I downloaded a free audio book a few days ago. I was really annoyed when I found that the audio book was broken into over 1500 mp3 files, each less than two minutes long. I have no clue why it was broken up to such a degree. All the files showed up as "Book, 0001 of 1500.mp3" "Book, 0002 of 1500.mp3" etc.
After pondering for a while, and debating about just buying the book from Audible, I decided that I should see what I can do to rectify the problem. "It'll be a 'learning experience'" I thought to myself.
Four hours later...
I had transfered all the files from my Linux workstation to my MacBook laptop. I had found that I could use AppleScript to remove the ".mp3" portion of the file name, this left me with "Book, 0001 of 1500"
After using AppleScript, I could then use Automator to rename the files and add a sequential file extension, "Eyre, part 1.mp3.001" up to "Eyre, part 1.mp3.900"
From there, I could use AJoiner to join the MP3s together and make one large MP3 that I then could configure and send over to my iPod.
It was going to be pretty awesome.
But, something failed. I think there was a problem with Automator... When I told it to just can the entire file name and rename the files from "Book, 0001 of 1500.mp3" to "Eyre, part 1.mp3.001" it seems to have not gone in order, from file "Book, 0001 of 1500" to "Book, 0002 of 1500" but randomly. When I played the file in iTunes, it started at potions "327 of 1500" (since AJoiner will retain the meta info of the first file (which would be listed as "Eyre part 1.mp3.001")
I guess the next step today will be to verify the appropriate file name by not renaming the file to "Eyre, part 1.mp3.001" but retaining the original titles, "Book, 0001 of 1500" until I get the file extensions set correctly. The only major setback with this is that I'll still have to remove the "0001" part of the file name, since having a number in the file name will break AJoiner's ability to join the MP3 files together... It'll detect them as separate files.
I can't believe that it has been snowing since Sunday night. Grrr. I'm glad that it is finally coming to and end, only a few flurries are slated for tomorrow, but it really feels like January around here all over again!
I've been driving a little Mercury Tracer ('97) that my parents purchased for me in 2002 since I had made it into college and was getting something just below a 4.0 for my entire first year! The car has lasted nearly 7 years without major issue, but is now really starting to show it's age as it rounds up to 100,000 Miles. MPG is slowly creeping down, several car shops (including the dealer) are reporting that the car is starting to get too old to continue use in a metropolitan area. (I'm pretty sure the car doesn't like the Detroit metro area, the first day that it was here it's check engine light turned on!)
After several months of searching, the past 6 weeks or so doing some serious checking of stats, I've come down to three cars that I'm looking at... The 2009 editions of the VW Jetta (SE), Toyota Corolla (XLE), and Ford Fusion (SE).( And the stats and my thoughts...Collapse )
Well, I've signed up for Audible
, for my Christmas present to myself this year. This'll be the gift that keeps on giving. ^__^
I get one book credit per month with the Audible Gold membership that I've signed up for. However, using the twit
(This Week in Tech
) promo code, I got my first book free.
Anyway, on to the good stuff... for my first two books, I chose the author, Robert Charles Wilson; "Spin" and "Axis" (the sequel to Spin).
Spin [wikipedia: spin
] is the fictional story of the night the stars blinked out of existence. No one is sure what is happening for weeks, months! The sky is black, not even the moon shines late at night. However, there are still tides. All of our space satellites seem to have fallen out of the sky on the same night that the stars disappeared or they are at least not transmitting to Earth anymore. What could have caused this? A once in a million chance event? Some sort of space anomaly? Aliens? The world is determined to figure it out.
The plot of the story is quite captivating. It starts out in something along the lines of present day and progresses along for a few years though the life of Jason, Diane, and the protagonist, Tyler Dupree, as they grow up in the "Spin years."9 out of 10 - an excellent scifi "listen"
Axis [wikipedia: axis
] is the story of life after the Spin, from the eyes of Lise, Diane, Turk, and Isaac. They are trying to survive on their new home planet with the law pressing down on them and being rejected in so many ways from society. As if life wasn't hard enough, a strange, seemingly alive, ash falls upon them and almost seems to pursue them. But the question is why.
I found this book a little harder to get into. It's shorter than Spin, and seemed to have a lot less to do with the mystery that so frequently goes with scifi stories. The freaky ash from Axis doesn't really hold a candle to the missing stars from Spin. It's still an interesting read, but it's definitely something I'm glad that I purchased as an audio book instead of attempting to get into by reading.7 out of 10 - an interesting side story.
11:30 PM, loaded several news sites (FoxNews, MSNBC, and CNN)
Image from MSNBC.com
The first to load, MSNBC.
I couldn't believe that it was already done... I headed to the living room and turned on the TV to watch McCain give his concession speech, with the tally being 333 Electoral Votes for Barack Obama and only 156 for McCain.