Problem with midnight coding: It’s cold

Initial Problem:

Lacking a working body clock means that sometimes my work day goes from 0900 to 1700, but other days it'll go from 1600 to 1000 the next day … One of the downsides to working through the night in the middle of winter is that it's bloody cold. Even during summer my house is dubbed 'the freezer' and is often colder inside than out (I'd be warmer in a tent on the front patio if it wasn't for the wind).


  1. Take laptop to kitchen.
  2. Whip up a basic risotto – stir with one hand and type with the other; consult the Cookbook:Risotto entry on Wikibooks if you need to.
  3. Load with a significant amount of Tobasco.
  4. You'll be warm and toasty for at least the 15 mins you'll spend eating it – and then you can just reload for more.

New Problem:

Rice has a high glycemic load, which triggers an influx of cholecystokinin to be released by the gut. Cholecystokinin does a number of things: it encougrages digestion; it stops you feeling hungry; and it puts you to sleep (not good for midnight coding sessions!).

Oh well … It was nice while it lasted. Maybe risotto + tobasco + Red Bull would work … except for the fact that Red Bull is a disgusting concoction of sugar, taurine, glucuronolactone and caffeine with a slew of documented health risks. Even so, they still sell something over 2 billion cans a year so it can't be too much of an issue.

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