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2012.06.12 Merge MP3 Files with the "cat" Unix Command

Merge MP3 Files with the "cat" Unix Command

I enjoy listening to audio books, and wanted a way to mash all of those three-minute tracks together. It's a multi-step process, but worth it to narrow down the number of files. Here are the steps I take:

  1. I organize all of my MP3s into nicely named folders, like "Chapter 1". Tricky, I know.
  2. Now, you should remove all the ID3 tags (the meta data inside each MP3 that has the Title, Artist, etc). I use my favorite ID3 tag editor - Media Rage. In the Data Remover tool, just set the MP3 ID3v2 and ID3v1 tag to "None", and process all of your nicely named/organized MP3s.
  3. Now go through the step explained on this page. Basically, cd into each directory, and then run that happy "cat" command. If I continue our example, I'd go with "cat * Chapter01.mp3". Avoid spaces in the file name (I don't want to go into escaping spaces). Do that with each folder you want combined.
  4. You're done, but I'd go through and move each of your new files into a folder, and go back and re-add ID3 tags. Again, use Media Rage. It's awesome (especially at this point, where it can read the file names, and put them into the ID3 tags automagically. Yes. It's magic.)

Or, you could do it a different, super simple way, and pay $6 for the great OS X application Audiobook Builder. I admit I like to have the combined MP3s in addition to the nicely formatted M4B file. So, after I go through the above steps, I throw them into Audiobook Builder, and get that iTunes/iOS-friendly file (so I can play the files at double-speed). #

2012.03.19 Squadron Graphics, Inc. - T-37B "Tweet"

Squadron Graphics, Inc. - T-37B "Tweet"

Seeing a picture/illustration of one of these brings back so many childhood memories. It's not the world's most impressive plane, nor is it even in service any more, but it's an amazing aircraft for how it contributed to my life. #

2012.03.19 Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle on Vimeo

Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle on Vimeo

Last week I finally watched this presentation by Bret Victor. Although he's not a very engaging presenter, his content is impeccable. I think the geeky demos are cool, and his personal modus operandi is interesting. Overall, the purpose of his presentation to find a guiding principal, or not to. You choose. #

2011.07.04 GOOD - The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle

GOOD - The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle

I still have anxiety when it comes to using my real name online. I still stick a variation of my very first email address (which got deleted by a hacker, back when you couldn't undelete/recover AOL screen names). It was pedro423. A combination of a nickname I've been called my whole life, and my grandparents' house number. #

2011.03.30 Pica Pic | retro handheld games collection

Pica Pic | retro handheld games collection

You know you remember one or two of these old school handheld games. They're still pretty entertaining (but it helps that I'm miles better than I used to be at them). #

2011.01.29 Dimitri Tishchenko's Magnet Structures - (Flickr)

Dimitri Tishchenko's Magnet Structures - (Flickr)

Dimitri Tishchenko makes sure you'll always feel inferior when playing with Buckyballs (small super strong neodymium magnets). I admit I didn't look through all 721 photos currently in the set, but I'm sufficiently impressed. #

2011.01.29 Back to the Future set from a Security Guard's Perspective

Back to the Future set from a Security Guard's Perspective

"Hey McFly. I thought I told you never to come in here." This guy got a job as a security guard at Universal Studios when they were filming Back to the Future, and took some photos of the set in both of its versions (1955 and 1985). Very cool. #

2011.01.01 Longbored Surfer - Links, now with Photos

Longbored Surfer - Links, now with Photos

I admit it. I've been collecting images to go along with most of my links. I've been collecting them almost ever since I started hosting my own links (in April of 2009). Instead of hording the images for myself, I figured, it'd make the links (and site) a bit more appetizing if I actually served them, instead of just keeping them stored in the system. Your RSS feeds should be automatically updated with the new photos, and the site now looks a bit less dull, now populated with a bunch of images. Happy 2011. #

2010.12.31 Lost Levels: The Legend of Zelda Prototype

Lost Levels: The Legend of Zelda Prototype

Somehow these guys got their hands on an early prototype of The Legend of Zelda, and posted it for us all to play with our favorite emulator. Reportedly it's easier… but you can read about all the changes as well. Impressive find. #

2010.12.27 Make Magazine: Super Mario Bros Level Cake

Make Magazine: Super Mario Bros Level Cake

There aren't many details about the cake (see: none), but it looks awesome. I'm not a big fan of fondant, and the cake looks too cool to eat anyway. #

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