What might possibly be the coolest lamp ever

This may look like simply like an oddly designed lamp, which in a way it is. The cool thing is that the lamp shade is made from the packaging the lamp camp in. So you buy the compact little package, and inside is a bulb and a cord, then the packaging becomes the light. Pretty genius. The folks at Knoend (“no-end”, get it) designed this nifty thing, they also have a lot of other really cool items.

This came via thedieline.com (one of my favourite blogs)

Number 2 of the cross-processed film

Tea Partiers (xPro)

Here’s number 2 of the roll of film. Again I stress that none of theses have been photoshopped (they were scanned directly from the film). I just love how unpredictable cross-processing is. One of my friends said that it makes the photos look sort of angsty. I wonder if that’s why teenagers love it so much. I’m probably discrediting all of the angstyness right now, since I’m well out of my teenage years and just think it looks nifty. Lame.

Film finally developed

Tea party (xPro)

So I finally got around to getting the film developed. It’s only been a week, but I am the most terribly impatient person when it comes to 1. getting film processed and 2. receiving things in the mail

I’m really happy how it turned out and I’ll be posting completely un-photoshopped scans of them throughout the next little while. I do remind everyone that these are snapshots, not necessarily super artistic. It was just Mike and I playing around and having fun. And boy did we have fun!

Apple muffins

Apple muffins

I had the baking bug this morning, so I decided to make some apple muffins to deal with our surplus of apples. I chose the recipe based on how many of the ingredients I actually had laying around. I still made a lot of changes, so here is my modified recipe.

Ingredients (Makes 12)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • Topping:
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon
  3. In a large bowl, beat together oil, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Stir in apples then gradually blend in the flour mixture.
  4. Spoon the batter into a muffin pan
  5. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until the mixture is coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over tops of batter in the muffin pan.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.

Micrograph for sale!

Scanning electron micrograph of the retina

I just wanted to let everyone who is in the Halifax area know that there is a charity dinner and auction going on this Friday in support of the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and that there will be at least one of my micrographs and an original oil painting up for bidding. Details are available at the Neuroscience Society’s website.

No Toronto

Took them long enough, but U of T has finally decided that I’m not fit for there. I’m not horribly heart broken, but I still sort of wish they could have told me two months ago like all of the other schools. But now I can stop relentlessly checking emails and get on to more important things like Purple Day

And there was snow today. SNOW. Not quite the spring I would like, but I can’t really complain after what a beautiful weekend we had. In ever so slightly unfortunate news, the film cannot be developed until next Sunday, so it may be a while before we can see the cross-processed wonders of the photos. I think I may load another roll into the old Ricoh though.

Final bit of news. I learned to count today. I did actually know how to count before (at least I could claim that) but now I know how to count in Chinese. I think it’s actually a tiny bit easier, once you get over the fact that units move in 1000s and not 100s (ie 10 000 is a new unit from 1 000). I am almost a counting master.

Mission complete

I did it, I used up my entire roll of film in a day and a half. It felt pretty good. Poor camera needed its batteries (all two tiny little watch ones) replaced half-way through, but other than that the photographic adventure went off without a hitch. I also taught Mike how to use the camera, which was equally fun. I found a picture of the old instruction manual, my SLR is a Ricoh KR-10. By my estimation, it’s about 30 years old. My mom gave it to my dad as a wedding gift. I realized yesterday that I’ve been using this camera for exactly 6 years. It seems like such a long time (considering at that point in my life I had it all planned out that I was going to be a graphic artist, and here I am now, applying to medical school). 

I think that I will need to get more film. Maybe some cool novelty stuff from Urban Outfitters.

Today my mission will be to get the film developed. I will post the photos as soon as possible.

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