Going on 3 years in the parenting saga, we have a bunch of MiniDV tapes yet to be imported and shared with the family. I refused to use the built-in windows software as it doesn't support the most common or open formats, making an automatic "Windows Media Encode" out of the question.
Finally, I found a solution that is, at this moment, about 75% of the way through the latest MiniDV tape.
Steps and 3-line windows script (batch file) are:
Import the raw DV files from your camcorder to disk. This part should be the easiest and requires little cpu, but a lot of temporary disk space (about 60G/hr).Install Handbrake if you haven't already. On Windows, the GUI download option now includes the CLI (command line interface). You can test one-off compression while tweaking settings in a mostly-complete UI. Note: Some options in the CLI are not yet in the Windows GUI, such as the latest de-interlacing option which uses less cpu while producing far higher quality video.Run the fol…
Two of our kids love shredded chicken from our local taqueria, so I decided to give it a try at home.
Found several recipes online and mixed and matched.
2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts. (first try was about 1.8 lbs)
1/2 packet of McCormick Taco Seasoning
A full 16oz jar of Safeway's Mild Southwest Salsa
Three packets splenda
1. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker
2. Dust top with the 1/2 packet of seasoning
3. Pour salsa in gently to evenly cover chicken
4. Cook on low for 4 hours
5. Mash (shred) the chicken. Pretty easy with a fork or even a broad spoon. Don't over do it - the goal here is to let all of the chicken marinate in the sauce, and it will naturally fall apart with more cooking and even transferring out of the pot.
6. Cook for another 2 hours
Taste Test: Delicious! The kids should love this tomorrow. The chicken is tender and tasty and would be perfect on a burrito or taco. Together with the sauce, the flavor and texture is almost stew-l…
Just posted this to a coworker, figured I'd post here as well.
We have three as well. Here is our car setup:
Honda Accord Sedan - 2006
Evenflo (always hated that seat - claimed up-to 56 lbs, but our 33lb 2 year olds are getting too tall for it)
Radian (fantastic car seat. I wish we got these earlier instead of the Evenflo)
Honda Odyssey 2009 EXL (includes middle-row center "jump seat" with legal & functional seatbelt for car-seat install)
Graco Nautilus (surprisingly happy with that seat, accomodates our large kids well, inexpensive)
Britax Marathon (great, but does not age well. clips don't work well after any food gets in them. cover loose after just 18mo)
FYI: I was very reluctant to go the minivan route, but we're extremely happy that we did. When you have three kids, looking cool becomes much less important than convenience. Getting them all in and out of the Odyssey is much easier than the car, and from what we've seen bette…