The Music of Ar Tonelico

Lately I’ve been playing quite a bit of Ar Tonelico, bought in part for my undying love of all things NIS, and I must say that I really like much of the music.  So much so in fact that I decided to rip some of the music out of the AFS file present on the game disc.


Ultra Veggie Yakisoba

The topic of vegetarian recipes came up in a recent conversation and while I’m not a Vegetarian, I figured I might share this:

I like yakisoba and I think it tastes pretty good when made with with all vegetables. I made some the other night with sliced potatoes and V8 juice used in place of actual yakisobi sauce. (Though if you are adventurous and try that V8 thing, you may want to add a bit of salt if you do that, or the noodles may still taste a bit bland.) I would have added peppers, but I’m the only one who would eat it if I did that. My vegetable-hating nephews ate it so I must have done something right. My cooking is less wisdom and more unchecked mad science.  I’ve found most kinds of noodles will taste good with just about anything.

PHP-CGI improvement

Theoretically, PHP-CGI processes on security level 1 sites should be faster now. I’ve put PHP in a tmpfs file system. It loads from RAM/Virtual Memory instead of from the hard drive, so page loads should come a couple milliseconds faster. I’ve also compressed the executables so they take up less of this tmpfs system.

Google Maps API

I decided to try out the Google Maps API today and see what all I could do. It’s surprisingly easy to learn how to use the Maps API. Within about an hour I had got it set up and added a custom marker on the map to show where I guessed the Kitsap Regional Library in Bremerton, WA was. Turns out I was pretty close.

Check it out here:

You can even click the marker and it’ll say something, although something rather basic.

My first script in Ruby

I decided that I wanted to learn Ruby, but I’m not much of a reader. Far too impatient, so I figured I’d jump into some code and write something. The result was a random number generator. It’s not great, but it does the job. Pick a minimum and maximum number, and it will generate them. (more…)