I’m not missing or dead… really I’m not!

Music:

I’ve actually had some progress musically wise in the last month or so working with Jeremy Braden Day on his upcoming album.
Some REALLY nice material has come together since the EP was published. I’m very much looking forward to the album when it is released.

I’ve been having the creative juices flowing again, and I’m itchy to start recording. I finally installed OS X Yosemite along with Logic PRO X. Nice update Apple, I have to say. However, now I’m contemplating getting a terabyte drive for the iMac and doing up a dual boot of OS X 10.6 and OS X 10.10 with Logic PRO 8.0 / X on both OS versions.

One thing I’m going to do is tidy up my Auralplane VS Rob Adlers music pages out there. A little confusing if I do say so myself. That’s to come.

Videos:

Nothing posted yet, but the idea has been formed. I have to story board my plan of execution and just start doing it.

Life:

Alexandra is growing and I’m really a proud papa. She’s a happy kid that sleeps well. Corinne and I are very lucky.

That’s all for now!

Rob

Personal

I’ve had a very busy year! Corinne and I married October 4th, 2014, and fairly soon after, we found out we were expecting! Since that time, I’ve been busy with house renovations and preparations for the arrival of our child.

October 15th, 2015, Alexandra Sophia Isabelle Adlers arrived! Mom and Alex are doing just fine. Now it’s a matter of learning how to function with less sleep. 🙂

As to the house renovations, I’ve learned so much in the last year, and our house is looking much nicer as a result. They never end, but at least where we are now is such an advancement over where we were at. Most of the work concentrated on the main floor interior.  The music studio got some new lighting that has made it much nicer to work in.

Music

Jeremy Brendan Day & The Resistance EP has been printed, and I’m excited! Jeremy, Ron and Wayne really did a great job with this album, and I can hardly wait for the full album release. Very proud to be a part of that project. It has taken some time, but I love the results. See my May post for the tunes on Soundcloud.com.

Because of personal priorities, music has taken a temporary break while I readjust to all the changes and enjoy my new family. However, as things settle in, I’ll be back on the creative wagon starting on new projects and continuing existing ones. My mind has been racing with ideas that need some exercising.

One other hurdle I am still working through is taking my 2007 iMac to Yosemite and upgrading from Logic Pro 8 to X. I’m looking forward to some of the new features I’ve read up on, as it will fill a couple of holes in my studio gear.  The Yosemite upgrade went much better than some other upgrade stories I’ve read up on. My MOTU 8PRE had some driver complaints initially, but those have been worked out. Logic Pro X, you’re next.

I’m rated in the Top 10 for Electronic for Kitchener-Waterloo on Reverbnation.com! Well, in the bigger scheme of things, I don’t know how relevant is this? But it’s somewhat cool to hear that anyways. Perhaps I should put up newer tracks.

YouTube

I have an awesome idea that I will be working on soon for my YouTube channel. I had to get some approvals done first, but that is clear, and I can go ahead. Stay tuned!

I have checked out stats from Google for my channel, and one of the key pieces of data I found interesting was the time people spent watching my videos (avg). 2 min 30 seconds! Beetle music territory! As an experiment, some of my future videos will be conforming to this timeframe to see if that helps with viewership stats and overall viewer happiness. Obviously content has to be of some value. I stay committed to the edutainment around synthesizers form for my RADLERS channel. My Auralplane channel has been sadly neglected due to life, but hopefully a couple of the project ideas I have for that will come to fruition.

That’s all for now until next post.

Well, if you’ve been visiting my website in the last while, it doesn’t look like I’ve been up to much. Not true!

One of the projects I’ve been working on has been with Jeremy Brendan Day’s new album!

Here are some of the pre-release listens to tracks on his Soundcloud page!
I’m playing on all but Silly Little Love Song.

Jeremy Brendan Day on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-brendan-day

Beautiful Lie – https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-brendan-day/beautiful-lie

Stupid Town – https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-brendan-day/stupid-town-ep-version

Better Days – https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-brendan-day/better-days-ep-version

Silly Little Love Song – https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-brendan-day/silly-little-love-song

Chapters Of My Life – https://soundcloud.com/jeremy-brendan-day/chapters-of-my-life

This is my follow up to asking questions to the Region of Waterloo and Waste management for Waterloo region.
WR Waste Management (Twitter @WasteWR) has posted an FAQ regarding the changes coming.
I went through their list compared to my questions. Since it’s best to visit their website, I’ll just post their FAQ website link here, and you can visit their site for the answers.

FAQ Link: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/aboutTheEnvironment/Possible-Curbside-Changes-FAQs.asp
Green Bin FAQ Link: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/aboutTheEnvironment/Green_Bin_Organics.asp

1. What size of bag? Weight limit per bag?
– Answered in FAQ
2. Trash can allowed size changed in the last while (smaller). What about can usage?
– Answered in FAQ
3. Is the region going to provide larger blue boxes if asked for? They recommend using two already.
– One Blue Box free to new home owners only. Blue Boxes available for purchase at many stores.
4. For items that can not be put in recycling but still stink, who will pay for potential rodent population increase?
– Covered indirectly (solutions to the stink) in FAQ
5. Have they budgeted for road side dumping? I’ve seen this happen in other regions and it’s a problem. Nothing like beautiful woodlands littered with garbage because disposal fees were expensive.
– Covered in FAQ
6. Tags for extra bags – is the price going to on parity with driving the stuff to the dump yourself, or should we expect additional surcharges? $2 dump fee plus garbage surplus? See Q5 as a result.
– Not entirely answered. Sure, tags for bags, but this is still unclear if you visit the dump and pay your minimum $2 fee + whatever weight fee. Not sure how this will work with mixed garbage. Something to add to the FAQ
7. Paper bags – region to subsidize the cost? Newsprint is not useful nor available in all situations. Pet waste needs to be contained in paper bags to reduce/eliminate yuck factor.
– Not covered. I have some additional info below on this topic though.
8. So, I have two garbage cans to account for putting bags for one week into them. Four bags? I’ll need to buy more cans to keep all critters out.
– Not answered in FAQ, but there are options for acceptable containers which may answer this question
9. Yeah, the smell!!!! Wrapping styrofoam containers and plastic that were used for meat (even if rinsed, currently has to be put in the garbage) in paper and using lysol adds costs to the homeowner and is a patch to the actual problem of it sitting around for two weeks! When are we able to recycle at least the styrofoam? We can bring it to the dump, just not at the curbside.
– Covered in FAQ. I’d still prefer that styrofoam be recyclable as it appears to be at the dump

Additional question:

1. Truck fleet strategy:
– Going from one week to two weeks
– four bag limit per two weeks = two bag limit per week
– current garbage trucks hold about 1/3 organic waste, 2/3 garbage (one vehicle)
– current recycling truck handles all recyclables
– currently 86% of residents use 2 bags or less per week (so mostly compliant) of garbage, but out of that, 53% are compliant with green bin strategy. Goal of bag reduction is to adopt green bin strategy. I think the 86% using two bags or less per week may still need some prodding. Clear bags maybe it, but now we’re putting garbage collectors on the front line, which isn’t fun for them.
– We’re getting a new fleet – going from 2 trucks per route per week to alternating 2 trucks / 3 trucks (based off of Record article: http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/5645822-d-amato-on-diapers-drive-by-garbage-tossing-and-other-waste-management-fun/)
– If we’re going to single use trucks, how is this greener when two trucks will be required per route every week, and a third being added every other week? I can see route sizes changing as a result of this change, but how often will they need to visit the dump each day to complete their work and how many fewer trucks/staff will there be?
I guess this can be viewed as nitpicking, but it was mentioned that one of the reasons was to reduce carbon footprint. I’m wondering by how much.
I was thinking it’d be easier if you just limit to 2 bags per week. However, if there is indeed a big cost savings and noticeable carbon foot print reduction, please show us by how much!

My own investigation on Green Bin (GB), Kitchen, and Dog Waste bag options:

The FAQs available from the region are awesome, especially around the green bin and blue box usage.
I decided to look into costs of buying certified compostable plastic bags or paper bags. I currently use the paper bags for kitchen and pet waste (large and small size).
I visited some of the prominent department, home supply, pet and food stores around KW tonight to locate the following bags:
– certified GB, Kitchen and pet plastic compostable bags
– Kitchen and GB paper bags

I didn’t visit as many pet stores as I wanted to, but none of the ones I visited (or other stores with pet products) had certified (as outlined by the region) dog waste bags. They have their own type of environmentally friendly options, but nothing that meets with what the Region wants. If any pet stores out there have any, please let me know!
Sizes may vary a little for Kitchen and Green Bin bags, which may reflect the price ranges. Quantity plays a factor, as always. Prices are per bag including tax. I’m not giving away any details around where / what, so don’t ask. I just wanted to post ranges to people could see what is out there.

Findings:

Price ranges:
– Kitchen paper bags: $0.30 – $0.68 per bag
– Kitchen certified plastic bags: $0.12 – $0.47 per bag
– Green Bin paper bags: $0.28 – $0.82 per bag
– Green Bin certified plastic bags: $0.30 – $0.79 per bag
– Dog waste certified plastic bags: (N/A)

Hope this information is helpful. I do thank the Region and the Waste Management folks for the information they have provided. For the additional questions I have… hoping there maybe some more information available to us at some point. It maybe more than most people would care to know about, but I figure if these are public services, transparency isn’t a bad thing. It also helps me get behind the decision more.

Voted last night at Region of Waterloo meeting: Garbage in Waterloo region every two weeks, 4 bag limit, recycling and green bins every week.

Twitter is too short for this reply.

I am a two garbage can, two blue box, one green bin per week resident of Kitchener. According to the new rules, it seems like I’m in line with what they want to change to save 1.5 Million dollars in cost for the region. That doesn’t seem like a lot in the bigger scheme of things. I heard that they want to force people to adopt using green bin (I get that), and reduce waste going into the land fill to save environment, prolong life of the dump (I get that too). So…. to me there are unanswered questions. Maybe they’re not from the Region’s eyes, but here are my questions….

From people I’ve talked to, the issues with the green bin were:

1) Yuck factor – disposal, cleaning of the container, smell
2) Cost of paper bags $$$
3) Was it actually being composted or just dumped?
4) Not every building can participate in the program, so why bother?
With that in mind, here are my questions:
1. What size of bag? Weight limit per bag?
2. Trash can allowed size changed in the last while (smaller). What about can usage?
3. Is the region going to provide larger blue boxes if asked for? They recommend using two already.
4. For items that can not be put in recycling but still stink, who will pay for potential rodent population increase?
5. Have they budgeted for road side dumping? I’ve seen this happen in other regions and it’s a problem. Nothing like beautiful woodlands littered with garbage because disposal fees were expensive.
6. Tags for extra bags – is the price going to on parity with driving the stuff to the dump yourself, or should we expect additional surcharges? $2 dump fee plus garbage surplus? See Q5 as a result.
7. Paper bags – region to subsidize the cost? Newsprint is not useful nor available in all situations. Pet waste needs to be contained in paper bags to reduce/eliminate yuck factor.
8. So, I have two garbage cans to account for putting bags for one week into them. Four bags? I’ll need to buy more cans to keep all critters out.
9. Yeah, the smell!!!! Wrapping styrofoam containers and plastic that were used for meat (even if rinsed, currently has to be put in the garbage) in paper and using lysol adds costs to the homeowner and is a patch to the actual problem of it sitting around for two weeks! When are we able to recycle at least the styrofoam? We can bring it to the dump, just not at the curbside.

So I get wanting to reduce waste going into the dump to prolong it’s life and do better by our environment. I’m a BIG user of our recycling programs. All I see this change doing is taking costs away from one area and adding to another, and upsetting home owners and the trash collectors.
Too this, adoption for buildings that can’t conform to our region rules will just upset other taxpayers who have to conform. Parity first!!!! The money being saved doesn’t sound like a lot, and I wonder what other costs will go up as a result.

 

For anyone checking in on what’s new, here’s been the latest since the last post in 2013.

1. I left the Flannwood Mac project for logistical reasons and will be focusing on other projects that I will describe below. It was a blast. Very talented group of musicians to work with.
2. I had a great show at the Latvian Song Festival in July 2014 at Hamilton Place. Debess Manna was a cabaret show during the festival to pay tribute to popular Latvian music created by Latvian ex-pats. It was a full production show where I did up sequencing and played live. I had some technical fun getting the show in order technically, but in the end, we pulled the show off and people were happy. Some additional smaller versions of the show have been performed by the group since. More information on that later.
3. I got married in October to Corinne! That took up a lot of our time this year. We had a great wedding day, thanks to everyone involved and especially our friends and families for their support and love.
4. Allistor Bradley and I participated in a local Family Hackday event where we worked with kids to create ring tones for phones that they could take home with them. All software and content was public domain / open source too (part of the goal). The kids had a blast, and so did we. Some really creative stuff… and silly stuff… came out of that day.

Added musical bucket list items:
1. Working with Dave Kruger (The League of Kruger) on a new project album, bringing our writing efforts together for a new album under a new name. Dave and I have written music together since high school, and the bug that got us originally writing music has not died. Music is not just for the youth! With this project will come music videos for YouTube and live performances.
2. Auralplane is to fly this year with a first proper release. Overdue… No really… Really overdue. Again, I have plans for videos to be posted on YouTube once the music is complete.
3. Dave and I will be working with Anda Vitols on animated short films that she has in the works, doing music for them. Dave and I have always wanted to do this, and this is an awesome bucket list item to do.

Enjoy the holidays and new posts in 2015!

Howdy folks!

For those who are old M.U.L.E. game fans, there is a new version out at the Apple Store!
https://itunes.apple.com/app/mule-returns/id629126149

Thanks to Comma 8 Studios for doing up this project. M.U.L.E. has remained one of my favourite video games over the years. Cool part from my standpoint is my music remix is in the game! In the first version of the game, my Auralplane band name appears. In version 1.2 or later, you’ll see Rob Adlers listed.

One check in my musical bucket list has been achieved!

Very proud to be part of this project. Looking forward to doing more game projects in the future should they present themselves.

Well, I’ve gone and done it. Joined a new music tribute act! Flannwood Mac, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, is finally in gear and in motion! We hosted our inaugural event at Bobby O’Briens Bar and Grill in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on August 30th, 2013. Here are some videos on Youtube from an audience member Dave Sloane.

More to come later on this front, as we had the show video recorded and will be posting those videos up later.

Band members: Bryan Wright, Theresa Noon, Chris Flannigan, Chris Latta, Laura Friesen, Ryan Allen and yours truly!

Flannwood Mac Advert 2013-08-30

Time lapse photography capture of the ice/freezing rain storm that blew through Kitchener, Ontario, Canada April 11-12th, 2013. Video and music by Rob Adlers. This video was as much an experiment as it was a spontaneous thing to do. I wind up watching the little things that happen in the view as time moves forward. Oddly you don’t see the rain coming down, and it did pretty hard at some points. It’s a cheap camera, it is what it is…