Thursday, February 18, 2016

Filtering and Editing Movies, there's a new sheriff in town

Remember back in the day a place in American Fork called "Sunrise Family Video".  In case you don't know of them, they were the first video store in America to actively try and filter crap out of movies and then sell them to the public. They did this by physically splicing the tape at specific sections until the edited parts were gone.

Well the movie studios did not like that and it may or may not have led to their closure. Fast forward to 2016 and we've got a new game in town called VidAngel.  It's similar to ClearPlay and Sunrise Family Video, but instead of renting a filtered movie, you actually buy it and then sell it back to VidAngel when you're done with it.

This allows you to rent for ridiculous prices (only $1 for DVD quality). They have a huge selection of new releases all with filters that you can choose to add or leave out depending on how much you want to see.

If there's a scene in the movie that's critical and shouldn't be edited out, they'll let you know and let you decide whether or not to watch it.

Give VidAngel a try today and read up about how to watch rented movies online on the cheap.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Looking for Dental or Chiropractic Care?

If you're a student and don't have dental or chiropractic care, BYU works with another company to provide a discounted service that many chiropractors and dentists accept. It's not an insurance policy, and everything they do must be paid for at the time of service, but it generally saves you a bunch of money if you have to get work done or visit a chiropractor anyway. The BYU site even has some reviews.
Here's one of my favorite Provo Chiropractic office. Here's the link to the BYU discount program.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Singing in the rain...


If you're one of those students that tries to ride your motorcycle or scooter for as long as possible, the weather usually gets in the way. If you're a graduate student, don't forget about the fact that the parking garage next to the Tanner building can also house motorcycles and scooters. This way, it may be raining or snowing outside, but your scooter remains nice and dry. No secrets for those nasty roads though.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pizza Time


Do you like free pizza? The first couple weeks of October is the best time to score some free food while you're on campus. Many companies come to BYU to participate in the career fair and give information sessions. What's at nearly all information sessions? Pizza, and lots of it. Interested? Check out the career center or look on e-recruiting to see a list of available information sessions. Hey, you may just get a job offer for going.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Watch Weird Movies For Free

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The BYU College of Humanities puts on random shows from time to time.  Films are shown in the Theater in room 250 SWKT.  If you are still taking your GEs, you may be required to watch some random cultural show that they put on.  If not, you may still be interested in the cultural sampling they have to offer.  They put on several shows each week, and you can find their complete schedule online here.

If nothing else, the shows will give you something fun to reminisce about with your friends.  My wife and I still talk about that one time we went to International Cineama and watched the first half of the Seventh Seal ...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Get a Deal Sending Packages

BYU Secrets reader Doug recently clued us in on a good money saving secret.  Apparently BYU gets a discount with the major parcel services, and if you know where to go you can get in on the action.  The place is NOT (surprisingly) the BYU mail office in the Wilkinson Center, but instead the Mail Services office on University Parkway.  Doug says that the discount is available to anyone, not just BYU students and Faculty.  We haven't been able to verify this, but we personally know Doug and trust him as a source.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Speed up a Lecture

On Friday, I had to go make up a lecture for a seminar class.  They have recorded all of them, so all I needed to do was go to the LRC to check it out and watch.  While I was bored I started playing with the buttons on the DVD player, and I found something that everyone can benefit from.  If you hold down the "Next Chapter" ( >| ) button on the DVD player for a second or so, it speeds up to 1.4 times the normal speed!  The change was little enough that I hardly noticed the change in the speaker's voice, (he was actually more interesting because he'd picked up the pace a little) but my hour long lecture was done in 40 minutes.  Could life get any sweeter?