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Enough with the Heat!

Posted 2012.07.05 8.10 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Ok so even though it does get sorta cool in the nights, this is getting ridiculous.

It’ll be another +90° day today. And tomorrow they’re talking about 95°!

It’s supposed to be going down to below 65° at nights so I’ve been opening the windows but it’s not helping – if it does get that low, there’s no wind, nothing to bring the cool into the house.

So we’re sweating along at a steady 82 to 85° and I think I’ve had about enough. I’m hot, the cats are hot, the fish and snails are hot.

Every few days they say there’ll be rain or a storm, and it never happens.


Update: Oh FFS now they say there’s a Warm Front coming! What the hell?!

Open Windows Time!

Posted 2012.03.22 8.56 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Yay it’s the first open-windows day of the season!

According to the WX report it’s going to be outrageously warm and sunny all day today, and way warmer than my thermostat would ever be set.

It’s probably not really the first open-windows day, I think yesterday would have qualified too, but I kind of dropped the ball on that and forgot to check the forecast before leaving for work.

Anyways – yay early summer!

Hard to believe but back when I was a kid, March Break used to be considered a time to get out the skis and hit the slopes.

Granted, March Break was last week, but they did bump it up a week a while back (decade or two?) because the ski resorts were complaining about loss of business. Only I don’t think last week was ski-weather either.

Last week was spring. This week is summer.

Higher and Higher!

Posted 2011.07.22 8.37 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Forget yesterday’s UV factor ten.

Today it’s getting cranked up all the way to Eleven!

This is getting crazy.

100 Degrees in the Shade

Posted 2011.07.21 10.52 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

It’s a hot one today! It’s days like this that we’ll remember fondly next February, when it’s -40 and the petrol in our cars has frozen solid.

Looking at the forecast, apart from the temperature, what struck me was today’s UV Index. It’s a Ten! For some reason, I thought the scale only went up to nine.

The whole UV Index thing still feels odd to me. As I mentioned in a recent photo comment, I can remember when we had a nice cozy ozone layer to protect us all. Life was good in those days. There was no UV Index, and we weren’t taught to fear the sun.

Anyways, seeing the Ten today, I had to go and look this up. Sure enough, the UV Index has only been around for a little while – it was invented in 1992. Invented here in Canada, in fact! Good old Environment Canada, leading the way.

Anyhow, if you’re going outside today, remember to buckle-up, wear your safety-suit, goggles, face-shield, helmet, and gloves. And don’t forget to have fun!


The Shwaa?

Posted 2009.09.14 1.09 in Family/Friends, Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

I spent some time in Oshawa on Saturday, visiting with my friend Lezley. We went to a park on the shore of Lake Ontario and walked around a pier there, where I shot off most of a roll of film using my Canonet GIII QL17 rangefinder. I got the exposures right this time, by dialing down the ISO setting from 400 to 250. In other words, the alkaline battery’s higher voltage is causing the meter to under-expose the film by about 2/3 of a stop.

Anyhow, here’s some shots. As with earlier film, this was Kodak Tri-X 400, developed in T-Max for about 6 minutes. These were exposed with the Canonet’s 40mm lens at various apertures, but mostly around 1/125 sec & f/11 to f/16.

Loafers Lake

Posted 2009.08.09 15.26 in Hobbies, Photography by Stephanie

After I’d given up on photography for the day, the sun came out! So I got in a little photo expedition after all. Not too far afield this time as it was a late start, but I went to a local conservation area / park called Loafers Lake. As with the earlier pictures today, these were all taken with the 30mm f/1.4 prime lens. The majority were taken with a moderate aperture, around 5.6 to 8.


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Sitting On The Fence

Posted 2009.05.18 13.42 in Photography, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Or rather, slouching on the fence. Slumping on the fence? Catching some rays, on the fence?

However you slice it, there’s always time to just stop, take it easy, and have some “me time” on the fence.

Chippy on the fence!

At least, until the paparazzi show up and start snapping those damn cameras at you…