Days Gone By

After Sunrise

Since the last time I post­ed, I have:

  • giv­en in to the temp­ta­tion and bought a Has­sel­blad 500C/M cam­era out­fit a.k.a. the Has­sel­blad 500 Clas­sic off eBay.
  • bought var­i­ous acces­sories for the said Has­sel­blad even though I hadn’t had the cam­era in hand.
  • ven­tured the for­eign world of video-gam­ing in order to give Troy a Nin­ten­do DS Lite for his birth­day, which was on the 20th this month (got it from evil Wal­mart, no less, because it was the only place that still had any in stock less than two weeks before Christ­mas).
  • also bought a game called Chibi Robo: Park Patrol to accom­pa­ny the DS con­sole which turns out to be the dumb­est game ever to me, but Troy seems to enjoy play­ing it.
  • tak­en the most bus rides in one day in the his­to­ry of my life (6 dif­fer­ent bus­es, 7 bus dri­vers).
  • found out from a grumpy bus dri­ver that bus fare is now $2.50 instead of $2.25 and appar­ent­ly has been since July this year (obvi­ous­ly I hadn’t tak­en a bus ride in ages).
  • been amused by how moth­ers sud­den­ly become video-gam­ing experts around Christ­mas-time.
  • thought to myself that if I ever decid­ed to become a nov­el­ist and need­ed to get inspi­ra­tions for char­ac­ters in my sto­ry, all I’d have to do is take a bus ride and observe the pas­sen­gers.
  • had my man­go seed sprout­ed, and the plant is get­ting big­ger and big­ger every day!
  • mar­velled at how the year fly by.
  • been look­ing for­ward to the new year and even more excit­ing adven­tures of Troy and Fir­da. :)

Busy Bee?

Kitchen Window

Since the last time I post­ed, I have:

  • got a new scan­ner (Epson Per­fec­tion 4490);
  • final­ly received my Diana+ cam­era (nev­er received the pick-up notice because it was deliv­ered to some­one else’s house but we went to the post office and I showed my ID and they gave me my pack­age);
  • shot one roll of film with the said Diana+;
  • start­ed grow­ing a pineap­ple plant out of a pineap­ple top (it’s grown new roots and new leaves);
  • start­ed grow­ing a man­go plant out of a man­go pit (it’s grown a root);
  • picked up a pome­gran­ate from a gro­cery store for the sole pur­pose of grow­ing it;
  • done two fam­i­ly pho­to ses­sions with babies;
  • seen Great Lake Swim­mers and Feist live in Kitch­en­er;
  • had Troy buy us tick­ets to see Hay­den live in Kitch­en­er next month;
  • made alfre­do sauce (low calo­rie ver­sion) from scratch for the first time;
  • fin­ished my kitchen cur­tain sewing project (made out of a bed sheet I picked up from a thrift store);
  • start­ed writ­ing a blog entry but for­got to save it before clos­ing the brows­er win­dow (oops!).

What’s not on the list is the pro­cras­ti­nat­ing part, but let’s just take it for grant­ed, shall we? ;)

Refragmenting Fragments

Exploding Earth

Last Sat­ur­day, Troy, our friend Joe and I went to a meet and greet event with Cana­di­an direc­tor Bruce McDon­ald at the Princess Cin­e­ma cafe pri­or to see­ing his lat­est offer­ing called The Tracey Frag­ments. I wouldn’t call myself a fan of Bruce McDon­ald, hav­ing only seen one of his movies thus far, but Troy was real­ly excit­ed about the event. I was only in it for the hot choco­late and the movie. I didn’t even bring any cam­era with me to the event. So Bruce arrived about an hour late because he missed his train and so on and so forth and half an hour into his late­ness I already start­ed talk­ing the guys into leav­ing since we each already got the free com­ic book they promised to the first 40 peo­ple to show up. But Troy said that since we’d already wait­ed this long, we might as well wait until he showed up. And show up, he did. Praise the fly­ing spaghet­ti mon­ster!

As I said ear­li­er, I didn’t bring any cam­era with me, and boy did I ever regret it. You see, after deal­ing with his old­er (as in age) fans who were busy singing him prais­es, Bruce sat in the table set up for him with a cup of cof­fee for a minute before he moved — tak­ing his chair with him — straight to our table. So, sit­ting across the tiny round table right in front of me was the man who’s poten­tial­ly made my degrees of sep­a­ra­tion to Kevin Bacon much low­er, and he was chat­ting with Troy like they were old friends. While he was hap­pi­ly sign­ing stuff for Troy and Joe, I was beat­ing myself for not bring­ing my cam­era with me. It’s just that I wasn’t expect­ing to be able to see him up close and per­son­al like that, which was one of the rea­sons I didn’t both­er to bring a cam­era. I thought we would have to line up to chat with him (which I think is lame) instead of hav­ing him come to our table. Life les­son #5878: Always have a cam­era with you. That is a les­son I learned ages ago but some­how for­got.

The Tracey Frag­ments itself is a pret­ty cool movie. It’s… art­sy, for lack of bet­ter term. Def­i­nite­ly not everyone’s cup of tea. Some might even find it a bit pre­ten­tious, but it was just the direc­tor doing his own thing. I’m okay with that. I do my own thing all the time with pho­tog­ra­phy. If peo­ple like it, great. If not, well, at least I like it. :) Any­way, if you’re any good at video edit­ing, you should check out the movie web­site. If you click on the Re-Frag­ment­ed menu, it will bring you to a down­load area where all the movie footage, musi­cal score and script are avail­able for free under the Cre­ative Com­mons license. If you live in Cana­da and you made a cool video out of it, you’re encour­aged to sub­mit it and if you’re lucky, you could win a prize and have your video fea­tured on the DVD release. It kind of makes me wish I knew any­thing about video edit­ing. Even if you’re lack­ing video edit­ing skills, you should at least down­load the musi­cal score by Bro­ken Social Scene. Some of the tracks are pret­ty catchy, espe­cial­ly their cov­er of Pat­ti Smith’s song, Hors­es.

I actu­al­ly start­ed writ­ing this post two three days ago. I am such a pro­cras­ti­nat­ing blog­ger.

Setting Up Shop

Sliding Door

Last night I bor­rowed Troy’s cred­it card and set up an Etsy shop. I want to sell prints for starters and after that, who knows. Maybe some cards. Maybe even some sil­ly sock dolls. I like mak­ing sock dolls. If you’ve been to our place, you must’ve seen my crazy cre­ations, all hand-sewn, mean­ing messy sewing job but hey, every sin­gle one is a one-of-a-kind item!

Right now I’m in the process of a set­ting up an account with a pro­fes­sion­al print­er. Don’t real­ly want to sell stuff print­ed at the super­mar­ket or drug store pho­to labs. I want to do it right. Hope­ful­ly I’ll get some buy­ers. I’m no good at mar­ket­ing so we’ll see. Also need to fig­ure out where to get card­board-backed envelopes for mail­ing the prints. The post office charges too much for envelopes.

I’m pret­ty excit­ed about the shop. Watch this space! There should be some­thing there in a week or so.

Sad Day

Swing, Swing

When I checked my email for the first time this morn­ing, I got an email noti­fi­ca­tion from USPS telling me that my Diana+ cam­era had been sched­uled to be shipped on 11/19/2007, but evil Lomog­ra­phy got our address wrong. We gave them the cor­rect address when we ordered the cam­era but of course they had to screw up. I emailed Lomog­ra­phy to see if there’s any­thing they can do about it but, as expect­ed, there was no response.

As if that wasn’t frus­trat­ing enough, our scan­ner had to stop work­ing. I have so many rolls of 120 film to shoot and I’ve already had three rolls of film devel­oped but I have no way to dig­i­tize the pic­tures for shar­ing. The pho­to lab charges $20 for scan­ning a roll of 120 film into a CD, which is not afford­able at all. It real­ly makes me sad. I’m going to have to shoot only 35mm film for the time being since the drug­store will devel­op and scan the 35mm film and put the pic­tures in a CD, all in an afford­able pack­age. If any­thing, this gives me a rea­son to pick up one of those man­u­al film SLRs in our col­lec­tion and shoot with it. I’m still hop­ing for a mir­a­cle, that the scan­ner will start work­ing again tomor­row, but I know it’s not very like­ly.

I know I still have my dig­i­tal SLR and some of you might think I shouldn’t be com­plain­ing, but film is my favourite medi­um. If I were rich, I’d shoot film exclu­sive­ly. But I’m any­thing but rich and film pho­tog­ra­phy is so expen­sive these days. You see, I take great plea­sure in shoot­ing and scan­ning a cou­ple of rolls of film a month. Not being able to scan the film kind of makes me feel deprived of one of my life’s lit­tle plea­sures. It real­ly puts a damper on the glo­ri­ous fact that I got two box­es of my beloved Kodak Por­tra 400UC 120 film (expired, of course) from the cam­era show we went to on Sun­day.

Today is a sad day indeed.

Aux Champs-Elysées!

On the Ferry

No, I’m not talk­ing about that place in France. I’m talk­ing about the song by Joe Dassin from the sound­track of Wes Anderson’s lat­est offer­ing, The Dar­jeel­ing Lim­it­ed that we saw this past week­end. It’s the catchi­est French song I know after Frère Jacques and it’s been stuck in my head all day.

Aux Champs-Elysées, aux Champs-Elysées
Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minu­it
Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées

Lis­ten to the song at the Hype Machine or down­load the song (and a cou­ple oth­er songs from the sound­track) from Sug­ar­town and tell me it’s not a catchy song!

The Dar­jeel­ing Lim­it­ed is a good movie but the pre­quel short film, Hotel Cheva­lier, not so much. How­ev­er, you should not judge the movie by the pre­quel (which I’m sure peo­ple only see because it has nekkid Natal­ie Port­man). When they were show­ing Hotel Cheva­lier at the cin­e­ma, I just con­cen­trat­ed on the song play­ing in back­ground — Where Do You Go To (My Love­ly) by Peter Sarst­edt — which nev­er fails to make me laugh. It made the crap­py short film some­what bear­able. The Dar­jeel­ing Lim­it­ed itself real­ly made up for the crap­pi­ness that is Hotel Cheva­lier. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy is sim­ply stun­ning. You should go see it!