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Tech Idea Thursday: Cure For Green Garbled Flash Videos

This is the story about a garbled video and finding its cure.  If Google sent you over here, I’m guessing you’re having some video trouble.  Does this screen shot look familiar?  If so, you’re in the right place for a solution.

You know how I love steam punk and Halloween and this is one of the coolest masks ever! Photo courtesy of Pamela Quevedo, aka @TotusMel on Twitter and the writer behind http://totusmel.blogspot.com. Click the photo above to check out her designs!


I follow @TotusMel  on Twitter.  Her tatting work is amongst the best I’ve ever seen and a lot of it is nicely steam punky.  I’m not as involved with the steam punk scene as I’d like to be, and I don’t create as much steam punky stuff as others, but I do drool.  Drop by and visit her blog and if you’re a steam punk fan, check out her wunderkamer too.  I totally recommend her work, blog and all.

Anyway, she posted the link of an awesome project video from Air Pirates the other day.  If you’re into Sci-Fi and steam punk, go check them out.  They need our help to save the world!  (Hmmm… wonder if the t-shirt comes in women’s…)

Since @TotusMel always has interesting things to post, generally if she posts a video, I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy it.

I clicked on over to watch the video and then it happened.

I got this:


This same kind of garbled video appeared on my screen earlier this week too, while trying to watch a video on meditation.  The picture was all garbled, but not the sound.  Confusing, but I figured it was some sort of file corruption on the video itself.

However, when I tried to watch the Air Pirate video, here I was seeing it again. Garbled video, but the sound was fine.

It was confusing at first, because in this case, the fictional audio script indicated that “someone from the future” was trying to contact the past and it was written to include the idea that the characters were having trouble with their video feed!  (I’ll say!)

I played the video a few times, same thing.
A garbled mass of pixelated goo.

However, it just didn’t seem right not to be able to see anything.  I tried other videos and didn’t have a problem seeing most of them, but then certain ones – yep, all green and garbled.  Something’s going on here, and I suspected it had something to do with Adobe after the recent update.

Turns out it was the Flash player.  And I discovered a fix.  It’s simple, quick and doesn’t require a reboot either.  So if you have experienced this, read on so you can get back to watching those videos.  NOW!

First, right-click on the offending video.  You can pause the video, or not.  Doesn’t really matter.  It should bring up an Adobe Flash Player window that looks like this.  Click on “settings.”


After clicking on “settings” it will bring up a window that looks like this.


Un-check the box that says “enable hardware acceleration.”  Then click “close.”


Lastly, refresh your page and voilà: you’ll be in business and get to see what you’ve been missing!


Save the Air Pirates! Go to http://AirPirates.org!

Now you’re ready to go!  I can’t post videos directly on my blog hosted here at WordPress.com, or I would totally embed the Air Pirates video in my post (they have the code on their site to share).  But if you’re curious, head over to their website, enjoy the fun and support their cause.

Later y’all!

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Filed under Steam Punk, Tech Idea Thursday

I Fixed It! My Piano ‘n Me…

Today I fixed my antique piano. It’s the Gulbransen 1936 upright piano that my Aunt Kerry gave me when I was like 10 years old. It was originally from her family, but she was not using it and I’d shown promise at piano. She gave it to me under one condition. If I were to ever decide I did not want it, it had to come back to her family. This has never been a problem, since I have never wanted to be without it since it came home with me. This piano and I have been through so much together.

Today, my son loves to play on it as well. But we started noticing that two of the keys did not want to play. A little known secret is that before I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was pursuing becoming a member of the local piano technician’s guild. Pregnancy (and massive morning “all day” sickness) rather changed my immediate plans and birth my long term ones. But I have never forgotten, and never become discouraged at, the idea of someday returning to those plans and accomplishing my goal to learn not only how to tune pianos, but fix them.

Anyway, today I got a wild hair. You see, occasionally there are tunes in my head. And when they make their presence known, these tunes have to get out of my head or I won’t get much done. My piano is always my remedy for that. But today, one of the notes I needed was broken.

Perhaps it was due to my penchant for seeing how things work and fixing things. Perhaps it was the recent class I took at The Crochet Liberation Front’s crochet conference/retreat, learning to not only make my own hooks, but fix hooks I haven’t been able to use in years because the wood had split. My teacher was Jim Price, an excellent teacher and a master hook maker. It removed my fear of repairing any wood hook that comes into my possession. Perhaps it was recent events that proved to me that often when we hesitate out of too much caution, we never live and we miss valuable things. Perhaps it’s my shift towards not putting up with over planning or hiring someone else every time anymore. I don’t know. But with a tune in my head, inspiration hit and I needed to pull that piano apart and figure out what was wrong.

I grabbed grandpa’s old screw driver and started pulling things apart.

After getting through layers of dust, I discovered that parts that used to be glued together had come loose and were no longer glued together. I have no idea what they used in 1936, but I headed to Home Depot and picked up a tube of Liquid Nails. It wasn’t the easiest fix in the world, but largely because of several moving parts and not really having all the right tools. I had to pull the whole mechanism out to get to the parts, and without enough space in my home to work (one of the reasons I hadn’t yet returned to the idea) I had to use my bed as a work space. However, I managed to isolate the broken parts, pull them out and restructure them. Took a little doing to get everything back, but it’s done and better than ever.

If there’s one thing this experience has taught me, it’s past time to get me a tuning hammer!


Filed under Friends and Family, Music