october is prime season for bad movies

All done! I think the next one is Joseph and his coat of many colors.

I went to Ritz on Saturday, to get the wedding film and see what scanning services they offer. Answer: None. That really annoys and confuses me. There are people in my LJ photo communities that live out in the boonies of like, Oklahoma, who can get their medium format film scanned. I have 2 choices, basically:

  1. I can get a print of every single negative made, at a minimum of $0.65 each. I have 10 rolls of film, 6 with 16 shots and 4 with 12. That’s going to be a huge waste of $$$, because obviously not all of them are going to be worth keeping. Or,
  2. I can get each roll put on a CD (which they’d have to send out for), at $13 a roll.

I’m probably going to go with option #2, because that way I can upload them to flickr and get prints from them anytime I want. I’m irritated though, because I got the Diana weeks ago, and I still haven’t had any prints made. I have to pay my rent this week and I don’t have a spare $130 lying around, so I have to wait until I get paid again, then wait for the CDs, and it’s going to be another month before I have anything to show for my effort. Aaargh!

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new toys are fun!: fuji instax mini 25

I kept checking the UPS website yesterday, and it kept saying my camera was “in transit”. When it wasn’t there by the time I got home, around 6:30, I gave up for the day, because UPS allegedly only delivers until 7:00 to residences.

The UPS guy rang my doorbell at 7:15. Yay!

(Pencil is there for scale.) How do the Japanese manage to make everything so darn cute?! And it’s orange, my favorite color!

Instant photography is regaining some of the popularity that was usurped by digital in Japan and other parts of Asia, particularly among teenagers and young women. Unfortunately, you can’t buy the Fuji Instax in the US, because they use improvements made to the Polaroid process that were invented by Kodak, that Polaroid successfully sued Kodak for patent violation over. Lomography is probably able to get around this because they’re based in Europe; and there’s always eBay. However, with Polaroid permanently ceasing production of all instant cameras and film this year, that may change.

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back to routine

Why didn’t the lion kill Daniel? I keep thinking it’s because he removed a thorn from its paw, but that’s Aesop.

Anyway, I had a pleasant, if non-exciting (especially after last weekend), weekend. I took the wedding film in to get developed, and I don’t know if they’re having a sale or the guy screwed up or what, but they only charged me $25 for 5 rolls. it was $40 for 5 last time.

Tried something new for dinner, spaghetti squash.

Mom had a garden when I was very little and the ONLY things she grew were squash and zucchini. We had squash and zucchini 7 nights a week, seemed like, and it kind of killed my enthusiasm for either veggie.

But a squash that shreds into pasta-like strings? That’s too weird not to try. You bake it whole (375 degrees for one hour, pierce with skewer or knife so it won’t burst), slice it open, scoop out the seeds and gunk in the middle, then run a fork through the flesh to make it shred.

It’s very firm in texture (think julienned carrots that have been very lightly steamed), not mushy at all. It doesn’t really have a flavor, just a faintly sweet squash-y taste. I didn’t know if I’d like it, so I didn’t want to make any elaborate sauce. I just used a jar of mushroom spaghetti sauce, and added some bits of spicy pork sausage meat. Next time I make it maybe I’ll try something fancy.

To go with it I made some potatoes au gratin with bacon and fennel. I rcecently re-read this book, which has given me a renewed appreciation for potatoes.

Unfortunately, this week is not starting out so great. I almost got hit by cars TWICE on the way to work, as I was crossing the street to my bus stop. One asshole didn’t even look to see if anyone was crossing the street before he turned, and I nearly ran right into him; and while I was recovering from that, ANOTHER asshole did THE EXACT SAME THING and I had to swerve around him. Of course they were both guys in their 20s. HEY DOUCHEBAGS, YOU HAVE TO YIELD TO PEOPLE IN CROSSWALKS.

Oh well, at least I have my new camera to look forward to — I bought a Fuji Instax Mini 25 from Lomography (cheaper than eBay!) last week and it should get here this week. Yee! Instant photography is enjoying quite a renaissance in Asia.

I promise not to buy anymore cameras until after Christmas.