- Confessions of a former bike thief
- Racism is the bogeyman
- The Flying Scotsman – Forth Bridge 15.5.16
- Persuading Britain to spend billions on Trident is like convincing a tramp to buy a bazooka
- How Your Gut Affects Your Mood
- The Golden Age of x86 Gaming
- Project Ara Lives: Google’s Modular Phone Is Ready for You Now – The phone that no one needs.
- The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness
- The days slip away
- Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity – only a matter of time before apps like this hit the UK
- How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist
- Monument Valley in Numbers: Year 2
- Moby: ‘There were bags of drugs, I was having sex with a stranger’ – Shocker!
- Post-it Note War Erupts On Canal Street
- The Maker of Things
- Bridges Mark Zuckerberg Destroyed
- Its the simple joys in life – hilarious!
Finally some decent weather this week…and we’re about to enter tech news nirvana – I/O, WWDC and E3.
- Jeremy Corbyn A ‘Scruffy Worzel Gummidge,’ Say Voters Of Nuneaton – Unelectable
- Why White People Don’t Use White Emoji
- Designing a New Look for Instagram, Inspired by the Community
- The Panic Sign – I love Panic.
- Lionhead: The inside story
- ‘I’m living the dream’: Sadiq Khan on his first week as London mayor
- Could Different Borders Have Saved the Middle East?
- I have never wanted a baby. Yesterday, my dream came true: Woman, 30, is sterilised on the NHS – and she says ‘To hell with the trolls’
- Revealed: ‘Glasgow effect’ mortality rate blamed on Westminster social engineering
- Ranking: Every Radiohead Album From Worst to Best
- Ranking: Every Radiohead Song From Worst to Best – I’d tweak the top ten but a solid list
- Star Wars – Episode V “The Empire Strikes Back” Homage (Title Sequence) – Stunning and uses Spectre by Radiohead.
- Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton down
- This Is How The World Reacted To Sadiq Khan Becoming London Mayor
- The BBC deserves better than a chump’s charter
- How The Global Elite Have Spent Eight Decades Being Injected With Sheep Foetuses – Wow
- Why I Hate Security, Computers, and the Entire Modern Banking System
- I fly 747s for a living. Here are the amazing things I see every day.
- Kung Fu Motion Visualization – Stunning
- Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. – Is it a bug, is it user error? No one really knows and thats the problem for Apple.
- No, Apple Music is not deleting tracks off your hard drive — unless you tell it to
- tvOS at 6 Months: Where Are the Apps? – There’s not many that are any good but I do enjoy Plex and Youtube not he Apple TV. Good not great.
- Apple’s actual role in podcasting: be careful what you wish for
- Captain America: Civil War And The Superhero (In)Security State
- After incredible win, Leicester City is still a complicated place
- Dear Adobe, Please buy Flickr – Somebody, anybody apart from the Daily Mail. I’m trying 500px but I’ve so much invested in Flickr that I don’t want to leave or see the site/community fail.
- How Music Taste Evolved – Stunning site
- A Moon Shaped Pool – New Radiohead Album! Go on, run and download.
- Radiohead – Daydreaming – Paul Thomas Anderson directs the new Radiohead video. Stunning.
A week off work. Rested and ready….for a bank holiday tomorrow :)
- Hillsborough inquests jury rules 96 victims were unlawfully killed
- Hillsborough disaster: deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades – Justice at last for the families that suffered over the last 26 years.
- Hillsborough verdict: Andy Burnham demands South Yorkshire police chief resigns in extraordinary speech
- James Takes Aim At Kelvin MacKenzie Over Hillsborough – A must watch
- My plea to the left: treat Jews the same way you’d treat any other minority – What an awful week for Labour…and Ken Livingstone is for the right wing media the gift that keeps on giving.
- Zac Goldsmith: your London mayoral campaign is a disgrace
- Searching for Ground Truth in the Kunduz Hospital Bombing
- What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?
- Pseudoscience in the Witness Box – Jawdropping
- State Of The Gadget Union – Hard to argue with much of this
- Inside One of the World’s Most Secretive iPhone Factories
- I installed Windows 95 on my Apple Watch – took 2 hours to boot much like the other Apple Watch apps
- Why you shouldn’t exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies
- The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop
- How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running – I miss my runs
- Bodyhackers are all around you, they’re called women
- Toddler vs. CEO – So true
- How Uber conquered London – Great article on how Uber conquered London
- Aerial views of London – Some of these photos are great
- President Obama at White House Correspondents’ Dinner – Obama’s last roast and he couldn’t not rip into The Donald.
I still buy Blu-rays as it’s the best quality you can get today, especially compared with streaming services that always over compress. I also like to own my media and not rely on Netflix or Amazon keeping a film available on their service. One thing that still irritates though are the forced adverts, crappy menu’s and general slowness when booting up a Blu-ray film. Ripping a Blu-ray is fairly straightforward now but a little more awkward on Mac’s as Apple has never shipped a Mac with a Blu-ray drive. So a few weeks ago I picked up a CD/DVD/Blu-ray drive that works over USB so I can rip my disks.
There are a number of different guides online on how to rip Blu-rays on the Mac but the one I recommend is from Jason Snell – How I rip DVDs and Blu-rays. The software I use is:
Snell’s guide shows how to setup Handbrake to use MakeMKV to read Blu-ray’s but I prefer a two step process. I firstly extract the Blu-ray to the Mac’s hard drive via MakeMKV and then within Handbrake I convert to a more suitable format for storing longterm on the NAS.
Currently I store as MKV’s and use the H.264 video codec. You can see the other settings I choose in Handbrake below. I’ve found keeping framerate constant delivers better results, Quality I set to RF 18, Tune to film, Profile to high and Level to 4.1. I also set the Preset to veryslow which means the conversion process takes longer but you get slightly smaller file sizes.
For audio I select Auto Passthru rather than encoding as something different and in the Picture settings I turn off any cropping settings and set Anamorphic to none. Handbrake will take some time to encode a film so I generally run a couple of encodes overnight as a batch or while I’m at work and it’s generally the only time my iMac fans kick in as Handbrake will use all the CPU available.
What I’m left with is a great quality MKV that I watch via Plex. Inspired by a recent tweet my Marvel movies have never looked better. Over the next few weeks I’ll look at H.265 to see if it offers a better long term storage format but for now if you want to watch your Blu-ray without the hassle of piracy warnings, menu’s and forced trailers I’d recommend MakeMKV, Handbrake and Plex.