(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

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(Campus)Lifehacker: A better way to hydrate in the Ratty

Should I barrel ahead to the Bistro or take my chances on Roots and Shoots? Should I save room for dessert? To POG or not to POG? These are important questions that credit-packing Brown students ponder every day. We try to manage the overwhelming Ratty experience by formulating a plan of attack; any experienced diner will have his/her route mapped before he/she is ushered with a “Hiiiiiiiii” into the rabbit hole. But despite our best efforts, these plans rarely go off without a hitch. There is always some unknown quantity that trips us up as we strive for that unattainable dream: the perfectly efficient Ratty experience.

Today at BlogDH, we are proud to bring you one step closer to the green light. Your days of searching and waiting in line for the one semi-functional lukewarm water dispenser are over. Under the Hi-C label on two of the Ratty’s drink fountains is a small lever that releases gloriously frigid water when pressed. The concept isn’t foreign, but even the most experienced Brown diners seem to ignore our fountains’ inconspicuous godsend. Apparently, some privy BDS employees are offended by its underuse, because they’ve been showing students the way of the tab more and more recently. One employee even told us that the water in there is even better-filtered than the tepid stuff of its dysfunctional counterpart. If the tab wasn’t a game changer already, he closed the case. Keep fighting the good fight, Brown diners.

(Campus)Lifehacker: The Blue Room Salad

As yet another school year slowly winds to a close, you most likely have your daily Blue Room routine down to a science. Look for an empty booth, preferably one with an outlet. Put your bag down. Take a lap to find friends. Check to see if your favorite Shanghai sushi roll is still left. Eye the bakery/coffee line and gauge how much time you’ll have to spend waiting on it. Make a decision about what you’ll eat, pay, and hope that you have enough points left so you don’t hold up the line of impatient and hungry people behind you.

Of course, some inevitable external condition is bound take you out of your usual Blue Room rhythm. The 4 p.m. meal credit rush is definitely a game-changer and a royal pain in the ass. There’s only Sabra Red Pepper Hummus left. There are no more ciabatta rolls. The only fresh veggies on the  bottom refrigerated shelf are those monstrous (and weirdly phallic) whole English cucumbers. And where did all the Nime Chow go?! Equilibrium has been disturbed.

If you’re seeking consistency above all else in your Blue Room dining experience, look no further than the Blue Room Salad. No, I’m not talking about those tiny boxes of spinach or field greens that come with a measly side of balsamic vinaigrette. I’m talking customization and options at your fingertips. Tastes and flavors like you’d never believe. Dreamy greens. The only thing that stands in your way is the pesky glass partition of the sandwich line. No more ciabatta rolls? No problem.

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