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Location: Los Angeles, CA
Member Since: May 21st, 2014
Last Online: Aug 15th, 2017
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FlitterWeb

FlitterWeb

http://www.flitterweb.com

User Review , Link Sharing
I may be biased, but I really think this site has a lot of potential!

As the creator of FlitterWeb, I want to thank you all for using the site! And as an added bonus, you can add your own reviews of FlitterWeb to share your thoughts with the rest of the community, and if any suggestions get up-voted enough we'll consider integrating them into a future version of the site!
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Lynda.com

Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com

Tutorials , Video Streaming
Lynda.com is my absolute favorite place for learning new professional skills. I had been a web designer for years, but I started using Lynda.com when I wanted to learn iOS development. I had an app on the App Store less than a month later!

The library of tutorials is incredibly large and comprehensive, and each course is organized very well into lessons and videos within those that often just run a minute or two each. You can watch them straight through as a continuous movie, or focus on a single video for a while to really figure out what they're saying. The courses also often come with supporting materials, so you can pick apart the examples they give, and the teachers are always very well-spoken and clear.

I cannot recommend Lynda.com highly enough, both as a tool and as a website itself!
One of my favorite things in the world is watching talented people show off what they do best, and Epic Rap Battles of History is a great example of that. The first few episodes had a fairly homemade look, but since then they've become incredibly high-quality productions. The costumes are top-notch, the music is great, and the writing is quick and smart and razor-sharp. The two showrunners usually star, but the occasional guest stars are also a treat, whenever they appear.

The website is exactly what you'd want from an ERB site: episodes and behind-the-scenes content laid out intuitively and elegantly, with plenty of options but without becoming overwhelming at any point. The content is definitely the focus here, but it's presented very nicely.
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xkcd

xkcd

http://www.xkcd.com

Webcomics , Comedy
The sheer effort and detail this guy pours into his webcomic is incredible. He does SO MUCH research, and puts SO MUCH thought into his bigger efforts, that you can literally spend hours diving into them.

And in between, he's just got hilarious ideas and great writing. What's not to love?
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Kris Carr

Kris Carr

http://www.kris-carr.com

Film & Television , Personal Blogs
Take the body of Burt Reynolds, the voice of Betty Boop, the mindset of Batman, the soul of Dick Cheney, the career of Betty White, and the pine-fresh scent of Pine-Sol, and what do you have?

A monstrosity, that's what.

But Kris Carr is pretty cool.
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Netflix

Netflix

http://www.netflix.com

Video Streaming , Film & Television
Netflix is my go-to video streaming service, both on my computer and on my AppleTV's. I also use their DVD-by-Mail system, which has a much, much larger selection of content. The website is laid out well, and their recommendation algorithm, for finding videos you might like based on your previous ratings, is incredibly accurate.

The website has imperfect integration of the Streaming and DVD halves of its business, and sometimes it can be a pain to get information about a movie or TV show without starting the stream accidentally, but otherwise it's a very good example of what you'd want from a movie/TV streaming site: lots of content that's easily accessible.

If they had more available for streaming, and if the streaming library stopping shifting around based on contracts with the studios, this site would be just about perfect.
This is a fantastic webseries! Absolutely hilarious, and a great way to figure out which video games you might like to check out. The cartoony visuals are matched perfectly with the mile-a-minute narration, and the witty satire and blunt criticism comes at you so fast it builds on its own comedy like a Oscar Wilde play.

It's worth noting, though, that Yahtzee is VERY critical, so don't bypass a game just because he tears it apart: in three years, I think I've seen two unequivocally positive reviews.

My only complaint would be that the website is super-basic, not allowing for much other than a list of recent videos without much design or elegance. It's hard to complain too much about this, seeing as how it's just a sub-section of the larger Escapist website, but still it would be nice to see some differentiation for the webseries.
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Geeks are Sexy

Geeks are Sexy

http://www.geeksaresexy.net

News , Geek
Geeks are Sexy is a great source for technology, science, and geek culture news posts. They often have things before I've seen them shared anywhere else, and their posts are almost always of a much more unique and interesting nature than those found on similar sites.

With a clean layout and a good system of organization and tagging, GAS is a great site to keep up with, and a great way to break the monotony of a boring day.
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MacRumors

MacRumors

http://www.macrumors.com

News , Technology
There are many, many sites on the internet focusing on Apple-related rumors and news, but none come close to MacRumors. It's clearly and concisely written, utterly comprehensive, and yet never spammy. My go-to spot for Apple news.
I've been using iTunes Trailers, or before that Apple Trailers, for years and years. It's a really great site for keeping up with the latest movie trailers, which I always love, but one big problem has happened in the last few years: they stopped letting you download the trailers! I'm happy to watch them on your page when I first find them, but I don't want to come back to it every time I want to rewatch the trailer in the future. Let me save it, dammit.

Other than that, though, it's fine. Just used to be better, and it's missing the main thing I look for in a site like this.

Ah, well. Maybe I'll just start using YouTube.
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