spaghetti with cream of mushroom sauce

this was an experiment with campbell’s cream of mushroom soup. i’ve never used it before in a recipe and decided to just wing it and throw something together.

1 lb of hamburger
1 can of sweet corn
1 can of cut green beans
1 lb of spaghetti noodles
1 can of campbell’s cream of mushroom soup
1 tsp (roughly, i just eyeballed it) of mccormick sea salt blend
1 tsp (roughly, i just eyeballed it) of black pepper

first i pan fried the hamburger with garlic oil and butter (yeah, i know, wicked healthy). as the hamburger was starting to brown up i added the mccormick sea salt blend and the black pepper and started boiling the water for the spaghetti.

once the hamburger was browned, i added the campbell’s cream of mushroom soup and 1 can of water and let that heat up not to a full or rolling boil, then added the corn and green beans.

pocket mine 2

where do i start with this game?

amazing? check.
ridiculously simple? check.
simple? check.
easy to learn and use interface? check.

i’ve been playing pocket mine since the first version came out. published by roofdog games pocket mine is a very simple digging game. essentially, you dig as far as you can, upgrade your pick, and collect as many rewards and secrets you can find. one of the most appealing aspects of the game is the runs you make can be short (good for the on-the-go gamer) or can take a decent amount of time (depending on what you’re trying to do, i.e.- farm artifacts and cash, etc).

another great aspect is the rubies. yes, you can buy them in game, however you can also do a wide variety of things to get free rubies (i.e.- install and run a game, install a game and get to a certain level, sign up for free trials, etc). with the rubies, you can unlock new characters (some of which are amazing for certain deck and loadout builds, more on that later) or buy keys to unlock chests or buy magic cubes to craft items. now, you don’t necessarily *need* rubies to play the game, however they play a critical role. especially if you’re like me and are going for 100% completion. so, you absolutely will want to look into the free rubies, or if you have cash to burn buy them.

so here’s where i’m at with pocket mine and pocket mine 2.

currentPocketMine currentPocketMine2

as you can see, i have a good amount of rubies for both games (free rubies are the way to go!)

i’ll post more later on about depth, bucks, characters and more!

adding dawnguard and hearthfires to the creation kit

with release of the ‘dragonborn’ expansion coming soon, i decided to get back into the creation kit and wanted to add dawnguard and hearthfire. so in order to do this i had to edit the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\skyrim\SkyrimEditor.ini and add change the section under [Archive]. now it looks like this –

SArchiveList=Skyrim - Textures.bsa,Skyrim - Meshes.bsa,Skyrim - Animations.bsa,Skyrim - Voices.bsa,Skyrim - Interface.bsa,Skyrim - Misc.bsa,Skyrim - Sounds.bsa,Skyrim - VoicesExtra.bsa,Skyrim - Shaders.bsa,Update.bsa,Dawnguard.bsa,HearthFire.bsa
SResourceArchiveList=Skyrim - Textures.bsa,Skyrim - Meshes.bsa,Skyrim - Animations.bsa,Skyrim - Voices.bsa,Skyrim - Interface.bsa,Skyrim - Misc.bsa,Skyrim - Sounds.bsa,Skyrim - VoicesExtra.bsa,Dawnguard.bsa,HearthFire.bsa
SResourceArchiveList2=Skyrim - Shaders.bsa,Update.bsa,Dawnguard.bsa,HearthFire.bsa

and i can load all the form id’s from both expansions into the creation kit.

change the rdp listening port in windows

  1. open the registry editor (start -> run -> regedit
  2. open the following sub-key
  3. change it to decimal and type the new port number
  4. quit the registry editor and reboot

don’t forget to make the changes in your router and the firewall.


hello new smartphone, goodbye unlocking it….

well, this is interesting.

i wonder if our government can explain what mr. reed meant BY “only a consumer, who is also the owner of the copy of software on the handset under the law, may unlock the handset.”

does the gnu gpl apply here? or is the ‘custom’ roms that are installed still owned by the device manufacturer? is the version of android one modifies to install on their device owned by them? or the manufacturer? or the telco?

from looking at exemption to prohibition on circumvention of copyright protection systems for access control technologies, it appears that it may affect only phones under contract, but who knows what the telco’s will try and pull.

the bottom line is that little by little our freedom is being stripped away. yet we as a people do nothing. our government sneaks in these bullshit laws to control every facet of our lives and we are supposed to smile and nod.

add nextgen a gallery slideshow to the sidebar – not in a widget

i needed to add a nextgen gallery into a sidebar for a site i’m working on. not satisfied with the limited ability of the widget setup and after much searching – i found this –

if (function_exists("nggSlideshowWidget"))
{ nggSlideshowWidget($galleryID,$Width,$Height); }

you can see a work-in-progress demo of this over at harpswell heritage land trust’s dev site


chicken-bacon corn chowder


this is a recipe i kinda threw together and have modified over the years. i’m quite certain there are probably 100’s of other ones out there just like this.


amount ingredient
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp thyme
1 sweet onion (medium to large)
2 small garlic cloves
2 cans whole kernel sweet corn
32oz heavy cream
1-2 cups whole milk
2 lbs chicken breast
1 lb thick cut bacon
4-6 medium potatoes


chop the potato up into small cubes and boil them. i cook them until they are soft enough to stick a fork into without much pressure.

chop up the onion and garlic into small pieces and pan fry with butter.

cube the chicken and pan fry, add the oregano and parsley. cook the bacon. add the bacon to the chicken (this helps lessen the bacon flavor so it doesn’t overpower the whole chowder). add the onion and garlic and continue cooking the mixture. i usually cook the chicken, set it aside, cook the bacon, set that aside and then cook everything in a large electric.

once the potatoes are cooked, strain and rinse. pour the heavy cream into the pot and add the potato, corn, chicken, bacon, onion and garlic. add the thyme as well.

do not boil – i cook the entire thing in one big pot on low and let it simmer for 2+ hours.


auto login with ubuntu 12.04

# edit the lightdm.conf
sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf


# then add the following


then reboot and see if it works!


quum manor v2

i did a full remodel on quum manor. i had initially started with the design leaning heavily towards the whiterun style of buildings. i ended up deleting all of that and going with something i liked. it is still currently a work in progress, however, i will have it in the steam workshop soon. below is a list of the current features.

  • 36 weapon plaques
  • 12 vertical weapon plaques
  • 32 angled display cases
  • 1408 book slots actual bookcases
  • 3 weapon and shield plaques
  • 14 mannequins
  • 11 chests

interior crafting

  • cooking pot
  • anvil
  • tanning rack
  • workbech
  • grinding wheel
  • alchemy table
  • enchanting table

exterior crafting

  • smelter
  • forge
  • cooking pot

i will be adding a smelter outside of the house as well as a decent sized garden in the near future.

hearthfire dlc for skyrim

wow….this is going to be amazing….