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I met my dad for lunch on Saturday out in Springfield - basically halfway between where we live. (Well, where he lives part of the time - a camp on Ballston Lake, he officially lives in FL.) My mom had been up in NY a little while ago too and she made a big batch of spaghetti sauce to freeze. When I was down in FL, the night I got back from EPCOT I was hungry and I raided their fridge and ate most of the leftover spaghetti I found there. :-) I guess they figured I missed her sauce - I do/did - so she made this extra, and my dad brought three containers of it with him in a cooler for me to bring home. So they're in my freezer now - I'm looking forward to it. :-) She also sent a frozen meatloaf - yeah, I like her meatloaf too, so that'll be yummy.

I also ended up with an MP3 player. Seems one of the companies my dad orders things from sent him a free Creative Rhomba as a gift. Well, neither of my parents know the first thing about digital music - I don't think either of them know what an MP3 *is*. (Well, my dad might now - I explained it yesterday.) He brought it since he figured I might make use of it. It is a small unit with 256MB of onboard memory - plug it in with USB and it shows up as a mass storage device. If nothing else it'll be useful as a data store to move files. :-) It also has an FM tuner and can record FM, or from its built in mic, and it plays MP3 and WMA formats. Not a bad little unit really. Of course, this is just another reason for me to get off my ass and start ripping my CD collection.

The mood is because I was so wiped out when I got home around 19:00 that I passed out in my clothes - woke up around 20:30, changed, and crashed again. But I woke up again around 02:00. Now I feel sleepy again and it is 06:41 - my hours are tumbled. It feels like evening to me.

I am: disoriented
Current Media: quiet

From: iwascaite Date: March 7th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What are you planning to use for the ripping?

(I am in the middle of a similar project due to the purchase of an Archos jukebox recorder (20G for $130 isn't bad for a portable HD. Though admittedly free was a damned good price for yours.))

I ended up with CDex, which had the benefits of being opensource and therefore free. It seems a mite slow, but does a nice job. I'm still looking around for a good MP3 (software) player that can handle ogg for phone posts. Zinf (one of the three mentioned by the lj help) is OK, but its greatest selling point is that it isn't winamp.

You should get your mom to send the recipes for things like her meatloaf and spaghetti sauce. Even if it doesn't quite turn out as well as hers, they both freeze well (as you noted) and if something untoward happens the knowledge will be preserved. Getting the recipes for "normal food" is the hardest part about leaving home. Even if you get a box full of mom's favorite recipes, it never seems to include the everyday stuff that she doesn't need the recipe for. I remember calling and asking for that recipe and getting, "It's just meatloaf, you make meatloaf." as the response. It wasn't until she put dad on the phone that I got an explanation, she had shown him and he was able to describe it. Years later, I called and mentioned that I was glad he'd told me the "secret" he said, "What secret? It's just meatloaf, you make meatloaf."

This was a very strange post to combine tech-y details and food. If you want to compare meatloaf recipes later, you know how to find me.

If you can suggest something that keeps the case from vibrating while ripping CDs, I would be most grateful. I put a few plush turtles on the top, which mutes the noise, but doesn't stop the cause.
hyuri From: hyuri Date: March 7th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I loosened a bunch of screws (snug, not tight) on my drives and haven't had much vibration since. Most of the noise is now coming from my CPU fan, which will soon be replaced by an even louder (but more powerful) unit.

I've also heard of using rubber washers on the screws, but I'm not sure if that works any better.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 7th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No idea what I'll use. I'm not even sure if I'll be setting up the box with Linux or WinXP at this point. Though probably XP since I'll probably want to use the same box as a general media server for TiVo as well and TiVo To Go later this year. I may pick up a commercial package like J. River which has TiVo support built in, or this player also comes with ripping software.