Monthly Archives: November 2011

Howdy relatives!..sorry i’m using your images as photo restoration test dummies…

Its official….I now have permission to raid my parents dusty photo albums!

I stumbled across an image featuring my uncle as a little boy in the 1950s, its amazing this photograph has survived the harsh climate of the Philippines where my mum grew up.

This photograph took a while to edit especially as cracks had eaten away at the original, however I am happy with how they turned out.


First shot edit

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Second shot edit

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Fun pop edit

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Move over Beyonce the Paton Ladies are back in town…..

The dreamy look of a couple is what attracted me to this batch of Paton knitting books.

For those who know me I am a tad obsessive with haunting the local Vinnie’s as there is something voyeuristic about exploring the past.

Its funny these shops still hold on to copies of Paton catalogues that are mouldy and folded to bits.

But I understand why shopkeepers do this; the original copies are reminders of good times shared in the past.

The innocent language including “Go gay with vertical stripes,” will never be looked at the same way again.

Back then Gay meant happy now it means two men in a relationship or in teenage slang “That’s so Gay man.”

What I enjoy most about the Paton bibles is how they evoke daydreams about what it was like in the 1950’s and 60’s.

I would love to rewind time and explore a past when high-buttoned cardigans became a sexy target for office wolves.

But alas I am a Generation Y species where Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Miranda Kerr rule the fashion posse!.









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Who would you hire?

The thought of being in the hiring hot seat gives me a strange thrill it’s a massive power to be able to offer a position.

Its funny I’ve always been the interviewee and I never realised maybe one day I’ll be the one asking the questions.

Watching videos of NEIS graduates is very inspiring especially since they started out in similar situations like me.

All them started out with just an idea and with a lot of hard work they made their dream a reality.

Most of them were frustrated that despite how hard they tried they could not score a job complimenting their skills.

I’ve lost count of the number of rejection letters that flood my hard drive and now instead of being depressed when looking at them I feel determined to show those employers I can kick ass.

Maybe I’m placing a lot of hope into Golden Days Images but I truly believe from the reaction so far that I’m going to make it one step at a time!

One of my aims is to be in the position where I can give someone an opportunity to thrive in a position they are passionate about.

Personally I have been to many interviews where I had to compete against others in massive groups.

It was like being in a fast-food outlet, if you did not stand out you were culled and the next order would be yelled out!

While it was not a Happy Meal ending, I did learn that butcher paper, if you were stuck on Mars scenarios and build a tower from paper activities would be banished from any of my future interviews!

What I enjoyed most was the one on one interview while competitive I had a chance to speak to an employer face-to-face.

I felt that I could ask for feedback and wasn’t part of a mass production line.

That’s the type of interview I would like to conduct professional but laid back.

While experience would rate highly I think I would look for a raw jewel that I could mentor and teach.

Personally you could have a ton of experience but if you have passion and desire to succeed the world is your oyster.

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So what happens to all my Geeky goodness when I check in at Heaven?

By Bev Wilkinson

The idea of living online after passing is what got me curious about what happens to our social media networks.

Even though the Internet is relatively new most of us have social media accounts where we store important information.

Without realising it we have said good-bye to writing letters, manually writing diary entries and printing photographs

Instead we have embraced technology and said hello to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, blogging and Linked In.

But what happens to all this information after we hit the pearly gates of Heaven?

With Facebook our profiles remain online even if we are not actively sharing our daily thoughts, someone has to contact Facebook about a person’s passing.

Relatives can memorialise or remove a profile by providing evidence of the users death usually by filling out a form with details including obituary information.

Twitter follows a similar process and there are options to close the account and obtain an archive of all the deceased public tweets.

However Twitter will not disclose account information or passwords to anyone even your relatives.

For those wanting to save their memorable tweets this is a link to some interesting tools: Read Write Web

Personally I am a big fan of Flickr the photo sharing website and I was really interested in what would happen to my treasured memories.

The official response from Flickr was they work with the Yahoo Legal Compliance team in these types of situations and if the relatives would like the account closed they will need to send a copy of the death certificate.

Through trawling forums I discovered there are several accounts on Flickr where the user has died and family members have maintained the site as a tribute.

Of course I won’t forget business professionals concerned about their online contacts with Linked In providing a simple verification of death form.

Some folks may like their blog kept online for future generations, allowing relatives to discover what type of person they were.

In a way a blog is a digital diary where all thoughts, hopes and ambitions are written in intricate detail, unfortunately for WordPress users there is no current procedure in case of death.

However a good idea is to chat with relatives and tell them where you have stored your user names and passwords

While on the topic of storage there are a number of online companies offering encrypted space for people to share passwords and other information.

Legacy Locker, and Asset Lock are just two firms eager to store all your top-secret material.

Founder of Legacy Locker Jeremy Toeman says all the time spent online on social networking, email or even playing World of War craft is considered an asset.

“All those things are digital assets and they represent significant investments in time and a lot of personal value, “ he says

“As we accumulate these digital assets, it is becoming increasingly problematic for people to properly protect them in the event of their passing.”

For those worried they won’t get the chance to tell people how they really feel or want to leave a juicy secret till the end there is a site called Death Switch.

The site gives user options to write farewell emails to friends, relatives and secret lovers.

Imagine discovering your father created a love child through this way?

Even though emails are protected ensuring only intended recipients can see messages, there is one flaw if you become lazy and don’t answer the flock of Death Switch emails, they will assume you are deceased and goodbye messages will be automatically sent!

Personally the best way to protect your online geeky paradise is to plan ahead and write your digital assets into your will.

Detail how you would like your online presence handled after you have joined God’s posse in heaven.

Make sure you leave a friend or relative as a digital beneficiary who knows what to do with the information, there is no point sharing this knowledge with someone who hates computers!

Even though this is a horrible subject maybe some will find peace that their legacy will live on in a digital world.

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Bob’s Be Bopping Journey


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So cute! Webcam for seniors!

This video reminds me of my parents, I’m looking forward to working with this age group!

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Dad’s school days

I can’t believe my dad was once a cheeky little boy but these photos are proof!








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