Friday, 30 May 2014

The Daily Teaser — 90-5-2014: The Peasant’s Revolt

Hmmm … 

Looks like I’ve found a work-around, there.

In case you DIDN’T know it … ?   I’ve long been an advocate of ripping DVDs: copying and transcoding a dvd to a computer, so we can watch it on a computer, iPod, or other video player.

I’ve long used HandBrake* as my default ripper: but have ALSO used commercial app, RipIt.

RipIt offers a trial period: you get ten rips for free, after which you have to play.   I’ve found, though, that opening a new user account^ get’s around this.

That’ll do me me: until I can afford to buy it.

AND let’s me rip the rare DVDs that HandBrake can’t handle.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi‡ putting in her answers: and scoring nine out of ten.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s revolting questions, shall we?   Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 30th May saw the start of the Peasant’s Revolt: in which year of the 1380s … ?
Q2) The Revolt was triggered by the death of John Bampton: a royal official trying to collect what sort of tax?
Q3) Bampton was killed in which Essex town?
Q4) John Wrawe — one of the leaders of the Essex end of the Revolt — led rebels into which English County … ?
Q5) Who led rebel from Kent, into London … ?
Q6) What was the name of the famous radical preacher involved in the revolt?
Q7) Finally … The final confrontation of the Revolt was in Smithfield: when the rebels faced confronted the king.   Which king … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 29th May, 1953, saw Hillary and Norgay complete their climb of Mount Everest: name either of the countries Mount Everest is in.
A1) Nepal and/or China: seemingly, the border goes through it.
Q2) More to the point, HALF of Mount Everest is in what used to be where … ?
A2) Tibet.   (The Chinese occupation of Tibet only went into high gear, with the fleeing of the Dalai Lama in 1959: six years AFTER the first ascent.)
Q3) Which Commonwealth country did Edmund Hillary come from … ?
Q4) Similarly, which country was Mr Norgay from … ?
A4) Nepal.
Q5) What was his first name … ?
A5) Tenzing.
Q6) Which ethnic group did he belong to … ?
A6) The Sherpas.
Q7) How high is Everest: 27,029 ft, 29,029 ft or 31,029 ft … ?
A7) 29,029 ft.   (That’s just shy of five ands a half MILES.   Base jump from THAT … !)
Q8) What’s the Tibetan name for Mount Everest … ?
A8) Qomolangma: or Chomolungma, in some spellings.
Q9) Most of the mountain’s native names translate as Holy what: father, mother or child … ?
A9) Mother.
Q10) In which mountain range is Mount Everest … ?
A10) The Himalayas.
I’ll leave you with this tune … 

And this thought …
“When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman?”
Words of the Priest who encouraged the Revolt.
Have a nice day … 

*        Going by the Wikipedia entry, the US Digital Millennium Copyright Actª prohibits the manufacture of software that — like HandBrake and RipIt, and, indeed, iTunes†, itself — allows you to rip a DVD or CD.   But DOES like you use such software for personal use.   Work that one out.

†        In its media management aspect, iTunes can copy — or rip — audio CDs: and transfer it to an iOS device.   It can’t rip films, under the licensing deals Apple has with the various film companies.   Those companies want you to pay more than once for the same film.

‡        I’m glad you liked it, Debbi.   (I had a devil of a job finding it: there’s not THAT many songs about Mount Everest: or the Peasant’s Revolt, now I think of it … )

^        Or migrating one from another machine.

ª        Is it me, Debbi, or is US law just as much of an ass as UK law … ?

1 comment:

Debbi said...

US law is definitely an ass! :)

1. 1381
2. poll tax
3. Brentwood
4. Suffolk
5. Wat Tyler
6. John Bull
7. Richard II