May 14th, 2008

pensive

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Dear friends:

Please take a moment to let a moment of kindness
find you in support of my remarkable friend, innerly.
Darling Lydia unexpectedly lost her brother last night
to a failure of his heart. And I fear it is breaking hers.

In the many years that I have shared her friendship,
she has risen to overcome personal challenges, physical
challenges and come out the other side to build a truly
wonderful family. She has earned our respect as a woman
and as a friend.

Send her your love... Share with her your hopes and
prayers and join me is wishing the greatest ease for her
brothers spirit as it climbs to a new kingdom.

All of my love, dearest Lydia.

All of my love.

Andy.
  • Current Mood
    sadness-time. :(
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Again... with the Bit Torrent.

The thing is...

I know A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE NO CLUE about bit torrent.
So I wrote a big long "idiot proof" post about it ... forever ago.
But versions and web sites have changed...
... So it's time for a refresher.


:::::: So you missed your favorite TV show? :::::::::::

Concept: You install a "server" program called "bit torrent" that you never interact with directly. Then you install a front-end java program called Azureus - there's other options but I don't know about them. Then you go to a web site that lists "torrent files"*, find the one you want and click it. When your computer asks you "do you want to download it or open it?" you opt to "open" it and Azurus will auto-start. If the "torrent file" has lots of seeds (usually reported on the site where the torrent is located) the file you are searching for will start to quickly download. If the seeding is poor... it will download more slowly. A new TV show (i.e. Dancing with the stars - Season 06 Episode 17 aka S06E17) will have LOTS of seeds and download quickly.

Step one: Go here... http://www.bittorrent.com/ and click the "get bit torrent" link. (install it)

Step two: Go here... http://azureus.sourceforge.net/ and click the big "download" button. (install it)

Step three: Go here... (the HOTTEST TORRENT SITE on the Net right now... but it will disappear one day soon) http://eztv.it/frontpage.php and look across the top dark blue menu line... Click on "Show List". Close your mouth, because you're drooling over the massive show list. Find "Dancing with the stars" and click it. You land on a page with all these "items", each referenced with the show name (i.e. Dancingwiththestars) and the season and episode number. The newest one is on the top. Season 6 Episode 18 is there. (That's Tuesday night's show.) Click it... let Azureus run, and watch it download or go for coffee.

Step four: Look in your "my documents/azureus downloads" directory and there's your file. Double click it to run!! If it won't play on your pc... Then you may need to go to www.divx.com and click to download their FREE version... and select the "custom install" and then select to only install the CODEC... skip the player and converter.... At this point... you've got your show and you can watch it on your PC.

Step five: Alternatively, you could buy a $50 DVD player with a USB port on the front, the cCopy the media file to a thumb drive and stick it in... Presto.

Note 1: I'm assuming you have the Java "JRE" installed on your pc.

Note 2: The most recent version of Azureus (called Vuze) "launches" and you have this cool / weird many-window-paned screen interface to all these videos... kinda like a weird Youtube page. Ignore all of it. Immediately click the "View" menu item, scroll to "Advanced" and select "My Torrents". The screen will change to this mostly white... nothing happening interface.

Note 3: The moment a file starts to download, the target directory gets a file that appears to be the full file. It's not. It's an empty shell and Bit Torrent is filling it up. You will need to see the interface for Azureus change from "downloading" to "downloaded"

Note 4: Azureus is one of those programs that you can click the little "x" in the upper right corner and it'll still be running the background and displaying it's little froggy icon in your system tray. You have to pick "File, EXIT" to really exit the program.

* Torrent file: tiny little 10k files that are basically pointers to where the various bits and pieces are on the web that will be brought together to form the media file you are trying to download.)
newavi

Wednesday, May 14



Hello sunshine... welcome to Wednesday.
I wanted to thank you...
The forest that surrounds us... is quite literally bursting with happiness at your constant companionship.
And as for me... the world is a peaceful easy and brilliant place.
So I blame you.
Heck I gotta blame someone for all this ...
And it might as well be my dominate star...
The goddess of earth and life.
... the blanket of warmth that has soothed all the complicated pain.
Totally beats the crap out of a fictional dead nailed to a stick.

planning
~ planned to work all morning...
~ dum di dum...
~ to call my brother... just to say hey.
wishing
~ that some peace finds the family of my dear friend innerly.
~ and to point out that... according to some... I just happen to be... simply amazing. :)

///
And the WAR RAGES ON.
[ :: skateboarder off to jail ... for ... skateboarding to work :: ]
Dear Fredericton:
You got some balls.
Please teabag a wood chipper.

//
You know that ol saying "you are what you eat"...
Well I'm sorry... I know this is totally tasteless but dammit...
Somebody has simply GOT TO SAY IT...
Cervical Cancer linked to Oral Cancer?
Specifically the tonsils? OMG...
[ :: this is just too freaking much to not smirk about :: ]

/
Ok... so yesterdays splat took a slightly darker toll that I first thought.
I have a very seriously unhappy elbow.
er... and hip.
However... it's s'posed to rain tonight and off and on over the next couple of days.
So it was park time at lunch.
And it was good. :)
steep-ramp-drop-in thing 5 more times... that's 15 total.
(target: 100 times before I feel like I can really do it with confidence ... and before I move to a harsher ramp)
(Dear folks to whom this sounds weeny: Bite me. When you're 46 we can talk...)

k... time to go be busy.
:D