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May 10, 2007

Waaaaaa… I want my Velvia 50

Filed under: Personal,Photography — cec @ 6:47 am

K and I are going through the preparations for our trip out to Yellowstone and I was looking into the photography setup. I headed over to B&H, found the circular polarizer for the lens of my new digital camera, then went over to the film section. For a number of reasons, I still think that landscape shots should be taken using slide film, preferably slow slide film, ideally Velvia 50. It does things with greens and browns that make my heart all fluttery (yes, I know this makes me a big photography nerd). But when I got to the slide film section, I couldn’t find Velvia 50. Velvia 100, yes, but no Velvia 50 – it has been discontinued. Now, Velvia 100 is a nice film, but it’s really just not the same as Velvia 50. For landscapes, it’s too fast – I would rather have the slower speed. After all, my digital can imitate 100 speed film, I want something slower. I bought the 100 speed anyway – I still think that slide film is better than digital for landscapes.

There is a happy ending to this. Looking around, it seems that there were a number of other people complaining when Fuji discontinued Velvia 50. So they are planning to restart production. Unfortunately, they are not shipping until July. I guess the lesson for Fuji is that when you are catering to a niche market, you have to accommodate that niche’s strange preferences. 🙂

May 7, 2007


Filed under: Cooking,Personal — cec @ 8:36 pm

Technically, K and I are not vegetarians. We’re pesco-vegetarians: we’ll eat fish and I’ll eat shellfish (K just doesn’t like shellfish 🙂 ). We didn’t become pesco-vegetarians overnight. We started by getting rid of red meat, so no pork, beef, lamb, etc. More recently, we stopped making chicken at home (we seldom eat out) and then stopped eating it at all.

One of the more challenging things about changing your diet is finding food that is interesting and still meets your dietary requirements. While we’ll try new recipes when we find them, we’ve also done a lot with substitutions. This has gotten a lot easier with all of the new meat substitutes that are out there, but even without them, there are still some things you can do.

Tonight, we made Empanadas which are a type of Cuban pocket sandwich. We’ve done the a few ways over the years, including making the dough from scratch, but our basic recipe is even simpler than that. The original recipe was:

  • 8 large canned biscuits – flatened
  • 1/2 # of ground beef or lamb, browned in oil
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • some tomato sauce
  • some shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced olives (not in the original recipe, but i like them)

You mix the browned beef with the corn, sauce, cheese and olives. Divide into 8 portions, put each portion in the center of a flattened biscuit, fold in half, press together to seal and then bake using the biscuit instructions.

Our first shot at changing the recipe was to use ground chicken instead of turkey.

We later switched to ground fake meat or even veggie hamburgers diced; but tonight, I tried something very different that was quite tasty. Instead of using a meat-like filling, we used spinach:

  • 1 package of frozen spinach (for this recipe, the frozen may be easier than fresh, but not as tasty) defrosted with the extra water squeezed out
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp of butter (we use smart balance)
  • 2-3 oz of (light) cream cheese

To make the filling, you melt the butter over low heat and add the garlic. Saute for a minute or so. Add the spinach, mix thoroughly and heat. After a few minutes, turn off the stove and mix in the cream cheese. Once it cools enough, fill the flattened biscuits and bake.


May 6, 2007

A couple of wildlife rehab notes

Filed under: Personal,Wildlife Rehab — cec @ 8:28 pm
  • We finished the protective boxes we are going to use for cage cameras.  They are pretty basic with hinged tops (where the cameras are mounted) and plexiglass fronts to shoot through.  We’ve mounted them in the cages and run the 300′ of wire back to the house.  K will need to angle them so they point in the right direction, but other than that, we’re done!
  • K also had someone call today who had a cat-mauled bunny.  They’ve dropped it off and K has it set up in a cage upstairs with a heating pad.  Assuming it makes it through the night, we’ll take it up to the clinic tomorrow for antibiotics, etc.


Filed under: Personal — cec @ 8:18 pm

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, a professor from my old department contacted me about some work.  I went to the company, talked to them for a few hours and then later had lunch with the president of the company (whom I’ve known for a while).  Last week we agreed that I would start as a part time consultant and see how it goes.  Thursday and Friday we negotiated salary and tomorrow I’m heading over there.

Interesting times 🙂

May 1, 2007

Periodical cicada

Filed under: Photography — cec @ 9:43 pm

I was taking the dogs out last night and saw a periodical cicada emerging from it’s nymph stage. Kind of cool – definitely an interesting picture:


Now I wonder if I have to worry about my fruit trees :-/

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