Jay and Silent Bob

About two years ago I came across director Kevin Smith’s recount of his friend, Jason Mewes’, struggle with drug addiction.  It was a very interesting read.  For a time, these blog posts appeared to have been taken down (presumably because the content appeared in a recent book by Mr. Smith), but I recently tried searching for them again and they were available.

So, if you’re a fan of Jay & Silent Bob, or are interested in reading a heart-wrenching story of a young man fighting his demons, here are all nine parts of the story from Kevin Smith’s blog, My Boring Ass Life:

DVD Ripping Made Simple

I read a comment somewhere today that made mention of a video encoder called Handbrake.  Curious, I decided to try it out on one of my Twilight Zone DVDs since my player conked out (again, *sigh*).

I also had to install another program called DVD43 in order to get Handbrake to read copy-restricted DVDs, but with those two programs together, making backups of DVD videos is a breeze!  With the default settings I was able to rip an episode off of my DVD in torrent-ready quality.

The ease-of-use and noob-friendliness of Handbrake prompts me to give the program (along with DVD43) five pirated DVDs out of five: