Tube on the Tube

Puny Weakling Laptop

I’ve wanted to be able to display YouTube stuff on my TV for a long time.  If somebody mentions a link on IRC, it would be nice to display that on the big screen instead of my minuscule sofa laptop.  (Which isn’t powerful enough to show most YouTube videos, anyway. Poor Sony Vaio P.)

I’d hate to have to run a web browser on the TV machine, though, so I didn’t think this would be practical. 

I wanted a standalone Flash player of some kind that would work under Linux, and that I could control without having to click around on the screen.  Like an animal!

But then, after an exhaustive Google search, I found youtube-dl.  It’s a great Python script that ferrets out the Flash file from a YouTube (and similar) page, and then saves the video file to disk.

So I scripted up something for my movie viewer, and added some keystrokes to the Emacs irc client, and now I can just click on a link on the sofa laptop to tell the TV to play the video.

It starts downloading the file, and then starts mplayer on the file as soon as the file is a few KiB long, so I can start watching pretty much immediately.

It’s a quantum leap. I mean, the smallest leap possible.

Inscrutability. We haz it.


I’ve got a form to fill out about fire readiness in the apartment.  Which is OK.  But the questions are kinda inscrutable.

I’m supposed to tick either “OK” or “Divergence” (or something.  It’s a kinda odd word choice in Norwegian, too).

So it starts out fine.  “Is there at least one functioning smoke detector (etc)?”  Ok.

“Is the smoke detector more than 10 years ok?”  It isn’t, so that’s…   Ok?  Is that a divergence?  Should it be? No?

“Is the smoke detector on a serial connector or does a fire alarm system exist?”  Er…  er…  Ok?  No?  Not ok?  No?  OK?

“Is there a house fire hose in the living unit?”  No, there isn’t, but I’ve got a fire extinguisher.  Is that “OK” or “Divergence”? 

“Is there a visible access to the chimney’s accessible sides in your living unit?”  …  “OK”?  I mean, I can see the fireplace, but I can’t see the chimney.  I think.  Is that OK?  Is that a divergence?


The Carpenters

Fancy Machine!

A few months ago I bought some new shelves to get my shoes organisized.  The shoes were all jumbled up in my closet.

Today, after the mandatory procrastinating period I found myself actually awake on a Saturday morning.  So today is the day!

Then I spent an hour looking for the saws that I last saw a few years ago.  Nope. Didn’t find them.

Wimpy Saw!

But I found that fancy machine instead.  And then I couldn’t find the blades to the machine.

But I found a wimpy saw instead, so I used that.  I wouldn’t recommend it.  It’s difficult to get straight cuts with a wimpy saw.

Anyway.  I made do.  Look at the fantastic results!

Fancy Angle Shoes!

I just cut the narrow shelves in the middle there, mind you.  And, as you can see, I mis-measured.  I forgot to take subtract the 2cm per shelf. Which turned out tp be a good thing!  Otherwise the shoes wouldn’t have fit.