Thursday, 30 January 2014

Friday 31/1/14 - Trips To The Beach, Trip 35s & This Week's Wristwatches.

Friday 6:58pm AEST
Nothing really Earth-shattering this week. Just getting the kids ready for their return to school on Thursday. We picked up my son's laptop and I can't say I'm too thrilled with how much a reliance the school will place on this thing as the year progresses. They've assured us that the kids will still maintain the pen-and-paper aspect of their studies, but I feel a little dubious about that. We'll just have to wait and see, I suppose.
Last Saturday
Where did all this ironing come from!? Okay, crank up the iron, grab some coat-hangers, plug the iPod into the dock, and don't stop until the soundtrack's finished. Hmm, brooding score indeed. And a no-nonsense Omega Railmaster strapped to my wrist.

Up onto the roof to give the guttering an undercoat. Somehow, I managed to bruise my right eyelid. My wife thought I painted while wearing some of her eye-shadow. I don't know how it happened. She thinks I must have rubbed my eye a little too aggressively. I've no idea.
Switched over to the modded Seiko 7002 'beater' for the painting.

It was the Australia Day public holiday. Another hot day, too. My wife took the kids to the beach. I stayed home. I got a little sunburned on my neck the day before, so I thought I'd stay out of the sun for a while. I grabbed my laptop and deleted some video file double-ups which were taking a lot of space on the hard drive. It took a little longer than I thought. Nothing that a cup of coffee couldn't fix. Switched over to the Omega Planet Ocean.

An eight-dollar wooden sign from one of those stores that sells cheap stuff, like no-name brand AA batteries that last an hour and Corey Haim DVDs for five bucks (too expensive). I liked the 1940s-style aesthetic of it. Maybe Robert Mitchum will swing by for a cup'a Joe.

Another scorcher. We hit the pool at my gym, but they were doing swimming lessons, so the pool wasn't open to members till after six.
Plan B- the beach. Fifteen or so minutes later, we scuttled across hot sand and made a bee-line for the water.
I'd bought a new pair of bathers (swimming trunks) the day before and I wasn't happy with them once I got into the water. The waist-band kept folding over itself every time I dived under water. I should've spent the extra fifteen bucks on that pair of Speedos. You get what you pay for. And, being bathers, there's no refund or exchange on them. Ah well, they'll do as spares for the gym pool.
I loaded some film into the Voigtlander Vito B rangefinder camera. I thought I'd see if I could get some better photos out of it this time. Maybe this time around, I'll pay a little more attention to what I'm doing. Switched over to the Hamilton Khaki Officer's Mechanical.

Maybe the Special Photography Issue of National Geographic that my wife found in a thrift store that day may have been the inspiration behind my wanting to use film.

I bought another Olympus Trip 35 film camera off eBay. The one I have already might have some issues with it, so I wanted to compare the two of them. Luckily, I was the only bidder and ended up scoring it for twenty bucks.

I really like the Trip 35. Simple to use, classic design, built to last. Olympus sold over ten million of them between 1967 and 1984. Probably not a bad idea to have a spare one. Can't wait. My current model dates back to December '67, so I'll be curious to learn the age of this next one, even though there's one lady I know who couldn't care less.

Hottest day of the week and she decides to sleep in our washing basket. My wife was about to get her out of there because she thought the cat looked all scrunched up and uncomfortable.
"Do you honestly think she'd go anywhere that was uncomfortable?", I replied.
And so, with a new camera due to arrive, I took a look at my other cameras and thought it might be an idea to get rid of one. Since getting my Olympus OM-2n a year ago, I haven't used my Nikon EM all that much. It's an auto-only SLR, whereas the OM-2n has both manual and automatic settings. Still had the Planet Ocean on when I took some pictures of the Nikon for the eBay listing.

And that's my week, folks. Sent an enquiry e-mail to another recruitment agency on Wednesday. Ain't heard back. I'll give them a call first thing Monday before I commence my next wave of job hunting.
Classes start up again next Wednesday. Holiday time is over.
That's cool. I'm all set.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, all!


  1. Cats. They are amazing where they will shove themselves.
    Be mindful of those sort of marks on your eyes. They may be burns, and I suspect you might have been rubbing a lot of sweat off.
    Also, your Voitlander may use a selenium light meter, which progressively deteriorates over time. You may find that the readings you are getting with your camera may be a couple of stops out. Something to keep in mind if the issues you are having are over-exposure.

    Catch you soon.

  2. Nice watches and cameras.
    First Olympus Trip 35 I recall seeing in quite a while.

  3. Yay, film! Gonna join the the Caffenol club? :D

  4. @ Scott, at first I thought it was sunburn, but I wore sunglasses and the sun was behind me. I wonder if I rubbed it with a dusty hand and the combination of dirt and sweat created a rough abrasive? Who knows? I never did finish Med School. Actually, I never started it, either.

    @ Bill, yes, I want to give the Trip 35 a decent shot. It was the kind of camera that teachers used on sports day back in the '70s when I was but a sapling.

    @ Ted, I dunno about the whole Caffenol procedure. Got no place to set up a darkroom, for starters. Although, I may look into it when the day comes where no place will process film for me.

    1. Bah, all you need is a closet and a towel to stuff under the door. the only thing you need to do in the dark is load the film onto the tank reels. The tank has a light sealed funnel, so you do the developing in the light near a sink.

    2. Still need an enlarger, don't I?

    3. nope, I scan the negs directly using a $15 Canon 4200F scanner I found at a thrift shop. The kind that has the bulbous lid with the 35mm strip adapter in it.

    4. Heck, now you got me thinking...

  5. Cats wouldn't do anything they don't like. Squeezing themselves in ridiculously positions is probably one of their greatest hobby's!

  6. Off-topic, but as a Bond man I figured you would want to see this proof that Ian Fleming's work was actually prescient:
    compare logo to this well-known one:

    1. Yes, Fleming's tentacl-, I mean 'legacy' is far-reaching indeed. Can't believe NASA are using that logo. Looks a little creepy and nefarious to me.