Priming the rudder

/ February 12, 2017/ sailing

With the damaged portion of the rudder repaired, it’s time to paint the rudder. Priming coat first, second priming coat in two days if needed, and then I need to decide on a topcoat colour. Mind you, since I’m selling her, I might stop at primer and leave it to the last moment to put the top coat on, in…

Patching up the rudder

/ February 11, 2017/ sailing

Towards the end of the last season, it was mentioned to me that a dinghy from the local sailing school had been observed colliding with Aslana. When she was lifted out, I discovered that a chunk of the rudder was no longer present. Today was the day to get the chunk repaired. A bit of two-part epoxy that’s like very…

Stripping out audio tracks from MKV files

/ February 11, 2017/ code

I have some MKV files where the default audio track is non-English, though there is an English audio track in the file. Some research led me to MKVMerge, part of the MKVToolNix collection. A bit more research led me to some Python2 code that’s able to identify the tracks in the file, apply a filter, and instruct mkvmerge to write out a new file with just the chosen language tracks and subtitles.

August Holiday – Barbados

/ September 3, 2016/ travel

A trip to the land of my birth in August – most of the photos are from Flower Forest. August is not a good time to visit Barbados due to the general lack of breeze; even those of us who grew up there find it pretty damn hot.

May Holiday – Lisbon, Portugal

/ May 31, 2016/ photography

Good fresh food, inexpensive. The maritime museum is pretty interesting, given Portugal’s position in history regarding maritime trade and exploration. Belém Tower wasn’t so interesting – you climb some stairs and look out over the bay, and there was a dearth of information about the role the tower played in history. Monserrate Palace, on the other hand, was quite interesting…