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Nov. 17th, 2009 | 09:16 pm

My birthday tomorrow incidentally. I'm not doing anything, but I thought I'd remind myself that it's occurring.

I did order myself a present... well, actually I didn't, I'm just pretending that I did. If I want something and I have enough money, I buy it; if I don't have enough money, I don't buy it. The time of the year isn't really relevant. But anyway, my Pretend Birthday Present is a Fujifilm Instax Mini 10 and some film, which I got from eBay for forty-five quid or so.

I'm very fond of instant cameras, and have more working versions than I do digital cameras, just no film. I have one Polaroid 600, the classic model, and the first model of the Polaroid i-Zone, both of which work fine but neither of which you can get film for any more. (Nobody has been selling i-Zone film for years and Polaroid just stopped bothering generally a year or so ago, though people are selling old film stocks at stupid prices and somebody's bought the factory or something to try to restart production.)

The Instax is the only system I can see that still seems to be in commercial production, and it's not in commercial production here. Fujifilm don't appear to be selling the cameras at all in this country; you can get the film from assorted websites at least. The Mini 10 is an old model, the Mini 7 is (illogically) the latest apparently, though they take the same film. The camera are on sale in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and south-east Asia generally it seems, with limited editions, Hello Kitty film, all that sort of thing, but not here. Why not? I don't really understand it, it's hardly as if, say, the UK has more digital cameras than South Korea.

That's what I bought anyway. There's a story behind it apart from my just generally liking instant cameras, though it's an unimpressive one: I had a dream recently with an instant camera in it. My notes read:
Had a dream where I mysteriously received a camera by post. As part of some items that I'd left behind somewhere? In a cardboard package. I was opening this on the top of a bus.

Anyway one of the items I worked out was an instant camera (being a dream object it could have been almost anything to begin with, though was quickly a camera). Now I have an urge to go and get one.
So I did.

Ongoing kitten situation is aggravating me but I'm probably being snippy and will get over it. It's also I think a bad sign when people you reckon are considerably more overworked than you say "wow, you've got far too much on, that's ridiculous". Hey ho, let's see what I can do about it.

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the wrong tune played til it sounded right

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from: ladyjestyr
date: Nov. 17th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday for tomorrow! Apparently we share a birthday :)

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Nov. 17th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Nine months after Valentine's Day. There's a cluster around now. Happy birthday to you too.

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Pallas

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from: pallasathene8
date: Nov. 18th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday! (a bit early)

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Diary of an Ass Monkey

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from: assmonkeydiary
date: Nov. 18th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Happy almost your birthday!

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 19th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Get the kitten back for your birthday.

You know you want to.

OB

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