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When Only a Reboot Will Fix It

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Follow the link below to comprehend what it is like to take opportunity from a fresh start.

I have recently taken the chance to restart after nineteen years in state government employment.

The next 3 months are family time plus business idea research&development time. Then I too will write an extensive non-exhauative list of all the obstacles climbed or destroyed and opportunities taken.

For now read Wil Wheaton’s story.

5 Rules for Our Children

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There are five steadfast rules in our house, aimed at a specific demographic:

1. No TV during the day. Ever noticed how kids and techophobes will stand transfixed?
Exception: When Octonauts are used for bribery, or Mummy needs some time out.

2. All food to be consumed at the dining table. The last time I vacuumed the lounge room, the vacuum cleaner inhaled more peanuts and sultanas than I believe ever existed!

3. ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ increase your chances of getting a bit more food or attention. It will also get you a high five from Daddy!

4. Lie down to have your nappy changed OR loose your valued possessions. Sigh. Jai has forgotten he has some toys. Which means I can regift them to him on the weekends!

5. You can only read one book at a time – so put the last book away before taking another. Taught mostly before bed. Slowly working. Jai’s secret tip here: Ask Daddy to read the same book 4 times in a row! Sneaky yet smart!

There will be more as they grow up, no doubt.

10 Interesting Sites (According to Me)

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Wow, it has been about six months since I have written anything worthy of blogging. Actually that’s not true at all. Truth is, Facebook has stolen my eyes, mind and fingers for the longest time. I intend to steal back that time over the next few months. How can I do this?
A Round Tuit

Well, life is about to radically change for me, so I am using the new lease on life to get back into blogging. Sometimes I will write camera equipment reviews, or stories about my journeys far and wide, or my entrepreneurial visions for the future (including my projects to date!), and sometimes I may simply list te to fifteen interesting web-sites I have been alerted to via Facebook and Twitter.

Tonight is the latter. Here are 10 sites (plus a bonus) that may interest you. They will give you an insight into the wondrous complex workings of my mind – and the diversity of subjects that interest me. So, in no particular order.

  1. Here is a site that shows you where here is.
  2. Steve Davis makes his segment of time both interesting and humorous. I often listen whilst editing photographs.
  3. I used IE for quite a few years, then moved onto Mozilla Firefox, then onto Chrome, and now back to Firefox. Google it to find out why.
  4. Some CSS tips are old, yet effective.
  5. This is “a museum of speculative fiction inspired spaceships.” If you are as big a SciFi nerd as I am, you will LOVE this site.
  6. If you think Facebook is a time-thief, you have not seen this website. I could spend months on this site, reading through it all. Yes, I know, useless information.
  7. Seriously though, here is footage you never imagined was recorded. Take a peek before Data Retention laws come into full effect.
  8. Seriously awesome, so many rad’ words for me to use. Word. Don’t leave me hanging dude.
  9.  Damn.
  10. RIP to the 9-to5 working day? Hear hear, I say! Work or play when your profit margin enables. Or be a workaholic, so long as it doesn’t kill you. Because life is too damn short!

and finally,

That was fun. I have many many more. So I plan to post about three times a week from hereon.

PS. Found one last interesting article for all the people who consider themselves “boss” in corporate land. Get a grip on something before you handle your next meeting.

Before Smart Phones

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How times change. In 2007 I purchased the Apple Touch, a smartphone with no phone but all the other functions we take for granted now.

Back them when I travelled on the train each morning I was the ONLY person staring down at my device.

It is now 2015 and EVERY person has a smartphone … and some ALSO have a laptop, tablet or gameboy.

These days, though clearly not this morning, I like to shake up the status quo: I leave my phone in my bag and stare out the window dreaming and thinking about tomorrow.

Naming Photography Collections Appropriately

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Breaking Through to the Other Side A few nights ago I was pondering if I should give my photography collections fancy names.

I wanted to use interesting words that described the nature of the collection yet without sounding all pretentious and prissy.

It still had to sound masculine, yet attracting everyone. So I did what everyone does: I googled a few words, changed the criteria a few times and finally stumbled onto these two articles:

How to Name Your Packages

Lawrence says in the first line: A vital element of packaging and promoting your products is language.”
So true.Choosing each word to specifically convey the message you really want to say is paramount. See I what I did there? Seriously, read this, your product range will go from basic to premium in no time!

Top 10 Tricks for Creating Photography Packages that Sell

Leah Remillét, a strategist for professional photographers, shares her top 10 tips we should all know about offering photography packages to our clientele. She offers better word choices, better structure to your offer, and the difference between cost and value. I love her tips on when best to start on any project.

Line Up I am sure there are more articles regarding the issue.

These two say enough for me to consider where I want to go from here. Look out for MY premium gold collection or the Caviar on Crackers collection! ;)

Learning from Mistakes during a Lunar Eclipse

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I have found a great way to quadruple the speed of my heart beat. There is a connection with the title of this article.

1. Put your moderately heavy Canon 50D + Canon 70-200mm lens on a flimsy yet surprisingly sturdy tripod.
2. Find your focal point.
3. Then tighten every thing on the tripod into position.
4. Take your hands away believing that it’s all OK. In the same 3 micro seconds that the rear end of your camera tilts backward and the lens shoot straight up, your hands reach out believing the whole tripod will go over – and your heart rate quadruples.

It didn’t fall over. Yet I  learnt something tonight about photographing the lunar eclipse:

1. A strong sturdy tripod is important. Never forget to pack it when travelling to a dark location with minimal street lights. Somehow the one thing that mattered most was left at home. Sigh.

2. A zoom lens helps. A Canon 70-200mm f4 is good, yet I highly recommend adding 1.4x or 2x connector. (Next on my purchase list!)

3. Whatever extra attachment it takes to fire your camera remotely. Most good camera’s can be shot remotely.

4. A good dSLR. I am not a brandist. Do your research.

What I learnt most this evening from my attempt to capture the blood moon is why I love photography so much:

1. The ability to capture a scene. Yes, I can see it with my eyes. Yes, everyone else has shot it. But I haven’t and I want to. So there.

2. The learning, trials, mistakes and tribulations of capturing that scene.

3. The fact that none of it is easy.

Anyone who thinks photography is boring has clearly never tried to shoot a blood moon lunar eclipse. IMHO.

Through the Tram Window

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My wife, her mother, myself and our two young lads drove to Victor Harbor yesterday. We go about once a year.

Our oldest boy, Mr-Almost-Three, enjoyed the horse and tram across to Granite Island. We took a look at trams trapped in a glass shed, and I almost got him into the Whale Centre, but the day was nearly over. So we sprinted for the tram, and managed to get on in time … to enjoy a ride across to the island and back. The ladder to the open top was climbed several times by Mr-Almost-Three, with Daddy’s heartbeat increasing upon his decent each time.

Finally returning from our all-day-trip, I took the opportunity to edit a few images to make me feel better. Nothing beats a bit of photo manipulation. Well, almost nothing. Check out more of my photo manipulation artwork here .

Tram to Granite Island

Horse and Carriage