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Posted 2009.10.31 22.03 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie


Obscure TV Trivia

Posted 2009.10.31 15.50 in Music/Movies/TV, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

For 5 points, can you name any two movies that actor Troy McClure has starred in?

For 50 points, can you name Drake Mallard’s superhero identity?

For 100 points, can you name the detective agency where Cornfed works?

For 250 points, can you reveal the true identity of the mysterious “El Ka-Bong!”?

There are no prizes, though if you can answer any of these without using Google, Wiki, or IMDB then you can give yourself a pat on the back, prior to seeking professional help.

Happy Samhain

Posted 2009.10.31 9.05 in Spiritual by Stephanie

It’s time once again to celebrate Samhain.

Have a joyous and magical Sabbat.


Disposable Results

Posted 2009.10.29 19.39 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

I’ve been playing with disposable / single-use cameras again. I think I have reproducable results finally, in processing colour film with B&W chemistry.

The film is Fuji ISO 800, which I processed for 7 minutes in TMax and then fixed for 30 minutes. Like the last time I tried processing Fuji 800, it came out pretty good. As before though, I didn’t really take any remarkable pictures – just goofing around with a disposable camera.

Oh – and the disposable camera had some other goodies inside it… springs, a crappy lens, and an electronic flash assembly.

Home Camera Repair: Epic FAIL

Posted 2009.10.29 9.39 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

Just so nobody thinks that home camera repair is all fun and wine, there are the occasional FAIL moments.

My Lomo Lubitel 166 was in need of some work – when I got it, it was filthy (“refurbished” my arse) and the Bulb mode did not work. A simple cleaning was easy enough and I was sort of prepared to live without Bulb mode since it didn’t come with a cable release socket anyways. (Though wierdly, it actually came with a cable release.)

The final straw came when I had loaded it up with the second roll of film, then the back flopped open and ruined a couple exposures. At that point, I figured I’d fix the Bulb mode and see about doing something to improve the way the back closed.

Repairing Bulb mode proved to be pretty simple. But putting it back together… well there was the kicker. I could get it back together, but the shutter wouldn’t cock. Or I could get it so the shutter cocked, but it wouldn’t go back together. It was frustrating. I fiddled with it for a few hours then gave up and set it aside for a week or two.

Camera Repair Failure

Last night I tried again, but found myself to be still frustrated – I have no idea how they hooked the cocking gear to the winding gear. I can hook them up in a dozen different ways, but none of them work.

In frustration I “removed” one side of the camera, to see if I could get at some of the gears. I got at the gears, but still no luck. The camera body is mainly plastic, and the outer bits were ‘welded’ in place so getting at the gears meant breaking some of the outer casing.

At this stage, it’s pretty much a write-off. All I can do now is scavenge it for parts. Sigh. Well, you can’t win them all. And I did get one roll of film through it. Still… after spending 29 years waiting in a box, it found me, shot one roll of film, then I killed it.

Mind you, a little failure is good now and then, helps to keep us mindful of consequences and helps us learn.

Scent of a Camera

Posted 2009.10.28 18.21 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

If it’s wrong to adore the smell of a 60 year old Zeiss Ikon folder, then I don’t wanna be right.


It smells so good!

Depression vs. Tiredness

Posted 2009.10.28 8.19 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Lack of motivation? Or lack of energy?

Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference; sometimes it’s both.

To some extent, the symptoms are the same.

And I’d write more, but seriously, I just don’t have it in me right now.