29 January 2013

Das Hund

I'd like to share this video that was shared by PaulTan.org today. Another cute VW advert offering, after the Mini Vader Passat 2012 commercial. Enjoy.

Till later, live long & prosper.

08 October 2012

Volkswagen Commercial: The Force - Alternate, Blooper Scenes

This is another video of Little Vader, which comprises of alternative takes & bloopers. I am soo enjoying this. Gives me ideas of whether can repeat the cuteness with my son. Hehe.

Till later, live long & prosper.

Volkswagen Commercial: The Force

I just can't get enough of this advert since I came across it again. Uber cute. Add a heart warming (pun unintended) story to it that the actor of 'young vader,' Max Page, just survive an open heart surgery, this advert's a classic.

Till later, live long & prosper.

29 June 2010

Missing Missy

Got this from an email forwarded by my dear colleague Mama Fer (formerly known as Cik Fer). Wanted to share this as this email conversation made me struggle from not making a scene in the office from LOL, ROTFL & also having to compose myself as I had a discussion with my boss shortly afterwards. On a more serious note, if Missy is truly missing, I hope Shannon is able to find the cat. I know how it feels to have a cat gone missing & never to return.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email
and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am
surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy
out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the
road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I
will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the
speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don't like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I
went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star
boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I
could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the
party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the
first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I
stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white
Wham 'Choose Life' t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the
incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The
surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair,
slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker;
resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated,
leaving Steven with a foul stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I
liked that cat.
Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you
understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome
constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send
text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing
to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with
thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections
or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three
days down a well once but that was just for fun.
I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don't have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend's cat for a week
but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of
kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and
forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn't
have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my
friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed
the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and
he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He
still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go.
I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of
several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of
this. If anybody calls and says "I haven't seen your orange cat but I did
find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you
want it?" you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian
I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after
an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with
wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be
removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I
could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did
the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Till later, live long & prosper.

15 May 2010

FB settings adjustments, deactivation & kamikaze

This article appears layman enough for many non-truly IT savvy people to understand. FB & Twitter are fast becoming important networking tools to the community at large. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean that we should be cavalier in our online privacy. A friend of mine currently swears that he'll never open an FB account for fear of virtual identity theft. I may not hold my virtual privacy to that level, but I do like to limit what disclosed about myself on the world wide web. Anyhow, please evaluate your own virtual privacy comfort level (in this case, on FB) & have a safe online networking experience.

How to: delete your Facebook account, and adjust key privacy settings
Facebook is embroiled in an ongoing row over privacy. Here, we talk you through some of the key things you need to do to manage your Facebook account

By Claudine Beaumont, Technology EditorPublished: 2:30PM BST 14 May 2010

Facebook, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, is facing a backlash from users and the technology community over recent changes to its privacy policy Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Facebook's privacy policy is a whopping 5,830 words long. As the New York Times recently pointed out, the Constitution of the United States is just 4,543. In recent months, Facebook has made revisions to its privacy policy that makes a growing amount of information public by default; users must opt out if they want to keep their information private, or share it only with a trusted group of friends. The changes have caused something of a backlash among both the user community and the technology industry, with some commentators questioning whether these changes are the thin end of the edge, and may even result in users leaving the social-networking site in their droves.

Committing "Facebook suicide", as it's known, is a very drastic option. Facebook, to its credit, does allow users to have complete control over their profiles and the way their personal information is shared – but you do need to plough through 50 different settings and around 170 different options if you want to control every single aspect of your account. Here, we look at how to deactivate and delete your Facebook account – and the difference between the two – as well as how to lockdown some of the most important privacy settings on your profile:

Deactivating your Facebook account
Deactivating your account simply involves going on a temporary hiatus; it does not permanently delete your personal information. If you deactivate your account, you immediately become invisible to other Facebook users, who will no longer be able to access your profile. However, Facebook "saves" your profile on file, so that if you choose to reactivate your account in future, then all of your friends, photos, lists of interests, games and other preferences, are automatically restored so your account looks just as it did before you deactivated it.

Deactivating an account is fairly simple: when you're logged in to Facebook, click on the Account tab on the top right-hand side of the page. From the drop-down list, select "Account Settings". The final option on the page is "Deactivate" – click on the link to be taken through to the deactivation page. Facebook tries to tempt you in to reconsidering, telling you that your friends "will no longer be able to keep in touch with you"; it also asks you to say why you are deactivating your account. At the foot of the page is box that allows you to opt out of receiving future emails from Facebook – if you do not tick this box, then you will continue to receive email notifications every time a former Facebook friend tags you in a photo, invites you to an event, or asks you to join a group. Ticking the box means you will no longer receive these messages.
To reactivate your Facebook account, log in to the site using your usual email address and password. You will then be sent an email to that address containing a link which, when clicked, restores your Facebook profile in its entirety.

Permanently deleting your Facebook account
If you've reached the end of your tether with being poked, bitten by vampires, asked to take endless quizzes or are simply concerned about privacy issues, then completely deleting your Facebook account is the nuclear option. When you delete your account, Facebook promises to discard all "personally identifiable information" associated with that account from its databases – that's things like names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, instant-messenger screen names etc etc. However, Facebook says that copies of some material, such as photos, may remain on its servers for "technical reasons", but that the material is "completely inaccessible" to other Facebook users, and is completely disassociated from any information that makes it possible to link that piece of content back to an individual user. If you deactivate or delete your account, says Facebook, it will no longer use any content associated with it, either.

Committing Facebook suicide, though, takes a little effort – it's not quite as simple as clicking a few buttons to exorcise your social networking presence. Instead, you need to send a message to Facebook, requesting the permanent deletion of your account. Log on to Facebook, then paste the following address in to your browser window: http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=12271. It will take you through to a Help page that describes the difference between deactivating and deleting an account. At the bottom of the second paragraph is a link, which takes you through to a page where you submit your deletion request. Click on the link, read the warning entitled "Delete my account", and then click Submit. The account is deleted immediately, but it can take up to a fortnight for Facebook to clear your information from its cache.

Adjusting your privacy settings
Facebook has a difficult job: on the one hand, the reason the social network works so well is because of the easy sharing of information between users; on the other hand, people are growing increasingly wary of sharing too much, or sharing it with the wrong people, and are suspicious of Facebook's desire to share some of this data with selected third-party companies, such as Microsoft and Yelp.

Facebook says its extensive privacy settings allow users to have granular control over what information they share and who they share it with. So, which settings should you prioritise as soon as you set up your Facebook account, to ensure you're not sharing personal information, private comments and photos with the wider user community? Here are what we think are the five most important settings to check and set:

Configure your friend lists
This is a time-consuming process, particularly if you are insanely popular, with hundreds of "friends", but will make every aspect of controlling your privacy that much easier. Friend lists allow you to group your contacts in to groups, so that you're only sharing certain information with certain people. For example, you might create four lists: "Close friends", "Acquaintances", "Family", and "Work".

"Close friends" is the group you will happily share your most personal information, photos and Wall posts with; you'd probably prefer the "Work" group of friends to see a somewhat sanitised and censored version of your Facebook profile. By setting up these lists, you can ensure that no one gets to see something you'd rather keep private. You can add the same person to more than one list, but it's worth spending time on getting this aspect of your Facebook settings right.
* To create and edit friend lists, log on to Facebook and select "Friends" from the list under your profile picture on the left-hand side of the page;
* On the next page, click the "Create a List" button;
* Enter a title for your list, and hit Enter;
* Add friends to the list by typing their names in the "Add to List" field, or selecting them from the list;
* Click "Create List" to save these changes, and generate your new group of friends.
* To control what information each group of friends can see, click on Account, choose "Privacy Settings", select "Profile Information", and then work your way through each option, selecting the group of people you're happy to share information with from the drop-down lists.

Opt out of searches
If you don't want your Facebook profile to appear online, either when it's searched for on Google or through Facebook itself, you can turn this function off. Click on Account, select "Privacy Settings", and click on "Search". If you only want friends to be able to search for your Facebook profile, select "Only friends" from the drop-down list. Under the heading "Public Search Results", uncheck the box marked "Allow" to ensure your profile cannot be searched for on sites such as Google.

Protect your photos and videos
We've all heard the horror stories about people who have been fired, or dumped, after an embarrassing photo or video came to light on Facebook. You can avoid this problem by restricting who can view photos stored on your profile, and even who can view photos in which you've been tagged – even if that picture appears on someone else's profile page. To manage this, click on the Account tab, choose "Privacy Settings", then "Profile Information". Navigate to "Photos and videos of me" – select "Only Me" from the drop-down list if you don't want anybody, apart from yourself, to see pictures and videos you've been tagged in; even if you're less concerned about incriminating material, it's wise to restrict this content to certain groups, such as the "Close friends" group you created earlier. You can also restrict access to every photo album associated with your profile: below "Photos and videos of me" is "Photo albums"; click on this to choose exactly which groups of contacts can view which sets of pictures.

Control what personal information you share with applications and partner websites
You can install lots of fun games and applications on your Facebook profile, but many of these will request access to certain elements of your personal information. You can control what information these apps are able to access by adjusting your privacy settings. Choose "Privacy Settings" from the Account menu; click on the link labelled "Applications and websites", then "What you share", and adjust the permissions for each application accordingly.
The "Applications and websites" section is also the place to control what information your friends can share about you when they are using certain applications and programs (yes, that's right – your friends could be sharing your information with third-party websites without your explicit consent) – make sure you go in and uncheck every box if you want complete control over how your personal information is divulged. You can also opt-out of the controversial "Instant Personalisation" scheme through the "Applications and websites" page – this scheme is designed to help you "connect more easily with your friends on select partner websites", such as Yelp and Pandora, and is switched on by default. You need to uncheck the box at the foot of that page to opt out of the service.

Make your contact information private
Security experts warn that people's propensity to publish their full dates of birth, postal addresses and other contact details on Facebook – and then leave their profile's open to the public – makes it easier for cyber criminals to commit identity fraud. You must ensure that only your trusted friends are able to see this information. To lock down your contact information, click the Account button and select "Privacy Settings" from the drop-down menu. Click on "Contact Information" and then adjust each category by selecting the group of people you are willing to share that information with from the drop-down lists.

Till later, live long & prosper.