Archive for August, 2010

Entertainment Weekly Previews New Potter Film

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Entertainment Weekly Previews New Potter Film

Articles Includes New Interviews, Photos

On November 19th 2010, Harry Potter fans all over the world will wait in line to see part 1 of the final Harry Potter film installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part 2 of the 759-page story will hit the big screen on July 15th 2011, though filming for both movies wrapped up earlier this summer. The young trio of stars, Daniel Radcliffe, 21,  Emma Watson, 20, and Rupert Grint, 21, sat down to interview with Entertainment Weekly at Leavesden Studios outside London as the final stretch of filming grew near.

This week’s Entertainment Weekly includes a full article “preview” of Deathly Hallows Part 1, complete with interviews from the cast members and director David Yates, who helmed (or is in the process of helming) four of the eight Harry Potter films. 

Along with the article, Entertainment Weekly has also debuted some new photos from the film, which have been scanned to digital above. (The full article and more photos from the magazine have been scanned to digital by RupertGrint.net, and can be seen at Mugglenet.) The interviews made it clear that the film’s young stars had mixed emotions about the end of the decade-long film saga. They all seemed glad to be seeing the project through, and ambitious to make these last two films the best yet. But they also seemed eager to move on, yet sad to leave their friends as they moved in different directions. The three young stars who portray Harry, Ron, and Hermione, have dedicated half their lives to the roles.

In addition to the interviews, the EW article contains several interesting facts. For example, did you know the last Harry Potter book sold over 11 million copies in its first day back in July of 2007? That’s right, it’s the fastest-selling book of all time. Perhaps even more interesting to some, the article also tells its readers the point in the story at which Part 1 and Part 2 are split up. Ever since it was announced that the book would be split into two movies, fans have speculated how and where that split would occur. SPOILER ALERT: According to the article, Part 1 ends “at about Chapter 24 of the book, with Voldemort gaining possession of the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows that allow the bearer to conquer death.”

The article also discusses the decision to split the book into two movies, which Warner Bros. Entertainment President Alan Horn said was not “purely” financial. According to Horn, author J.K. Rowling endorsed the idea of a two-movie adaptation because it would allow for a more faithful telling of the story, with fewer omissions and greater detail. We’ll have to wait until November to see if it pays off.

MyMemory Contest: Share a Memory, Enter to Win!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

What was one of your favorite summer vacations? Share your answer with us for the chance to win a ScanDigital gift card to preserve some of those memories!

It could be any aspect of your vacation- the place itself, an activity, experience or exotic meal that you’ll never forget. For example, it could be the time you sang ‘This-is-the-song-that-never-ends” for an hour straight on your roadtrip to Disneyland, the vacation where you went snorkeling with your family in the Bahamas or the visit to Grandma’s when she taught you how to cook her famous lasagna. Just share a memory from any summer vacation and enter to win!

Entering is easy, just share your favorite memory with us. We’re drawing 3 random winners- one from Twitter, Facebook and from the blog comments below. You can also post your answer in all three places for the maximum of three entries!

Post your answer by midnight on Tuesday, August 24th. Winners will be announced here on our blog the following day on Wednesday, August 25th and contacted by direct message on Twitter and through the post on Facebook.

How to Enter on Twitter (Prize: $75 ScanDigital gift card): Tweet your answer. Make sure you include both “http://bit.ly/9lxkVw” and “#mymemory” so we’ll see it.

How to Enter on Facebook (Prize: $50 ScanDigital gift card): Post your answer as a comment under the post with the link to this contest. Visit ScanDigital’s Facebook page here.

How to Enter on our Blog (Prize: $25 ScanDigital gift card): Post your answer as a comment on this blog below. Comments must be approved, so be patient if you don’t see your comment appear right away.

Rules: ScanDigital employees, past employees and their family members are not eligible to win, but are always welcome to participate.

If you have any questions about this contest, please feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook anytime. You can also contact me personally by email at weiss@scandigital.com or my personal Twitter.

Good luck and happy sharing!

6 Back to School Organization Tips by Jodie Watson

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I cannot believe how fast the summer is going.  It seemed like just a moment ago school was getting out.  Now it’s time to get the kids ready to start back and ourselves ready to transition into a busier and more scheduled daily routine.

I always take some time over the summer to go through and purge my son’s school papers from the previous year in order to keep just the best of the best of his work for the future.  It’s a great time to look back over his progress and achievements.

Now that he’s older, this year I decided it was time he took responsibility for doing this himself.  I would help, but the final decisions of what to keep would be his.  I was resolved to keeping it all if that was what he chose to do.  He had three choices to make with each paper.  In addition to keep or toss, he had the option for extra special work to go into his 3rd grade binder. It was interesting to watch him let go of papers I would have thought he’d want to keep and keep papers I thought he would want to throw away.  He knew which ones had special meaning for him and those were the ones he wanted to save.  I was also surprised at the amount he was willing to let go of.  I assumed it would be hard for him to decide and he’d want to keep everything.  But not so!

Back to school is a great time to organize your kids and their rooms.  Where possible, get them involved in the process.  You may not be able to have them around as you organize their entire room, but you can give them little assignments as you go.  You can set aside a box of toys or books for them to look through.  Let them pull them out the ones they are done with and put in a box ready to be donated.  They can help to separate their clothes into categories – socks, T-shirts, pants, skirts, etc.   Decide together where they will go in the drawer or closet so they know where to find them and put them away.  Have them help pick out school supplies or sit down together to set up their binders for school work.

Teaching kids how to organize themselves is time well spent.  You may not be able to get things done as fast as you would doing it alone, but allowing them the opportunity to learn the skills and benefits of organization will serve them well into their adult years.

Check out my August tips for some more ways to get your kids ready for a great school year!                                              

~ Jodie ~

6 Back To School Organizing Tips

Six things you can do to help make you child’s school year get off to a great start.

1) Sort clothes:  Pull out and go through clothes category by category.  Discard any that are old, torn or your kids have outgrown.  Use shelves, drawers and hanging space that your child can reach easily.  Keep underwear, socks, vests, etc in bins or drawers.  Use drawer dividers to keep each category separate from the one next to it.  T-shirts, sweaters & shorts can go on either shelves or in drawers.  Hang long pants, skirts, dresses and coats.  Place a low, horizontal shoe rack on the floor of their closet or a canvas shoe rack that can over the door of their closet to house their shoes, sneakers, etc. 

2) Sort toys & games: Make it real simple for your kids to clean up after play time.  Sort through and purge all toys that your child has outgrown, are broken, have missing pieces or your child just isn’t interested in anymore.  Divide toys into categories such as: games, puzzles, dolls, actions figures, Lego, etc.  Place each category of toy into a storage bin.  Label the bins so your child will know what’s inside and can easily find what they are looking for.

3) Sort papers: Go through your child’s previous school year work.  Keep the best and discard the rest.  Create a binder to house the papers you are keeping.  Make a front cover for the binder with your child’s name, school, year, etc.  Use dividers to make sections for homework, artwork, certificates of recognition, awards, projects, etc.  Keep papers inside sheet protectors so the work will stay in good condition.  Take pictures of any larger artwork or projects they make and place the photo in the binder. 

4) Sort schedules: Place a dry erase calendar where you and your child can see and reach it.  With a marker write down all the upcoming school dates for the year – school breaks, events, field trips.  As you go through the year, use the calendar to track project due dates and help your child to schedule in the days they will be working on long term homework assignments in order to complete them on time.  Calendar can also include play-dates, parties, doctor’s appointments, and sports or dance lessons. 

5) Sort supplies:    Shop early for supplies that your kids will need such as backpacks, lunchboxes, binders, notepads, etc.  Create an area for them to do homework and stock with paper, pens, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, calculator etc.  Place a bin or basket close by to house completed homework & artwork as the year progresses.  Supplies can also be kept in a portable tote, basket or bin if necessary.

6) Sort folders: As the school year gets underway you will start receiving a ton of paperwork for each child.  Some of these can be discarded as you go.  Have folders ready prepared for the ones you need to keep.  In a file cabinet or file box, create a separate section for each of your children and label with their names.  Create folders to go into these sections and label them.  Labels can include categories such as  School Information, Report Cards, Contacts & Emergency Info, Projects, Medical, Sports/Dance programs, etc.

Enjoy the rest of summer!

Contact Jodie Watson:

If you have any questions, would like to schedule a free professional organizing telephone consultation, or would like Jodie Watson to speak at your next corporate function, group meeting, social event, or retreat, call at (818) 590-7800. You can also contact Jodie on Facebook and Twitter or visit her website at Supreme Organization.

Customer Spotlight: Paula Parks Fulford!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

One of the best parts about following up with our customers after every completed order, is learning how people are actually using our service to reconnect with their memories. Afterall, it’s not about photo scanning or video transfers, it’s about preserving precious memories. To celebrate these stories, we’ll share a particular customer’s photo each month. Our Customer Spotlight this month, highlights one very special customer, drum roll please…Paula Parks Fulford!

Paula was first motivated to use our services because she wanted easy access to  the photos from her childhood without lugging out the slide projector. “My father took slides when I was growing up.  Looking through the “photo album” meant projecting slides on the wall…My last visit home, my mom gave me a pile of old family pictures, many I had not seen and I was excited to have those organized and in one place.”

Paula chose this particular image to share because it fills her with emotion to see herself embraced by her mother. “The picture that took me most by surprise was taken on a vacation to Colorado when I was about 6 yrs old.  My dad caught my mom and me in an unguarded moment, not a posed picture.  I feel warm and secure seeing myself wrapped in a blanket held by my mother…Now that I have a child of my own, looking at my young parents holding me with smiles and pride has a totally new meaning, and I feel a connection to them.  I like thinking about how happy they were to have me.”

She has also been using her newly digitized memories in unique ways. She writes the blog LoneStarLifer where she share photos for tributes to both of her parents. Paula also has a card business SnailMailNotes and has used some of her old photos to make humorous cards.

Paula has not only been a ScanDigital customer, but a true friend. She regularly interacts with us on Twitter and FAcebook, and even just recently tweeted from her @lonestarlifer account, “@ScanDigital I talk you up every chance I get!”

When asked about her ScanDigital experience she said, “I have been very pleased…My slides and photos have been transmitted safely and they come back to me in the same condition in which they were sent.  I appreciate that ScanDigital keeps me informed through each stage of the process: where my photos are, what stage of digitizing they are in, that they are on their way back to me.  Customer Service answers me quickly when I have a question.  I will continue to use your service!”

Read Paula’s complete interview here:

What motivated you to first use our services? Did you have a project in mind or simple desire for preservation?

My father took slides when I was growing up.  Looking through the “photo album” meant projecting slides on the wall.  We didn’t have many photo prints.  My father passed away several years ago and I had been thinking for some time that I would like to have a way to look at the photos when I wanted, and be able to give my younger brother a copy, also. I didn’t know how to go about this, then I learned about ScanDigital from a Groupon. I was a little nervous about sending my precious slides across the country but ScanDigital and UPS made sure they were safe.

One of my ultimate goals is to make my brother a photobook tracing our family line, and having all his baby pictures in one place.  Also, I enjoy scrapbooking and got the first four months of my now 13 year old son’s life in a scrapbook.  I finally faced the fact that I am never going to get the remainder of his pictures in a scrapbook, so I should get them scanned and make photobooks for him. 

What was one of the best memories you were reminded of? Was there a particular image or video that you were most excited to see?

I have been most touched by the pictures of my parents when they were young.  My last visit home, my mom gave me a pile of old family pictures, many I had not seen and I was excited to have those organized and in one place.  I also enjoyed seeing pictures of my parents as young parents.  Now that I have a child of my own, looking at my young parents holding me with smiles and pride has a totally new meaning, and I feel a connection to them.  I like thinking about how happy they were to have me. Since my father passed away in 1998, I really enjoy looking at pictures of him, from all periods of his life.

The picture that took me most by surprise was taken on a vacation to Colorado when I was about 6 yrs old.  I remember the vacation and the slides, but I don’t remember ever seeing this picture.  My dad caught my mom and me in an unguarded moment, not a posed picture.  I feel warm and secure seeing myself wrapped in a blanket held by my mother.

How have you used and enjoyed your newly digitized material (shared with friends/family, created a slideshow, posted online, etc)?

I have used my digitized materials in two ways, so far.  I write a blog www.lonestarlifer.wordpress.com @lonestarlifer and have used the photos for tributes to both of my parents, and to write about myself some.

Secondly, I have a card business, www.snailmailnotes.com @snailmailnotes, and I have used some of the pictures of me when I was very young to make humorous cards.

How has your experience as a ScanDigital customer been?

I have been very pleased with ScanDigital service.  My slides and photos have been transmitted safely and they come back to me in the same condition in which they were sent.  I appreciate that ScanDigital keeps me informed through each stage of the process: where my photos are, what stage of digitizing they are in, that they are on their way back to me.  Customer Service answers me quickly when I have a question.  I will continue to use your service!

Girl Scouts Website Launches New Self-Esteem Videos

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Girl Scouts Website Launches New Self-Esteem Videos

Videos Feature “Plus-Size” Models To Promote Healthy Body Image

Many large companies and organizations have begun to harness the power of viral video to get their messages across. Launching a digital video transfer into the wide open world of the Web can be a surprisingly effective means of advertisement; as these videos get shared through email and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, they can eventually reach millions of viewers, and they do it without the high cost of television spots and traditional advertising methods. The newest member of the viral video club is the iconic Girl Scouts organization, which has created a series of videos designed to battle against poor body image and low self esteem in girls of all ages.

The new series of videos, entitled “The Changing Face of Fashion,” is intended to help girls achieve personal empowerment through improved self esteem and the cultivation of inner beauty. The videos were created in conjunction with the Girl Scouts’ self esteem program “Uniquely Me!”, which was created in 2002 to address the significant problem of low self-esteem among adolescent and pre-adolescent girls in the United States. The Uniquely Me program was the result of a partnership with Dove Self-Esteem Fund, in which the two organizations developed a set of skill-building activity booklets designed to foster self esteem by helping girls prepare themselves to face life’s challenges. Included are activities about handling peer pressure, developing healthy eating habits and exercise routines, personal hygiene and general wellness, recognizing one’s strengths and best attributes, dealing with stress, and identifying core values.

The new viral video series represents a technological leap forward for the Girl Scouts’ self-esteem initiative, and the organization hopes that the videos will add a new element to its efforts. The videos feature four “plus-sized” models (from the Wilhelmina Curve agency) telling personal stories about their various significant life experiences. While these “plus-size” models are certainly healthier body-image role models than the rail-thin fashion models that bombard young girls from the pages of magazines, it is worth noting that none of them appears to be larger than a size 8 or 10. 

Directed and shot by lifestyle and beauty photographer Cathrine Westergaard, “The Changing Face of Fashion” represents part of a current initiative to address the image of young girls (especially ages 8-17) in the media. To view the digital video transfers on the Girl Scouts website, visit http://www.girlscouts.org/itsyourstory/.