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.


Brain Curry, Anyone?

Clear Path, Foggy Sea
This morning I woke up with a craving for Brain Curry (Gulai Otak). It’s one of my favourite Indonesian food and it’s so good, baby! You wouldn’t believe me until you try it. Of course you don’t eat it just like that. You eat it with warm, steamed rice. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Too bad they don’t sell cow brain in supermarkets here. Otherwise, I’d buy and cook it, and gross Troy out in the process. Mmm, brain. That’s one thing that zombies seem to get right. Not that I’d eat human brain or eat uncooked brain or anything.
I guess I should post some links, eh? Well, my recent bookmarks are mostly photography-related. There’s a tutorial to make a 35mm pinhole camera with a matchbox and an empty film casing, an online tool that detects edges on images and replaces them with supplied lines of text called Textorizer and You Are Beautiful, a collaborative project that you can participate in by taking pictures with “You Are Beautiful” in it. How cute is that?
From the non-photography front, there’s an article that shows you how to remove IE 7 (in case it’s been causing you grief already) or to make it run side by side with IE 6 and From Buddy to Sufjan: The Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good Covers Project, which is a project linking Buddy Holly to Sufjan Stevens through cover songs. Sufjan Stevens covering an REM song is simply an earcandy.
Finally, to help you kill your time and get through the day, you can either take the Logo Quiz in which I scored 137380 or play Archoon in which I scored, uh, 40. I don’t have to be good at every single game I post here, you know.
In case you’ve been wondering about what I’m going to do with Book of Styles, I’d say not much. I’m just going to make the old templates XHTML-compliant and maybe if I feel ambitious (which I rarely do), I’ll throw in a new set of templates. The launch date I have in mind is February 20, which happens to be Weblog Wannabe’s 6th birthday. (Geez Louise! The blog is old!) But, as always, don’t hold your breath.


Winter is Back!

Winter came back with full force this past Saturday in spite of what some groundhogs said about winter being over soon. Of course this past Saturday had to be the day we were scheduled to meet up with my brother- and sister-in-law in Toronto to see the Bodyworlds exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre.
The drive up to Toronto wasn’t so bad, actually. It was the drive back to Waterloo that was a hair-raising experience. The closer we got to Waterloo, the slower we had to drive because the road condition was getting worse and the weather wasn’t getting much better. I had to hold on to the “holy crap handle” (it’s that handle usually located right above the car door) every now and then, which I always try not to do in normal situations because I know a certain individual would take offense. :P
Anyway, the Ontario Science Centre was a lot of fun. I got to play with a keyboard (musical, not computer) and some Indonesian musical instruments, among others. We also got to practice our karate chops and balancing skills. I took a lot of pictures, but sadly, most of them turned out blurry due to the low light, and God knows I hate using the flash.
The Bodyworld exhibition was pretty impressive albeit crowded, with a lot of male bodies and very few female bodies. And when I said bodies, I mean REAL human bodies, only plasticised. There were also some human embryos in jars and the bodies of some mammals such as camels and a colt. It’s really not as gory as it may sound. There were a lot of kids coming to the exhibition and they didn’t look scared or anything. It’s definitely no CSI. :) You should check it out if you get the chance. If you’re going to the exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre, be sure to wear a t-shirt under your coat instead of a sweater because it’s so damn warm in there! Would be better if it was a Superman t-shirt. Troy wore one and he got a security lady shaking his hand like he was the real Superman. Heh.


Those Pesky Memes

Shadow People

Because Lindsay tagged me and I needed a blog-fodder, here comes my answers to the four memes:

Four (other) jobs that I’ve had:
1. Translator
2. School librarian
3. Cataloger
4. Web designer

Four little-known facts about me:
1. I’m telephonophobic.
2. I find most condiments scary.
3. I’m not a big fan of bread.
4. I’m not much of a talker.

Four city airports I have been to:
1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2. Heathrow, London, UK
3. Hong Kong, China
4. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Four favorite male actors:
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman
2. Kevin Spacey
3. Matt Dillon
4. Al Pacino

Four foods that I hate to love:
1. Taco Bell’s nachos
2. KFC’s fried chicken (redundant, eh?)
3. Chocolate caramel pecan cheesecake
4. Hotdogs (without the buns)

Four web sites (not blogs) I visit daily:
1. Flickr
2. Google
3. del.icio.us
4. The Hype Machine

Four things I want to do before I die:
1. Take a trip to the Antarctica.
2. See the Earth from the outerspace.
3. Go island-hopping in Indonesia with Troy.
4. Take a long road trip to the west coast of Canada.

Four people I’m tagging:
1. Rick Mercer
2. Moby
3. Kevin Smith
4. Wil Wheaton

Have a good weekend!

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Utata Pays Homage

Utata Pays Homage
I wrote about Utata before. Well, Utata’s latest offering is a project called Utata Pays Homage where Utata members, including yours truly, “were asked to either produce a photograph that was a direct imitation of a photograph made by a master photographer or one which was made in the style of a particular master photographer”. I contributed three photographs into the project, but you don’t want to only see my works there. You want to see the rest. Yes, you do. Trust me, it will inspire you!

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Groundhog Day

So it’s been decided by Ontario’s Wiarton Willie. Winter is ending soon. Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam also confirmed Willie’s prediction of an early Spring. However, their American counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil, disagrees. He saw his shadow when he woke up this morning, which means there’ll be six more weeks of winter. I really hope that Phil is right. I don’t want winter to end yet. I don’t really mind the cold because here, when it’s warm outside winter, it’s really, REALLY warm and I hate it.

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Rabbit, Rabbit!


Happy February! Just wanted to post a few things I noticed while surfing around aimlessly.
Internet Explorer 7: Beta 2 Preview is out. I’m scared! Please hold me! I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to install it.

I’m thinking of perusing this tutorial to make a fake lensbaby using a rubber plunger to use with my 35mm SLR cameras. Still watching eBay for a cheap medium format lens to use.

Just because I told Troy about it last night and he still hasn’t given up watching 24, here’s some random Jack Bauer’s facts. Not as funny as the Chuck Norris ones, though.

The game for today is Bubble Bobble: the Revival. I was doing fine until I got to level 3. Use the arrow keys to move and the space bar to shoot bubbles.

Um, that’s all folks. Enjoy!