Weekly notes #8

A slightly less busy week compared to the last. Most of my workweek was pretty uneventful, even if the office was in full on Tomorrowland partyflight mode. There was some progress on the house renovation project though. We’ve met up with our architect, made some decisions and have a clearer view on the next steps.

Star Trek: Yes, I’m a Trekkie and yes, of course I must mention the Picard trailer. I practically squealed when I saw Seven of Nine. And I couldn’t be more delighted to hear that Deanna Troi and Riker would also return. If only we could get back the magnificence of Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth house of Betazed, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Rixx.

Read: I’ve picked up the ‘Renovatiebijbel’ (The renovation bible) again. It’s basically a quick reference guide on everything related to house renovations. We’ve gotten some ideas through it on what we should look into and what could work for our house.

UX design: I’ve come across interesting articles on how UX design in the western world differs from UX design in Japan and China. It’s becoming more and more apparent to me that, despite our globalised world, localisation and cultural differences remain so very important.

Video editing: I’m still working on my Budapest video (and photos – I’ve been slacking) and have been looking into how to use LUTs and colour grading videos. Hopefully, I will have the willpower to finish editing it. Here’s to hoping that the upcoming heatwave doesn’t impact my energy levels too much.

Film photography: I finally completed the 35mm roll I started in Brussels. The last 6 exposures will be some random pictures taken at a local flea market during our National Day.

On the market itself we saw an interesting set of Pentax film lenses. I was really interested in them but I didn’t buy them because the camera that came with them was not fully functioning (the light metre wasn’t working and the battery container was stuck). We even considered fitting the lenses on my Mamiya, but that didn’t work either.

I was surprised at how much I wanted those lenses. I always had it in the back of my mind that I should look for some additional vintage lenses for my Mamiya but I didn’t realise how much the idea of trying out more analogue camera material resonated with me.

I believe this is a lingering passion of mine that I probably should get into more. Maybe it’s also because we were talking about our renovation plans, but I kind of look forward to having the space to develop my own film.