Thursday, January 21, 2010

My New Video Store

Ever since Blockbuster took over Movielink, I've been looking for a new "Movie's on Demand" source. I wanted one without a membership and with the features I had before.

For being on the road, when you're around civilization at all, I'm not sure you can beat Redbox. $1 per movie. If you need to keep it another day, it's just another buck. You can pick your movie up at McDonald's in Port Angeles, WA and drop it off when you get to the Walmart in Carlsbad, CA. The selection of the Redbox locations is great! At Redbox online, you can find out where the movie is that you want to see, or check a particular location for available movies. You can then reserve your movie right online. If you can't tell already, I love Redbox! For a "Vandweller", Redbox is almost "movies on demand", because chances are you're next to a Redbox location. Now, let's say you're not... or you can't get back to civilization anytime soon.

I think I've found a true movies on demand source. If I want to buy a video or rent one I don't have to take back, I'd use Amazon's Movies On Demand. However, I wouldn't use this if I had to use my 3g bandwidth. Here's why I think it's great:

Let's say we're just about to leave for an extended back country boondocking trip. I want to take along a few movies. I would go to my favorite coffee shop, download the movies I want to buy (or rent), and off I go. I would watch the rented movies first, as they expire.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!



Amazon's Movies On Demand:

Here's a preview:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Twiggy No More and We Are "Expecting"

My netbook (Twiggy) has had some issues and will be replaced with a new netbook like Dexter.  Dexter is Michael's Samsung N110.  The "Starving Student" also got one for Christmas.  Dexter has been really great (although extremely smarmy about his 9.5 hours of battery life).

Here's a peek at the expected new member of the family:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cream Chip Beef (over toast) for the starving college student - on the cheap!

1 jar of Hormel Dried Beef (found near tuna fish and other canned meats in the grocery store)*the large size is 5oz.. you can use either the small or large jar depending on how much meat you want.
*you may also use ground beef in a pinch

1/2 sq. butter (4 Tablespoons)

1 heaping tablespoon flour

3 cups of milk
Cut the dried beef into strips.
Melt ½ square of butter in skillet. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of flour. With a spatula, blend the melted butter and flour.

Stir in 3 cups of milk. On medium heat stir the gravy until it thickens, then add dried beef and cook another 5 minutes. Yes Jay, you need to stir it *continuously* until done .

Serve over toast. Usually served with peas.

I would say this will feed two people (depends on your people) ;)