(Campus)Lifehacker: Orange creamsicle floats at the Ratty

For those who feel a little sick after their 100th consecutive delicious waffle cake for desert when dining at the Ratty, try a delightful, refreshing alternative: the Ratty orange creamsicle float. Here’s how you make it:

1. Grab a glass. Grumble to yourself about how ridiculously small the Ratty cups are compared to the V-Dub’s normal-sized ones.

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2. Go to the soda machine that dispenses Fanta, located to the back left of the Ratty. Fill it up halfway.

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3. Get some vanilla soft serve, located in the Bistro section. Grumble to yourself how the ice cream is so inconveniently located from the Fanta machine, and how walking/exercise is the worst.

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4. Put the vanilla ice cream in the orange soda. Grab a spoon, stir it up, and enjoy!

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A Comprehensive Guide to Reusable Drinking Vessels


As Earth Week continues, environmental awareness is undoubtedly the order of the day (or week). Reusable bottles are a useful way to remain hydrated while freeing yourself from the overpriced, wasteful tyranny of the bottled water industry. The problem that remains is that those who don’t own them or frequently forget them also require a reliable vessel in which to carry around the day’s water supplies. What’s a forgetful, yet still environmentally conscious Brunonian to do?

With the proper selection, a small investment of points can yield a durable container whose beverage-carrying abilities are both green and beneficial to your hydration habits. To this end, we present the Comprehensive Guide to Reusable Drinking Vessels found in points-based eateries – the Blue Room, the Ivy Room, Andrews Commons, and Jo’s – across campus. From the smooth, reliable contours of a Nantucket Nectars bottle to the ill-advised petri dish that is a reused Odwalla container, this is your (meticulously researched) guide to choosing a beverage whose bottle will provide the ideal amount of reusable convenience.

For Volume: Vitamin Water

Weighing in at a whopping 20 fluid oz, Vitamin Water is the bottle to wash out and refill if you’re looking to carry around the maximum volume of water at any given time. The downside? The aftertaste of the Vitamin Water tends to linger, meaning that you’ll be drinking acai berry-flavored water for quite a while. It may never fully disappear…

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(Campus)Lifehacker: Watch almost any movie you want for free

Is this real life? Kinda.

While the title of this post is vaguely suspicious and reminiscent of a shady website, this (Campus)Lifehacker post is one of the most useful and completely legal ways to get your movie watching fix… especially when you’re craving those Halloween classics.

All you have to do is follow these three (ridiculously simple) steps:

  1. Walk to the SciLi (you don’t need directions, it’s rather uh…visible)
  2. Go to the bottom floor of Friedman Study Center (in other words — take the steps that lead below after you swipe in to the SciLi)
  3. Request for the DVD of your choice at the help desk (full list of movies available here)

And that’s it! If you followed the above directions, you should leave the SciLi with a DVD in hand and a smile on your face!

PS: Thanks to David for sharing this prized secret. Now we know how he does his RomCom Thursday posts.

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(Senior) Campus Lifehacker: Bottles Delivers!

Inside BottlesSure, Bottles (the wine/liquor store next to Eastside Marketplace) is close enough to walk – on a nice day, which we’ve probably seen the last of until March (at least). And trying to carry six bottles of wine for your roommate’s 21st birthday party is just a bad idea for everyone involved. Bottles has the solution, though: they have a delivery service that’s completely free if you’re in the Providence area. All you have to do is call and place your order by noon for same-day delivery. They even do engraving! Keepin’ it classy has never been so easy!

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(Campus)Lifehacker: Hydration stations, Rock style

This is no ordinary water fountain.

If you like carrying around a water bottle, then you probably like hydration stations, or other similar devices that allow you to fill up your bottle without getting your hand wet.

Maybe you thought they were restricted to new and renovated buildings on campus, but some oldies — like the Rock — have them too. See that little button in the upper-right corner of the water fountain? Indeed, that’s an old-school hydration station. There’s no motion sensor or anything fancy like that, but it does the job well.

Needed: a water bottle to fill.

As of my last observation, the ones on the third and fourth floors work. Sadly, the basement one does not. File a Facilities service request?

Chow Down Brown: Top 10 sauces for your dorm room pantry

Sriracha shots, anyone?

A wise friend once told me that hunger is the best sauce. While I can’t disagree, as a college student I’ve discovered that it’s particularly helpful to keep some other sauces handy to spice up our Cup Of Noodles dorm room delicacies. The proper application of sauces is the easiest way to keep our taste buds guessing without breaking the bank, and they also usually last FOREVER (my ketchup expires in 2014, huh?). Whether they’re stashed in a pantry, kitchen, sock drawer, or kept in your backpack always ready for action, check out BlogDH’s own list of the top ten sauces to keep stocked in your dorm room after the jump. Continue Reading