The One Thing: Chilis

Not eating potatoes or tomatoes or pepper anything except for black pepper these last few months, then a bit of mashed potatoes in one meal, something else with “some” tomato in it. Not much stuff, I don’t know except for this:

I am just as clogged up feeding day in and out and actually I liked the pepper idea, hot chili varieties, in say a sauce to go around ramen noodles or over rice for lunch, I had that at my disposal after quitting using Sudafed and Advil . But then I went further and eventually quit nightshades. 

I actually like not eating tomatoes so much. But I can’t eat things that are made with it if avoiding nightshades, and without ketchup or spaghetti sauce nothing is the same.

White Lasagna, really good, but by the end of one piece, my usual lasagna serving, I was in a desert and miserable wanting my red lasagna back.

Uncured Hot Dog one day, oh, no ketchup to go on it, sigh. I put a slice of cheddar cheese around it. It wasn’t even a bit pleasant. Every memory of Hot Dogs cooked involves ketchup (memories of eating cold hot dogs straight from the package when I was very, very young.)

Mostly food is a non-starter for me. Only a few savory wonderful things I can make, and can ‘t make them every day.

So yesterday I had the things on-hand to make Crock Pot Pepper Steak. Dumpster diving – Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers. 

It smelled wonderful through the day. This is one of my favorite dishes. First bite, so tangy, so ACIDIC!

Oh … Since backing away from tomatoes I can’t not be smashed in the face with their acidic attitude.

There was one day in the past couple of months I tried to eat spaghetti, but it was monstrously acidic, like a pool of poison on my plate. Mind over matter, no, no, didn’t work. Also the point is true, yes, tomatoes are acidic. Limit that kind of thing in your food, then try it, it’s more than noticeable. 

Like money. Learn what real money is, then fake money is easy to spot. 

OK that doesn’t work for everyone. Well, it does. Just use perspective to see the point as I mean it. 

I come down to my thought about missing what the most. Yes, chili flavours, chili sauces and additives and spices …. ah I miss them and if they are bad, are they as bad as having a tsp. spread over something in something, that I only get part of … compared to massive amounts of tomatoes, well, this is where the rubber meets the road.

If it does something bad to me, I’ll notice (I hope). I’ll start using ancho, and other chili spices, tabasco sauce where I want. It’ll help with my tending to be clogged up.

Oh yes, take chili’s in my food, or take Sudafed. Well, I know what I’d prefer. Minimal tomato use, just for flavor on top of meatloaf, for instance, I’ll dive for this, but avoid spaghetti sauce and lasagna, and figure out how to make pepper steak good with less/no tomato.

Warframe Drops

Past Drop Events in Warframe would be on the hour, every hour of streaming watched. Teshin emails. Stuff, stuff, stuff! I still have so many Fireworks and Grand Finales from an earlier event. 

This current November 2018 event I haven’t gotten more than 8 things. 4 on Friday, 1 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.

Not one of them is a duplicate from this event. So, is the “machine” bringing up the chance item and matching it to me and then Teshin says “You have already received this, so you get nothing for this hour” again and again, and again. Hours and hours and hours of watching, streaming Night and Day.

Friday I watched some, turned it off. Got 4 things, whatever.

Saturday I turned on Twitch in the morning and only shut it down to turn it back on when trying a re-link of accounts.

This picture is from my Inbox, and is still how it is all these hours later.

Crazy-Maisy PS4 Warframe Inbox 

11/09

  • 13:43 – Display – Glyph 
  • 14:44 – Grand Finale
  • 15:54 – 7500 Credit Cache
  • 16:55 – AXI C3 Relic

11/10

  • 18:49 – Ambulas Noggle Statue

11/11

  • 01:55 – LITH C3 Relic
  • 03:56 – Nitain Extract
  • 13:00 – MESO T3 Relic

But then … drum roll …

11/12

I just got a Cetus Wisp at 04:56! While I was investigating and writing all of the above. (Still just wanting the Khora warframe.)

As it goes I still haven’t gotten a duplicate, though others indicate they have, in twitch stream chats, I’m not sure though since I haven’t gotten anything of the same exact exactness. 

It’s 5:40am now, so I’ll wait for 05:56 or so to see if something else comes in before finishing up this post.

So nope, nothing again. That’s that. Theory is theory, and not proven until proof exists.

Music Servers

Always wanting to do something with the music I have, I always want it in a way I can easily listen to it, and basically enjoy it fully. 

I used to sit at my desk mostly to listen to music via my computer. At one point I had an mp3 kind of player, but it wasn’t a good one. It got me discombobulated since I wanted something that worked well. Eventually we got a few sandisk blue & white players, ended up using them for audiobooks mostly.

Next was the SanDisk e200 series. I still use that series of player to this day. I wanted my music in the cloud, had that with Google Music later on, as soon as they LET me do it, that is.

Before Google Music it was always about how to fill one’s device with music. I still deal with that sometimes, using the e280 ,,, it’s rather static, and that’s OK it’s my BASE of what music I have. Last time I did that I used Media Monkey and I don’t have Media Monkey installed anymore.

At any rate, the e200 series I have posted about before. I don’t use the Original Firmware, I use the RockBox alternative, which really rocks. 

So then this past year, I had started to use Plex and used my music in Plex … enjoyed it for a bit, but then… I felt disconnected from my actual music, because of all the effort that goes into the Music libraries in a machine like Plex it was literally like using Google Music ,,, my real files don’t get fixed up if I edit things in Plex or Google Music. Google Music uploads my stuff, and so it’s a second copy in the cloud that is kept separate from my original.

Plex looks at your files and matches but never touches your files, even when you edit metadata … you aren’t changing your files.

So that means the meaningful changes you did, aren’t in your files on your computers. The wrong article case of letters, the spellings, what you might add to a title … none of that makes it to your original files if you use Plex or Google Music.

Well I had enough of Plex entirely, so I removed my Music library and tried Emby’s, didn’t like music it there, and there’s no scrobbling server side, so I removed that library from Emby (Movies and Tv Show are great in Emby.)

What now? I already have something running, and got it going to the best I can, Airsonic. It’s what I’m looking for, it’s my local music, exactly how I have it, wow it’s great! But I don’t like listening via the browser, both Chrome and Firefox have glitchy sounds here and there.

But there is server side scrobbling, which needs tweaked, it scrobbles twice, thrice and quadruple sometimes.

I installed the Tomcat War version of Airsonic, didn’t work it out (firewall issue) and in the end it didn’t matter because I wanted to start over and have it as lightweight as I wanted. Airsonic War Standalone, worked like a charm. So I’m running it like this:

javaw -jar path-to-airsonic.war

and I don’t have an issue with shutting down my server too easily now.

Adding it as a service in Windows doesn’t work, maybe I’ll get to packaging it up so that it will run as a service one day, but for now I’m fine with this methodology, manually cmd, running in the background.

I also installed mstream or whatever it’s called, and took it off my computer before it had finished scanning. Nice looking, wow yeah, installs in Windows great, but … no scrobbling, no android app … no, no, no.

So I bought the Dsub app on Android, it’s fine with Airsonic, it’s has a lot of good options, and I can use server scrobbling if I want, but on my Android devices I have other scrobbling options that work well, so to avoid problems, I’m happy to cache my scrobbles with Simple Last.fm Scrobbler, for instance, and submit a batch of scrobbles when I’m ready to.

I still have Google Music, I just hate the Android app, it’s so bright.  On my S3 Tablet it’s horrifying. And on my tablet there are no themes, and I’m not rooting my tablet.

Enter rant: Why does Samsung not allow their tablets to use THEMES?

Why does Google not provide a Dark Mode in Google Play Music?

Augh!

Well then it comes down to listening on my own computer where the server is, what will I use … I have to explore more, MusicBee, there is a plugin, but I don’t know what happened, if it didn’t install right, it never got anything from my server. When you had MusicBee already and move your music it’s not so simple to say to it DELETE THAT LIBRARY. So I will end up deleting it later on entirely, the MusicBee app, and figure out how to make it work with my Airsonic server once MusicBee is cleanly installed. I want this to work so that I can also do this on my laptop. 🙂

 

Plex or Emby? Emby Wins.

That first part of the title was my question earlier in this year. By January 2018 I was sick and tired of the mainline online media things. I wanted to keep it easy, make it work, and I disliked how things were changing. 

So I looked into my own media solutions and checked out (via reading) Plex and Emby the most, and went with Plex initially and felt good about it.

Plex

I got a PlexPass for 1 year, and enjoyed using the PMP and Android apps. Talk of a new forum, then the forum turning over to discord plus a horrid app UI overhaul (amalgamated dump) had many others jumping ship and I stayed and tried to like it, and that ended yesterday when I’d had enough of the Android jumping through hoops to watch stuff game. My PlexPass goes through the end of the year, to the end of January 2019 actually.

Emby

Forget anything I looked up earlier in the year, and as the year went on, about Emby. I downloaded the server for the first time yesterday. That’s Day 1, a New World.

I see what the ship jumpers are talking about. Streaming works, transcoding works. It’s simple looking, deeply customizable to an extent, and a tad rougher looking, but as it goes, the simpleness and control outweigh the Plex behemoth of pretty, glittery mess.

It’s a great relief. Now I can go forward with all the same media in a new server.  Web server, Web Media Player and Android Apps all look the same.  Parity. Thank you and please stay this way Emby, allowing me to group media or not group media. This shines like a beacon calling to all Plex users! 

So I have my Plex Server running and Emby, I can use either, but don’t have Emby Premium yet. I can download Plex stuff on my Android devices, if it wants to work out. One nasty bug is synced movies don’t show progress while watching. Oh, watch dvd vobsub movies, you lose subtitles after a short while. Chokes on other subtitles, buffering, buffering. Plex, oh Plex, one of these days I’ll be able to compare you to Emby Premium.  When I have that sorted, I can use the Android app for more than browsing and server management. Well, that’s one part of the solution already, browsing I get more Posters for Movies and Music way faster in Emby than with Plex. Can I manage my server well within the Plex app? No. 

On my tablet I can use Chrome to load my server, manage it and use the Web App for my media, it’s just like the Android app, honestly it’s perfect for streaming, I just need a scrobbler for my music through Emby Web Android Chrome App on tablet/phone.

I do have the Scroball app (it also scrobbles YouTube Music app, which is why I downloaded it in the first place,) it’s not what I want to use, but it does work as long as I’m playing music in the browser with Emby. If I cast to Emby Chromecast the Scroball app stops. This is so unpleasant: if I want to listen to music via my Chromecast (connected to an old speaker system) and scrobble I have to cast/mirror my phone screen.

Server side Last.FM account scrobbling is important to me, the one stickler in this mess since Last.fm and Emby are not working together and no one else knows what to do to fix it, and I’m only WANTING it fixed, don’t know the coding for this kind of thing so … Plex server scrobbling is solid since it was fixed some months ago. FWIW.

The Bottom Line

So on Day 2 with Emby, I still like it, and the Last.fm problem is my biggest complaint. It’s a workaround to scrobble here and there.

The promise of Plexamp features coming into the Plex apps was a nice future idea, but that’s not enough to hold me, video and syncing of video and music and so much … too much, not enough fixes. UI changes, no problem, just let me have more customizable control to avoid all the mess but … in the end that’s not even going to hold me any longer.

Lord of the Rings Complete Recordings

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Complete Recordings.

In 2016 I wrote about getting Return of the King in 2013 and how difficult it was to look and finally find it for $51. I looked before that ad nauseum and after for all the sets, and implored “them” to do something. 

Times being rather more tough for us lately, this year I hadn’t looked at it really, maybe in January, February … but not since, until this past Friday.

I went to Amazon and searched, and what to my wondering eyes appeared, Rhino released all three over time since this past April, not as before, but better, the DVA was now a Blu-ray. 

I love The Two Towers film, so I got that one, immediately found space for it on a card and it arrived on Sunday afternoon. I’ve asked my hubby to get me the other two for Christmas.

Not just are these editions for sale at decent pricing, they are on streaming services too (only Return of the King has been on services before this.) There is also a limited pressing of vinyl editions. I’d love those, but they are very pricey, nearly $300 for all three on vinyl. Indeed, I couldn’t see paying that much or more for just one set in the first releases, as they have been available through third-party sellers only.

So the CD special sets from The Hobbit, they were only $25 and never out of stock. They weren’t “complete recordings” … just LoTR could get away with double pricing for just a bit more content in a box.