Adobe Premier Pro CS5 with Native Instruments VST (blacklist.txt)

This is a mock-up of the crash screen - I couldn't get it to come up again after applying the fix herein.

Experimenting with Adobe Premier Pro (Creative Suite 5 / CS5) I have run into the commonly experienced Native Instruments VST plug-in incompatibility issue, wherein PP crashes on startup due to certain code issues.

Rename your VST .DLL‘s with underscore (_) characters instead of space characters in the filename, and place those in the blacklist.txt files (one in each subdirectory containing .DLL’s to be ignored during startup) and Adobe’s products (PP/AE/etc.) should launch correctly.

For example:  I renamed “Kontakt 5 16out.dll” to “Kontakt_5_16out.dll” and inserted that into blacklist.txt and Adobe finally ignored loading it.  Reaper still loads all the NI instruments for me correctly, as does Cakewalk Sonar X10 with the renamed DLL’s.

Guitar Rig 4.dll” becomes “Guitar_Rig_4.dll” and when included in the blacklist.txt in that subdirectory, is ignored successfully during startup of Adobe Premier Pro (Creative Suite 5 – CS5).

A sample blacklist.txt for Kontakt 5:

Kontakt_5_16out.dll
Kontakt_5_8out.dll
Kontakt_5.dll

Wanted: A Better Reusable Coffee Pod (K-cup)

K-cup pods – making coffee one cup at a time. So what do you do with yours? Try to recycle? Landfill? Don’t know because you use them at the office and your office doesn’t have a recycle bin?

Keurig itself came up with this idea – main faulty design flaw is the plastic cage. It should be all stainless steel, so people don’t complain about the rims breaking off after a few weeks of use.

Here’s a novel idea as well – a reusable cap that has an improved water injector design used for re-capping existing plastic pods by washing them out and re-using them.

Instead, just put it all together and call it done. All-metal design, with a reusable cap.  If you do it, you could be a bazillionaire!

Myself, I just use a regular espresso hand-pressure machine with a regular old stainless grounds cup and tamp out the puck and rinse it.

Bad Tea (bags) vs. Good Tea (bags)

Dear Tea Companies –

ImageWhen the first pyramid/silk tea bags appeared out of my little boxes of tea, I thought, “What a pretty little bag!”  Then, after drinking my steeped beverage, I, as usual tore off the string and tag, and placed it into my composter, which had been fine for many years.  A few weeks later, when turning it over, I noticed the bag was still sitting there.

And you know what? 1,000 years later, that little bag will still be there, all pristine and pretty, because it’s plastic. Very tough plastic. Plastic that apparently is cheaper than the filter paper (mostly made of wood pulp, or other normally compostable materials.) Plastic that will withstand being used as an e-cigarette high temp vapor filter.

ImageI don’t want yet another larger carbon footprint from what used to be one of humanities least bio-expensive processed foods – please use simple paper instead.

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Or perhaps even better, keep it loose and provide a reusable sack filter instead (only need 1 or 2 per box).

Or if you’re the tea-drinker, just use one of these infusers with loose tea. ImageThey even make tea bag-shaped versions, if you’re psychologically attached to that shape.Image I don’t need for my simple tea leaf to have turned bad because of a cosmetic packaging idea.

Thanks, from a tea-drinker (and coffee, too).

Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (and why it probably isn’t a disorder)

ImageBees eat nectar, pollen and collect plant sap (propolis). Normally they eat a varied diet of many different flowers, plants and various flora.  They live outside in tree hollows, under structures, inside walls, and many times even just hanging from tree branches out in the open where they survive just fine against all kinds of rain, snow, ants, mites, beetles, moths and whatever else the natural world throws at them.

People decided to try and make more food producible from less land, so it’s cheaper (or more profitable, depending on how you look at it.)  Monoculture developed (growing a lot of one kind of plant in an area). Insect-resistant strains of species were cultivated, engineered and distributed. Multi-spectrum insecticides were invented to combat the increasing number of insects that seemed to like our vast fields full of single-crop plantings (sort of like putting a CostCo where a 7-11 convenience store once stood).

Until the robotic bees are perfected, in order to keep growing grains, fruits and vegetables, regular honeybees (apis mellifera) do the work of pollenating the fields. Even when trucked and transported thousands of miles into foreign soils and dumped on the grounds of vast monoculture plantings, they do their work.

But just like humans, if one is fed a single-source diet, bees own immune systems start breaking down and getting weaker. Gets worse when starting to be fed refined sugar syrups or soy protein extracts instead of plain raw organic pollen. Add to that trace elemental insecticides into the nectar, pollen and plant saps that are coming from all of the agricultural engineering being applied, and you get, one weak bee (or a few billion of them.)

Because we like to work our fields during the daytime, and we don’t like getting stung by bees, we start promoting the more docile-behaving bees, and kill the queens that produce the “angrier” kind. Behaviorally, these “calm” and “easy to manage” bees also seem to have lackluster response to common bee pests, such as varroa mites, small hive beetles, wax moths and even ants.  While their feral and “mean” cousins seem to be able to manage these pesky intruders by themselves, our “calm” bees seem to need assistance keeping their houses in-order, so we add miticide pads, screening boards, moth adhesive traps, and ant barriers to the mix.

What we end up with is a “easy to manage” bee that is basically domesticated – that is, it’s lazy. It lets someone else clean up the intruders and messes, isn’t very disease-resistant, and occasionally can’t figure out how to get home. Sound a little like “Fluffy” or “Spot” at home?Image

But bees are unusually resilient by nature’s norms – and they have wings. So if someone camped you out in a fast food place and said, “Here. Eat these burgers until you die 45 days from now,”  and the burgers were making your digestion runny, and you seemed to get no end of colds, flu, and all sorts of skin irritations head-to-toe and were getting pretty annoyed by the number of moths and beetles that seemed to be liking your particular burger joint, and you had keys to a personal helicopter, what would you do?

Go find better digs and fly away perhaps? The statistical surveys of bee populations within a state are based upon commercial bee hive and other registered control counts. Generally, in the past, they have ignored feral populations on the basis that they were not worth counting, any more than counting the number of houseflies around town. We, as Backwards Beekeepers, have noticed something very different happening. All the usual number of swarms are where they typically occur (trees, old sheds, people’s attics), but these populations are much more large and well-distributed within urban and suburban areas than in prior years.

ImageLet’s say you’re a bee. You notice that the local City seems to take very good care of their flower beds.  In fact, people seem to be planting beautiful flowers year-round, including removing other annuals, and re-planting new ones in their place just to keep the bed looking full of flowers. Home gardeners seem to be using fewer chemicals than before – because people are trying to grow “better quality” food at home than they find in their markets. Whole areas are void of the usual predatory yellowjackets and wasps because they happen to be areas where people don’t like such annoying insects and they’ve put out thousands of traps. Where would you go?

ImageWe don’t count bees.  But we do notice there are way more bees showing up in our cities and suburbs than have been in past years.  And maybe all those field bees just got tired of getting shipped around the country and decided to move into the cozy suburbs instead.

Of significance to this situation is in the majority of reported colony and hive “collapse” cases, dead bees are found only in small or insignificant numbers. We’ve seen what happens when a colony gets sprayed with insecticide – LOTS of dead bees. And the typical observation has been that they’ve “vanished.”  How about they just flew away to greener pastures?

But there might be one more domino-effect to the bees eating so many chemicals and becoming weaker – what happens to the animals that eat them? I was watching a PBS special, entitled “Saving Songbirds” related to wild songbird population reductions that have been observed more consistently over the past decade. Food chain. Coincidences usually are not coincidences.

Geeks! The Musical! – Dr. Who (Rap Version)

Inspired by Geeks! The Musical by Thomas J. Misuraca, three of the Original Cast members, Tyler Koster, Steven Alloway and James Lui present our beatbox interpretation of one of the fine musical numbers, Dr. Who for all the fans of the show. More show and cast information available at http://www.geeksthemusical.com

Amazing Geeks! (The Musical!) The Workout! – Featuring the Original Cast

Geeks! The Musical! written by Thomas J. Misuraca has finished it’s record-breaking World Premier run – that 8 of 9 sold-out shows! This is a parody aerobics exercise video the cast dreamed up during those long rehearsals for what will become a legendary fictional depiction of life and times of the days of the epic Comic-Con conventions! Fantasy, anime, Sci-Fi, comic lovers and CosPlay unites under the performances of an incredibly talented cast and original musical score by Ruth Judkowitz, who inspired this Disco remix version of her Finale composition. Big Thanks! go to Laura De Lano for providing the aerobics leadership and choreography adaption in this video.

Visit www.geeksthemusical.com for more information and ticket availability.

Geeks! The Musical! Workout! [Preview Teaser]

A Preview of Geeks! The Workout! based loosely upon Geeks! The Musical! written by Thomas J. Misuraca and now in its 2nd record-breaking week. This is a parody aerobics exercise video the cast dreamed up during those long rehearsals for what will become a legendary fictional depiction of life and times of the days of the epic Comic-Con conventions! Fantasy, anime, Sci-Fi, comic lovers and CosPlay unites under the performances of an incredibly talented cast and original musical score by Ruth Judkowitz. Original choreography by Liz Heathcoat. Your featured aerobics instructor/choreographer for this silliness is Laura De Lano

Visit www.geeksthemusical.com for more information and get your tickets through any of the following venues:
brownpapertickets.com/event/230405
plays411.com/geeks
goldstar.com/events/hollywood-ca/geeks-the-musical

Or cash at the door by RSVP to 323-469-3113

Be SQUARE, Be THERE!