New Years Resolutions 2021

At the dawn of 2020, it felt like everyone was making optimistic promises to themselves about all the things they were going to achieve in the coming year.

Travel, self-improvement, self-actualization, a come-up, a glow-up — it was all supposed to happen in 2020. Of course, most of us wound up stuck at home for most of the year, unable to socialize, let alone actualize.

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Anderson Cooper New Year's Eve

2021 has already brought good news: A Barbara Walters impression can still team up with tequila shots to turn Anderson Cooper into a beautiful, hysterical mess.


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TV Lists

The 6 Best New Year's Eve TV Specials

Here to help ease our collective yearning for companionship are some of the best New Years' Eve parties on TV.

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What are your plans for New Year's Eve this year?

It's likely you don't have any, which is okay, but obviously a little bit depressing. To help ease your sadness this NYE, why not ring it in vicariously through some of TV's best NYE shindigs?

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How Hint Became My Hangover Cure

Stock up for parties and for morning-afters.

My New Year's Resolution is to be healthier, but as everyone who likes to go out and dance knows, the new year really begins on January 2nd because the 1st is for hangovers.

I had good intentions, but I didn't know how to tackle it. I was exhausted from work, and I ate too many French fries, I didn't exercise, I never drank water - it was all bad.

I knew staying hydrated would be my key to unlocking all the other positive habits. The only problem is I don't like water! I never have.

On New Year's Eve, I was getting ready at my friend Holly's apartment, putting on too much glitter, when I noticed she was drinking bottles of Hint flavored water in between her alcoholic drinks. I asked to try one, and she opened her pantry closet, revealing stacks of bundles.

"I'm obsessed," she said. They're free of sugars, preservatives, and sweeteners. She receives a bimonthly delivery with all her favorite flavors. I thought I'd try one in my go-to flavor: Cherry.

I took one and instantly loved it. It was as refreshing as water but had a really tasty flavor to it. I drank it throughout the night, along with a pomegranate one ( that I added some vodka to, not gonna lie).

There were 4 of us at her place, and we demolished a case throughout the night.

When the clock struck midnight, we had just gotten started. We partied so late and had glitter all over our faces by the time we got back to Holly's. I grabbed a bottle of Lemon Hint water for my bedside, and when I woke up around 11, I chugged it.

I liked lemon water, and this was just a step more convenient. As I got up to see what my hair looked like, I had a moment of clarity; I felt less hungover!

From drinking Hint all night and in the morning, I had staved off what I thought was inevitable and felt amazing starting the new year on the right foot.

My friend Megan and I made scrambled eggs for everybody, and then we all went for a walk outside since it was so nice out. It was a beautiful New Year's Day, and I made a plan to do some yoga that night.

I also decided to sign up for a Hint water subscription. It's absolutely my hangover cure, but I like it so much, it keeps me hydrated daily (when I now know why I've been low-key dehydrated for so long).

I also like that I can build my subscription deliveries by choosing my favorite flavors (I like them all, but Cherry and Watermelon are the best). It's so convenient having it delivered to my door, I never "forget" to pick it up and be healthy!

Hint's great for anyone trying to drink more water, or anyone looking for healthy alternatives to avoid all the sugar in soda or juice! Thanks to Hint, this will be my first year I didn't cave on my New Year's resolution too soon.

Update: Hint is extending a special offer to my readers! Follow this link to get 36 bottles for only $36!

Film Lists

The Only 5 New Year's Eve Movies Worth Watching

Fight the patriarchy with these actually great movies.

No, you are not going to find the love of your life on New Year's Eve, and you are especially not going to find them in Times Square.

New Year's Eve, especially in New York City, is one of the most overly hyped and dramatized holidays in existence. The stakes are far too high for anyone to have an exceptional night, so while we're at least saved from blowing exorbitant amounts of money right before we have to pay rent, let's stay in and find solace within these disturbing movies that actually do NYE justice.

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Culture News

American Art Will Flood the Internet on New Year's Day

Public domain is the gateway to the Internet, Clueless, and Disney fairytales. On January 1, 2019, hundreds of thousands of books, musical scores, artwork, and films will finally lose copyright protections and enter public domain.

Open Culture

After New Year's Eve, every author, filmmaker, artist, and podcast host will be free to use and distribute a deluge of creative material being added public domain.

New Year's Day will mark the first mass expiration of copyrighted material in 21 years. At midnight, all works published in the U.S. in 1923 will enter public domain, including iconic works like Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," Charlie Chaplin's The Pilgrim, and Cecil B. DeMillle's The Ten Commandments.

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It's a long-awaited windfall for art-lovers and advocates who see the public domain as "our shared cultural heritage, a near limitless trove of creativity that...forms the building blocks of culture." But to the average consumer, public domain is the gateway to the internet—truly, since CERN released the World Wide Web technology into the public domain 25 years ago (apparently April 30 is the Internet's birthday). Wikipedia is allowed to re-use images from the public domain, and classic literature is translated into foreign languages under open rights of the public. Filmmakers are also allowed to create adaptations of classics, turning Jane Austen's novel Emma (1815) into the movie Clueless (1995) and re-imagining the Brothers Grimm fairy tales (1812-15) into modern Disney cartoons.

Of course, art only enters the public domain when its copyright expires. More restrictive than other modernized countries, copyright laws in the U.S. are a patchwork of major studios' attempts to maintain exclusive rights to profitable material and outdated laws that are being updated too slowly for some material to be protected. For instance, the 1998 Sonny Bono Act effectively froze copyright expirations for 20 years and ceased early century material from entering the public domain. In fact, that law, named after the entertainer-slash-congressman who co-sponsored the bill at the time of his death, is also mocked as the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act," since it mainly preserved the Disney icon from entering public domain until 2024. What materials get released is further complicated by disputes over ownership and whether or not those owners filed to renew their rights in time.

But as of January 1, 2019, hundreds of thousands of books, musical scores, artwork, and films will lose copyright protections en masse for the first time since 1998, and with the Sonny Bono Act expired, subsequent New Years should bring similar releases of material. In response, Google Books is already primed to release the digitized materials with full text available. Creative Commons, that massive online repository you turned to in school for better clip art, is hosting an actual celebration along with the Internet Archive, declaring that "a devastating 20 year drought" of new material is over. Jessica Silbey, the co-director of Northeastern University's Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity, told Motherboard, "The public domain of course is the default for creativity and innovation. Celebrating the return of a yearly expansion of the public domain is the appropriate response."

Here's a sample of what creators will freely be able to access, use, and redistribute:

Books:

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The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud

New Hampshire by Robert Frost

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Tulips and Chimneys by E.E. Cummings

Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Cane by Jean Toomer

A Son at the Front by Edith Wharton

The World Crisis by Winston Churchill

Films:

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The Pilgrim and A Woman of Paris by Charlie Chaplin

The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille

Our Hospitality by Buster Keaton and John G. Blystone

Safety Last! by Harold Lloyd

Felix the Cat cartoons

Music:

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"Charleston" by Cecil Mack and James P. Johnson

"King Porter Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton

"Yes! We Have No Bananas" by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn

"London Calling!" (musical) by Noel Coward


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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