Friday, 23 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 23-3-2018: Let’s Pretend

23rd March, 2018.

No, it’s true: that particular one, Boson X?

Is just a little bit distracting!

No, really.

If you’re not a casual gamer … ?   It’s not going to grab you.

If you DO like the genre?

A game where you have to run and jump could be just the thing.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22nd March, 2018

22rd March, 2018.

It’s true …

I seriously want to go back to bed.

But that’s possibly something I’ll have to doing later.

Despite what I may want … ?

Frankly, and if nothing else?

I’m under general doctor’s orders to get my harry rear out of the house: and try and get some exercise.

Not that I go far … but on the upside … ?   I get exercise, AND out of the house … !


Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21st March, 2018.

21st March,  2018.

Or, at least, they were … when I recorded that video … 

Now … ?

The Today programme’s shifted: to the ongoing controversy about Cambridge Analytica’s use of user data on Facebook.

Quite what I make of that … ?

Well, I don’t know that I make much of it.

Somewhere along the line, I think Analytica’s behaved iffily: as has Facebook’s rules writing department.

But, frankly?

I don’t know about Cambridge Analytica, but the big blue monster that is Facebook?

Is too immediately useful for me to starting thinking about leaving it.

Although, to be honest … ?

I think I’ll keep away from the sort of quizzes that seem to be at the heart of the issue.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20th March, 2018

20th March, 2018.

I have to admit, I had an … issue … last night: believe it or not, whilst writing up the post about another episode of The Man in the High Castle.

Some of my media files?

Wouldn’t open with the version of QuickTime Player that cam with High Sierra – given me a rather long error code, ‘1718449215.

I had to admit, I got a relatively late night: tinkering around, trying to see what I could do to solve the issue.

And realised that the files causing issues had extra audio tracks — commentary, remixed audio tracks, what-have-you — as opposed to the ones that weren’t causing problems.

Which had just the one.

The simplest fix I found for this?

Is simply to re-rip the file with HandBrake.


In other (ish) news?

I’ve now managed to connect the new blu-ray drive I bough to my new iMac.

It works: and happily shows up.


I can’t use the current version of HandBrake without using a hack: which, in theory lets me install libdvdcss, the library that lets me get around DVD’s copy protection.

Not, at least, without being asked to a root password in Terminal.

However, there’s a work around, there.

I can still MakeMKV* to turn the contents of a DVD or bluray into .mkv files: which can then be ripped by HandBrake, as usual.

There’s always a way … 


Monday, 19 March 2018

The Man in the High Castle — Series 2 — Episode 4: Escalation

19th March, 2018.

Which is decidedly odd.

I’ve had most to the relevant files for quite a few years: and some for a lot less time.

All of which have happily shown up on my AppleTV: when they’ve been dragged into whatever my current version of iTunes is.

All I’m getting from them … ?

Is a very strange dialogue: telling there’s an unknown error.

And giving me the error code, 1718449215.

Quite what’s happening there … ?

I really couldn’t tell say.


On other fronts … ?

On other fronts, I’m now the proud owner of a new blu-ray drive: now happily hooked up to my new iMac.

Granted, I can’t seemingly get HandBrake to work on DVDs, under High Sierra: despite there being a hack for that.

But I can still use MakeMKV to turn the contents of a DVD into MKV files.

Which can then be converted, as per usual, into mp4 files I can stream straight over to my TV.


Actually … ?

I’ll make a confession, here: if I may?

I’ve just done a test rip — with HandBrake —  of one of the problem children in my media library.

Some of them?   Have an extra layer of audio file.

Commentary, mono mix of the show’s audio, what have you.

Re-ripping them, minus that extra audio track?

Seems to help.


At any rate … ?

It’s Monday night: a Monday I’ve had off.

And, with all this talk of TV?

You can bet I’ve been watching some, can’t you … ?

You’d be right.

It’s another episode of The Man in the High Castle second season.

Because I’m worth it …