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Happy first day of Fall!

Yeh, yeh, I know.  I’m not really that happy either, but only because winter is coming, not because Fall is here.  I love Fall as a season because of the many birthdays and Halloween (my favourite holiday ever).  And also it’s a time to regroup and get ready for the winter season.  More importantly, it’s about making sure I have enough lighting.

If you’re lucky enough to be located in a more southerly part of the hemisphere where sunlight is still around for more than 8 hours a day, you might not be as concerned. But up here in the Great White North, we suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which literally makes us sad due to the lack of vitamin D.  It’s become so prevalent that there are vitamin D supplements in many foods available now.  I’ve had to resort to the Tanning booth to get my zap of D.

And I’ve been reading up on the different types of bulbs available now and how energy efficient they are etc.  Although I haven’t compiled all of my findings yet to do a good comprehensive post, I did however come across some interested trivia about lighting that I want to share…

Fact #1– Most infrared rays from the sun are blocked by ordinary window glass. A sunny room warms up because objects in the room absorb the sun’s visible light and convert it to infrared.

Fact #2 – Artists commonly prefer the light form windows facing the nearest pole (north light, in the northern hemisphere), since the light varies the least as the sun moves throughout the day.

Fact #3 – Thomas Edison tried many different substances to create a filament for his electric light, including cotton thread and the beard hairs of redheaded men, before settling on charred bamboo.

Fact #5 – In 1892, Nikola Tesla, hoping to improve on Edison’s incandescent lamp, accidentally invented a primitive laser instead.

Fact #6 – People are attracted to light: A 1974 study published in Lighting Design and Application by Taylor and Sucov found that when faced with two corridors, one lit more brightly than the other, subjects overwhelmingly chose the brighter one. No dah!


Facts courtesy of Dwell September 2010 issue.


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Going to see movies is and always has been a serious hobby of mine.  You won’t see me in any midnight line-ups but I will be there the next day when the frenzy has died down.  And I do have my faves; classic Hitchcock’s to quirky Seth Rogan to big Spielberg.  And I love Jon Favreau right now!

I do support the Canadian film industry wherever I can, but it’s taken me this long to see Atom Egoyan’s Chloe.  Even with Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson (love them), I was hesitant because, well, I’m just not an Egoyan fan.  And my instincts were right again….

But the film aside, have you noticed that all psycho killer movies (Ok maybe not all) have the disturbed characters placed in really modern homes?  Think about it…

American Psycho –  The character Bateman lives in a very modern New York Condo ala 80’s style.  Notice the Barcelona chairs, steel appliances, and white walls? Not much has changed since then, has it?

North by Northwest – Remember the last scene where Cary Grant shimmies up the balcony to peek inside the living room where Eva Marie Saint is talking to the killers and then he somehow gets inside the bedroom to hear the plot, and he throws down the message to Eva but James Mason picks it up… The hairs on my neck are standing on end.  Hitchcock really knew suspense.   Remember the modern décor, the floor to ceiling windows (that’s the clue right there).  Well apparently that was built right in the MGM studios in Culver City and was meant to resemble a Frank Lloyd Wright house. And if you know anything about Frank’s life, you know that it was wrought with tragedy.   Coincidence?

Courtesy of flickr.

And in Chloe, well Aaron Britt says it so well, “You see all that glass in this house, these people are bound to have problems.” Designed by Toronto Architect Drew Mandel,  this Ravine House was intentionally picked by Egoyan to “suggest a kind of precipice of civilization”. But the Front exterior was a completely different house. Read more here.

So what have we learned here?

Will you become a psycho killer if you live in a modern house?  Of course not!

But it sure does help. Fa,fa.fa….fa,fa,fa,…fa.fa….fa. Better… run.run…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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