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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bessai slides scanned


After a month of scanning, I have completed the Bessai family slide collection of about 4400 slides that needed to be captured into the computer. There is still some effort in sorting and labeling and even some occasional adjustments, but the heavy work is done (next is the negatives if they can be found). 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Home all day Saturday

We stayed home all day. It was cold. Margaret had to go to work. When William finally dragged himself out of bed, he did nothing but homework until evening when we vegged in front of the tv and watched "Arthur Christmas" to William explicit objection (10 minutes in he finally realized it was not the trash he though it was and we had a pretty good time watching it). Other than stowing stuff away in the garage and taking out garbage, I stayed warm with Kafka. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Coming home from the cold

The cold this week is really wearing me down. My Friday class was fun (only three of the four grad students there this week, but one was completely new so that was cool) but after finishing my emails and stuff and with my heart set on heading home, I got a call that William locked the keys in the car as school. A couple of minutes after I got there, the shop teacher managed to help him get it open. Hopefully doing this twice will finally convince him to be more careful in the future. Further frustration when I got home with some lock deicer, got one lock working again, but when we went to use graphite on it we found we had two partial cans but no thin straw applicator for it so we couldn't get the driver side working. Ug. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Heather Cline at Slate

My Thursday class goes until 5:30 this term so my attendance at Slate openings is likely to be a bit more sporadic. However, I'd not want to have missed Heather Cline's terrific new paintings on display this week. Of course I'll need to return and listen to the audio 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

glazed stone


The freezing rain has created a bizarre glazed rock surface beside my parking lot at work. While it looks generally normal, but for being a bit shiny, the stones are completely fused together by ice so that none of them move when you walk on them. It feels odd. It's not too slippery but I bet if I did fall, I'd break a kneecap. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Panel talk on Metoo

Attended panel talk this evening on the future of the #Metoo at the Dunlop. This is the first of their new "Hot Topic" series. They showed a film afterwards but William voted to do something more sociable with the rest of the evening so we played some Chrononauts with Allan. 
First day of Film 200 went fine. It's Jason Britski's first day as the lab instructor. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

another "new" camera

Cool Linhof camera courtesy Richard Gustin. The lens is a bit of an issue but there is a jerry-rig solution for demo purposes. It is a beast but luckily it comes apart to allow one to move it around. Super pumped capture an image with it. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

William looking suave

Weather was great, William took a walk on the last day of his winter break.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Best Perogie Award!


This evening at Heather Cline's annual Ukrainian Christmas cabbage roll party, the competition extended to include perogies for the first time. I am delighted to have won the prize entitled "The Right Stuff Perogie Challenge". It's the most proud I've ever been to win something. Thanks mom, for the recipe and for the years of ensuring I always pinched true. I keep this new trophy (designed by Heather) until next year.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Weyburn campus


Went with Berny to the Weyburn college to see the set up they have for teaching Film 100 via teleconference. Their new building is impressive, built under 2 years ago. Glad I went as there are a few technical and procedural considerations that we'd not anticipated. Popped in to say bye to Kristin then saw a fire down the street and firemen rescuing a cat.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Allan back in town

Allan had some misadventures on his vacation these past few weeks, missing a flight then catching a flu that had him too sick to get on another flight. End result is that he is back in Regina a bit ahead of schedule and came over for stew and games. Played Dr. Who Flux, Axe Cop Munchkin (which he bought for us, mystery solved) and an unnamed RPG cyberpunk heist game.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Fun and games in the cold



We went to have crepes at Gertrud and Fred's this afternoon but otherwise stayed in and avoided the cold. We watched the second Thin Man movie and played some games. I won a game of cribbage by a single point. The cards took some odd turns throughout the game.