Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fluorite Crystal

A Fluorite Crystal from the Garden of the Gods, I had given to me for Christmas.

Bigg Matt's Hard Ice Tea

To Hell with Mike's flavored malt liquor.  Mine has a wonderful sweet lemon honey flavour balanced with earthy refreshing tea. Home Made Real Hard Iced Tea tastes better. It always taste right because it's just the way you like it.

Here is the recipe for 5 gallons:

  • 20 quart (family) size tea bags of your favorite brand.

  • 5 pounds of cane sugar.

  • 1 pound of honey or your favorite natural sugar (optional).

  • 1 bag of lemons. (optional)

  • 1 pack ale yeast (I used the ready available Munton's)

Remove the zest from the lemons while avoiding the white pith. Squeeze the juice of the lemons in to a bowl. Discard pith.

Bring 2 gallons of water to a slow boil. Simmer tea bag for 20 minutes.

Add lemon juice and zest.

Remove from heat and stir in honey. Return to simmer.

Remove from heat and stir in 2 pounds of cane sugar. Return to simmer.

Poor 1 gallon cold distilled water in to 5 gallon carboy.

Pour tea into carboy.

Boil remaining cane sugar and add to carboy.

Top up to 5 gallons with cold distilled water.

Wait for tea to cool to room temperature.

Prepare yeast according to directions.

Pitch yeast into carboy.

Swirl air into the carboy for 15 minutes.

Attach air lock. Stoor until clear.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Letter from the President

Dear Matthew:

Thank you for writing. Each day, I hear from Americans who join me in expressing support for our troops, and I appreciate your perspective.

One of the most humbling parts of my job as President is serving as Commander in Chief of the finest military the world has ever known. Our troops and their families represent the best America has to offer—unwavering strength and commitment to duty, deep devotion, and unshakeable resolve. Their service reminds us that the true strength of our military lies not in the power of our weapons or the sophistication of our systems, but in the unparalleled spirit and skill of our men and women in uniform.

As a grateful Nation, we have a solemn obligation to always provide our troops with the clearest mission, the best intelligence, and the most advanced tools to get the job done. That means giving them the resources and training they need, and recognizing that military force cannot be the first or only answer to the threats we face. It means building a 21st-century military that stands ready not just for the missions of today, but the tasks of tomorrow. And it means harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens—because male or female, gay or straight, all Americans deserve the chance to serve the country they love.

Supporting our troops on the battlefield is only the beginning of a lifelong commitment to our Nation’s heroes and their families. We need to make sure our men and women in uniform have a job when they come home, which is why my Administration has partnered with the private sector to get hundreds of thousands of veterans hired or trained by 2014. We are giving tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed veterans and wounded warriors, and we are helping returning service members get the credentials they need to join the civilian labor force. We were also proud to launch the Veteran Gold Card program, which provides enhanced services to post-9/11 veterans, alongside other online tools to connect veterans with good-paying jobs.

We will continue doing whatever it takes to serve our troops, our veterans, and their families as well as they serve us. As more service members return home, we will keep making veterans’ health care a top priority—strengthening mental health services, fighting the disability claims backlog, and helping struggling veterans get back on their feet. We will keep supporting the families and caregivers who tend to our wounded warriors, and carry on the search for every service member who remains unaccounted for. And for military families who still serve, we will redouble our efforts to provide high-quality child care services, wellness programs, and educational opportunities.

The bond between our Armed Forces and our citizens is a sacred trust, and upholding that trust is a moral obligation. To learn more about our work to give members of the military community the opportunities they have earned, visit www.JoiningForces.gov.

Thank you, again, for writing.


Barack Obama

Friday, August 16, 2013

WinFF 1.5.2

WinFF - Truly Free Video Converter

WinFF 1.5.2 is released for windows 32 and 64 bit.

Fixed a few bugs and added a few features:

updated ffmpeg-readme. issue 201
Ability to execute command before and after script
Save Displaycmdline state issue 163
fixed preview button not inserting '-t' and '-s'
moved '-t' from input to output as per ffmpeg warning
added ability to revert to 1.4 behavior



Windows Installer - All Versions

Windows 64 bit Installer

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Brewing Blueberry Wine

Brewing wine isn't difficult with some straight forward steps.

You'll need:

5 gallon carboy (jug) plastic or glass.


Stopper or Bung for the carboy.

4 feet Plastic Tubing.

Strainer to fit the funnel. I used panty hose.

1 gallon glass jug or plastic milk jug. (you can even use a pot of water)

Plastic Airlock.

Blueberry Wine Recipe

My next home brew is a spiced blueberry wine.

18 pounds Blueberries

3 pounds Brown Sugar

1 pound Clover Honey

1 table spoon Cinnamon

1/4 ounce Vanilla

1 table spoon Black Pepper

Lavlin 71B-1122 wine yeast

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Increase Video Brightness With WinFF

A tutorial to Increase Brightness with Winff.

Thanks to the Linux Mint Community. I tested it. It works on windows too. I should work on most linux distributions.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Glass of Douche Juice

Glass of my home brewed Douche Juice. A Belgian Dubbel with added maple syrup from Maine. A malty maple flavor almost like waffles with just the hint of alcohol. At 9.0% alcohol, Douche Juice lives up to it's name.

Dinner at Beno's

A pot luck at Beno's

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tomato Wine

Never had it before but I found some really ripe tomatoes at the store. That's the key to tomato wine from what i have read, really ripe tomatoes.

Here is the recipe:

5 pounds ripe tomatoes

2 pounds of sugar

Water to 1 gallon

1 pack wine yeast

clean and sterlize everything.

Wash tomatoes. Remove any bruised spots. Cut into small pieces. Put tomatoes into 1 gallon container.

Bring sugar to a boil. Pour over tomatoes. Add cold water to 1 gallon. Cool to room tempature.

Add yeast.  Shake well.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

WinFF 1.5 release

WinFF version 1.5 is released with lots of new features, and a very new ffmpeg. The best release of WinFF yet. Thanks to Ian Stoffberg and Paul Gevers for all their work.

Download: http://winff.googlecode.com/files/WinFF-1.5.0-setup.exe

Usability:  A lot of work has gone into making the application more friendly to users with visual impairments.  Ability to accommodate larger fonts, resizing the application, screen layouts have had much tweaking.  It’s clearly not perfect, but we are hoping that it results in a better experience for some of our users.

Rotation: Video can be rotated using the ffmpeg Rotate Feature.  90 degree left and right rotation as well as vertical flip is included.
MultiFormat output: A massive change is that every file in the queue can have a different output codecs.  You can add the same file multiple times to encode to different formats.  More info to follow on the website.

Advanced Options per file: Every file can have different output options.  Now, when you make changes to advanced options, it gets saved per file in the queue.

Advanced Options: Extra Tab showing command lines to be used per file.  You can tweak them before executing.

Previews:  Only previews the highlighted file in the queue.
Added ctrl-A to the filelist and "select all" popup menu.

Much code clean-ups.  Removed dead code.
Windows version built with Lazarus 1.0

Fix issue 158: two bitrate settings in MP4 *screen
Fix issue 136 (preferences stores content) by calling createForm function on entry
also check for avconv when checking executables
Fixed: use source folders

Usability Changes
Add scrollBox to Presets form to allow all items to always stay reachable
Add scrollBoxes to Preferences form to allow all items to always stay reachable
Update language files for rework of Preferences
Rework preferences form - Renamed most items to give it names you can find back - Make sure that it behaves better when you start using different fonts - Fix for issue 136 needs prioritybox.Clear
Make all buttons honor the font size of the system

Updated Translations

Friday, January 25, 2013