Notes From JamesNotes From Jameshttp://ghofulpo.com/james 2016 Bikinghttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201612301933/2016_Bikinghttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201612301933/2016_BikingFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:33:00 -0500(Assuming I don't bike tomorrow.) Year Distance Bikes to Work Start End Comments 2016 7530 km / 4679 miles 158 Feb 29 Dec 8 2015 6393 km / 3973 miles 139 Mar 10 Nov 6 2014 5978 km / 3603 miles 124 Mar 21 Nov 7 2013 4377 km / 2736 miles 104 Apr 2 Nov 8 2012 5450 km / 3406 miles 120 Mar 13 Oct 26 2011 4763 km / 2977 miles 106 Mar 27 Nov 4 Bike to Work bike only 2010 4849 km / 3031 miles 95 Apr 7 Nov 3 2009 3356 km / 2013 miles 79 Apr 17 Oct 22 2008 3211 km / 2006 miles 73 Mar 30 Oct 16 Playing with Scott Siglerhttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201612161542/Playing_with_Scott_Siglerhttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201612161542/Playing_with_Scott_SiglerFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:42:00 -0500Per Scott Sigler's message on Facebook, here's a link to what time the Super Bowl starts. 2016 Bikinghttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201612091129/2016_Bikinghttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201612091129/2016_BikingFri, 09 Dec 2016 11:29:00 -0500Not completely official, but this is what is done so far Year Distance Bikes to Work Start End Comments 2016 7503 km / 4662 miles 158 ? Dec 8 2015 6393 km / 3973 miles 139 Mar 10 Nov 6 2014 5978 km / 3603 miles 124 Mar 21 Nov 7 2013 4377 km / 2736 miles 104 Apr 2 Nov 8 2012 5450 km / 3406 miles 120 Mar 13 Oct 26 2011 4763 km / 2977 miles 106 Mar 27 Nov 4 Bike to Work bike only 2010 4849 km / 3031 miles 95 Apr 7 Nov 3 2009 3356 km / 2013 miles 79 Apr 17 Oct 22 2008 3211 km / 2006 miles 73 Mar 30 Oct 16 PCmanFM #3http://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201611131112/PCmanFM__3http://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201611131112/PCmanFM__3Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:12:00 -0500I am still having issues with pcmanfm seems to have lost its mind. It could not find network shares. It seems to be working...again. Here's my solution: sudo apt-get install fusesmb smbnetfs smbclient system-config-samba cifs-utils Again, it didn't seem to take affect until I rebooted the system. More Yakkety issues with Sambahttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201611111828/More_Yakkety_issues_with_Sambahttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201611111828/More_Yakkety_issues_with_SambaFri, 11 Nov 2016 18:28:00 -0500Again, pcmanfm seems to have lost its mind. It could not find network shares. sudo apt-get install fusesmb smbnetfs Again, it didn't seem to take affect until I rebooted the system. Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Issueshttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201610230955/Ubuntu_16.10_Yakkety_Issueshttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201610230955/Ubuntu_16.10_Yakkety_IssuesSun, 23 Oct 2016 09:55:00 -0500Here are some problems I found with the latest version of Ubuntu (Yakkety, 16.10) and solutions: pcmanfm: Could not find network shares. I think the solution was to install fusesmb. It didn't seem to take affect until I rebooted the system. Playing a file from SMB in VLC under Linuxhttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201608120821/Playing_a_file_from_SMB_in_VLC_under_Linuxhttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201608120821/Playing_a_file_from_SMB_in_VLC_under_LinuxFri, 12 Aug 2016 08:21:00 -0500I found this to fix my problems when trying to play a movie under SMB (Windows Share) with VLC under Linux (Ubuntu, if that matters). Open VLC Go to Tools > Preferences Under the header Show Settings (bottom left), select the All button Select Input / Codecs > Access Modules > SMB on the left Enter credentials Pasties - Yet another reposthttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201605080837/Pasties_-_Yet_another_reposthttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201605080837/Pasties_-_Yet_another_repostSun, 08 May 2016 08:37:00 -0500The following is a repost from 2006 that I wrote as notes to myself on how to make pasties, a sort of stew-baked in a crust type meal that is popular in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It came out really good. Every year or so, I re-reference this post to reuse the recipe. Here it is again. Plus, I'm playing with the blog again, so it's time to see if the blog still works. The Pasty Well, I'm not a chef. I'm not even a cook. I can barely order McDonald's. However, a few weeks ago, I got a craving for some pasties, a sort of stew-in-a-pie-package that is a delicacy of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I got a recipe off of this web site, and here it is, with my comments. Note! I have not yet eaten them, so if they turn out terrible, well, here is the proof. Making the Crust 3 c. flour 1 1/2 sticks butter (cold and cut into bits) 1 1/2 tsp. salt 6 tbsp. water In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and salt. Blend ingredients until well combined and add water, one tablespoon at a time to form a dough. Toss mixture until it forms a ball. Kneed dough lightly against a smooth surface with heel of the hand to distribute fat evenly. Form into a ball, dust with flour, wrap in wax paper and chill for 30 minutes. My Commentary This sounds a lot easier than it is in reality. As far as mashing the flour and butter together, I did this with my bare hands as pressing it around a bowl with a wooden spoon was taking too much time and did not seem to be making any good progress. I also ended up added probably somewhere in the range of 10 tbsp of water since it all kept falling it apart, and forming it into a ball was impossible. The Filling 1 lb. round steak, coarsely ground 1 lb. boneless pork loin, coarsely ground 5 carrots, chopped 2 lg. onions, chopped 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped 1/2 c. rutabaga, chopped (can substitute turnip) 2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Divide the dough into 6 pieces, and roll one of the pieces into a 10-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Put 1 1/2 cups of filling on half of the round. Moisten the edges and fold the unfilled half over the filling to enclose it. Pinch the edges together to seal them and crimp them decoratively with a fork. Transfer pasty to lightly buttered baking sheet and cut several slits in the top. Roll out and fill the remaining dough in the same manner. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Put 1 tsp. butter through a slit in each pasty and continue baking for 30 minutes more. Remove from oven, cover with a damp tea towel, cool for 15 minutes. Milwaukee Journal March 28, 1943 Welsh Commentary Add brown sauce This is a LOT of food. When I was out buying the food, I didn't realized how much food this is. After rolling out the dough, trying to pack all that food in would be impossible. I got maybe 2/3 of it in, and I'm going to have to figure out what to do later with the remainder. Rolling the dough turned out to be a lot of fun, but I had to keep the kids away. Their comment about eating uncooked dough: "It tastes like Play-Doh". I used 3 spanish (yellow) onions, since they were pretty small and the recipe called for 2 large onions. They were pretty strong, and made me cry quite early into the process. I used a turnip in place of the rutabaga. I picked just a small one. They are tough little vegetables and strong to the taste. I think that if anything fails in the recipe, it's going to be due to not chopping up the vegetables enough. Well, 45 minutes to go...more later. I'll publish this now to avoid closing this window by accident. Aftermath These were, by far, the best pasties I have ever eaten. I'm sure that a good part of that is due to the fact of the work I put into it. However, the really did taste good. Things to think about in the future: Next time, I have to figure a better way to put them on the plate. I put down wax paper, but evidently (according to my wife), it was upside down. That really is the worst part of the whole thing. A bit of work, and it came off ok. The longevity of the blog formathttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201605080835/The_longevity_of_the_blog_formathttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201605080835/The_longevity_of_the_blog_formatSun, 08 May 2016 08:35:00 -0500Looks like it's been at least 4 solid months since I've written anything here. And, I only showed up to find my pastie's recipe. I guess it's still useful for that. Biking 2015http://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201601011420/Biking_2015http://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201601011420/Biking_2015Fri, 01 Jan 2016 14:20:00 -0500 Year Distance Bikes to Work Start End Comments 2015 6393 km / 3973 miles 139 Mar 10 Nov 6 2014 5978 km / 3603 miles 124 Mar 21 Nov 7 2013 4377 km / 2736 miles 104 Apr 2 Nov 8 2012 5450 km / 3406 miles 120 Mar 13 Oct 26 2011 4763 km / 2977 miles 106 Mar 27 Nov 4 Bike to Work bike only 2010 4849 km / 3031 miles 95 Apr 7 Nov 3 2009 3356 km / 2013 miles 79 Apr 17 Oct 22 2008 3211 km / 2006 miles 73 Mar 30 Oct 16 Random thoughtshttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201510042118/Random_thoughtshttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201510042118/Random_thoughtsSun, 04 Oct 2015 21:18:00 -0500After reading some blogs about minimalism and the like, I'm feeling the need to become more focused in life. I need to start thinking more about what I'm doing, rather than living under cruise control. Not to say that I haven't been doing that before, but that it's probably worth it to become more conscious about life. Maybe I need to think more about blogging. Writing about these thoughts instead of thinking. Making a more tangible touch on the world rather than just thinking about things. Things to do in Eriehttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201509260654/Things_to_do_in_Eriehttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201509260654/Things_to_do_in_ErieSat, 26 Sep 2015 06:54:00 -0500Visiting Erie? Need something new to do? Here is a list of things to do and places to go in the Erie, PA area. Bars For craft beers and good food, try The Brewerie, Tap House, and Jekyll and Hyde's For country music, try the Bourbon Barrel. For alternative music try Sherlock's or The King's Rook (this is a membership bar but only costs $10/year) For dancing, try Docksiders, Sluggers, Park Place or The Zone (gay bar). For crowds? Try Sluggers, Plymouth, Docksiders, Sullivans (mostly college kids) For a adult/relaxed atmosphere, try Molly Brannigans, Jekyll and Hyde's, Tap House, and Lavery's Sports Baseball (Erie Seawolves) Basketball (Erie Bayhawks) Hockey (Erie Otters) Arena football (Erie Explosion) Tickets are cheap and keep an eye out for "buck nights"/"dollar days" where tickets are even cheaper and food/beer is a buck Entertainment The Warner Theater often hosts travelling productions and symphonies Erie Playhouse is a local theatre All an Act and the Station Dinner theatre are also local groups Jr's Last Laugh comedy club often has nationally recognized comedians Outdoors Presque Isle State Park must not be missed. It has beautiful beaches, lagoons, hiking trails, bike paths, kayaking, and tours. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center has environmentally centered exhibits (free) as well as a large screen movie theatre Waldameer and Waterworld is a local amusement park. The Ravine Flyer II was ranked 6th in the world for best wooden coaster (Golden Ticket Awards) Splash Lagoon, open year round, is a U.S. ranking indoor water park Shopping Upper Peach Street, near the intersection of interstate 90, and the Millcreek Mall are the two major shopping hubs Events Get the Erie Reader which is free bi-monthly (every two weeks) publication and carried by most establishments in Erie. It's an independent publication that highlights events, local art/music, and editorials on the happenings of the area. Erie Events has most major events listed Bike to work 2015 YTDhttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201509181858/Bike_to_work_2015_YTDhttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201509181858/Bike_to_work_2015_YTDFri, 18 Sep 2015 18:58:00 -0500 Year Distance Bikes to Work Start End Comments 2015 ??? 105 Mar 10 xx 2014 5978 km / 3623 miles 124 Mar 21 Nov 7 2013 4377 km / 2736 miles 104 Apr 2 Nov 8 2012 5450 km / 3406 miles 120 Mar 13 Oct 26 2011 4763 km / 2977 miles 106 Mar 27 Nov 4 Bike to Work bike only 2010 4849 km / 3031 miles 95 Apr 7 Nov 3 2009 3356 km / 2013 miles 79 Apr 17 Oct 22 2008 3211 km / 2006 miles 73 Mar 30 Oct 16 Using FFMPEG to add a aac stream to a video with ac3http://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201501011146/Using_FFMPEG_to_add_a_aac_stream_to_a_video_with_ac3http://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201501011146/Using_FFMPEG_to_add_a_aac_stream_to_a_video_with_ac3Thu, 01 Jan 2015 11:46:00 -0500The following command line uses ffmpeg to change an avi file to an mp4 file, while adding a stereo AAC audio track in stream one for Roku compatibility. ffmpeg -i input.avi -map 0:v -c:v copy -map 0:a:0 -ac 2 -c:a libfdk_aac        -map 0:a -c:a:1 copy output.mp4 In retrospect, I wonder if the first -map 0:a:0 should be just -map 0:a. Bug fixinghttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201410292050/Bug_fixinghttp://ghofulpo.com/james/index.php/201410292050/Bug_fixingWed, 29 Oct 2014 20:50:00 -0500Fixed another bug with the rss. Well, something that slowed things down a lot. Hopefully, the RSS will work a lot better now.