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Plans. Lots of Plans. And I need a GIANT EGG TIMER!! [Jan. 21st, 2004|04:32 am]
Miss Von Trapp
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Have had a rather busy day!!!

Went in town at 3pm intending to buy a diary, but never got round to it...was distracted by Whittards of Chelsea white hot chocolate and two jars of italian and colombian coffee.


Stopped in at the Art College to pick up a film script and bumped into alienfox and then Cali, who was part of the stagecrew during the panto run. Also picked up a free student diary, which will last me until April anyway...give me more time to buy a proper one lol

Cali and I went off to the Nowhere for beer and coffee, and had a good laugh talking about what a technical nightmare the panto was...kids missing cues so lighting didn't go quite to plan etc etc, then we went back into town via The Attic (a shop)...she bought a scarf and I said hello to Stainless who is working in there.

Got the bus home at about 5:30, but got on the wrong number, so ended up walking up Kings Rd past the CFE. Stopped in there to pick up a prospectus for random courses...and then went on home.

Fell asleep between 6:30 and 7:30, then got up again and went off to work via Spikey's.

We had a chat about technicalities of filming the short 'journey home'...(see previous post and comments) and exactly how the ending would pan out...

I now have a complete visual picture in my mind of pace, sound and all shots, just need to do a few walks along the route to check all possibilities/potential problems...like, for example, the motion sensor security light just down from my flat...would need to cut across the park to the war memorial earlier in order to avoid it.

Then all I need to do is storyboard/map camera angles and time the route, possibly cutting out certain sections of long and boring/winding road.

Work was entertaining, if not darned lazy...went through all prospectuses and decided (finally!) what I want to do this year before applying for a degree course to start 2005...read through the film script and did the Guardian crossword...

Had a dull as ever 'Work Time Learning' session, which I managed to waste an hour on typing up the minutes for afterwards, then we were let out at 3:30am.

Got home at about 4am, after thinking camera angles/shots all the way home, and am going to go to bed in a minute...

Have to be up early tommorrow to catch up on laundry, then go out to the Art College, then Weird Cabaret rehearsals before work...

Also need to get some supplies for my new photography project, which Jui-ehh!!! will help with next week.

I need:

An old lifelike baby doll (my sister has one)
A neutral white actor's mask (I shall buy, Jui-ehh!! shall wear in public hehe)
A large green first aid kit (have one at work)
...and a very large 12" high egg timer!!


(It needs to be big so it can go on a decent-sized gravestone...)

*secretive grin*

I'll let you know more as time progresses...I'll get the photos developed and put on a cd when I'm done. I'm also using a disposable camera...the whole point of the project is facelessness/death/disposability and lack of importance of people and objects etc...bit complex really...and a disposable camera ties in rather conveniently...and it also saves me having to get an expensive piece of kit too...BONUS!!

Ok, cuppa tea, cig and bed!!


Your Years at Hogwarts by nevermindless
The Sorting Hat places you in: Hufflepuff (Yellow and Black)
Subject you are naturally best at: Defense Against the Dark Arts
Your favorite book: A Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry
Pet you bring to school: Tawny-browed Owl
You are most known for: Who you are dating.
Created with quill18's MemeGen!

Most known for who I am dating, eh???
Well that would be NO-ONE!!! LOLOL!!!

From: wildgift93
2004-01-21 01:26 am (UTC)
Which scarf did you get? I almost bought the red and white stripe one but bought a Hello Kitty bag instead.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-01-21 06:38 am (UTC)
Cali got a stringy mohair-y scarf...forget the colour.

Was very tempted by a LOT of things, but I have bills to pay unfortunately:/

Btw, do you have a copy of 'The 39 Steps' on video? Or know anyone that has it, so I could borrow it?
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-01-21 01:57 am (UTC)

Egg Timer

Or, more appropriately 'Sand Timer'.

In approx 6 days 19 hours time (From 0712 GMT 21/01/04)
the Sand will run out. At the mo it's 0.99p. It's a
Not quite the Traditional variety but kinda cool. Guess it must be for
Ostrich Eggs.
Failing that the *ultimate* is thus.....
Basilisk Sand Timer from Alchemy Gothic In bone resin and pewter. A 15 minute black sand timer in the claws of terror. Looks big. So is the price.....Have a peek.

Alternatively use the tips from DIYCOOKINGITBIG.COM 'Building a Giant Sand Timer'.
I'll cut'n p incase the URL has run out. Here goes.......

...Here’s a guide for building ones very own ‘GIANT SAND TIMER’ for those that have a delicacy for Water Buffalo but do not have access to modern cooking
‘Time-pieces’ (N.B. Although the cooking is probably being carried out in remote parts of the Mongolian Jungle it is necessary, in order to proceed, to have access to certain local amenities and/or retail outlets. Also, care should be taken when using any power tools in high humidity areas. It is also important to establish the weight of the Water Buffalo and choice of cooking method. This could save a lot of embarrassment when the final dish is served as the ‘GIANT
SAND TIMER’ is designed around these two factors. Good Luck.)


1) Purchase 2 identical vase shaped glass objects. The ‘Half-an-egg-timer’ bowl shape is most popular. Make sure that the neck end will accept a rubber/cork bung. (Tip : Some decanters were this shape and quite popular within the sailing/shipping community because of their stability during rough seas. The Lost Ark could be nearby so go check. Simple Darwin-Shaped flower vases would also do but if the local Witch doctor is on vacation one could ‘borrow’ 2 x peeing jars from him/her. The old variety are ideal if one has chosen the traditional bowl shaped ‘GIANT SAND TIMER’. Wash and let dry fully before use. The same applies for any items used from ’Local School Chemistry Lesson’ experiments. Let the imagination run free here on the required shape as a future ‘Poll’ on the most imaginative end product could lead to a ‘FREE ‘OutBackCookingMadeSimple’ High Tech DVD.
2) Purchase/find a rubber/cork bung that fits snuggly in the neck. The item must be long enough to insert equally into BOTH necks. We can see now how the ‘GIANT SAND TIMER’ is forming! Yummy…almost time to marinade the Water Buffalo. (Tip : There could be a local ‘MoonShine’ distiller somewhere. Get that marinade done! They’ll get that smell and come on over in a Jiff. If Bung is too short to go into both necks don’t worry : 2 can be put together. Rubber and cork can be glued !………..Never panic with DIYCOOKING).
3) Cut 4 identical squares from ¾ or 1 inch MDF/ChipBoard/Ply etc. These squares will be the ‘Top’ and ‘Base’ (N.B. When the ‘GIANT SAND TIMER’ is inverted they become ‘Base’ and ‘Top’, respectively.) Cut to size relating to the largest diameter of the glass for stability reasons.
4) On two of the squares cut a center hole right through. The diameter of the hole will be governed by the diameter of the glass. Measure/guess the diameter from the base end of the glass at a distance roughly equal to the thickness of the square you have cut. This will enable the glass base to sit snug into the hole but ‘It Must Not Protrude’!
5) Fix the other ‘non hole’ squares onto these ‘holed’ squares. One each.
6)The 2 glass ‘bowls’, mated together at their neck ends via the bung, will now have an identical base and top. We must now connect base and top together.
7)Find 4 pieces of wood/metal tubing etc with a diameter suitable for the proportion of the other items. The length of these 4 ‘Dowel’ pieces will be equal to the distance between the outer faces of base and top.
8)Drill appropriate holes slightly in from the edges of the squares so the dowels fit snug. Later they will be fixed in. Get that fire going!
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-01-21 02:00 am (UTC)

Re: Egg Timer (Continued>>>)

9)Chose appropriate grade/color of Sand. Multi colors can be used. Purple or Red ideal…Just see what’s lurking around you.
10)Fill one glass with some sand.
11)Drill small centered hole right through the bung. Put it into Neck and tip. Check Sand Flow. Increase hole size if necessary. If hole is too big, Stuff! Get another bung. (Tip : From your previous ‘AdvancedDiyCooking’ lessons use your experience from the ‘Cooking Water Buffalo with Wild Mushrooms’ section in order to establish cooking time versus sand flow. Use the quadratic formulae if the grain size of over 0.234mm Dia. And still use ‘Days,Hours,Mins,Secs if in the Northern hemisphere.)
12)When suitable bung hole diameter is achieved, fill glass with the EXACT amount of sand. Put other glass on bung. Place the 4 dowels onto the base and fix in place. Position glass on base. Place top on Glass. Hold together and invert. Does it work?
13)Invert again. Fix Top on so that it can be removed again for ‘fine calibration’. (There are various ways you can fix this top. If the dowels are wood then a simple center pin could be used to expand the dowel so it’s snug in its locating hole.)
14)Decorate ‘GIANT SAND TIMER’ accordingly paying particular attention to the Local culture/environment.
15)Get that Water Buffalo ‘A Cooking!! Enjoy.........

Well.That all appears straight forward!
Would you like to borrow a Drill?


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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-01-21 06:48 am (UTC)

Re: Egg Timer (Continued>>>)


I have two identical wine carafes...that's a start isn't it??

Except one has willow twigs and ostrich feathers in, and the other has more willow twigs and a purple/silver kids windmill/pinwheel in it on top of the tv...so no drill lol!!

I expect I'll have to trawl the pound shops and Lawsons etc etc;)
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From: shardofmany
2004-01-21 02:15 am (UTC)
May I ask why you want a an egg timer of that proportion?
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-01-21 06:43 am (UTC)
To photograph on a grave...representing life running out.

I might also get my sisters 8 month year old baby to hold it...:)
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[User Picture]From: latexwarrior
2004-01-21 03:31 am (UTC)
you're movie about walking home sounds interesting I also agree it is nice walking along a street when all is quiet especially on the way home after Blackatz
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-01-21 08:40 am (UTC)
Being a GIRL and walking home at 6am along deserted tree-lined streets is not so nice...

But it does give me thinking space at least:)
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[User Picture]From: achadachad
2004-01-21 05:25 am (UTC)
giant egg timer- as a film prop it should be possible to join two large plastic bottles, curvy ones like bitter lemon comes in, and film it from a distance, with close-ups in detial of a normal-size timer to show the sand runnign etc
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-01-21 06:51 am (UTC)
This is for a photograph:/

Tho I have thought about filming it...slow motion sand draining...that kind of thing:))
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From: wingsfromashes
2004-01-21 02:47 pm (UTC)
I think the walk-home film is a spectacular idea. I like the timer idea too. :)

You make me want to dash over there even more than I already did, with all the things I read.
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