12 modern artists. Free download.
posted by puddleglum
on Jul 11, 2007 -
, "a great guide to the downtempo music scene/lifestyle, spotlighting not only the essential release reviews, label/artist profiles and other data on the genre but also exclusive DJ mixes and all kinds of other goodies" (via
). Check out the totally free, totally chill Radio Jazztronica #3
mix from DJ Chicken George. It's 55+ minutes of "unpredictable, energetic and heart-felt" downtempo that packs a serious punch. Did I mention it's free?
posted by JPowers
on Feb 8, 2006 -
Psst! Wanna download some mp3s? Now you can do so without looking over your shoulder to see who is watching. Creative Commons
has compiled a selection
of tracks utilising their licensing system for free download. The ability to create derivative works and share them around has resulting in some interesting remixes
of one of the original tracks, also.
via A Whole Lotta Nothing
posted by dg
on Oct 22, 2003 -
Proof of Life After Copyright
: An overexcited e-mail from the Gutenbergers
April 10, 2002 was the day Project Gutenberg reached 5,000 eBooks. By Moore's Law, October 10, 2003 could be the day for number 10,000. We are just over half way — 7,661 as I write this — 2,339 to go! That will take over 300 eBooks per month; we need you to help us push our average up from 268 per month to get to 10,000 by December, 31st.
God help us if the entire universe fails to obey Moore's Law: the IPO of the singularity
could be delayed. So pitch in.
posted by hairyeyeball
on Apr 15, 2003 -
an established author is giving away his latest novel "The Tie and The Crest", for free on the internet, here
he explains why. It's all very noble and I applaud it.
While we are on the subject, has anyone mentioned the Big Read
posted by Fat Buddha
on Apr 13, 2003 -
The American Institute of Graphic Arts offer a selection of useful symbols in eps and gif formats for free download
. Are there any other sites offering similar symbols?
posted by ecvgi
on Sep 10, 2001 -
Stumbled on this, it seems like a good idea the artists actually approve the download of their mp3s...
posted by jonpanky
on Feb 5, 2001 -