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XA-3 X-Pro

Posted 2011.10.08 11.44 in Photography, Pointless Blather

Being stuck at home with this lame leg is starting to get me down. I can’t go out and enjoy the nice weather. Can’t go for a walk. Can’t even go for a drive, as it irritates my leg to be in the car for any length of time. About the only thing that’s improved is without the IVs in my arm, I’m able to get my arms into a dark-bag to process some film I shot earlier.

The pics below were shot on Kodak Elite Chrome, using my Olympus XA-3. Elite Chrome is a slide film, but I cross-processed it in my standard C-41 chemistry. That’s why the colours are so wild and wierd. Where the Fuji film I’ve cross-processed has come out with pink and red hues, this Kodak brand came out with lots of greens and yellows. It’s kind of neat, I think.

The XA-3 did a good job, I quite like that camera. Most of the images are sharp and nicely exposed, though there’s a bit of motion-blur here and there as a few shots were snapped from the car while it was moving. I actually still had the IVs on when I shot off this roll, so it’s mostly crummy car-shots I took while getting from home to work or whatever.

Grumble grumble lame leg. Not crippled enough for an accessible-parking permit but too crippled to be out going places and doing things.

Anyways, pics:

Processed for about 24 minutes in my tired old C-41 chemistry, at about 68 degrees F. I’m really abusing those chemicals. They were rated for 12 rolls of film or 2 weeks, whichever came first. They’re now over 3 months old and I’ve processed over 35 rolls of film with them, and it’s still kicking.

The Line

Posted 2010.09.23 9.15 in Uncategorized

This week, I feel as if I’ve crossed a line.

For a long time, I’ve been dealing with various health issues which, taken together, I would describe as making me feel unhealthy. This week I feel like things have just teetered over the edge from unhealthy, to dying.

I don’t mean to be alarmist. I’m not saying that some doctor has stamped a Best Before date on me or anything.

It’s just a sort of semi-subtle sensation, if you’ll forgive the alliteration (hey it rhymes!), that I’ve shifted from living with poor health to dying of poor health.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. It actually makes me feel just a little bit of concern. Makes me very slightly inclined to try and do something about it.

Anyhow, no panic. I’m not going anywhere for some time yet, it’s just a feeling I had.

Betta Blues

Posted 2010.04.12 14.46 in Aquaria

I’m worried for Alpha the Betta. Saturday evening he wasn’t interested in his noms, but I figured that he was still upset about the regular cleaning – gravel vacuuming and all that, it can be disruptive. Then Sunday he still wasn’t interested in food, but I didn’t really put it together.

This morning though, when he still wasn’t interested in eating, I realized there must be something up. Closer inspection revealed he was a bit bloated. Now this afternoon I can see he’s more bloated, with some ‘pineconing’ around the front 1/4 of his body.

He’s been very healthy and always eaten like crazy, and he’s huge – like almost 3 inches long, not including tail or anything, just the meaty fishy part is that big. So having him suddenly go like this is disconcerting.

Everything I’ve ready says it’s ‘dropsy’ which is more or less utterly fatal, so now it’s just a matter of watching and hoping.

Poor guy.

Flu Sucks

Posted 2010.01.24 16.37 in Pointless Blather

So my anti-flu-shot plan seems to have backfired on me. Being the only one in the world to not get a flu shot, and therefore being protected by having everyone else around me protected… it seems that some crafty individual(s) have thwarted my plans, either by avoiding the flu-shots themselves or finding a way to introduce the virus without themselves being affected.

However it happened, I’ve spent the weekend in agony, from about midnight Friday when it struck very suddenly, through to now when I’m just able to stay sitting up for any length of time before being overcome with dizziness. Literally every inch of my body has been in terrible pain, from the top of my head down to my toes, with the one ironic exception of my throat – no sore throat. Well except for when I was busy doubled-over ‘blowing chunks’, which I did a great deal in the first 24 hours. I couldn’t even keep juice or ginger-ale down, couldn’t even take pills. So far the only thing that has gone in without coming back out is water.

So..will I have a flu shot next year? Meh, probably not. I still don’t like needles, and I still don’t trust flu shots. And hopefully, I’ll be feeling better by then and will have forgotten just how intensely awful I’m feeling right now.

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Why I Usually Avoid the News

Posted 2009.11.18 18.21 in Pointless Blather

Listening to the news… I already posted some random inspirations it led me to this morning. Between some reports I heard yesterday and some more reports I heard today, put them together and this is what you get:

  • The H1N1 flu shot is now available for nearly everyone in the GTA today, and tomorrow will be fully available across the GTA.
  • This is because the testing is done and they have concluded the swine flu shot is safer than the normal flu shot.
  • So far over 2,500,000 people in Canada have received the H1N1 flu shot this year.
  • So far over 30 people have been hospitalized due to serious complications from / reactions to the H1N1 flu shot this year.
  • So far this year, only one person has dropped dead due to serious compications from / reactions to the H1N1 flu shot.

So the H1N1 flue shot has a 1 in 2.5 million chance of killing you within a few minutes of having it. And better than a 1 in 83,000 chance of making you seriously sick.

You have less chance of winning the lottery than you do of dropping dead from the H1N1 flu shot. In fact, you could die 5 times from the flu shot before winning the lottery just once. And people still buy lottery tickets. And are lining up to get flu shots.

And this is ‘safer than the regular flu shot’. I don’t know the figures but I wonder how many people per million die every year from the regular flu shot?

See, this is why I don’t like needles.

My strategy is, once everyone else has had their flu shot, I will be safe since nobody else will be able to infect me with it.

And incase you’re wondering – these aren’t madeup numbers, these were from some guy at the Ministry of Health giving a press release – he’s pleased with the performance of the vaccine. The same guy who is pleased with the performance is the one who said that only one guy was killed by it, that only some 30 or 35 people were hospitalized by it (I think the exact number was 36). He also mentioned that if you are  going to react to it, this usually happens in the first few minutes so it’s ok since you’ll be right where the medical people are already at.

H1N1 Avian Swine SARS Apnea

Posted 2009.10.01 11.18 in Pointless Blather

Today, I’m feelin’ mighty low. I don’t actually think it’s the flu, though it feels like it. Exhausted, dizzy, headache, no appetite, extremely sore throat, muscle aches all over… but I don’t think it’s the flu.

I’m pretty sure it’s from sleep apnea. Some near-fatal snoring leads to mouth & throat drying out which leads to the sore throat, and the oxygen deprivation can explain the rest of the symptoms.

Though, I spose it’s possible that the sleep apnea has left my immune system weakened and the flu could have snuck in when I wasn’t looking.

I feel this good:

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I’d have stayed at home in bed, but today is month-end. The one day I cannot miss work. Blah.

Ice-Pick Headaches

Posted 2009.07.29 10.16 in Pointless Blather

Here’s a superfunhappy thing that comes along every now and then.

Ice Pick Headaches.

Bet you never heard of these fun little rascals. They get their name from the way it feels like a steel prod is being driven into your skull.

Typically I get them no more than a few times a week, just a sudden jab, a convulsion of pain, and then its gone. Normally they last no more than a second.

Not today though. I’m getting them every few minutes – a sudden stabbing blinding pain that shoots through my head, originating just above and behind my right ear. And not only are they coming in horible regularity, but they’re lasting up to 5 seconds at a time, so I get to experience them to their fullest.

It’s leaving me quite nauseous and weak. I want to go home and close all the blinds and wrap bandages around my head and lay down under blankets in the back of a closet with the whole world locked out.

Instead I have to work because I was off the last two days and have a backlog to get through.