21 November 2008

Facebook in Pirate

If you're bored, you can try going to Settings|Language in Facebook and picking English (Pirate) as your language.  You'll have to scroll down through the languages, but it is there.  Facebook's developers apparently had a lot of time on their hands.  It looks like they rewrote the entire interface in Pirate.

17 November 2008

Runners and Cars, as well as a Useful Link

There was an article in the New York Times a little while back about runners and cars.  When I can, I like to avoid running with cars, but, unfortunately, living in an urban area, that's sometimes difficult.  I usually try to defer to cars, but it can annoy me when cars don't yield to me when I am in a cross walk.  Right now, on weekends, I like running in Rock Creek Park on Beach Drive.  At least a portion of that road is closed to vehicular traffic.
I also discovered a useful link, that lets you see what your pace is based on mileage run and distance traveled.

16 November 2008

A Musical Examination of Buddy Can You Spare A Dime

There was an interesting piece on NPR yesterday which was a musical analysis of Buddy Can You Spare A Dime -- a depression era song.  Even though my musical knowledge is pretty limited, I was able to get a lot of what the analyst was talking about.
I also didn't know that the lyricist for this song also wrote Over the Rainbow of Wizard of Oz fame.

06 November 2008

Hobo Stew

A few weeks ago when I went camping, I made Hobo Stew over a campfire.  The meal is readily transferable to non-campfire cooking. 
What's nice about this recipe is that you can use pre-cooked items, so you don't have to worry about cooking things extra thoroughly.
So, without further adieu, here is the recipe:
In a non-stick frying pan (although you can use a regular frying pan if you want), combine:

  • Random vegetables of your choice (I use broccoli, celery, mushrooms, and peppers).
  • Some variety of pre-cooked sausage.  While camping, we used kielbasa sausage.  At home, I used Trader Joe's chicken sausage.
  • A medium potato, sliced thinly.  (You can cook the potato with the rest of the food if you want).  Or, if you're like me, and are impatient, you can just cook the potato in the microwave and add it to the pot.
  • Simmer this whole concoction for a little while.
  • After simmering, put it on a plate, and season it to your taste.  I use Montreal Steak seasoning, but you could use pepper, or really anything.
You're done!