The Pop Shoppe!

The Pop Shoppe!
(The Pop Shoppe!, originally uploaded by firda.)

So we went to Hasty Market to get The Pop Shoppe last night. Of course we took the long way, making stops at the bank, Future Shop, Office Depot, and Zellers. We picked up three rolls of film for my pinhole camera at Zellers for $8, which we thought was cheap, until we came to Canadian Tire and saw that they sold five rolls of film for $10. Ack!

When we got to the Hasty Market, I was worried they’d run out of The Pop Shoppe already so I was glad to see that they still had plenty of them. I picked up The Pop Shoppe Root Beer because I’m a big fan of root beer, but sadly, I can’t really call it my favourite. I like it better than Barq’s, but less than I like A&W and MUG root beer. Troy picked up his childhood favourite, The Pop Shoppe Cream Soda. I think it’s really good and according to Troy, it still tastes the same as it was ages ago.

Anyway, I didn’t grow up in Canada or the States so I have no childhood memories of The Pop Shoppe. But if you do, feel free to share in the comment. I’d love to hear it.

A Thrifty Weekend

Oh wow, for a weekend with crappy weather, I have so much to tell you. See, on Saturday, after waking up, having breakfast, and playing a few rounds of Guess-the-Google, Troy and I went to a thrift store and I got myself a compact 35mm film camera for $1.50 to be hacked into a pinhole camera. After about an hour, we went back to our apartment because we were expecting a visit from our friend Joe. And then Joe came and we went to have Vietnamese dinner in downtown Kitchener. After dinner, we went to a used book store across the street from the Vietnamese restaurant where Troy bought his very first Lucky Luke comic (I grew up reading Lucky Luke!) and then to a cinema to watch Kung Fu Hustle. I’m not usually into kung fu movies or slapstick comedies, but I didn’t mind Kung Fu Hustle. It was funny and entertaining.

After the movie, we went back to the apartment. While Joe and Troy were having quality time together discussing videogames, I did some brainstorming, planning out my way to hack the aforementioned compact camera into a pinhole one. After Joe left, I got into the action. My tools of choice were a screwdriver, a hammer, and a burning candle. It was enough to make Troy think I’d end up burning the apartment down. I couldn’t finish hacking the camera that night because I was already too sleepy and it was already past 2AM.

Sunday was spent visiting some thrift stores in Kitchener and Cambridge. I got myself yet another compact 35mm film camera as a backup to the one we bought the day before and Troy got himself a bunch of Terry Pratchett books. We also made a quick stop at Winners where Troy bought me a super-comfy t-shirt and bought himself some toys. What can I say, he’s a kid at heart. :) Before we went home, we had some yummy grilled chicken breasts for dinner at Applebees. It’s a shame that the chicken breasts were so tiny. We had a craving for cheesecake after dinner so we went on a mission to get ourselves some cheeecake. We had to make a stop at three places before we found it. Mmmm, cheesecake. So evil yet so good!

When we got back home, we found that each one of us had won a t-shirt from Blogography! That put a nice ending to an otherwise uneventful day. We spent the rest of the evening watching TV while hacking the camera to death. Only after the camera was ready did I realise that I didn’t have a roll of film with me so I couldn’t start shooting right away. Doh!

Tonight we’re going to pick up a roll of film and go on a mission to find Pop Shoppe, the legendary Canadian soft drink. I can hardly wait!

Snow in April

Snow in April
(Snow in April, originally uploaded by firda.)
I hate Canadian weather sometimes. See, I have nothing against rain and snow. It may rain or snow at any time of the year. But please, not on a weekend! The picture above is not from winter. It’s from today. Stupid snow.

Today’s Browser Stats

Go Firefox! It’s good to know that the majority of my visitors see the design of this weblog the way I want them to see it.

Geeky readers might be interested in the bottom 4 browsers, so here goes: Netscape 7.x (1.0%), [older version of] Mozilla Firefox (0.3%), Opera 7.x (0.3%), and Netscape 4.x (0.3%).

As you may have noticed, I did a little spring cleaning around the site this morning and the most noticeable addition should be the comment link under each entry. Now there’s no more reason for you not to comment! :)

Mishmash, Hodgepodge, Whatever

‘Tis a rainy day
Buds turning into fresh leaves
Spring is here to stay.

Remember when I used to post a haiku every day? I’m sure at least a couple of my readers do since they used to guestblog here and had to cover the haiku-writing job. For some reasons, I feel like writing haikus today. Could it be the springtime effect?

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t posted any yummy del.icio.us links lately, it’s because del.icio.us is hating me and won’t post the links here. For the time being, please visit my del.icio.us page for all the linky goodness. I’m still trying to figure out what’s gone wrong between us (me and del.icio.us, that is).

I received two Flickr Pro accounts from Flickr to give away a couple of days ago. I’ve given one away to Troy for being a good boy (see Troy’s Flickr). I haven’t given away the other one to anyone yet, mostly because I’m picky. I’d only give it away to someone who can’t afford a Pro account and whose photographic works I like. I haven’t found that person. Yet.

We’ve decided to start watching a new TV show: Revelations. It’s pretty interesting, and spooky at times. We watch it in order to avoid American Idol. Well, fifteen more minutes of Law and Order and I’m going to bed. TV almost owns me. Almost.

On Photography

I came across this article a while ago, Your Camera Does Not Matter. Didn’t really read it until five minutes ago, and boy, was it good. I no longer want a better camera now. Well, almost. I still do, but not as much as I used to.

You see, it’s not the camera that makes good pictures. It’s the photographers, their ability to make a good composition and how well they know their cameras and photography techniques. I’ve seen some people with expensive cameras coming up with mediocre pictures while others with cheap, toy cameras coming up with great pictures. It proves the point perfectly.

My camera is actually the crappiest in the Olympus Camedia UltraZoom series. You don’t know how many times I was tempted to trade it with another camera, but I like its 8× optical zoom capability too much, so I never did and I don’t think I ever will. At least not until I know I can afford a better camera without getting into a serious financial trouble, which probably won’t happen in the near future.