My brother sent me the following email. Thought I’d share:
So bing search has thing rewards system for using their search engine. You can earn points just by searching for stuff each day and it adds up pretty fast.
If you still want to use google you can download the chrome (and firefox maybe?) extension “Bingo” that counts google searches as bing searches so you still get rewards. You can get things like hulu and amazon giftcards and free redbox rentals pretty easily.
For instance you can get 20 pts/day for searches then a redbox is 100 pts to redeem.
Here’s a link if you want to join.
This post serves as a lengthy explanation of all I know or at least all I am allowed to divulge at this point. If there are any further questions, or things I forgot to address, mention them in the comments and I will address them.
How it all started
I saw this article in Wired Magazine. It explained that Ford was running a contest to give away 100 Ford Fiestas. The were looking for people who had “a strong presence on the web, an ability to craft a compelling story through video, and a hunger for adventure.” Easy enough I thought. I have a good chance considering that describes me really well. The article goes on to explain that:
Brand agents will be responsible for following missions that, according to Ford, will “take them to new places, to meet new people and to experience new things in their Fiesta,” all of which will be broadcast on the internet.
As a follow up to Monday’s post, here is a list of five great documentaries instead of a link to several hundred. These were all suggested by friends.
Carts of Darkness – A 59-minute documentary on homeless guys in Canada who get their thrills by gunning stolen shopping carts down steep hills (and gunning plenty of beers), is online for our viewing pleasure. Directed in high def by Murray Siple, the film offers a window into this fringe microcosm set deep within the beautiful landscapes of Vancouver, with tunes by rock groups Black Mountain and Ladyhawk. Siple’s personal investment and attraction to the subject matter becomes apparent before the half-way mark, and I was surprised to see the film turn into a memorable character study that touches on big ideas without feeling polemic or hippie-dippity. If you have an hour to spare, and a mixture of This American Life, Jackass and Strange Brew sounds appealing, check it out in full after the jump.
As best I can tell, Snag Films has every single documentary in existence posted on their web site. The catch is that there are occasional commercial breaks added in. The first one I plan on watching (once I get to a location with a decent internet connection) is Confessions of a Superhero.
Post other recommendations in the comments.
The other day I was wandering around Best Buy when I noticed they had every single South Park season on sale. I thought about it for a long time, but ultimately decided not to buy them. That got me thinking about finding stuff online for free. It turns out South Park, Futurama, The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad are all online and viewable for free. Every link has ever episode of every season except the South Park one, it still has the newest episodes though.
It is not secret I am a big fan of documentaries. Check out the full list here. I’ve seen the one about the half-ton man before, or at least I tried to watch it. It was very disturbing.
Snag Films is hosting for a limited time, The End of America. It is a 75 minute documentary based on the excellent Naomi Wolf book of the same title. If you consider yourself an informed American citizen you definitely need to take the time to watch this.
This web site hosts all of the episodes of The Simpsons ever. I still probably won’t watch any of these, I just don’t care about the show anymore.
The Pirate City is a new site that streams tons of movies for free. I would recommend checking out: (but have not checked if they are available) The Bank Job, Son of Rambow, Bigger Stronger Faster and The Battle in Seattle. Those are the best films I have seen lately, hopefully they are on the site.
Michael Moore’s new film is being released today, but you probably haven’t heard much about it. The film is called Slacker Uprising and it is being released for free. The film follow’s Moore’s efforts to encourage young people to vote. If it is anything like his other movies, it will be definitely worth a free screening at the very least.