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…

A Great Day in Leamington Spa

/ May 12, 2016/ photography

Back at the end of 2015, a friend from Leamington/Warwick dropped me a line about wanting to re-create “A Great Day in Harlem” with musicians from the Leamington Spa area. For some reason, I agreed to help out, and a date was eventually set for early May of this year. We pored over Google Maps, Kel went to the various…

Handrails and the coachroof

/ January 5, 2013/ sailing

Spent 5 hours working on Aslana today. Started the repair to the forward hatch coaming; it’ll get finished on the next sunny day, so that the epoxy will have at least semi-set when I close the hatch for the night. Today was about 12 degrees C, so just enough to get the first batch setting properly before I left for…