Archive for July, 2010

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My epic MP3 conversion quest – part 2: I made you some metadata but I eated it

July 25, 2010

Those of you not keen or demented enough to have read the first blogpost in this series may wish to do so now, otherwise this may seem even more incomprehensible than it actually is. At the end of that post, I had many of my CDs in convenient MP3 form, but the situation wasn’t entirely satisfactory and my way of going about it quite convoluted, so inevitably it didn’t get used for new CDs. Thus a backlog developed.

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Book Review: An Edible History of Humanity

July 8, 2010

Like a great many people in the world today, I am basically quite ignorant about a huge range of subjects. It is true that there are one or two small outposts off the beaten track (quantum mechanics, computer programming) about which I would claim to have more knowledge than the average person on the street, but I am constantly finding new ways to be astonished by the sheer number of things I don’t know. This is why it’s always a delight to come across a book which, with the minimum of fuss, fills me in with a few basic details. And when it actually leaves me with some hope for the future, it is a special thing indeed.

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My epic MP3 conversion quest – part 1: All your metadata are belong to us

July 2, 2010

This is the first of three posts in which I explain my quest to convert all of my CDs into MP3s, mostly in the hope that it will dissuade others from following in my footsteps. So far, the MP3 conversion 2.0 project (the second run-through of it, details will be revealed) has been running for about three years, in which time absolutely no MP3s have been output. It has, however, resulted in large number of XML files being generated, and used up large chunks of my free time.  This post describes the background to the project, which is basically MP3 conversion 1.0. The second post will describe the initial phases of conversion 2.0. The final post, hopefully, will be written once MP3s are being generated and will cover the events leading up to this (supposed) happy state of affairs.

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