Friday, April 16, 2010

Watch Free Movies Online Legally

After weeks and weeks of complaining that other people were getting a Netflix streaming disc for their Wii before me, I finally got mine in the mail earlier this week. So far, I love it. I've watched a Mike Tyson documentary, Julie & Julia, The Shawshank Redemption, and 2 episodes of 30 Rock. I was having such a good time, and as you may all know, when Truperior people like something they want to talk about it. However with being about all the free stuff you can do on the internet, it's not our style to tell you go to buy a Wii ($199) and a Netflix membership ($8.99). Our style is to tell you that there are movies you can watch on the computer for free and not worry about getting the FBI beating down your door, or having to break your ankle as you jump off your perch of a moral high ground.

Do not be mistaken, you are not going to be watching Star Trek, Iron Man 2, or Avatar for free through these streaming options, but you will be watching something. First off, we have Hulu. Not only does Hulu let you watch full episodes of television shows such as Family Guy, 30 Rock, and Lost, but it also lets you watch a small selection of movies. The quality of titles isn't the best, but it's free. We have some Lifetime movies, The Flinestones in Viva Rock Vegas, and some Patrick Stewart movie called Dad Savage. Not all of the movies are as deficient of quality as these movies. There are a host of foreign films listed, some with subtitles, some without. There's also Bean, Rowan Atkinson's hilarious potrayal of his British weirdo, Mr. Bean. The real gem of Hulu's lineup, is Just One of the Guys, an 80's movie about a high school girl who goes undercover as a guy in another school to write a newspaper article. If you haven't seen this movie and have any interest in 80's culture, this is where you need to start. Even though Hulu does not have a stellar lineup of free streaming movies, they do have a few hidden gems, and with almost a thousand free movies, you can have a good time trying to find a few. If you really like watching Hulu's movie selection, they have a desktop viewer application which lets you set up a que of movies and watch them in an order you choose. It's great for choosing movies that you want to watch for the future.

The other source of cinematic goodness I found was Youtube. I know what you're thinking, "That's stealing because people are illegally posting copyrighted material." That may be true, but Youtube also has a selection of legal movies to watch. The selection is similar to Hulu but they do have a few good films. Super Size Me, a documentary about a man who eats McDonalds non-stop for 30 days (gross), is available. Just One of the Guys is also there in case you didn't get a chance to check it out on Hulu. There's a few James Bond movies on here as well as a couple of stand up comedy specials from performers such as Paul Mooney. I definitely did not find this layout by Youtube to be as nice or accessible as Hulu. I did not see a desktop view application which means it's a little more difficult for me to remember which movies I wanted to view.

Overall, Netflix streaming compared to Hulu and Youtube is comparing caviar to sardines, but if you're a huge movie fan and need something, those sardines could be very filling. I think eventually free streaming is only going to get bigger as the general public is getting very comfortable with everything being free, legally or illegally. Still, if you are the type of person who gets squismish about those dirty bit torrents, these are nice safe options to help you sleep at night.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

That stuff'll kill you!

Ever wonder how much coffee you would have to drink to kill yourself? What? You haven't? Well, who cares, cause now you're gonna find out. Just put in your favorite caffenated beverage and your weight, and they'll tell you how much you need to consume to OD and die. Isn't that fun??? I found out that if I had 175 Redbulls in a row I would die. Enjoy.just plain

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Everything you didn't want to know about Lord of the Rings

I loved the Lord of the Rings, but I hated that I needed to refer to other sources such as the internet and books to understand some of it's lore. Let us be honest, I think about 100% of people who saw the movies and did not read the books fully understood what was going on during the movies.

The Interactive Guide to the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien could answer all of your questions as well as confuse you a little bit more. There are tons and tons of pages of information regarding the world of Middle Earth. You can learn about the Ents, or find out the difference between Saruman and Sauron.

If you are a hugely obsessive Lord of the Rings fan you will love this site. If you are like me and only like the movies but couldn't get past page 100 of The Fellowship of the Ring, you'll find this to be kind of laboring.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Internet Vices

Here's a little page that compares various social networking sites to their real life addiction. moderation.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What do you fear?

It's pretty straightforward. Anyone have a phobia in particular they can say they have? I'm a Cacophobia type of guy to be honest.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Open Table

Picture this: It's the Valentine's Day, and like every other irresponsible husband, you did not plan ahead and get dinner reservations. Your wife's favorite restaurant is all booked and instead you are having some White Castle while some crazy person next to you asks you if you're going to eat all of those sliders. Open Table, a online restaurant reservation tool can help you avoid this for next year.

After logging onto your site, you choose your location. Like any other website that incorporates going somewhere to use it's services, this works better in major cities then here in Derby, CT. After picking your location, you are given a choice of picking a particular participating restaurant or doing a little browsing. Let's say you want to go to the trendiest, most popular spot: you can click on the "Most Booked" tab. Let's say you want to go to the place that has the best mood and looks the prettiest: you can click on the "Best Ambiance" tab. Besides that, you have a list of different options from health food to kid friendly restaurants.

After choosing the type or particular restaurant that you want, you choose a time, date, and amount of people available, and you're all done. One of the best parts is that this site has apps for all the major mobile services such as the Iphone, Blackberry, and Android, so feel free to download so you can use it whenever you are feeling spontaneous. Good luck next Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Google Buzz

Google is at it again with the newest add-on to their email service, Buzz. Buzz, like the Flock browser is all about super powering your social networking experience. It allows you connect your Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and anything else you can imagine to your gmail. The attempt is to come up with a more streamlined social experience.

Besides just integrating all of your favorite social sites, Buzz seems to be trying to take traffic away from these sites as you can add all of your gmail contacts to your buzz. You can also, send status messages, comment on them, as well as upload pictures and video directly from Buzz.

If Buzz catches steam, there is interest over what happens to Google Wave, which was supposed to replace gmail. While Wave is still in the testing stage, Google has yet to really show people why they need to use Wave over just plain email. Overall Buzz is the nice new treat in the Google suite, but I have a feeling Yahoo or some other company has the same product. Unfortunately Google has it now, and that's the only brand many people care about.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chrome gets personalized

Google Chrome, a web browser known for it's simplicity is getting a little more complicated. Like Firefox, Safari & Flock, Chrome is now supporting extensions. While there's nothing ground breaking, now Chrome users can get the same functionality out of their browsers as everyone else. Items such as Cooliris, StumbleUpon, and a simple weather program are now compatible extensions for Chrome.

I believe this is still in Beta as extensions such as Speed Dial don't seem to be working yet. The best part of all these extensions is that Chrome still runs very quickly. Have any of you guys realized that Flock and Firefox can take up to a minute to load now, or is it just me?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

North East Barbeque.

I love barbecue, but up here in Derby, CT I don't know of any places besides Buffalo Wild Wings. Enter,, a site celebrating BBQ in the Northeastern US. There's reviews of all the barbecue restaurants you can think of as well as contact information and website urls.

Best of all the site is constantly updated, has promotions for special events and some tasty sounding recipes.

Bottom line, these guys are hardcore about BBQ, and if you're looking for a good place around you, or a little bit further in the Northeast, you should use this site as a search tool.