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A couple of my favorite things: NETFLIX and the Kindle

Figured I would say a few words on two of my favorite things…..Netflix and the Kindle.

I have been  user of Netflix for several years now – going from receiving DVD’s in the mail to now only streaming movies. At around $10 per month for unlimited streaming of the thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc. it is a great deal. Many of you may remember a few months ago that I got rid of my cable/satellite services to reduce monthly expenses. I can honestly say I am not missing it at all. One of the reasons is my monthly subscription to Netflix.

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In case you are not a very tech-savy person let me explain how Netflix works in as simplest terms as possible. Via your Internet connection  you stream content through your computer, tablet, media streaming box, Smart-TV, and some specially equipped DVD/Blu-Ray players. It is very simple and the only problem most people have is with their Internet connection. The faster the connection the better the movies/shows look and the less “buffering” that occurs. Buffering is simply a momentary pause in watching the movie/show while more of it loads into the memory of your device.

Although Netflix does not offer the latest new releases there are tons and tons of movies and the new releases of today may very well become available in a few months. Over the upcoming weeks I will highlight examples of movies and shows that may be of interest to preparedness-minded folks like us.

Netflix.com is where you can get more information on their services and offerrings.

 

The Kindle is an electronic book reader that can hold hundreds – even thousands of books and referenced in a moments noticed. Numerous models are available from basic “book-only” models that are black and white, to full-color multi-media machines that do so much more than provide easy access to books. The full-color newer versions not only provide books, but also magazines, PDF documents, video and movies, as well as entertainment items such as games and full Internet access.

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From a preparedness perspective the Kindle can store away tons of informational references including books and other files already mentioned including magazines – but also other documents such as Word and Excel files. Bottom line is a tremendous amount of information can be stored and then later accessed all in one small device. Oh, the battery life is fantastic.

Another positive of the Kindle is the ability to save money on books as generally the Kindle-versions are much cheaper than the printed copies. Also there is a huge library of Kindle-only books that can provide a tremendous wealth of information.

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Over the upcoming months I will showcase a variety of Kindle-offerings. If you have been thinking of picking up a Kindle – I highly recommend them.

Rourke 

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Netflix Pick: Atlas Shrugged

If you have a Netflix account with Instant Streaming as part of your membership Atlas Shrugged can now be watched instantly. Some people loved this movie – some hated it. Myself – I though it was great.

Here is a summary of the movie:

Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of rational self-interest comes to life for a new millennium.”. The year is 2016, and America is on the verge of economic disaster. The greatest citizens are being targeted, and dark forces are working to bring about America’s final days. Our only hope for salvation lies with Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden, rugged individualists whose bold ideas may have the power to spark a revolution and reclaim to the American Dream.

In today’s tough economic times where entertainment dollars are thin Netflix has proven for me to be a great deal.

Rourke

Netflix Pick: Out of the Wild Survival Series

I have watched both Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment and Out of the Wild: Venezuela. These are a couple of very entertaining adventure series which set several strangers in the wilderness with limited resources.

The group of people have to rely on their resourcefulness to make it back to civilization alive, foraging for food, building makeshift shelters and battle harsh environments as they attempt to make it “out of the wild”.

Both of these series are available as an Instant Stream Video on Netflix.

Cheap entertainment! Check it out.

Rourke

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Netflix Pick: The Colony……………

It has been a little while since I have posted a “Netflix Pick”. Netflix is an excellent deal in my opinion. For less than $10.00 per month you can access and watch thousands of movies, documentaries, program and more through your computer, TV, media player or entertainment system. Good way to save some entertainment dollars to spend later on survival & preparedness supplies.

For this Netflix Pick I selected The Colony which recently became available. At this moment only Season 1 is available – but you can watch as an instant stream. In case you are unfamiliar with the series:

Summary:

In the first experiment of its kind, real people from a wide variety of backgrounds and skills will be challenged to rebuild their own civilization in a devastated world. The test will take place in an isolated urban compound with no electricity from the grid, no running water, and no communication with the outside world.

I enjoyed Season 1 better than Season 2 – although both were frustrating at times.

Worth the watch though.

Rourke

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Netflix Pick: The Crazies

I had little interest in watching “The Crazies“. I figured it was just another “people stumble on some backwoods inbred cannibals” movie.

I was wrong. Now – this is no Academy Award winning flick – but it has a good story and good action. Tied to “survival”? Massive disease spreading across the countryside with roving psycho’s bent on killing you….sure, that fits.

Netflix Summary: When a plane crashes in a small town, a secret biological weapon is released. As the toxic substance infiltrates the local water system, some residents become gravely ill, while others descend into homicidal madness. Sheriff David Dutton (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to set things straight, but soon the military becomes involved in containing the killer virus. Breck Eisner directs this chilling remake of George A. Romero’s 1973 horror classic.

The Crazies is available as an “Instant Watch” streaming movie. I plan to pick up the DVD or Blu-Ray version as well.

Rourke

Netflix pick: Ever Since The World Ended

This movie is filmed as a post-Apocalypse documentary. I watched it several months ago and found it rather disturbing. Some of the attitudes displayed by characters seem unbelievable to me – but this takes place 12 years after a devastating plague – so who knows how people would react.

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“Twelve years after a plague has devastated the world’s population, 186 people remain in San Francisco, two of whom traverse the depopulated landscape with camera and microphone documenting the disaster’s aftermath. Featuring interviews with survivors and eerie images of the ravaged city (including a decaying Golden Gate Bridge), this faux documentary from Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle imagines how life might persist after widespread death.”

This title is available both as DVD rental as well as Instant Streaming.

If you watch it – would like to hear what you think.ave you share your thoughts here.

Rourke

 

 

 

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Netflix Pick: Them!

I saw this movie well over 30 years ago and it scared the gajeebers out of me. Yes……the gajeebers. What a mess.

The idea of giant ants taking over the world – well, good to watch on TV – not so good in real life I suppose. Old black and white movie, good acting, great story. Well worth a watch.

Netflix summary: The inhabitants of a small Southwestern town feel the fallout when radiation from bomb tests creates giant, mutant ants that descend on their community. Facing human extermination, a team of scientists scrambles to figure out how to stop “them.” Filled with creepy creatures large and small, this 1954 sci-fi spectacular is one of the most influential horror films of all time — and also captures America’s mood at the dawn of the Atomic Age.

What is best of all – Them! is available to Watch Instantly through your Netflix account.

Rourke

Netflix Pick: On the Beach

This is a classic.


Netflix summary: In this 1959 doomsday classic, a U.S. submarine led by Capt. Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck) surfaces near Melbourne, where the passengers learn that nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. And it won’t be long before radiation kills the Australians as well. The tense drama features standout performances by Peck, Ava Gardner as Towers’s lover, Fred Astaire as a guilt-wracked scientist and Anthony Perkins and Donna Anderson as newlyweds.


Excellent acting and a great story makes this a wonderful movie. Has has some sad moments and certainly not the end that I wanted to see – but worth watching.

On the Beach is available via DVD rental from Netflix – hopefully soon as an Instant Streaming movie.

Rourke

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Netflix Pick: Carriers

I just got finished watching Carriers on Netflix. I really did not expect much – but this was a pretty good movie. Read the summary below:


Movie Summary: A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to secluded Utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico, where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic and survive the apocalyptic disease.

CARRIERS follow their getaway through a surreal and dangerous world where laws and rules no longer apply. Their plans takes a grim turn when their car breaks down on an isolated road starting a chain of events that will seal the fate of each of them in an inexorable and horrifying voyage of hell through a western landscape populated by only the hideous dead or the twisted living.

Their desperate retreat south turns into a deadly battle against infected children, homicidal doctors, crazed survivalists, rabid dogs, and, finally each other. The virus is the least of their problems as horrible choices must be made in the face of lost humanity.


What really struck me about this movie were the issues that came up during the story. I don’t want to give anything away – but frequently on survival blogs and in forums the question of what will you do when “Uncle Bob” comes knocking after TSHTF. Well, in this movie similar situations where that very question is asked – and must be answered.

Gets you thinking.

There is a decent amount of profanity as well as some blood and guts. Carriers is available as an Instant Watch on Netflix and is also very cheap on Amazon.

Rourke

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Netflix Pick: Red Dawn

One of my all time favorite movies……Red Dawn.

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Netflix Summary……..”When a group of high schoolers witnesses Soviet and Cuban paratroopers descending on their small Colorado town and systematically setting off World War III, the teens — led by Jed Eckert (Patrick Swayze) — take food and whatever weapons they can find and hightail it into the hills to wait things out. But with the communist invaders on their trail, Jed and his young compatriots decide to launch a guerilla campaign and strike back.”

This is a DVD-only offering from Netflix – and a good one.

How many times have you watched Red Dawn?

Rourke

 

 

 

 

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Netflix pick: The Postman

My Netflix pick this week is available only in DVD – no streaming. Kevin Costner stars in the apocalyptic action/sci-fi movie - The Postman

Here is a brief summary from Netflix:

In the year 2013, amidst the desolation of a decimated, post-apocalypse United States, rogue groups of armed men prey on individuals. The largest of these — the Holnists, led by General Bethlehem (Will Patton) — seeks to rule the country. They capture a drifter (Kevin Costner), who escapes at first chance and stumbles on an abandoned mail Jeep. He begins delivering its letters, eventually restoring hope and inspiring revolution.

Here is the trailer for the flick -

Worth checking out.

Rourke

What knife is Les Stroud holding? Anyone know?

Netflix pick: Survivorman

I have watched many of Les Stroud’s Survivorman and just found out that I can stream episodes instantly to my laptop or TV. Looking forward to watching many more.

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One of the things I have really liked about this series is the method which it is filmed – Les is out there by himself. That provides an “edge” and realism to the situation that is not found on other similar shows.

Here is Netflix’s summary

“Les Stroud showcases his survival prowess in various locations — like the Canadian arctic and on a raft in the middle of the ocean near Belize — where locating food, water, and supplies to build shelter pose as his chief challenges. With no production crew present for this gripping television series, Stroud goes for up to seven days video recording his highs and lows during meticulously planned jaunts around the globe.”

Good stuff!

Rourke

 

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Netflix pick: The Omega Man

In an effort to try to make these Netflix picks all “Watch Instantly” movies and TV shows – I present The Omega Man. The recent smash hit I Am Legend was a remake based on this Charlton Heston movie. I actually watched I Am Legend first – and although I really enjoyed it – I actually liked the older version better.

Here is a summary of The Omega Man:

Charlton Heston plays Robert Neville, one of the last “intact” survivors of a biological war that’s ravaged Earth’s population in this Boris Sagal-helmed sci-fi thriller based on Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend. Armed with an experimental vaccine for the disease that’s turned everyone into light-averse zombies, Neville roams the empty streets of Los Angeles by day and fights off the mutated “subnormals” at night.

If you haven’t seen it – check it out.

Rourke

 

 

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Netflix pick: The Edge

Netflix is an excellent deal in my opinion. For less than $10.00 per month you can access and watch thousands of movies, documentaries, program and more through your computer, TV, media player or entertainment system.

This week I am recommending an older movie called The Edge.

This movie lends itself to thinking about wilderness preparedness. Here is a summary:

When their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, fashion photographer Bob (Alec Baldwin) and intellectual businessman Charles (Anthony Hopkins) must fight for their survival — and the gigantic, ravenous bear chasing them is not helping matters. Co-starring supermodel Elle Macpherson as Charles’s much-younger wife, this taut thriller features a screenplay packed with testosterone-heavy zingers from renowned scribe David Mamet.

Pop the popcorn!

Rourke

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Netflix pick: Survivors

I loved this series – which takes place in England. It is available in both DVD as well as instant streaming.

Here is a summary of the 6-episode 2008 series:

When a deadly strain of flu decimates the world’s population, a scrappy group of survivors find themselves struggling to exist in a world devoid of electricity, running water and government services. Starting from scratch, the living — including a desperate mom (Julie Graham) searching for her missing son and an escaped convict (Max Beesley) who lost his mother to the pandemic — band together to start society anew in this BBC series. 

There was a 2nd season as well in 2010 also with 6 episodes:

This British sci-fi series about a deadly virus that claims most of the planet’s population hits its stride as Abby (Julie Graham) travels to a sealed-off “safe” area, where scientists are eager to learn how she survived a global pandemic. Elsewhere, Anya (Zoe Tapper) and Al (Phillip Rhys) remain pinned under debris in a crumbling hospital, and Sarah (Robyn Addison) strikes a life-saving bargain with a stranger.

Good entertainment!

Just search “Survivors” on Netflix.

Rourke