What to do with frozen beer

So I just borrowed a fridge/freezer for an upcoming party, and thought I’d test out its beer-chilling abilities. I fired it up and placed a few beers in it, and left it for a day. When I returned, to my dismay, the beers were frozen, and some had popped their caps.

Turns out its more a freezer than a fridge. My bad.

So the question is, what can I do with the frozen beers now? I have asked the mighty googles, and the best answer I got was put them in the fridge so they thaw out real slow, and hope/pray that they are drinkable.

Other suggestions included make gravy, cook food in it, substitute the beer for water when cooking, and even use it as a hair gloss! (These suggestions assume the beer has returned to a liquid and the damage has been done – that is it now tastes weak as piss).

Moral of the story: don’t cry over frozen beer. (Although I wanted to).

How to find a Facebook Page ID

So you visit a Facebook page, and you want to find out its ID – the unique number that represents the page in the Facebook database. How do you find it out?

Well, one simple way involves inspecting the profile picture’s link, like so:

The Simpsons Facebook Page

Right – Click the profile picture (in this case, Homer), and select Copy Link Address. Then paste it to a text editor and you will see it looks like:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150919682383697&set=a.455775213696.233520.29534858696&type=1

The Facebook Page ID is the number after the last decimal point, in this case: 29534858696

Power users: skip the above steps and dive straight into the Facebook Graph Explorer.

Hear what your mac can say

This is by no means a revelation, but did you know your mac can speak? OS X has a nifty little feature for those who aren’t afraid of a bit of keyboard action in the terminal – the ‘say’ command.

Just open up terminal, and to begin with give this a whirl.

$ say hello world

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, your mac just talked to you. Assuming you had the speakers turned up.

That was plain old Alex speaking to you. The fun has just begun, however, because there are a few different personalities hiding inside. You can check out the manual but it isn’t overly helpful. It tells you to use the -v option to change the voice. But what other voices, dare I ask? Well there’s Vicki, Fred, Junior, Cellos, and my favourite, Zarvox. There are others of course, the answer lies on your hard drive. Checkout:

/System/Library/Speech/Voices/

If it’s anything like mine, you will have:

Agnes, Albert, Alex, BadNews, Bahh, Bells, Boing, Bruce, Bubbles, Cellos, Deranged, Fred, GoodNews, Hysterical, Junior, Kathy, Organ, Princess, Ralph, Trinoids, Vicki, Victoria, Whisper and Zarvox.

PS: Once handy option is -o which will let you export to an audio format of your (apple friendly) choice. blogon.