Convert Video to Audio (mp3) in Linux Mint 14

I just came across a scenario where I needed to strip the audio out of a YouTube video file I had created in a Google Hangouts on Air recorded last night for The Unique Geek podcast. I found this post and it did exactly what I needed. Basically, I used the tool avconv via terminal but needed to install the codec necessary to convert to .mp3. The command to install the codec is this:

sudo apt-get install libavcodec-extra-53

I then used the following command to complete the conversion:

avconv -i video.mp4 -ab 192000 audio.mp3

How to Embed and Promote Your Google Helpouts Listing on Your Blog

For those of you that have a listing on the new Google Helpouts service you know that you have the option to promote your listing via Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. There is also the option of selecting Embed so that you can grab the HTML iframe tag code and post it on the web site of your choosing. For the free blogging service, this is not an option, so it was not an option for me. There are workarounds out there that will allow you to do this but some aren’t so easy. This is a workaround I figured out and I hope it helps you too.

It’s best to view this video in 720p HD quality.


It’s that time of year. It’s that time of year when I am always reminded of the movie Better Off Dead with John Cusack. Yes, I know it’s strange to think of that movie during the holidays when most people think of the classic stop-motion animated classics of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But here’s why I think of Better Off Dead.

I hope each and everyone of you that read this have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tricks But No Treats

This year has turned out to be a pretty bad Halloween season for me.  I was in pain for most of last week leading up to the holiday with possible gallstones (I say possible because the doctor was not quite sure but gave me medicine for gallstones that seemed to fix it) and right now it is warm and rainy in Central Florida.

To add to the tricks, I’ll leave you with a clip from a pretty horrible Halloween movie.

Happy Halloween!

Dead Island Vacation

The video game Dead Island came out last month so I placed it in my Gamefly queue in hopes to have it in before Halloween and finally received it last Friday. I spent a good portion of Friday night and Sunday afternoon playing this game and fell in love with it. If you are familiar with Borderlands it’s very much the same game concept. Sort of like a role playing game set on an island hacking up zombies.

At the beginning of the year we got a glimpse of the game through a teaser trailer. A completely amazing teaser trailer. It was one of those types of trailers that actually made my eyes a little damp from the sadness. If you haven’t seen it, here it is.

Amazing, right? Well, while I was playing the game over the weekend my 12 year old was watching me play it and searching up tips on You Tube at the same time when he came across this parody video. It’s pretty funny.