312 views posted 28 Nov 2013, 15:46
No Thanksgiving threads or blogs on Thanksgiving Day???? Not on my watch!!▼67 comments
As you know, Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate escaping from the Klingon Empire in a bird of prey. Captain Picard didn't like that so we had to open a can of whoop-ass on him.
Don't believe everything you see on TV. Grown ass men who wear leotards are NOT badass!!
So we saw this planet Earth and were surprised to get a warm welcome from the humans.
We now fit in with the Earthling and most people don't even know we are among them.
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving hope you can spend time with friends and family and relax a bit.
258 views posted 26 Nov 2013, 16:29
So I picked up a scanner which is very cool. Yeah, got it from the thrift store. Here, I used it to scan an image of itself.▼55 comments
Also got a boatload of CD's to rip. The scanner comes in handy b/c now I don't have to hunt down cover art which sometimes does not exist or is real crappy. Here is an example:
Oh wait, that is from when I was testing it. Turns out my butt is not as hairy as people say.
this is the first real scan (click it):
Also picked up some cool speakers for $10 and they cost $1,000 new. Got them from this big happy guy surrounded by kids at a flea market. They are the best speakers I have ever listened to:
My goal is to be the largest uploader of Christmas music (and soundtracks to a certain extent). Click the image :)
Now the real reason for this blog. I am only a member of KAT and not of any other pirate site. I have over 600 not-very-well-seeded torrents and have noticed that when someone places one of my torrents at another site it gets seeds.
I have a seedbox but since leechers be leeching it is basically a direct download box.
How can I get my torrents listed at those other sites without being a member so those hummers can get seeded?
396 views posted 14 Nov 2013, 01:26
So your family pet runs away so he can play with other animals and chase birds and have a jolly good time. But a day goes by and fluffy does not return.▼104 comments
You are so worried because fluffy is part of the family so you post "Lost Fluffy" on a community web site.
People reply, "Oh, oh, look over on that side street lots of things are fun for fluffy there...fluffy may be there having a ball."
Someone else replies, "Oh, yea...we will keep an eye out for fluffy and call you if we see him."
Then a neighbor comes along and posts this:
Hi, I live on Kellogg St. There has been a lot of great Horned Owl activity recently in our area;heard another one last night.These owls are big enough to take down a cat,so if you let your kitty out all night it might be targeted.When a Great horned owl strikes it usually does a head shot,their talons are quite long,instant death for the animal it hits. Just so you know.
Gee, thanks a whole helluvalot for explaining how fluffy met death from above and really thanks for letting me know those talons caused instant death. You know, I would have been saddened by the whole "talons ripping through fluffy's flesh thing" but knowing those sharp death dealing claws go right into fluffy brain instantly killing him gives me a big sigh of relief.
Whatever can we do to repay your wisdom about the food chain and Darwinism? Can Iwebabysit your grandmother some night while you go out to dinner? Okay, next week? Next week it is.
One week later.....
Gee, grandma was doing great but we went out for a walk after sunset and I guess her wearing that raccoon hat was a bad idea. But no worries, those horned owl talons ripped right through that white-hair matted skull of hers killing her instantly...well, she did scream a little and tried to run but went right into traffic and was hit by a truck.
She never knew what hit her. Well, except then she tried to crawl to the curb..what a champ she was. Head all bleeding and no legs.
I guess it was a bad idea for the medic to give her a double shot of adrenaline. The upside is she really perked up! The downside is all those nerve endings also came to life....She jumped up screaming in pain, wobbling away on her bloody little stubs and fell of the cliff.
As luck would have it she cleared those jagged rocks. It's a real shame about the sharks though. So close....Just so you know....
Anyway, thanks for letting me find closure about what may have happened to our precious fluffy. We owe you bigtime!! If there's ever anything else we can do for you please let us know.....
"Hey doods, is that own still here? Is hims still starings at mees?"
"Don't mind meeeee, meee juss looking for some granny head"
"Hey don't move I wanna try summfin....don't blink eiffer"
285 views posted 27 Oct 2013, 19:49
The 8 downraters raters actually let me know to be careful with my trackers and make sure they are correct. Just because some folks can reach the torrent doesn't mean everyone can. It's my job to make sure as many people can get my torrents as possible.
I like the downvoters better than upvoters who don;t leave comments. So suck it!!
Big Papi emerged a couple of months ago with a pocket full of cash and thrift stores nearby. He believes in tacos and hamburgers but he doesn't believe in uploading just anything found on the shelves.
Big Papi likes the harder to find 80's and 90's CD's and rarely buys anything pressed 1999 or after. There is an exception to this rule...If the genre is Christmas music then Big Papi grabs it. Every now and then Big Papi grabs audio books, especially if they are talk CD's like motivational or spiritual or a really good novel.
So, what I learned so far. I've had some stumbles so here are some tip and tricks learned by other KAT pirates who have helped and some stuff I came up with on my own:
Cover Art - I always thought if the music folder had the cover art it would load when the downloader dragged the folder into their player. That is not the case. So now I make sure the MP3 tags include embedded album art. That's a big Blarrgh
Hash Code - I have some trackers to update in a few hundred torrents because I uploaded to the seedbox using the hash, which only includes 2 or 3 trackers at best. Huge Blaargh that one. Now I upload using the torrent file only.
Trackers - Not too many not too few. And they need to be the right ones. Ideally only 5 trackers are needed, but tell that to the guy whose torrents now have 5 dead trackers and his shit don't work. I use the following trackers:
I'm in charge of my own torrents so don;t tell me nothing!
Instant Seed Count - When uploading a new torrent I couldn;t figure out why KAT saw some as 0 seeds and others as 1 seed. It was a new torrent so there was one friggin seed!!!! After some experimenting I discovered if udp://9.rarbg.me:2710/announce was used then KAT would enter "Seed 1" on the torrent page when a new torrent was uploaded. Yay!! That tracker also does the best job of giving accurate download counts.
File Order - Penguin Pirate taught me to click "Preserve File Order" when creating a torrent. That was an awesome tip.
NFO - I could really give a dog fart about NFO files. Those seem to be some old cracker lingo of pirate days gone by. KAT web page formatting doesn't display NFO text anyway. I do upload an NFO image out of respect for the pirate tradition but feel since the file listing has the files that is good enough.
So here is my NFO file as an image. I leave it as a thumbnail because people want to see what the torrent is about not what I'm about. No need to MP3 statistics all my titles state they are 320cbr if some geek wants to know what friggen googahertz flactuator settings then they can download it and run the MP3 through the "Go Fuck Yourself Modulator"
Torrent Name and Pirate Name - Something meaningful and unique. Big Papi is unique enough although not as unique as axx0 or bubanee. Still, it allows for really good search results.
Want Big Papi Christmas music? Search for Big Papi Christmas
or search for Big Papi Vinyl
Need a laugh then search for Big Papi Comedy
You get the point. Big Papi thinks the title should indicate the type of music and the rip setting at the very least.
Use a good ripper program for CDs - At first I used WinAmp Pro and it did a great job of ripping but has little to no error correction and at least one of my torrents has some blank spots in a song. Lately I've been doing all my ripping on the Apple OSX and use a program called XLD. It provides a log and cue file. Generally, if a CD has any sector errors then I toss it in the bin.
Duplicate Titles - At first if a torrent existed at KAT then I would not create a duplicate from my CD. That was a mistake. Some of those other titles are of lower quality, some of higher quality, some not seeded, some seeded. If a pirate wants my upload of 320cbr Big Papi then that is his choice. The pirate will know I don't mess around and try my best, errrr I mean Big Papi plays no games.
Source - Big Papi always state his source, which is going to be vinyl or CD. The date of the media will be included if it is known. This tells people, "That Big Papi is ripping his own CD's and not transcoding re-encoding other people's work."
So that is my adventure in CD ripping and if there's room for improvement, please let me know.
Starting soon will be a journey into vinyl ripping. Christmas vinyl to be exact. I jsut picked this up from the thrift store yesterday and it is in 100% working order and ready for some FLAC.
Why is Big Papi going to use a De JAY toy record player to rip vinyl?
I will be uploading the first vinyl rips from the De JAY toy phonograph player to YouTube shortly heh heh I'm serial....
So what has Big Papi really learned other than this techno mumbo jumbo? That some of the best music ever made is music hardly known to people. Big Papi picks up "harder to find" which means stuff he has never head of before....stuff that never made the charts. And that music is amazing.
667 views posted 27 Oct 2013, 13:14
Listings, Trackers, and Images are all working now, YAY!!!▼65 comments
KAT is having an issue right now and the front page torrent list is showing EMPTY
Be patient this is being addressed, errrr, will be addressed (it is Sunday and the wizards need a day of rest )
When the list returns I hear it will simply be a list of my torrents, so there is something to celebrate about at least.
KAT is also not updating trackers...
KAT image uploading is also broken. I am using http://trikyimg.com/ because it allows URL slurping and multiple image uploads and b/c i max'd out my imgur account heheh
Here's a cat.....I know you want a cat...
This may as well be a question blog.
What will you dress up as for Halloween??
256 views posted 16 Oct 2013, 10:28
Torcache goes down or is unreachable sometimes. When that happens clicking the DOWNLOAD TORRENT button results in a torcache error message▼41 comments
Use the magnet link and your download should work just fine.
You may need to make sure magnet files are associated with your torrent client. That means make sure the torrent client opens them...
In other words, part of KAT is broken heh heh
And now you must watch this video....the last checkpoint is hilarious.
4 views posted 28 Aug 2013, 19:51
On some torrent I just used the default trackers in BitTorrent on others I pasted the trackers suggested by the tracker thread. I noticed that some torrents, like a Goodfellas one was hardly showing any downloads but was shown as pretty busy in my torrent client.▼92 comments
I did some experimenting that is still underway. I looked at the Sixpence "Kiss Me" song which happens to be smittech 's favorute he just won't admit to it.
Torrent: Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me-Love [Singles] 320v0 (Big Papi) She's all That Theme Song
And it shows hardly any activity so I refreshed the tracker screen to get the latest stats
Then I added more trackers to see what the real story is:
At the time of writing this bog it shows all zero's until it can get a good refresh.
According to my client Kiss Me has been uploaded 50 times. Some trackers like freedom h33t one takes like a week to update it seems.
That said, I want to be able to build a tracker list that accurately tracks the number of downloads! If the current trackers don't reflect 50 downloads then wtf is going on?
Sure, if hash is used then trackers wont be updated. Does that apply to magnet links as well? Do magnet/hashes remove the ability to count downloads?
15 views posted 24 Aug 2013, 06:54
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, taking all 29 crew members with her.
At the time of its launch in 1958, the 729-foot-long freighter was the largest and fastest ship on the Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald began its last journey on November 9, 1975, carrying 26,116 tons of iron-ore pellets. The next day, the ship and her crew met a storm with 60 mph winds and waves in excess of 15 feet. Captain Ernest McSorley steered the ship north, heading for the safety of Whitefish Bay, but the ship's radar failed, and the storm took out the power to Whitefish Point's radio beacon, leaving the Fitzgerald traveling blind. In the heavy seas, the vessel was also taking on a dangerous amount of water. Another ship, the Anderson, kept up radio contact with the Fitzgerald and tried to lead it to safety but to no avail.
Just after 7 p.m. on November 10, the Fitzgerald made its last radio transmission. Presumably, the ship, which was taking on water, was forced lower and lower into the water until its bow pitched down into the lake and the vessel was unable to recover. None of the 29 men aboard survived.
The Edmund Fitzgerald now lies under 530 feet of water, broken in two sections. On July 4, 1995, the ship's bell was recovered from the wreck, and a replica, engraved with the names of the crew members who perished in this tragedy, was left in its place. The original bell is on display at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point in Michigan.
That was the news story on November 10, 1975. Does that ship sound familiar? Gordon Lightfoot wrote a reverent and eerie ballad for that ship and her crew which has kept that ship and her crew in the memory of millions of people for decades.
I have never seen the Great Lakes but they don't call them "great" for nothing. They are huge. They are the size of oceans. Storms can produce waves in excess of 30 feet high.
In Gordon Lightfoot's song the lyric about the hatch taking on water implies the crew had not secure the hatch and were responsible for the scuttling the ship. However, modern investigation revealed it was not the crew's fault but massive waves that broke the hull. In fact, when Gordon is on tour he changes the lyrics per the following:
The move comes after a Canadian documentary claims to have proven the crew of the ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald, was not responsible for the disaster.
The yap films documentary, simply called Edmund Fitzgerald and airing on the premiere episode of Dive Detectives on the History Channel on March 31, concludes there is little evidence that failure to secure the ship's hatches caused the sinking and that it was a rogue wave instead.
Lightfoot's hit 1976 song about the sinking, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, includes the verse: "At 7 p.m. a main hatchway caved in, He said, "Fellas, it's been good to know ya.'"
But for the last couple of weeks in concert in the U.S., and again on Thursday night during his Canadian tour launch at Casino Rama, Lightfoot has been singing: "At 7 p.m., it grew dark, it was then he said, 'Fellas it's been good to know ya.""
I believe the video mentioned above to be this one below, which I am downloading to watch as soon as possible. When I was young I knew this song was based on a true event and merely thought "good tune and interesting." But as I get older I find myself honoring and respecting those who have fallen, especially due to no fault of their own.
Torrent: [History Channel] Deep Sea Detectives_THE EDMUND FITZGERALD
Torrent may be dead can only DL to 34% even though there are 3 seeds....it may take some time before those seeds come online/. ohhh ohhh one seeder is online...there was two...crossing fingers...hee hee we are puniching that poor seeder..his pain will be over shortlly :)~
So why this blog? Because I scored the 1976 vinyl record Summertime Dreams by Gordon Lightfoot. The LP is not in the best of shape but it is from 1976 and the original owner must have played it being keenly aware of the tragedy on Lake Superior. Tonight I ripped The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald from the LP and uploaded it. It is not with a good deal of hisses and pops and that's the way it should be.
If there was ever a ghost song this one is it.....read the lyrics as the song plays and it's is very hard not to feel the fear of the experience and the pain of the loss.
Torrent: Gordon Lightfoot - Summertime Dream - The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald - Vinyl (Big Papi)
If you know something or learn something about this horrible maritime tragedy then please share it with us. Or maybe you know some mysteries of the Great Lakes...whatever is related, please share.
As pirates, we may not have pirate ships but we can still salute and honor those who brave the waters....
The Great Lakes from space.
0 views posted 23 Aug 2013, 10:16
Yeah pirates are cheap but that's just because most of us are broke or spending too much money on weed.▼119 comments
But I have a story to tell. A coupe of years ago I joined KAT and would take take take. Always something good to download or a Mod close by to give some smack talk. When I joined KAT I had been unemployed a few years, had some run-ins with the ICU wards and some near-death things and had kidney cancer. In all honesty I had no idea if I was going to live or die. Didn't really care either...that was then this is now.
I happen to like thrift stores and I happen to like pirating. Putting both of them together has been really fun. Check this image. Right click and open in new tab to see the mongo size version.
1. Cher LP being ripped
2. ION USB Turntable
3. Ceramic record cleaning duck...seriously who designed this thing? lol
4. New Yamaha HTR-5640
5. Monster Power HTS 3500
6. Red record..it's no good but it's red!
7. Pillow of no vibrations or feedback :)
8. Old Shoe polishing box (no need to estimate that thing..can barely see it)
9. Stylus for ION USB turntable
All what you see in the pic came from the thrift store. Well, the table belongs to my landlord. So what's this about? It's about thrift shopping for things that just magically lead to my ripping.
So anyway, it's 3AM and I may be a bit rambling but whatever....I don;t like sleeping unless I'm not supposed to be sleeping.
Here is the deal. Whoever guesses the amount I paid for all that stuff gets a reward. The reward is me sending a blessing your way. Before you dismiss that consider how I should be dead 10 times over but am still here unharmed. Whatever is keeping me safe I shall ask them to keep you safe too, but only for one week. I don't want to put myself at any risk lol
Now to the meat. Here is my semi-first vinyl rip torrent. The record was so dirty and nasty and had scratches all over it. Spent alot of time cleaning it up but obviously I couldn't remove some deep scars so those can be heard as bumps. I happen to enjoy the clicks and pops of vinyl so I don't clean the sounds up using Audition. The upload is exactly how the record sounds.
I included the WMA file in case someone wants to clean up and track and share it with me to see what that is like...
Which pirate looks like young Cher?
Torrent: Cher - Gypsys Tramps & Thieves - RAW LP Vinyl (Big Papi)
But wait, that's not all!! Windows 8 provided by KAT. I'm digging it. Adobe Audition provided by KAT. An older version a fellow pirate recommended..I think it was dr.stanley and 3 other folks. Landlord provides the wifi. I did recently get a seedbox and it is really working out well.
Anyway that's all!! Just getting this stuff out there because I can;t sleep :)~ Here's a cat...
Dizzy so dizzy...here come that tuna to haunt mees
My 3 wives are calling me to bed..I gotta go...
Oh yeah, if your estimate is not close or if you say something about my wives then you get the gong..it must be this way haha
1 view posted 21 Aug 2013, 04:00
I've noticed more and more idiots awesome and deserving people falling in love online and KAT is no exception. KAT even has a List of Idiots Love at First Site achievement!▼163 comments
I think sundox23308 and Chew105973 were the first ones to get that cheevo as a joke, errrr maybe it was a joke, maybe not...still not sure what those two are all about :)~
But you must be in love with another person being in love with yourself doesn't count, Darius19543258 . The cheevo list is getting longer and longer!! Love makes things grow.
Some of us have found love, so poo on you this blog is for the rest of us. Here are some awesome kittens who need some love...
Please adopt this poor poor kitten
Is there a nipple it looks smooth to me...
Dirty feet throw this one back!!!
Okay, I am officially sidetracked...never Google "BDSM Kittens" it takes you to a very dark place...
Back to business......this blog actually has a purpose!
1) If you are in love then post your love song for the KAT Love Mix
2) If you are in lust then post your lust song for the KAT Love mix
3) If you are neither love or lust then just post the love song you would like on the day you become human
Here is my fav love song and torrent! Andy Gibb...died way back in 1987 I think. There we rumors he killed himself because of Victoria Principle but others say too much coke blew his heart up. Either way he killed himself......but he did have this awesome song before he died so there's that.
Andy Gibb - I Just Want to be Your Everything
Torrent: Andy Gibb - I Just Want to be Your Everything 320v0 MP3 and FLAC (Big Papi)
So for you lovers of love and lovers of lust get to posting your song!! This is really a KAT Love Mix so if you post something lusty please don't pick something like this:
NIN - Closer (Ain't gonna happen....will not make the mix...)
Try to pick some nice love songs now :)