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Joyous Samhain!

Posted 2011.10.31 11.17 in Spiritual by Stephanie

Happy October 31st, Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve.

The Sliming Horror

Posted 2011.10.31 11.13 in Aquaria by Stephanie

Here’s a scarey picture for Samhain / Hallowe’en. It’s a hundred and eighty snails, all wanting to eat and poop in your aquarium.


All Sorts of Organized

Posted 2011.10.23 11.25 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

The Allsorts have organized!

Licorice All-Sorts of Organized

Licorice All-Sorts of Organized

You can’t eat just one. You can’t just eat one. You have to take them mathematically, or not at all!

Found Film #7

Posted 2011.10.22 16.18 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

Recently I picked up another new camera toy. Well new is a relative term – this time it was a 1935 Kodak Bantam. With the Anastigmat f/6.3 lens and the rigid viewfinder, this was the premium model. Whoever was the original purchaser, they went with the higher-end model, instead of the base unit with its slower f/12 lens and the collapsing finder.

The Kodak Bantam is an incredibly cute camera – you just don’t get a feel for its cuteness from the pictures. When it’s folded up, it’s tiny! Even when open, it’s miniscule.

And best of all, my Bantam came with a Special Surprise inside!

Yeah! A roll of exposed film!

Except – oh no! When I was removing the film from the camera, I committed a terrible mistake… the roll slipped out of my grip and tried to escape, while the backing paper was hung-up on something in the camera, and the whole roll started to unspool! I caught it but the last few inches of film were light-struck. Dangit!

Luckily, it turns out only the last one and a half frames were blasted. Here’s a look at the rest of them:

Technical stuff: The Bantam uses 828 roll film, which is the same width as 35mm but has no perforations. Without perfs, the negatives are 30% larger than a standard 35mm image, at 40mm x 28mm. As nifty as it sounds, Kodak stopped selling 828 cameras in the 50’s, and discontinued the film in the 80’s.

The roll in my Bantam was Kodak Verichrome Pan, with which I have dealt before. I used almost the same process as last time, but extended the development time to compensate for the colder temperature. Pre-soak for 10 minutes, developed for 11:30 in T-Max 1:4 and then fixed for 10:30.

It Eases The Pain

Posted 2011.10.20 21.17 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Still dealing with this lame leg problem. I’ve been off the antibiotics since Sunday, and my leg hasn’t magically gotten any better. I’m starting to worry it’s getting worse, but doing it slowly so I can’t be 100% certain – like getting a teeny bit worse each day so I don’t notice any sudden changes.

Anyhow, not-getting-better is not acceptable so I went back to see the doctor today. She agreed that it wasn’t magically better — wierd how stopping the medication didn’t make things improve, right?

Anyways, she’s decided rather than try any more medication, she’ll send me back out for another few weeks of tests. The first one is a repeat actually – three years ago I went through all this fun, for my right leg. Only the problem, whatever it was, went away after a week or two, without anyone ever figuring out what it was. This time it’s the left leg, and it’s been over 2 months now that I’ve had the symptoms.

So the first test – radioactive bone scan. They inject me with radioactive ‘medicine’, then wait a couple hours for it to collect in my bones, then I have to lay very still while they watch me with a ‘gamma camera’. Last time I didn’t get any super-powers, so I’m hoping this time around I’ll be luckier. The point of this is that maybe the infection has gotten into my bones which apparently makes it harder for antibiotics to reach it, or something.

I don’t know what the second test will be, only that she’s sending me to a specialist. I don’t know yet what he specializes in. I can’t read doctor-scribble, but I think it says something like lymphblahblah so maybe she wants to test to see if the infection is into my lymphatic system.

In the meantime, not only did she not perscribe any antibiotics, she also left me to my own devices when it comes to dealing with the pain. So I perscribed myself a little retail therapy, and got me a shiney new iPhone 4S!

How does that ease the pain in my leg? Well, it doesn’t, exactly. It does help though. It helps ease the pain of iPhone4Slessness.

Flims Awaiting Processing

Posted 2011.10.17 19.15 in Hobbies by Stephanie

Soon I’ll have to mix up a new batch of colour chemistry. I’ve got a small-but-growing backlog of films impatiently in need of processing.

Not Very Confident

Posted 2011.10.13 16.57 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I saw the doctor again today. She thinks my leg looks like it’s getting better, and decided not to extend the antibiotics any further. What I have, will run out on Sunday.

I questioned her, along the lines of “Really? Are you sure?” because my leg’s still swollen from my toes up to above my knee. My knee and ankle are both swollen enough that I have a restricted range of motion. I’m still experiencing almost constant pain in my shin and calf. And the leg is still so sensitive that at times it hurts just having heavy blankets on it.

Never before in my life have I ever been on antibiotics, and then the doctor has figured to let the medication end before the symptoms are gone. It’s always been the opposite – you take the antibiotics for 3 or 4 days after the last of the symptoms have left. Heck that’s why antibiotics usually come with a notice “Keep taking this even if you feel better!” because you need to ensure every last trace of the bacteria is eradicated, before the meds stop.

So I’ve kind of resigned myself to the idea that next week I’ll probably have to go back to the hospital.