Busy Bee

Helianthus x multiflorus 'Flore Pleno'

Was busy working and now it’s time for bed already. Maybe I should just turn this blog into a photoblog. The thing is, some days I do feel like rambling and that’s when this blog comes in handy. But most of the days, I just don’t know what to write here. Anyway, to the two people still reading this blog, thank you for sticking around! :)

Meh.

On the Windowsill

Don’t really feel like writing. Been feeling kind of blah. Tired of being told I’m a bad person by folks back home in Indonesia for not being religious. Tired of being judged by people who don’t know the whole story. But I haven’t grown tired of the picture above. I think it’s pretty, even if I say so myself.

It’s weekend!

Dahlia and Sunflowers

Not much time to write so I’ll just leave you with an overexposed polaroid shot above and a link to Ikea Heights, “a melodrama shot entirely in the Burbank California Ikea Store without the store knowing”. They say it’s a melodrama, but it’s actually more like a comedy.

Have a good weekend!

In 2109, my personal robot attendant will…

Candy Floss

Hello, 2109-you! What does your personal robot attendant do for you each day?

  • Make money.
    It doesn’t have to get a job. It just needs to be able to make something that no one can live without and therefore is highly profitable. You know, like making other personal robot attendants.
  • Do the dishes.
    I hate doing the dishes.
  • Clean the house.
    I hate cleaning, too. I wish the house would clean itself.
  • Do the laundry.
    Why not?
  • Cook.
    I wouldn’t mind searching for recipes if the robot would cook me whatever I feel like eating. Especially Indonesian food. I really don’t like cooking.

Seriously, if you had a personal robot, wouldn’t you indulge your laziness?

Time Machine

Swingers

I got a roll of film developed today. I started shooting this roll two years ago and I had been carrying the camera to so many places that when I got the negatives, I had no idea where most of the shots were taken. Now that I’ve scanned a few frames, I know that some come from a fall fair we went to in 2007 and some more from our trip to Winnipeg in February 2008. There are still more to discover.

Scanning this roll of negatives is kind of like going on a time machine and it’s exciting because I have totally forgotten taking some of the shots and the reason why I found something so interesting that I had to capture it on film. It’s too bad that I didn’t start scanning earlier. I really want to check out every single frame, but alas, it’s bedtime already.

Haven’t seen anything interesting on my Facebook homepage lately so I’ll just leave you with a link to fontcapture where you can make a font out of your handwriting for free! It kept me amused for a fraction of the day. It’s sad that I’ve kind of forgotten how to write with my hand. My handwriting doesn’t look like the handwriting I remember anymore. Damn you, Internet!

Developing B&W film with Caffenol-C

Caffenol-C Results

I’ve been wanting to try developing film with Caffenol-C for awhile (the fact that it’s environmentally-friendly really appeals to me), and last week, I finally did. The first roll I developed turned out to be a dud since it came from a totally experimental pinhole camera. I had no more exposed roll to try to develop so I took Troy and my Holga camera for a walk downtown and shot a roll of Agfa APX 100 film. The result is what you can see above. It’s grainy, streaky, unevenly developed (the last two are largely my fault) but hey, it really works! Next time I’m going to have to try it on a roll of properly exposed film, as in shot with a SLR camera instead of a toy camera. Over- and underexposed negatives just don’t scan very well.

Anyway, if you’re interested in my Caffenol-C recipe, this one’s for you:

  • 5 tablespoons of Maxwell House Original Roast instant coffee
  • 3 tablespoons of Arm & Hammer’s So Clean Super Washing Soda
  • 2 Redoxon Vitamin C Effervescent tablets (I used the lemon-flavoured ones)

Mix with 500ml water, or use two glasses with 250ml of water in each to dissolve the coffee and the washing soda separately. Once the coffee is dissolved, throw in the vitamin C tablets. It will get frothy on top but I’ve found that once you mix it with the washing soda solution, the froth disappears. Develop for 15 minutes, agitate every 60 seconds, and then stop bath and fix as normal. I use tap water for stop bath and Ilford Rapid Fixer for fixing. If you know of a source of sodium thiosulfate (the active ingredient in fixer) that can be found in supermarkets, please do let me know! I’m almost out of fixer.

Another green b&w film developing solution I’d like to try is the one with mint tea and baking soda. It’s supposed to work and smell better than Caffenol. People are complaining about how the Caffenol-C solution smells like death. It’s actually not that bad. It smells like tuna sandwich!