Sunday, November 29, 2020
I'd not thought about it much when he did it, but Richard gave me a roll of Kodachrome to use as a test roll on the Nikonos camera he lent me. It was fun to try to use. Loading and unloading was a challenge. I'd like to see the images. Kodachrome only develops as black and white. I could do it myself but I'm not really in the mood these days. I looked up what Film Rescue can do and it's impressive (when things work out) so I've packaged it up for them to develop and scan. Will take quite a while though.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
One week away from painting but did this Polaroid One Step this evening. This is the last of the re-dos of my first 12 paintings that I did of cameras, all of which were on paper instead of panels. I'll likely start doing more of my cameras a second time now, perhaps taking more liberties with reality.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Earlier this weekend we played a bit of the game Talisman using the tabletop simulator on Steam. Geremy had never played. The original version is quite disappointing compared to Allan's mod, but we had some fun. Out of that game and conversation came the suggestion that we add Allan's modifications that he created twenty years ago (when we were all young and had endless time for such side projects). I started to scan all his cards (looks like about 2000) and Geremy is going to do the computer conversion stuff.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
I purchased Tabletop Simulator from Steam today. I got four versions (for the price of 3) so each of us has one in the house and Allan has one too. Geremy introduced it to us the other day. We ran it and had a couple of glitches getting going but eventually had it purring. Played some Lovecraft Letter and Snakeoil. Biggest problem now is that William and I can see each other's screens from where we sit so we have a hard time keeping secrets.
Monday, November 16, 2020
Last month I borrowed a bunch of cameras from Richard. With the break last week, I painted them a bit quicker than I expected. Here they are: Nikonos II waterproof, Nikon AF 230, Sony Handycam TR5, Coronet Rex box, Voigtlander Bessa folding camera, Minolta Hi-Matic F, Olympus Trip 35, Mamiya RB67 Pro, Canon Rebel, Kodak Hawk-Eye Model C box camera
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Yesterday Margaret and I had a short outing to get cat food. I drove but stayed in the car and converted the USB music to the Christmas drive (being that we are past Remembrance Day) while Margaret popped into the store. Driving back we noticed that the Slate Gallery was not only open with Heather Cline's new exhibition, but Heather was in front shooting a selfie. We pulled in and had a really nice visit. We even talked about the art! Anything is possible these days.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Last night (Friday) I finally got around to cleaning the fish tank filter system. It had a think layer of crystalized salts all over it and I think this was causing occasional drips of moisture outside of the tank. Besides, it looked terrible. Before giving my big fish to Sandra a month ago, I had not wanted to do this because it required taking the lid off of the tank for 20 minutes and that big fish tended to jump. With him gone, I just had my two long-lived small catfish Buddy and Joshua. I removed the filter/pump, rinsed it with filtered water, scrapped salts off of it and the tank, and replaced everything. Looked good, everyone happy.
This morning I wanted to see how happy everyone was with a cleaner tank overnight.
Both fish were dead.
This is the first time I have had no live fish in over 12 years. I don't know what killed them, but it could not be a coincidence that they both died at once and that I did that cleaning last night. Possibly I introduced something on my hands (a bit of hand sanitizer possibly) but I doubt that this would have been enough. Hand sanitizer was used earlier in the day but I'd washed my hands since then so it could only have been a bit of residue. The heater had been working all the time and the filter was only disconnected for 15 minutes and the fish have survived that long without it before (power outages, etc). Possibly it was the salt crystals. I tried not to have them drop into the tank, but as I removed things, some likely did. They were large and hard enough not to immediately dissolve, but some may have been small enough to eat and they are hard and jagged. Anyway, even though William is not a kid anymore and he is no longer upset but the death of a couple of two-inch long fish, I felt I couldn't just flush them. I wrapped them in a paper towel and buried them in the dirt under some shallow snow in the yard.
Margaret points out that we could get rid of the tank now. I'm undecided. .
Friday, November 13, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Still a bit dizzy from last night.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
For four years I've watched the US politics with amazement. What a drama - an event that certainly won't be repeated for a long time. However, for the past few days the air was filled with fear the the unbelievable event might repeat itself. Can a nation actually be that dumb? No, it can't. Trump is out, but will probably make a big fuss about it. Wore socks that are usually buried deep in the drawer - only come out for special events. Good job USA.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
We have just a couple of more days of warm weather and so I have taken down the gazebo screens, put chairs in the garage or tarped them under the gazebo, and tightened the handle of the bbq (Margaret went out and got propane), and I got the mats into the car. We are as ready as we ever are for winter, which is supposed to start in a few days.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
We didn't watch or pay attention to the US election last night, but the next morning the numbers online and in the newspaper looked positive for Biden. However, down at painting class, all the people who had watched the night before were frantic and/or depressed at how badly it had gone and how Trump was going to be in for four more years. Glad I didn't watch. Too much stress these days. Painting helps.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
Don't know why I was feeling stressed today. Might be sympathetic stress because William is drowning in homework (all five courses have projects due before the break - was this always the way?). Anyway, needed to throw into a painting. Listened to Fad Gadget and painted this Coronet box camera. Didn't look at the make until it was done. The words were at a sharp angle on the front so I didn't add them. Picked up the camera to read it and discovered that I'd painted it upside down. Like it anyway.