The Saga of Burning my Blu-Ray Fireplace to File for TV

One thing I wanted to accomplish while I had free time this summer was to burn my fireplace Blu-Ray disk and have it play from my server to the TV.  I did not realize how troublesome this would be.

It all started when our Blu-Ray player died.  I was playing the fireplace Blu-Ray but when I inserted the Nintendo Switch the TV automatically switched from the Blu-Ray to the Switch and the Blu-Ray player didn’t like that since it started saying there was no disk in the slot when there was.

Journal Entry 7.22.2018

It is 8:36 AM on Sunday July 22nd, 2018.

Since my family is in Japan I no longer have to get up immediately upon awakening.  During our normal routine I like to have my own time and that means I have to get up early to enjoy the peace of the early morning before the schedule starts.  I go to bed early during the normal routine so getting up early isn’t much of a problem.  However, now that I’m by myself I’m staying up a little later and now find myself waking up around 6:30 AM.  However, I do not get up but lie there for another 30 – 45 minutes recalling my dreams, thinking of what I’ll do with the day and just letting ideas come into my head.

7.21.2018 – Journal Entry

it is 5:04 on Saturday July 21st, 2018.

I have changed.  This is the first summer where I have had absolutely no motivation nor desire to go out and do things while my family is in Japan.  I do have a new job and that keeps me very busy during the weekdays.  At night and on weekends however I prefer to just spend time in my gym, go to karate and watch Game of Thrones.

Montaillou – Life in a Medieval Village

I just finished Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.  This took me over half a year to finish not because it wasn’t great, but because I have two young boys and thus free time is non-existent.

I learned of this book in a Reddit post and quickly bought it as it is right up my alley.  Montaillou is simply a study of medieval life in a small mountain town (Montaillou) in southern France around the year 1300.  The records are drawn from the Inquisition which was very active in the region trying to put a stamp on the Cathar beliefs which were spreading.  The Inquisitor, Jacques Fournier kept excellent records and thus have given us a peek into the normal, everyday life of the residents of this small village.