Timothy Prus’ “Photo Swap”

Say, if you were a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er and you were hav­ing a major exhi­bi­tion, would you just swap out your pho­tographs with those tak­en by peo­ple who want your pho­tographs instead of ask­ing them to pay a for­tune? Tim­o­thy Prus is doing exact­ly that with his Pho­to Swap exhi­bi­tion. What a cool and orig­i­nal idea.
When the exhibiton comes to the AGO in Toron­to, I am SO drag­ging Troy there and bring­ing three of my pho­to­graph­ic works. If you’re in Cal­gary, Alber­ta, you’re in luck. They’re hav­ing the exhi­bi­tion there until March 28. Watch this space for future venues and dates.

Today’s Haiku

Com­put­er is mute.
All I can hear is the sound
of (almost) silence.

I’ve always won­dered if I should count my blog­ging years from the time I start­ed chron­i­cling my life on Diary­land or from the time I start­ed this weblog. I didn’t count my Diary­land diary as a weblog because, well, it was a diary, not a weblog. But now peo­ple seem to count online diaries/journals as weblogs as well. That means I could claim that I have been blog­ging since 1999. But I digress. I don’t even know why I felt the need to point it out. Slow blog­ging day, I guess. :P

I Love Viewfinders

Have you noticed that a lot of dig­i­tal point-and-shoot cam­eras these days come with big LCD screen and no viewfind­er? I don’t know about you but a cam­era with no viewfind­er just doesn’t look right to me. Sure the big LCD screen should be able to help you com­pose your pic­ture just as well as or even bet­ter than if you do it through a viewfind­er, but still. I guess I’m just old-fash­ioned. I sure hope that this trend won’t catch on in the dig­i­tal SLR cam­era front.

And a few links:

The Imag­ing Resource, where I go oooh-and-aaah-ing over the lat­est dig­i­tal cam­eras.

Fast and Reli­able, which is a short doc­u­men­tary film about a one-legged bicy­cle couri­er.

Kata­mari Dama­cy in Flash, sim­pli­fied and runs on your com­put­er. No PlaySta­tion2 required.

Hrm, the neigh­bour across the hall is being overex­cit­ed about the Win­ter Olympics again. He seems to be cheer­ing non-stop at least 16 hours a day. Sigh. To Troy’s dis­ap­point­ment, I just can’t make myself care about the Win­ter Olympics. I’m sor­ry but Sum­mer Olympics are way cool­er!

Today’s Haiku

Secret Garden
Yes, I’ve decid­ed to do the dai­ly haiku thing again. If any­thing, it makes a good blog­fod­der.

A crazy snow­fall,
I can see through the win­dow.
How long will it last?

I don’t know if I was dream­ing it or not but I thought I heard a weath­er man on TV this morn­ing say­ing some­thing about snowsqualls around the Geor­gian Bay. I prob­a­bly was just dream­ing it because Troy doesn’t usu­al­ly turn the TV on before he leaves for work. I know for sure that I had a dream last night about get­ting a job in some uni­ver­si­ty, which was the weird­est uni­ver­si­ty ever, because all the stu­dents did was march­ing around the cam­pus while singing “the more we get togeth­er, togeth­er, togeth­er, the more we get togeth­er the hap­pi­er we’ll be” over and over again. At some point I decid­ed to check on the stu­dents out­side and went through a door and it led to a tun­nel full with stu­dents march­ing and singing, and at the end of the tun­nel, I saw the ocean with some ducks swim­ming on it. It was sun­set and the rain was falling, wash­ing away the snow on the ground. I remem­ber wish­ing I had a cam­era with me before I woke up.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could cap­ture your dreams with a cam­era? It would put Hol­ly­wood out of busi­ness.

The 6th Blogiversary

8 Ducks in a Row
Dear Weblog Wannabe,
Hap­py 6th anniver­sary! I know there are 8 ducks in the pic­ture but I don’t have one with only 6 ducks on it so this one will have to do it.
Remem­ber when we used to get plen­ty of com­ments with every post and how it made Troy green with envy? And all those Blog­gies™ that we won? Those were the days. I know peo­ple don’t love you as much as they used to any­more, but I’ll always love you all the same. And that’s all that mat­ters, right?
Remem­ber when I used to post a haiku to you every day? I think I’m going to write one today, for old time’s sake:

Six years of blog­ging,
And Blog­gerville is no more.
Blo­gos­phere sounds evil.

I hope you like it. You know what? I think I’ll start writ­ing you a haiku every day, just like the good, old days. What do you say? Yes? No? Maybe? Please let me know.
I’d write you more but, as you know, it’s Mon­day, and my spir­it is still kind of low due to the not-so-hap­py news from my fam­i­ly last week so I have to stop now. Thanks for being such a good friend to me and I hope we’ll be togeth­er for many, many more years.
Love always,
Fir­da xoxo

The You-Know-What Day

Heart in Elora
So, how’s your You-Know-What Day been? Mine’s been… short. I couldn’t sleep last night due to the too-much caf­feine I got from the over­ly strong tea I had yes­ter­day. Didn’t go to bed until 2:30 in the morn­ing and didn’t wake up until 10. Troy had to leave home to a job site as ear­ly as 5:40 in the morn­ing (he went to bed ear­ly last night) so I post­ed this Darth Vad­er thingy (third from the top) on the clos­et door before I went to bed for Troy to see before he left so he’d think I’m a roman­tic (I’m not real­ly).

When Troy saw it in the morn­ing, he freaked out because he thought some­one had bro­ken into the apart­ment and stuck the Darth Vad­er thingy there just to show us that they could get into our place. Sil­ly Troy. :) Good thing I wrote some­thing on it so he knew it was my doing and he wasn’t freak­ing out for very long. Hehe.

Any­way, the Intar­web wouldn’t work for me this morn­ing so I decid­ed to make Troy a mon­ster-with-a-heart doll since he despised all those bear-with-a-heart dolls. I thought a mon­ster-with-a-heart would be less cheesy than a bear-with-a-heart. The mon­ster end­ed up look­ing kind of like a Domo-kun, but with ears and no limbs. I gave it to Troy as soon as he got home and he loved it. He decid­ed to call the mon­ster-with-a-heart Komo-dun.

And what do I get for the You-Know-What Day, you ask? Well, Troy is buy­ing me the Lomo Fish­eye cam­era. I found a place where you could buy it for half the price yes­ter­day. I sent the link to Troy and he asked me if I’d like to get it as a You-Know-What Day present. How could a cam­era junkie such as myself turn down the offer? ;) I prob­a­bly won’t receive it in the mail until next week but that’s okay. I like hav­ing some­thing to look for­ward to.