March 31, 2012

Top 10 Words the English Language Borrowed from Irish Gaelic

10. Shanty - sean tí

As in, "I like singing shanties about fishing and whiskey."

9. Dude - dúid
As in, "Dude, where's my whiskey?" 
8. Galore - go leór
As in, "We have whiskey galore!" 
7. Baloney - béal ónna

As in, "I've had too much whiskey? What a bunch of baloney!"

6. Kibosh - cap báis

As in, "I will put the kibosh on writing this post if I don't get my whiskey."

5. Moolah - moll óir

As in, "I spent all my moolah on whiskey? Welp, I guess that makes sense."
4. Muck - muc

As in, "I dropped my bottle of whiskey in the marsh, now it's covered in muck."

3. Hooligan - Ó hUallacháin

As in, "That hooligan stole my whiskey!"
2. Gimmick - camóg

As in, "Using the word whiskey in every entry on this list is a stupid gimmick."

1. Whiskey - uisce beatha
As in, "Yes, I'll have another whiskey." 

March 17, 2012

The Logistics of Saint Patrick’s

 by: Juliette Senesi 

Juliette is a Product Manager at a Boston-area freight brokerage startup. She is a logistics and shipping geek who has her sights set on transforming the truckload transportation industry.

Saint Patrick’s Day is no small potatoes in Boston. With almost one-third of the city's population being of Irish decent, the celebrations here are spirited and memorable. But while you are getting ready for the fun to start, remember this: St Patrick’s Day would not be St. Patrick’s Day if it wasn’t for the sober drivers who deliver all of the ingredients and goods required for a guaranteed good time.

1. Guinness Madness
Guinness, as you may know, is a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James Gates in Dublin. The ingredients to make Guinness are simple: barely, hops, brewers yeast, and of course, water. On any given day, over 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world. On St. Patrick's Day, that number more than doubles to 13 million pints (according to Beth Davies Ryan, global corporate relations director of Guinness).

Guinness was one of the first beer companies to own a fleet of ships which they used to ship both the raw ingredients and the finish products in ports throughout Europe, and later, worldwide.

2. Corned Beef and Cabbage
The Irish were the biggest exporters of corned beef until 1825. The area of Cork, Ireland was a great producer of corned beef from the 1600s until 1825. It was their chief export and sent all over the world, mostly in cans. Corn beef and cabbage are the staple of any Irish American dinners on St. Patrick’s day.

To this very day, making sure all of the ingredients make it on the table in time to fill our bellies requires a high level of transportation coordination. Earlier this week, it was reported by Barbara Maxwell at the AMS department of the USDA that a shortage of trucks was experienced for cabbage from the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

3. Lucky Charms
The cereal giant General Mills also reaps the benefits of Saint Patrick’s Day. One of their most popular cereal got its name directly as a result of saint Patrick’s day. The little fellow in green tights on the box was named Lucky as a result of St. Patrick’s.

The leprechaun got his name in 1964 and was placed on boxes of Lucky Charms after General Mills reported that sales of Lucky Charms tripled on St. Patrick's Day from the 2 billion boxes sold worldwide to almost 6 billion boxes.

March 11, 2012

The 17 Days of St. Patrick's [Video]

What happens when your girlfriend takes the car and spends the weekend visiting friends (and you're left at home with a fridge full of beer, a cabinet full of whiskey and a head full of memories from St. Patrick's Days past)? Answer: this happens.

For anyone who's interested, I recorded "The 17 Days of St. Patrick's" using an old MacBook, an M-Audio FastTrack guitar/mic recording interface, and a Shure PG58 mic. The guitar you hear is an Alvarez AJ-60SC.

My makeshift living room recording studio