Fixing MP3-jPlayer’s annoying 40px bottom padding

Right now, my favorite WordPress plug-in for playing MP3s is MP3-jPlayer by Simon Ward. I use it on the sidebar to the right on this very site to play some of my original music.

The only issue I have is an annoying 40px bottom padding that is put on the playlist player. The CSS has gotta be hard-coded somewhere, but I found a simple fix that I’d like to share:

On your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Edit CSS and add the following CSS code:

#wrapperMI_0 {
padding-bottom: 0 !important;

This will override the inline style code for the player object. I’ve set it to zero, but you can change to whatever works for you.

On a side note, this wonderful plug-in seems to have disappeared! I hope it returns with new revisions. Simon’s own site says you can download from WordPress but the link is broken and the plug-in seems to be missing even if you search for it :-(

Bluetooth adapter for Apple 30-pin speaker docks

If you are a long-time user of Apple products, their switch to the Lightening connector probably left you with orphaned 30-pin connector devices, like iPhone/iPad powered speaker docks. Well, this handy $15 adapter will turn those into useful Bluetooth speakers! (Even if you still live in the 30-pin world, this would be a great thing to get.)

I just got one and it works great. The only caveat is that the dock must be one that charged your iPhone/iPad, since the adapter requires a power source.

Mpow® Bluetooth A2DP Music Audio Receiver Adapter for Bose Sounddock and 30-Pin iPod iPhone Dock

Restaurant/Cafeteria-style Hot Oatmeal, Part II

It’s been nearly three years since I penned my popular post Restaurant/Cafeteria-style Hot Oatmeal At Last! Ever since then I have had an eye out for a more controllable slow cooker. I thought I had found one: the Cuisinart PSC-350. This thing has a simmer setting which is a setting between warm and low, which is what you need for oatmeal.  (The typical low setting that you find is still too high.)

Anyways, I was at Target and stumbled onto a rice cooker–not even on my radar–that had a…drumroll…”oatmeal” setting! With several Target gift cards burning a hole in my pocket I purchased the Aroma ARC-616SB Sensor Logic Rice Cooker & Food Steamer ($60), ready to return it if it sucked.

I am happy to report that it works really well! It made a very tasty batch of oatmeal in about 30 minutes. I didn’t even have to use my overnight slow-cook method. My only gripe is that its delay function only works on the rice settings. Why this is the case, I don’t know. I tried making a batch and letting the automatic keep-warm function do its thing, but the oatmeal still ended up with a little bit of slightly burned skin on top.

In any event, if you’re looking to make push-button-easy restaurant-style oatmeal, I highly recommend the Aroma ARC-616. It really makes you wonder how anyone can eat instant oatmeal!