Someone asked for an explanation of what I mean by “ripping,” so: I use “Makemkv” to “rip”/copy a DVD/Blu Ray to my hard drive. Each episode of a tv program (NCIS or whatever) usually comes in around 1.8 Gig. Then I run those files through “Handbrake” to “shrink” those episodes to around 1 Gig or less (around 5-700mb usually). 45 minute episodes. The bigger the ripped file, the bigger the final file. A DVD movie rips at around 4 Gig and Handbrake can take that down to 700mb without any real loss in video quality. A Blu Ray movie usually rips at 21-30 Gig and, again, Handbrake can shrink that down to 1.2 Gig depending on your settings and desires. Some movies I use higher quality settings so I don’t miss any of the space war scenes or goose bumpy boobs and those usually max out around 2.3 Gig. I gotta really like the movie though.
So, all our movies and tv shows reside on the NAS and we can watch what we want on any device that can see it. Cool beans. Not having cable and only 1 ota channel available means we rely on buying our entertainment. And YouTube. We be big on YouTube. (And Discovery+. And Wondrium.)
And, yes, to respond to the young guy; I am 70 years old and understand this shit.
New: “Game-Changer” Male Contraceptive – Experimental Drug Stops Sperm in Their Tracks and Prevents Pregnancies Exactly 100% of men have never gotten pregnant, ever; but now we have our own pill just to be sure. 🙂
Busy week around the house. Even managed to get outside a couple of times it hasn’t been raining or just too damned cold. Started up the tractor just to be sure that works. Walking around the property to start to plan repairs. Winter damage has taken down more of our small tree’s and part of our path is blocked. Lots of downed branches. Gotta move some sycamore trees before it gets warm. Thinking of moving my grape to my tower and letting it grow up that.
Made an antenna feed cable out of some wire I got at Habitat for $7 that, later, some of the more “experienced” Hams near me said couldn’t be used as antenna cable. Working fine and has zero SWR (feedback). Going to try that other spool of wire I bought for $4 at the Habitat Store. I’ve found that almost anything can be used as an antenna/cable if you recognize its limitations and compensate for that. Heck, I once saw a guy use the Mannette Bridge in Bremerton as an antenna. My friend in Pa used two rain gutters at his apartment for years. Part of the hobby is experimentation.
Still no word on Starlink.
Freeze dried some ice cream sandwiches for the next time we feed the Missionaries. Which is the 26th this month. Freaks them out to have warm ice cream. But, heck, you can leave those ice cream sandwiches on the counter for a week and they don’t melt. Oooh, I should try Twinkies.
Ruined the 8 plastic buckets ($1/ea) that I was going to use for my new hydroponics experiment. Just being stupid, I think. Drilled the holes I need too small. Might be able to “fix” the error if I use something I can drill into to make the holes the size I need. Kinda like a block of wood to hold the drill bit steady so the hole cutter is centered and secure. I’ll figure it out. It’ll be fun.
Anywho, Date Day so I should get SWMBO started getting up so I can take her to FPH for breakfast. Then I think Home Depot, COSTCO, and WinCo. Maybe event The Dollar Store. (Even though they should change their name to The Dollar-Fifty Store now.)
Talk about forgetting!!! I meant to post this 3 days ago! Where is my freakin’ mind these days?
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