The Diana+ Camera-Birdhouse: How?

Well, the “HOW” part is hardly something to brag about. I’m not gonna lie: this wasn’t a pretty build. When I got the plastic analogue camera, I couldn’t believe I had to, essentially, destroy it: it was so simple and pretty and nice to hold. I thought how it’d be a great camera on which my daughter could learn about photography, film and light (I know, how archaic!). But the idea of finding 110 120 film and paying for processing convinced me otherwise. So trying to think of a design, I was inspired by some scraps of 100-year-old bard wood in our garage. I would build a birdhouse around the camera.

I first imagined a proper house, with a removable bottom for access to the camera….like so you could actually take pictures remotely of, possibly, birds. But then I realised the wood is very thick, prone to splitting when it is cut into small pieces, and basically an overall temperamental medium. So, to plan B: a single-panel sloped roof design. This was more easily executed, since some of the wood pieces already had a 45° cut on one end. Murray suggested we use softer and thinner pine pieces (of which we also had scraps in the garage) for the front. A great idea, since it allowed us to fit the Diana’s lens right through to the other side — with the help of this nasty-looking drill attachment (which certainly has a proper name, of which I am not aware).

A ton of cursing, a jug of wood glue and some blue paint later, it was done! Read more about the gallery showing and the more technical promo info at my post for The Dears. Also, as a valued reader of my blog, I’m extending to any of you the possibility of attending the gallery opening in Toronto on Thursday, September 8th. Email me at natalia.scifi (at) and I will send the info to you so you can RSVP and attend the opening party!

Tuesday’s Links

Some things I’ve seen lately, that have struck me as a little interesting:

The $150 Space Camera. At first it was just a curious headline, then the thought of it was really, really heavy. Space is not that far away.

Women Rescued from Reality TV scam. I don’t know who is more desperate in this situation? The captives or the captors?

Want Your Own Dinosaur? Place your Bids. Is this morally responsible? Like, should ancient things belong to anyone? They should be everyman’s.

The Mythbusters at The Emmys. From Adam Savage’s Twitter. He is such a nerd. And hilarious. My crush continues.

An entire house, tented. Insane pesticide or some kind of anti-bug bomb ensued. From Jeff Castelaz’s Twitter. See, in Canada if you just wait it out a few months until winter, all the bugs die of cold anyway. Ya, right…

VMA Fug Carpet: Lady Gaga. While sometimes irritatingly annoying, Ms. Gaga’s fashion shenanigans can be eye-roll-inducing. But I agree with Go Fug Yourself: this red outfit is amazing. That is some sci-fi, video game, Silent Hill-quality avant-garde shit, for which I give her mad props. That getup, my friends, is OG.

Ok. Now go have a productive week. I’m gonna go…scrape.

UPDATE: Heart Attack Grill. HOLY SHIT. MIND BLOWN! Watch the YouTube clip at the bottom of the page.