Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The search for warm light.

If anyone remembers, Shawn and I have a trap door that closes off our basement from the main floor of our house. For the door to sit flat, it has to be slammed for full closure- imagine the sound of a 2m by 1m, 2cm thick sheet of MDF being dropped. Jarring to say the least. This is nothing compared to the effect it has on the poor incandescent bulb and light housing that lights the stairwell. Without fail, we lose a bulb every 2 weeks or so. Poor little rattled filaments.

The house was almost fully decked out in CFLs when we moved in, but they were all changed out within days. I cannot- CANNOT- deal with the putrid greeny tinged light that comes out of those bulbs. I have passed apartments up in the past due to a sickly lit entrance way, or exterior lights.

Now, considering there are plans in the works to phase out incandescent bulbs by 2012- not to mention CFLs use less energy, and burn longer- I'm going to have to make the switch, and yes, would probably feel better about it.

However, my question is this- is there such thing as a CFL that gives off an incandescent glow? When I walk by houses with those greeny little things burning at night, I wrinkle up my nose- are those just the older models?. I know that CFL light colour is based on a lower K rating, but is it true? I'm looking for testimonials. One thing I don't want during the long, cold winter is a coldly lit home.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Proof that the voting public CAN make a difference. Way to go, USA.

If only I could get as excited about Canadian politics...

My new favourite time-waster.

This is sand.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Neco z Alenky (Alice)

A while ago, April mentioned the upcoming Burton version of Alice In Wonderland. Shawn and I were discussing this today, and he asked if I had ever seen the extraordinarily weird Czechoslovakian version of the movie by Jan Svankmajer.

"The WHAT?!" I exclaimed. After some imdb-ing, and perusing viewer comments with titles like "Want to give your kids nightmares for the rest of their lives?" I knew it would be right up my alley.

The taxidermied white rabbit escaping from his glass box!

The skeletal menagerie, and the cabinet (or broom closet) of curiosities!

Why have I never seen this movie before?!?