Dear World, Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.


Also good job to bing for posting the image above. Slightly less good job for having the gps linked to the image put you in the ocean somewhere. Even less good job for having it put you in the ocean off the coast of Northern Ireland. Same island, wrong part.


Video Games Make You a Better Person?

According to this story we should all play more video games (except for those of us who already play too much). 21 hours a week (a whopping 3 hours a day) is the sweet spot. I’m certainly not going to hit that, but maybe I could shoot for a couple of hours a week. Apparently the effects are even better when playing with a teammate, so start picking teams.

Top Disney Songs

Credit to Alan Menken to a surprising number of these. Also to be considered the music from the newest film “Tangled”, namely “Something that I Want”.

Whole New World

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (song)
Be Our Guest

The Jungle Book
Bare Necessities

The Lion King
Can you Feel the Love Tonight
Circle of Life
Hakuna Matata

The Little Mermaid
Kiss the Girl
Part of your World
Under the Sea


When you Wish upon a Star

Colors of the Wind

Sleeping Beauty
Once upon a Dream

You’ll be in my Heart


So, I was reading something and just stumbled upon a /proc/beer_list kept by someone else. This being a list of people owed beer by the owner of the file. I endorse this theory, but I disapprove of the file location. Perhaps it should be in ~/.local/share/beer_list. If only more things in life could be settled by a beer list.

Three-Cheese Risotto

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 cup chopped onions
* Salt and white pepper
* 6 cups chicken stock
* 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
* 1 pound Arborio rice
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/4 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
* 1/4 cup grated Romaino cheese
* 1/4 cup grated Asigo cheese
* 2 tablespoons chopped chives

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes, or until the onions are slightly soft. Add the stock and garlic. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 6 minutes. Add the rice and simmer for 18 minutes, stirring constantly, or until the mixture is creamy and bubbly. Add the butter, cream, cheese and chives. Reseason with salt and pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes and serve immediately.

Printer Issues

Ever note the similarity between printer/router setup directions and console video game cheats. While pressing up arrow, press, a then b 7 times withing five seconds. WTF.

Google Maps Mouse Scrolling

Update: mouse scrolling at google is back in action. All is well in the world.

So google maps zooming by mouse scroll wheel has met its demise, which is truly tragic. Perhaps just because I was used to using it, as there seems to have been a vocal minority that was quite annoyed by it (which doesn’t make sense, if you don’t like it just don’t use it). That and they redid the image search results layout. Between the two (and not having boxes to check to keep the old behavior, which is truly tragic). I decided to give bing another go. So first it was off to bing maps. Which has mouse-wheel scrolling. I was like awesome, then I went to the place that I was looking at on google maps. I’m looking for the place I saw on google maps. Still looking. The island didn’t make the cut. Awesome. So bing fails. Awesome mouse scrolling on their maps, and very pretty maps. They’re just missing a few little things (like maps that actually reflect reality). Any other suggestions?

Also I’m really torn here. I sort of love google, and I hate trying something else.

I’m now looking at mapquest (of old), which is so sold out to holiday inn it’s annoying. I mean, is it possible I might be looking for something other than holiday inn? It’s like looking for books on stingrays and having the library pull up all books on either stingrays or the civil war. Because the civil war is historically very interesting and who wouldn’t be interested in it. If I were looking for holiday inn’s (or the civil war), maybe I wouldn’t use “stingray” as my search term. Evil. Also mapquest, instead of saying “we don’t have imagery at that level”, samples surrounding images at that zoom and clones it. How’s that make sense. Totally erased the islands I was looking for, they exist as a sort of hazy tint, on amazingly clear cloned images of waves. Point in favor of mapquest, the islands make the cut on the map view (not in the satellite view, which is weird, because the reverse is true on bing, i.e. they have photos but they didn’t put it on the map, which makes sense, since photos are the ones that you “start with” in mapping).