M3U File Format

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M3U (Moving Picture Experts Group Audio Layer 3 Uniform Resource Locator, MP3 URL) is a computer file format that stores multimedia playlists. It was originally implemented in Winamp, although it is now supported by many applications.

An M3U file is a plain text file that contains the locations of one or more media files that the mediaplayer should play. Each location is placed on a new line. The locations can be either absolute or relative local pathnames (e.g., “C:\My Music\Chanson.mp3” or “Chanson.mp3”) or they can be URLs. The file can also include comments, prefaced by the “#” character. In extended M3U, “#” also introduces extended M3U directives.

One common use of the M3U file format is creating a playlist file that contains a single entry pointing to a stream on the Internet. The created file provides easy access to that stream and can be used for things like downloading from a website or for emailing, or for Internet radio listening.

The file is saved with the “M3U” or “m3u” filename extension.

“m3u” files use the Latin-1 charset, the unicode version of “m3u” is “m3u8”, it can include UTF-8 unicode characters.

Ranch Pretzels

I’m posting this here so I won’t forget it.
1 bag broken up pretzels (I use Snyders)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch style dressing (mmm MSG)
1/2 tsp. dill weed (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. Chili powder
1/3 olive 1/3 peanut
1tsp minced garlic

Blend all ingredents except the pretzels. Place the pretzel pieces in a large bowl. Pour in the ranch mixture and shake the bowl up to throughly coat the pretzels.

Dump the prezel mixture into a large roasting pan spreading the pretzels out into a single layer.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes stirring every 5 minutes.

Joe’s Secret Margarita

This is my Margarita mix – purists will use real lemons and limes although I find Nellie and Joe’s to be a more than adequate substitute.


  • 3/4 cup Nellie & Joe’s fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Nellie & Joe’s fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 lime wedges
  • 1/2 cup coarse salt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila – lately I’ve been enjoying Hornitos Plata
  • 3/4 cup Grand Marnier – it’s way better than Triple Sec


In a medium saucepan, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, 1/4 c sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature.(Can be made in advance and keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)Chill the margarita glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt and remaining sugar in a shall dish or saucer. Wet the rim of each with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat.

In a cocktail shaker, 2 shots cooled syrup, 1 shot tequila and 1 shot orange-flavored liqueur per glass. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.

A little too sweet? Add an extra splash of tequila.