Here’s an XBMC problem I ran into; there is a show I watch and until a few days ago XBMC would add new episodes into my library as Sickbeard downloaded them. This arrangement has worked well for several years with no issue. For seemingly no reason XBMC stopped adding new episodes for this show only to the library. Sickbeard was still downloading them and moving/renaming them to the appropriate place, XBMC just wasn’t picking them up and putting them into the library.

I poked around a bit and saw this entry in my temp/xbmc.log file:

“ERROR: VideoInfoScanner: Asked to lookup episode SOMEVIDEOFILE.avi online, but we have no episode guide. Check your tvshow.nfo and make sure the <episodeguide> tag is in place.”

Googling the error didn’t help. Other people have had this problem but there wasn’t a solution posted anywhere I could find.

I looked at the tvshow.nfo for the show and sure enough, there wasn’t an <episodeguide> tag. I understand through some voodoo you can add the tag yourself, but I didn’t want to get into that. I already had a copy of Media Center Master, so I deleted the tvshow.nfo file, opened Media Center Master, and had it fetch all of the metadata for the show again. After that was done I had XBMC update the library. My missing episodes then appeared in the library as they should.

I have no clue what made it stop working in the first place, but I am happy that having Media Center Master rebuild the metadata solved the problem.

Torrents are not safe. Your IP address is visible to all. Eventually you will be caught and copyright infringement notices will be sent to your ISP. Using an Usenet Provider will not only protect you but allow you to download faster. I recommend NewsgroupDirect.


Squirrel Balls

The cutest squirrel balls you’ll ever see

A few weeks ago our landscaper found a couple of baby squirrels and we’ve been raising them ever since. They were three or four weeks old when we got them, old enough that their eyes were open and they had fur, but not old enough to be all that active. Here we are at six or seven weeks old and their actively level has shot through the roof, they’ve gotten squirrelly.

Soon they should be old enough to be let free. In the meantime they live in my sun room.

Do you like little poop pellets?

This room was clean one hour ago.

This room was clean one hour ago.

It’s an interesting fact that squirrels will not go to the bathroom in their nest. The other side of this statement is that they’ll go anywhere else that suits them. This includes the floor, your furniture, and even you. Squirrels produce small and hard poop pellets, of which they produce about a billion a day. Even when locked in their cage you will still manage to find little poops all over the house. I believe they ride on the wind like a dandelion seed.

The only upside to all of this is that the poops come out dry and scentless. I guess that’s a win.

Squirrels will scratch the holy hell out you.

Squirrel Scratches

This is my hand. Its actually a good scratch day.

Squirrels have sharp little claws, unlike a cat, these claws are always out. Squirrels also love to climb on you, its a wondrous squirrel activity to run up and down and all around you as you scream in pain from the thousand cut torture. Sadly, you’ll find yourself liking this. My hands look like a teenage cutter. I keep squirrels so that I can feel.

Another thing of note, squirrels can jump very far. If you get within ten feet of a squirrel and they want on you, they’ll jump on you. This could mean jumping on your back, your head, or your face. Good times.

Squirrels Enjoy Chewing

Wicker Chair

I left them alone near our sun room furniture.

Wicker furniture seems to be the favorite chew toy. They’ll also chew up all of the plastic bits in their cage, turn any branches you give them to saw dust, and they also enjoy shredding fabric. If you want to keep something, don’t leave it where a squirrel can find it.

Squirrels do not Have Empathy

Unless you have food on your person, squirrels are indifferent to your problems. They do not come over to be petted, they do not want to cuddle. If they do not want to be picked up even their most gentlest attempts to escape result in painful scratches.

They’re you’re best friend if you have food. All the same they’ll stab you in the face for a walnut.

Chill Squirrel