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Having the opportunity to play with the HP Deskjet 4645 for a little while we took full advantage of the convenient photo printing feature. We had a couple of empty frames around the apartment, one of them was already hanging on the wall. The last piece of the puzzle, would obviously be to print out some pictures so that the frame could be populated – and so that it would look less weird than having an empty photo frame hanging on the wall!

A pack of photo paper gives you 20 sheets, which we cut up into quarters. The hard part came in deciding what to do with our 80 postcard sized sheets. We made good use of it, printing out both colour and black and white prints, working our way through a couple of printer cartridges along the way.

The Deskjet 4645 e-All-in-One has the four basic functions: print, copy, scan, and fax. We tested the first three – I don’t know anyone who still accepts faxes, never mind the last time I sent one myself. Regardless, there are evidently still people that use it.

My favourite feature was the printer’s wireless capabilities which enabled us to print from multiple devices without having to first install drivers. We printed directly  from our phones, the iPad and our MacBooks, the printer just queued it all up and spitting them out on a first-in-first-out basis. While it was really a pleasure to use, not all of our photos came out great. The blacks were not deep enough and solid colours had perceptible bands across them.

The video was filmed on a Nokia Lumia 1020. This was featured on Tech Girl.

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In a previous post I mentioned that planning a wedding is a lot of hard work, but now that I’ve managed to tick off a few big things on the mammoth to-do list, I take that back. We’ve been engaged since December, and I’m loving it. We know a few people who have gotten engaged after us, and are either already married, or having their wedding before ours. This always leads to conversations about having so much time to plan a wedding, or buckling down and planning it in a shorter space of time. These conversations are so boring, people should just do what they like and what feels right for you. Get over it, and move on.

So, we’ve been engaged for over seven months now, and we still have another eight before our wedding. This is a lot of time, but enough for us to keep taking it easy with the planning, looking at the finer details and putting together the last of the money towards this all. Continue reading »

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There are some people whose lives are completely interesting. It’s an infrequent occurrence, which makes the discovery all the more special. Vivian Maier is one such person. Vivian was discovered as an amazing photographer after John Maloof picked up a trunk of photographs and negatives at an auction. When he started posting some of the images online, critical acclaim followed as well a slew of exhibitions across the world.

Sadly, her work was discovered towards the very end of her life, and only after she passed away did her work get the attention it deserved. Vivian Maier left behind a body of work comprising over 100,000 negatives! Vivian’s passion for documenting extended to a series of homemade documentary films and audio recordings too. It’s hard not to see things like this and think about my own little place in the world. I guess the least I can hope for is to make some kind of impact, somewhere. Continue reading »

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I’ve had this link open for more than a month now, and to be honest I’m not sure what to say other than that. For a month, whenever I opened my browser these images would greet me and I didn’t get tired of them. I’d even go as far as to say that it made me really happy looking at them. What better reason is there than that for sharing?! There is something about these images that I just can’t get enough of, and obviously, I like birds.

Birds of a Feather by Claire Rosen, is a portrait series of live birds ranging from the common Parakeet to the exotic Hyacinth Macaw. The birds are posed against complimentary vintage looking wallpaper to encourage optical illusion and visual blending. Continue reading »

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Without duplicating any recipes, or counting pie-related recipes like whoopee pies, so far I’ve shared 13 pies on the blog. That’s quite a few, and all of them have been dessert or sweet pies. I’m breaking that tradition with one which is a bit time-consuming to make, but oh so worth it! Just don’t plan on making this after work for dinner, unless you don’t mind eating a few hours later!

Found objects is not the right term to use, and leftovers doesn’t quite sound right either. In any case, we had a cooked mielie in the fridge and decided to add that to the filling. A small addition to the recipe, but it makes quite the difference. Obviously, this is not something that you’ll always have, but then I’m sure a little can of corn would work just as well. Continue reading »

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