Month: December 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is having a great holiday! I know this is one of the greatest. 😀

something I just found again

Silence enters Magic unfurling Glittering pale What matters surrounds them What casts them out They care not for the utterances of others Their peace Their solace Within them The magic surrounds them Filling the with life’s light Movement no longer a torment They come together […]

Snow snow snow

Well here we are close to Christmas and it looks like there might actually be snow!  I know I know you’re saying, “WHAT!?!?! Are you crazy?”.  I like snow though.  Please be aware that I said I liked SNOW.  I didn’t say I liked the cold, I said I liked snow. i know they go had in hand, but it doesn’t have to be -18°F for there to be snow.  As a matter of fact…

Is it ever too cold to snow?
No, it can snow even at incredibly cold temperatures as long as there is some source of moisture and some way to lift or cool the air. It is true, however, that most heavy snowfalls occur with relatively warm air temperatures near the ground – typically 15°F or warmer since air can hold more water vapor at warmer temperatures.
When is it too warm to snow?  How does snow form if the ground temperature is above freezing?
Snow forms when the atmospheric temperature is at or below freezing (0 Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit) and there is a minimum amount of moisture in the air. If the ground temperature is at or below freezing, of course the snow will reach the ground.

However, the snow can still reach the ground when the ground temperature is above freezing if the conditions are just right. In this case, snowflakes will begin to melt as they reach this warmer temperature layer; the melting creates evaporative cooling which cools the air immediately around the snow flake.This cooling retards melting. As a general rule, though, snow will not form if the groud temperature is 5 degrees Celsius (41 deg Fahrenheit).

I love the internet…
Those little facts are from FAQ at The National Snow and Ice Data Center: http://www.nsidc.org/snow/faq.html

I didn’t even know there was such a thing… I love new things!

Costa Rican Peaberry coffee

I think I’ve finally found my favorite coffee.  I tend to float around and drink whatever coffee is at hand.  I’ve had really bad coffee and really good coffee, but there was never a coffee that stood out and said, ” Hey you, yeah you! […]

Root beer?

So if you remember recently I made root beer. And I just realized it’s still outside!  Crap I hope it doesn’t make the bottles explode. Anyway, the recipe for the brew called for 20 inches of pencil thick sarsaparilla root.  Well I didn’t have whole […]

Spinach-tomato-cheese curd soup

I know it probably doesn’t sounds the greatest, but damn it’s pretty good!

I was going to have tomato soup for lunch today, but then thought ‘hey, I’ll throw in some cheese curds and it’ll be even better’. Then something unexpected happened.  The Spinach I had had in the fridge thawing called out to me…

“Add me to your soup!”, the spinach exclaimed.

“I don’t know…”, I replied. “You might make it kindda weird.”

“You won’t know until you try…”, the spinach continued.  “You like me almost all other ways, come on.  All the other veggies are doing it.  Just look at you and those sexy little green beans… They were good with tomatoes and cheese weren’t they.  I bet I’ll be twice as good!”

Now normally when my food talks to me I don’t listen and it gets thrown out.  It’s better that way.  but this time… I just couldn’t help myself, I think it was the coffee, the next thing I knew I was sqeezing the daylights out of the spinach to get the exess water out and into the cooker it went.  The cheese curds went on top and everything went into the microwave for about 3 minutes.

I’ll be a monkey’s aunt if it isn’t as good as the spinach told me it would be.

I guess I shouldn’t ignore all my talking food.  I might miss something else good!  😀

Deep fried bliss

We cleaned out the deep fryer for the chimis we wanted to make and that led to all sorts of fatty goodness.  I love my deep fryer and now I feel bad for ignoring it.  I made beignet, those littel french doughnuts you get a […]

Flour Tortillas…. mmmmmm…

Flour tortillas from scratch are fairly easy to make and they rawk hardcore!  I made a batch, without consulting my Mexica friend, which proved to be less than optimal.  I cooked them on the griddle for too long and they came out a bit … […]

the cp command in linux

I like Linux and I like apple and I even like windows for the most part.  Now in Windows you wouldn’t get a change to the base functionality of xcopy, but here in linux world I have exactly that in the cp command.  it’s always been easy to overwrite a whole slew of files at once if I was say updating a bunch of web sites to a new version of WordPress.  All I had to do was use the –reply=”no|yes” and it would automatically respond to the interactive request to overwrite the files with a yes.  I loved it. It made wading through all the updates to the umpteen different WordPress sites scriptable and fast.  No longer.  The –reply=”” command has been removed from cp.  So now I get to find another way to do it and it’s going to be cumbersome and annoying.  I wonder if I can find an older copy of cp that still has the –reply…. *sighs*

Root Beer… I hope

So I tried making root beer Friday.  I’m still waiting for carbonation to finish in the bottles, then we’ll see if it’s any good.  I’m hoping it is, but it seems a little heavy on the sarsaparilla. If I make it again, I think I’ll […]