That was great and all, but we really needed a way to grill our ground meat creations. Pan-frying wasn’t cutting it. We bought a small portable gas grill. We tried it out today on one of our town’s several islands in the Danube with great success. There were lots of people out enjoying the weather and grilling their dinner along with plenty of dogs pleased by all the resulting smells. Which brings me to…
Meat Point #2
Thanks Aunt Julie for sending this video our way. We’ve been watching it (and emulating it) for days now and it hasn’t gotten old yet.
3. Then I waited about a day for an email to arrive notifying me that the video is complete.
Details on the entire process are at pummelvision.com, but there’s really nothing more to it than that. In future versions you might be able to customize the music or select sets or collections for pummeling, but at the moment it’s one-size-fits-all.
New York State Senator Savino’s case for same-sex marriage rights might be old news by now for some of you — apparently she voted in December 2009, and this clip was posted online at www.ted.com in August 2010, but it was new to me today.
I like this take on it; anyone screaming about the sanctity of marriage needs to whip out their sanctimeter at the local administrative offices and make sure all marriage license applicants measure up. Or just butt out.
I’m leaving tomorrow on a business trip to Iași. It will be my first trip there in over a year, and a bit longer than my normal trips (a full work week; something I don’t normally do).
Now that I’ve got this iPod touch thing though, and it has injected itself into many aspects of my life, I decided to try to take advantage of its 32GB storage capacity. I have several DVDs sitting around waiting to be watched. Why not watch them on the plane on my iPod tomorrow? But how can I rip the DVDs (something I’ve never done before) to a format my iPod touch can handle?
I downloaded a few trial versions of payware DVD rippers, and they didn’t work so hot (wrinkly distortions in the final product, plus the watermarked logo until you cough up for the software registration). My favorite geek reference site — ISCABBS, a place so geeky you have to use telnet to get in there — came to the rescue with a recommendation to use Handbrake together with VLC. At least on Mac OS X and Linux, having these together on your computer will allow you to rip right from a DVD into an iPod/iPhone compatible format — for free. Handbrake also nicely converts other video formats — apparently pretty much all of them — into a few of the more modern ones, like MP4 via the H.264 codec. I ripped the DVDs (and converted a few other video files I had lying around) in Handbrake and then dragged the converted files from the Finder windown onto my iPod in iTunes.
I read woot.com’s feed for good deals on stuff — typically electronics, but not always (and I rarely buy anything, but enjoy their product descriptions). Now and then they also put together excellent collections of content for pure entertainment’s sake.
I saw this page today (linked above): Nicholas Cage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Krazy Kiefer Sutherland shilling for the Japanese market, and some true-to-form Kyle MacLachlan Twin Peaks canned japanese Coca-Cola-company-produced coffee weirdness*. Enjoy.