PK Tech Girl Rides Again
Strange, But True

Since You Asked

First up, Cassettes to CDs - A Primer:

You Will Need -

1. 1/8 male-to-male audio wire (Buy this at Radio Shack. I suppose some other retailer must carry this sort of thing, but I'm damned if I know which one. They will ask if you want mono or stereo. Go with stereo.)

2. Cassette Player

3. $9.99 (US) to purchase...

4. This software called RIP Vinyl. This was the first that I found that offered a way around the one long track problem and it is very easy to use. If you find other software (preferably freeware) that works, too, feel free to share the link here.

Download and install RIP Vinyl. Then plug one end of the audio wire into the cassette player (Line Out or Headphones) and the other end into your computer (RIP Vinyl will detect your sound card's input possibilities- pick one.) The software will start a new track when it detects silence for a determined period of time. You get to establish what constitutes "silence" on a given cassette and how long the silence must last to indicate a new song. Play with it a bit. 

This will create a series of WAVE files on your computer. Use your burn software of choice to then transfer the files to CD. Voila.

Rock. On.      

I have not yet tried it with my beloved records but my understanding is that the turntable will need some sort of an amplifier or the recording levels will be too low. I was planning on going through the stereo receiver and I will let you know when I try it.


As Giddy instantly pointed out, tapes were 90 minutes long and CDs are only 80. How did I solve this problem, she asked? I, uh, cut 10 minutes of music from the original when I burned the copy, that's how. OK, it is not a PERFECT system, I admit it, but I never really liked the Blue Oyster Cult at the end of the Breadcrumbs mix anyway. I know it was meant to be campy, but it always creeped me out... so, anyway, that was my solution.

Sound quality is pretty lousy but that is the tape's fault. Certainly not mine, if that's what you were thinking. 


Second up, bulgogi is a Korean dish that, at its simplest, is beef marinated in soy sauce and then grilled.

My recipe goes like this:

Marinade -

1/2 c soy sauce

1/4 c rice vinegar

1/3 c chopped green onion

2 T sugar

2 T minced garlic

2 T minced ginger

1 T sesame oil

1 t chili sauce

Whisk together the marinade ingredients and reserve 1/4 of marinade to use later as a sauce. Marinate steak (anything boneless- I like strip steaks here but flank works too) for at least 30 minutes. Grill to desired doneness and then slice VERY VERY thin. Use a sharp knife and watch your fingers, but the steak needs to be THIN. Got it? THIN. Place the wafer-thin steak in a bowl and pour reserved marinade over it.

Then you take a few strips of beef and top them with a zingy fruit salsa (make your own by tossing apple and/or mango and/or peach and/or pineapple chunks and/or whatever with lime juice and chili sauce, maybe throw in some tomato and cilantro and red onion, too, if you like; or just buy one) and wrap it all up in a lettuce leaf (Bibb and Butter lettuces being my favorites) and eat it.

Messy but delicious.


Third up, Thursday's ultrasound showed a gestational sac and yolk sac that looked precisely as they did two weeks prior, measuring 5 weeks and 3 days. Since I am, uh, twelve weeks today that is, you know, pretty definitive.

Fortunately, finally, the spotting kicked into high gear and I now seem to be actually miscarrying. About fucking time, if you ask me. And it is no big deal. I woke up at 5am Saturday morning because I was in too much pain to sleep (unpleasant cervix-related cramping) but Steve brought me a fistful of Tylenol and I dozed off again and that was the worst of it so far.

I called my doctor on Friday (by which I mean I left a message on the Nurse Line) to let her know what was going on after the ultrasound and to see if she wanted to give me a call (or not) to discuss follow-ups. Then I went to the grocery store. In my absence a nurse called back and left a message saying that the doctor would not be able to call personally as she was seeing patients all afternoon but she (the doctor) had asked that I come back in 2-3 weeks, go to the emergency room if I soak a pad in less than an hour, and call them if I needed anything else. Then the same nurse left a second message saying, actually, my doctor wanted me to come in at 11am Monday morning and if that did not work for me I should call and they will squeeze me in somewhere but she definitely wanted to see me on Monday.

I was highly amused because the first message the nurse left was rather snippy (the Yes, Yes You Are Miscarrying, Natural Process, Very Common, Nothing To Be Done, What Do You Want From Us Type) and she must have felt like a total fool when she actually spoke to my doctor (as opposed to intuiting what my doctor might say and then repeating it as fact) and was given completely different instructions from what she had already told me. To be fair I am with the nurse on this one (why come in on Monday? I do not see the point) but it is nice to have an OB who is always eager to see me. A girl likes to feel wanted.

So, did I miss any questions? Probably. I always do.