Digital Trends: The best free TV show episodes on YouTube. “Free television episodes on YouTube are typically a series pilot or season premiere, but sometimes they can be stand-alone episodes or lower-profile projects posted online to build some buzz. Although many of these free entertainment offerings tend to disappear from YouTube after a while, there are still plenty of quality episodes from major networks and streaming platforms to binge on without spending a dime.”
Lifehacker: Watch the Best Episodes of a TV Series With ShowSkimmer. “The site ShowSkimmer is a new tool for finding the best episodes of a TV show. Search for a series, and ShowSkimmer will list the best 5, 10, 25, or 50 episodes, in chronological order. It’s a great way to watch a series while skipping all the forgettable episodes—which is especially good for long-running sitcoms with light plots and a lot of time to fill.” I have never seen an episode of Seinfeld, Friends, etc. Maybe I can use this and possibly catch up on all the cultural references I’m missing.
The Daily Dot: How to follow along with San Diego Comic Con online. “San Diego Comic-Con is (almost) here, which means it’s time to dig through the laughably huge onslaught of movie trailers, interviews, and of course, panels. Lots and lots of panels. There are so many panels that it’s definitely impossible to catch them all, but even if you’re not lucky enough to have a Comic Con badge, you can still catch up with what’s happening at Comic Con by finding ways to follow along online. Here’s everything we know about how to keep up with Comic-Con 2019, including Twitter accounts to follow, apps, and how to stream Comic Con panels online.”
Consequence of Sound: It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology. “Last year, Ticketmaster and LiveNation invested in a former military facial recognition company, with the hope that the technology could be used to both strengthen and speed up event entry. If that prospect thoroughly creeps you out, here’s a simple life-hack to defeat Big Brother: become a Juggalo. In a revelation that is sure to freak out the FBI, Insane Clown Posse’s passionate fan base have unintentionally unlocked the secret to thwarting facial recognition.”
University of California San Diego: Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you. “Did social media spoil the Avengers’ Endgame movie for you? Or maybe one of the Game of Thrones books? A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego is working to make sure that doesn’t happen again. They have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows.”
Vice: I Was Banned From Twitter for Threatening to Kill Mr. Peanut. “A few months ago, I was suspended indefinitely from Twitter for threatening to kill Mr. Peanut. To be fair, this wasn’t my first time menacing the Planters mascot. Or my second or my third. By the time I was banned, I had been systematically harassing the peanut man for about four months.”
NME: Foo Fighters launch new Foo Files archive with surprise live EP. “Foo Fighters have launched a new Foo Files series with the release of a surprise live EP. The new EP is titled ‘00950025’, which fans are assuming to be a reference to the band’s debut album (released in 1995), which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.”