Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 31-12-2014: New Year’s Eve

Ooooh … RIGHT … !

THAT’S how you do it … !

Sorry, sorry … 

I got given a blu-ray optical drive for Christmas: to go with my Mac.

Of course, that gives me the ability to collect movies on blu-ray: then rip said films, so I can actually watch them on the device of my choice.

Mostly … ?   A mix of iPod, and TV.

I’ve picked up the Jason Momoa cut of Conan, today.   It’s one of those blu-rays with both a 2d, 3d and convention DVD version of the film.

I wanted to rip the blu-ray version.

What got me confused — until I figured out how to look at the relative size of the files on the disc — was trying to figure out which was the 2d and which the 3d.

Until I figured out how to check the respective file sizes, with MakeMKV.

The 3d version’s bigger, of course.

Rent, rip*, cut and RUN … !!


At any rate … ?

At any rate, it’s Wednesday: as well as New Year’s Eve.

Which means it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s — the last of 2014’s — covered by the usual Creative commons License† …
Q1) London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are ticket only, this year: by order of London’s Mayor.   Who IS the Mayor?
Q2) Name either of the first two nations to see in the New Year.   (Both are island nations in the Pacific.)
Q3) New Year’s Eve is also celebrated as Saint who’s day: Sylvester’s, Helen’s or Malachi?
Q4) Which Scottish song is traditionally sung at New Year’s Eve?
Q5) More to the point, who wrote the poem the song is based on?
Q6) London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations focus — in part — of the ringing of the bell in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament.   The bell’s better known how?
Q7) Iceland’s biggest New Year’s Eve events are usually held in the capital city.   What’s that city’s name?
Q8) Hogmanay’ is a term for New Year’s Eve: with it’s origins in which country of the UK?
Q9) The small town of Bideford is noted for it’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.   Bideford is in which English county?
Q10) Finally … ‘La Bonn Année’ is a 1973 French-language film whose title means ‘Happy New Year’.   Where was it made: Canada, France or Haiti?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) 24th December sees the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast by the BBC.   From which Cambridge College: Christ’s, King’s or Queen’s … ?
Q2) On Christmas Eve, many Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries have a Midnight Mass called Misa de Gallo: or Mass of the … what … ?
Q3) Christmas Eve is on the 24th December: All Hallow’s Eve is on which date … ?
Q4) Eve Harrington is a character is a character in which 1950 film … ?
Q5) More to the point, Evey Hammond turns up in which 2005 film … ?
Q6) Living between 140, 000 and 200, 000 years ago, what name is given to humanity’s most ancient common female ancestor … ?
Q7) In which book of the Bible does Eve appear … ?
Q8) The EVE probe is a proposed European Space Agency probe.   The ESA wants to send it to which planet?
Q9) Eve is a rapper: originally from Philedelphia.   Her biggest UK hit, ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’, was a duet with which singer?
Q10) Finally … Which Christmassy poem is set on the night of Christmas Eve?
A1) King’s.
A2) Mass Of The Rooster.
A3) 31st October: it’s better known as Halloween.
A4) All About Eve’.
A5) V For Vendetta’.
A6) Mitochondrial Eve.
A7) The Book Of Genesis.
A8) Venus: EVE in this case, being an acronym that means ‘European Venus Explorer’.
A9) Gwen Stefani.
A10) A Visit From Saint Nicholas’: better known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’.
Enjoy those: Happy New Year.

*        Not that I’m advocating Rent and Rip, obviously.   That’s illegal!

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