New music from Jeremy Brendan Day

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

Questions to Waterloo Region Update

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.

Questions to Waterloo Region Regarding Garbage Pickup Changes

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.

 

December 2014 Update

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!

M.U.L.E. Returns is available at Apple iTunes Store!

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.

Flannwood Mac is unleashed!

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

April 2013 Freezing Rain Storm Video

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…

S-video output for my Commodore 64 Computer

I still find it cool that 30 year old Computer equipment actually had S-Video output capability, but without the S-Video connector.

Commodore 64’s have Chroma/Luma and Audio outputs from the video port. They’re in RCA connector format, so I had to come up with an adapter. I looked up on the internet about the cables being sold, etc and found out that you needed a 300 ohm resistor inline to get clarity in the signal, because the Commodore 64’s output is a bit ‘hot’.

Well, I got a resistor and tried it and found I wasn’t getting any color. Tried a smaller ohm resistor and it began to show promise. I decided that a variable resistor would be a better solution in case each machine I connected to had different output levels. I spent some time and built my adapter case at Kwartzlab.

Voila! Observe the photo graphs!

The adapter:

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Output without resistance applied:

Kitchener-20110109-00122

Output with resistance applied:

Kitchener-20110109-00123

My Commodore 64 on a 52″ LCD TV in the living room:

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Ohhh… This is new!

Performing at Hamilton Place, opening for The Watch - 2012

Performing at Hamilton Place, opening for The Watch – 2012

Greetings everyone and noone!

I’ve finally launched my new website to capture the various things I get myself into and like to share with folks.

I’m moving over a lot of older non-Auralplane content over to this site from www.auralplane.com, as really, this is my ‘Everything Rob’ website. Moving forward, Auralplane.com will be my electronic music website only.

More to come…

Rob