Film · Photography


I’m kind of hoping to get a scanner with medium format film scanning capability for my birthday, which is only a month and a week away *hint, hint*. If I did get the scanner, I’d be able to do my own black and white film processing myself, which should save us some money. I’d also be able to shoot more with our various vintage cameras.

With that in mind, I’ve been doing some research on darkroom and photographic chemicals. I’ve found The Guerilla Darkroom, Become Your Own Lab For $49.38, and Coffee, Tea, Or Vitamin C: Kitchen Chemistry In The Darkroom to be potentially useful.

I’d be more likely to use a changing bag than a full-fledged darkroom, though. Either that or I’ll just have to handle the film before bed when it’s all dark. Troy already picked up a developing tank from a thrift store for me. It only cost him $4.99. When we went to a photography supply store this past weekend, we found that the actual price for the tank was $34.99. Jackpot! :)

Well, enough photogeekery for today. I’ll try to find some less boring topic to talk about in my next entry. Well, unless you find photogeekery stuff just as fascinating as I do, then I might just have to talk even more about it. No? Okay. I understand.


Today’s Haiku

Strawberry Milk Forever
Mmm, strawberry milk…

Just nine months ago,
the weirdest day of our lives.
‘Twas our wedding day.

Before Troy left for work, he told me about how a couple we know had decided not to move to another province because if they did, it would be hard to plan out a wedding here in Ontario, and I think I annoyed Troy because I kept asking why it would be so hard because, really, all you’d have to do is set the date, book the wedding officiant, find some park to get married in, and you’d be good to go. But then I realised that not every couple want their wedding day to be over as quickly as possible like we did. :) On our wedding night, we went to a cinema to see Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with a couple of friends instead of having an all-night reception. Good times! I wouldn’t have the day any other way.
So yeah, happy 9th monthiversary to us! Here’s to many, many more 9 months full of happiness, laughter, Vietnamese food, and thrift stores!

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Firdamatic™ for Blogger

Tonight I finally got around to updating one of my favourite creations: Firdamatic. It’s just that I’ve been getting tonnes of emails lately from Blogger/Blogspot users who are having problems with their Firdamatic-generated layouts. I don’t really have time to troubleshoot the problems one by one, so I decided to do the next best thing.

For the longest time (or since its conception in 2003), Firdamatic layouts were only available for Movable Type weblogs. But now they’re also available for Blogger/Blogspot weblogs! Let’s rejoice! :P

If you’re a Blogger/Blogspot user and you’ve been having problems with your Firdamatic layout, please generate another and you’ll be presented with a Blogger/Blogspot-specific template for you to copy and paste. Both the one-column and two-column templates seem to work without problem when I tested them on my Blogger account.

Now I really have to go to sleep. It’s 4:30 in the morning and my back is really, really sore…


Sally Ann Auctions

I don’t know if you have been or even have heard of the Salvation Army auctions but we went to a couple last night. One in Guelph and another one in Kitchener. The auctions were kind of sad. You really can’t compare them to, say, Christie’s or Sotheby’s auctions. In Guelph, there were only, like, half a dozen people (including Troy and me) coming to the auctions and in Kitchener, we were about the only ones. It probably wasn’t good for the Salvation Army, but it was good for us because we got all the stuff we wanted for relatively low prices.

In Guelph, we’d had our eyes on this HUGE Russian telephoto lens for a month or so. We were the second to bid for it, but unlike the other bidder, we made it to the live auction. That made us the auction winner. In Kitchener, we hadn’t even previously bid for the item. There were a couple of other bidders on the list but, once again, we were the only one who made it to the auction at the time so they just added $5 into the last bid and we won a solid, old Canon FTb camera with a couple of lenses and filters and case. All in all, we won some $300-$400 worth of goods for less than $100.

If you’re interested in any of the stuff you see on auction at one of the Salvation Army branches, it’s definitely worth going to the live auction. That is, assuming that only a few bidders would actually show up. And unlike eBay, you wouldn’t have to worry about the crazy shipping and handling fees some people seem to charge if you won the auction. It’s good time, baby! :)


Today’s Haiku

Close-Up III
Was just reminded of this fact.

Happy first birthday
to our deceased snow T-Rex.
Made one year ago.

Last year’s winter was so much more exciting than this year’s. Partly because it was my very first winter, and partly because it did feel like winter. This winter is kind of lame. Most of the time, it feels more like spring than winter. We don’t get as much snow as I would like. It’s good for Troy the Snow Hater, but not very good for me. I want to make another snow creature this year, but damn. Not enough snow. :(
In case you’re interested, the making of snow T-Rex photos are available for your viewing pleasure in this Flickr photoset. Now please excuse me while I do the blizzard-calling dance.


Songs of the 90s

Yesterday I came across this compilation of songs from alt. rock bands of the 90s called When We Were Young at I Guess I’m Floating (an MP3 blog). It is an interesting compilation of songs that you can download if you’re interested. I’m listening to it as I type. There are some bands that I think should be on the list but are not, but hey, it’s their list, not mine. If it were my list, I would add the following bands into the compilation:

1. Nirvana — “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
2. Live — “Lightning Crashes”
3. The Verve Pipe — “The Freshmen”
4. Deep Blue Something — “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers — “Under the Bridge”
6. 4 Non Blondes — “What’s Up”
7. The Cranberries — “Zombie”
8. Garbage — “Stupid Girl”
9. No Doubt — “Don’t Speak”
10. Blur — “Song 2”
11. EMF — “Unbelievable”
12. Goo Goo Dolls — “Iris”

Um, I think that’s all. I’m not sure if all the bands I listed above are alt. rock bands, but those are the songs that come to me when I think of the 90s.

So, what are your songs of the 90s?