Happy Valentine’s Day! – A Love Story In Photos

This may be one of the sweetest posts we’ve seen in a long time. Photography Tim Dodd captured the love story between his friend, war veteran Taylor Morris, and his long time girlfriend Danielle, in 22 shots that will surely leave you misty-eyed.

Tim started broke the story out on his blog, which you can read here, about one of the most inspiring stories you’ll ever see.

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See, you needed the tissues didn’t you?

February 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm 1 comment

Hump Day Post – Random Acts of Kindness

If you’ve never heard of buzzfeed.com, you’re about to. They have some of the sweetest, funniest, and cute everyday moments on the web. We found this post over there that we just had to share!

*All commentary belongs to buzzfeed.

1. The parents who made their son’s wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever

The parents who made their son's wheelchair into the best Halloween costume ever

2. The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail… and got more than he ever expected

The terminally ill man who loves receiving mail... and got more than he ever expected

Scott Widak has Down syndrome and suffers from liver disease, and he loves receiving mail. His nephew Sean posted his P.O. Box on Reddit and the site’s users responded with hundreds of letters, packages, and gifts.

Via: mashable.com

3. A kind stranger who stopped a day from being ruined

A kind stranger who stopped a day from being ruined

Via: i.imgur.com

4. The doctor who offered free medical care after Hurricane Sandy

The doctor who offered free medical care after Hurricane Sandy

Via: shortformblog.com

5. And the people that helped out any way that they could during super storm Sandy.

And the people that helped out any way that they could

Via: facebook.com

Via: reddit.com

Hospital employees make a human chain passing containers of fuel up 13 flights of stairs to the backup generator at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

Via: facebook.com

6. The older couple who saw themselves in two young parents

The older couple who saw themselves in two young parents
Via: i.imgur.com

7. This Libyan child who doesn’t believe in hate

This Libyan child who doesn't believe in hate

Via: facebook.com

8. The parents who tattooed insulin pumps on their bellies so their diabetic son wouldn’t feel “different”

The parents who tattooed insulin pumps on their bellies so their diabetic son wouldn't feel "different"

Via: 4.bp.blogspot.com

9. The police officer who bought shoes for a barefoot homeless man

The police officer who bought shoes for a barefoot homeless man

Jennifer Foster was visiting Times Square on Nov. 14 when she snapped the heartwarming moment. Here’s her account of what happened:

“Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”

Via: facebook.com

10. And the police officers who made blind 13-year-old Gage Hancock-Stevens’ dream of being a cop come true

And the police officers who made blind 13-year-old Gage Hancock-Stevens' dream of being a cop come true

They even gave him a cake!

They even gave him a cake

Via: millcreekmultimedia.com

11. The Michigan soccer team who gave their team manager with Down syndrome an opportunity to start

The Michigan soccer team who gave their team manager with Down syndrome an opportunity to start

Source: Courtney Sacco  /  via: annarbor.com

Source: Courtney Sacco  /  via: annarbor.com

Source: Courtney Sacco  /  via: annarbor.com

12. The Texas A&M students that blocked Westboro Baptist Church protesters with a human wall

The Texas A&M students that blocked Westboro Baptist Church protesters with a human wall

When students heard that Westboro Baptist Church planned on protesting the funeral of a soldier, they formed a human barricade around the funeral service to block them out.

13. And this brave kid who stood up against hate

And this brave kid who stood up against hate

Via: facebook.com

Via: facebook.com

14. The woman who kept a homeless man dry during a downpour

The woman who kept a homeless man dry during a downpour

Via: 1.bp.blogspot.com

15. The Disney security guard who is amazing at his job

The Disney security guard who is amazing at his job

Via: reddit.com

16. The Icelandic heroes who rescued sheep during a major snowstorm

The Icelandic heroes who rescued sheep during a major snowstorm

17. The quick-thinking little girl who saved her mom’s life by slapping her with a piece of pizza

18. The young girl who loves her dog unconditionally

The young girl who loves her dog unconditionally

Source: twentytwowords.com  /  via: cheezburger.com

19. The famous rugby player who visited his biggest fan in the hospital

The famous rugby player who visited his biggest fan in the hospital

Via: i.imgur.com

20. The bros who worked together to save a cat

The bros who worked together to save a cat

21. The community that came together to make Caine’s dream a reality

The community that came together to make Caine's dream a reality

You can watch the full story here.

22. The football star who gives children in need a shopping spree each year

The football star who gives children in need a shopping spree each year

This is a receipt for $19,000 in toys.

23. The man who comforts the old dog that saved his life

The man who comforts the old dog that saved his life

When John Unger had suicidal thoughts after a breakup, it was his dog Shoep who brought him back from the brink. This photograph shows Unger cradling his friend in lake Superior to soothe the dog’s arthritis.

Source: johnschoep.zenfolio.com  /  via: facebook.com
Aw away! We sure did!

February 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm Leave a comment

If Bridget Jones Made A Valentine’s Day Album …

Bridget Jones’s Diary is a modern love story. Girl meets boy, can’t have boy, goes through a series of embarrassing, yet comedic and self-discovering obstacles and realizes that made said boy isn’t right for her. There’s other fish in the sea. Other, well dressed, terribly handsome, fish. Now all she has to do is navigate the tricky world of unspoken feelings, and she’s all set!

Maybe you have a much more classic love story, maybe you and your loved one actually did fall in love at first sight, or you met when the two of you accidentally picked up the same lemon at the supermarket. Either way, there’s nothing quite like recording your story of how the two of you got together. Narrate your photos by adding your own personal thoughts, reflections, and memories to give to your other half this Thursday (yes, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching)!

So go on, make yours!

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February 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Creative SPOKEnPHOTO Album Ideas!

Here’s my food album. Here’s my vacation album. Here’s my pet album. Not so creative is it? So why not find a theme and create an album around that theme? For instance, if you love food, why not try putting together an album with all your breakfast moments with friends? Here are a couple ideas to get you started on making a creative digital album that talks!

10 reasons why I love you!

Valentine’s Day is upon us. Very soon. No gift idea yet? Why don’t you put together all the images you love into one album and add your own personal love note?

Try this: singing his favourite song – belt it out like Beyonce!

Every morning of our vacation

Vacation pictures are common enough, but why don’t you put a spin on it and give it a theme? If you took pictures every single morning during breakfast, put those images together and create a gorgeous album.

Try this: recall the best and the worst of that meal, everyone loves talking about food!

Bloopers!

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All those photos you wanted to delete because they looked like you were caught in the middle of a tornado or when you had one eye open and your tongue sticking out? Keep them! Years down the road, they’ll make for some hilarious conversation, and great memories.

Try this: talk about what you thought was happening at the time the photo was taken!

Anatomy of a weekend

Weekends are such a fun and relaxed time. So if you’ve just come back from 2 day girls weekend in Miami or you just spent some good quality time together at the park, gather all your favourite moments of the weekend and put them together in a photo album.

Try this: get your kids to talk about their favourite part of the weekend!

Kids artwork

The fridge is the perfect place for all of your child’s creations, so why not make an album of them and let your child tell you the story behind it? Those are memories you’ll want to cherish forever, and plus – it’ll be great material for embarrassment in their teenage years!

Try this: once you add their artwork, interview them! Ask them what each colour means or what inspired the drawing.

Letter a page

This is a popular idea for traditional photo albums, but since this option doesn’t really need to you to be a graphic designer, set out to either create letters with your bodies and snap a shot of it, or find hidden letters that you spot around the city! It’ll be such a fun and creative project and you can record your adventures along the way!

Try this: what could be more interactive than talking about why that letter is special to them?

Have any other creative ideas for your albums? Have you already done an amazing one and we haven’t mentioned it? Share with us!

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February 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Spoke’s Weekly Wrap Up

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It’s been a snowy and fun week here at Spoke, let’s wrap it up shall we?

Twitter – Song Photography Series

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We tweeted the Sony World Photography Short list, with gorgeous photos, and Sony took notice! @sony_canada

Facebook – Relive Winnie the Pooh

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Missing the voices of Winnie the Pooh? We’ve got all the actors voices right here, just take a listen and you’ll be taken on adventures with our favourite honey-loving bear.

Blog – Hump Day post; Paperman

Black and white and sweet all over.

Love Week – Little Love Stories

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We found some of the sweetest voice love stories on the net, and these are probably going to put a smile on your face :)

There you have it! Happy weekend!

February 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Voice Series: Who Is The More Talkative Gender?

It’s the age-old question. Wh0 is the more talkative gender? Hollywood depicts women as the chatterboxes, constantly going on and on about something that appears to be mundane and unnecessary. While the men give long speeches that are supposed to move nations and change policies and talk about sports over beer. So who of the two sexes talks more? Perhaps it’s neither, perhaps we both talk the same amount, let’s investigate.

In 2007, a study was published in Science Magazine that had participants wear voice recorders. 396 participants participated in this study to analyze the sounds and words that were voiced from each gender. The daily word uses were extrapolated from the tapes, and the data gathered showed that men and women both spoke an average of 16,000 words a day.

Here’s another interesting fact:

Psychologist Matthias Mehl of the University of Arizona says the three top talkers in the study — uttering up to 47,000 words a day — were all men. So was the most taciturn subject, who spoke only 700 words a day, on average.

So it seems as if the national myth that women are more talkative then men is completely false. According to a study published in the Daily Mail, the differences that determine the level of chatter between the two genders stem from the difference reasons in which men and women speak, and what they are most vocal about.

For instance, one of the reasons men may be more, or just as, talkative is a reflection on their need to control conversations, especially around women. Men also have a tendency to talk more about technology or sports for instance, while women speak out more on relationships and the occasional gossip.

The idea that men clam up? Not the case it seems! Men are more likely to talk more in certain social situations – with groups of people, or their significant others, even strangers. Women on the other hand chat a lot more when they’re with their friends or with children.

So it really has nothing to do with biology, in fact the study concluded that it was more cultural influences that determined how much we speak. When it comes to nature versus nurture, nurture appears to play a key role in our daily verbal interactions.

Through a little bit of digging, we’ve been able to dispel a bit of an age-old myth, popularized mostly through movies and mass media. In fact, there is no such thing as a more talkative gender. As a species, we both like to chatter just the same albeit on different topics and in different scenarios.  Just know that next time your wife tunes out when you talk about sports, or when his eyes seem to glaze over when you’re cooing about your co-workers newborn, it’s not because you are talking too much but rather that your talking may be off-gender!

February 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

Hump Day Post – Paperman

It’s almost Friday! And it’s also a little bit closer to the big Hallmark holiday next week – Valentine’s Day! So to celebrate, and infuse your day with a little bit of old world romance, we give you this wonderful Disney short – Paperman.

It’s been going viral all across the net and we can see why! A sweet silent film that shows love in it’s purest, sweet, and most innocent form. What Valentine’s Day should be all about.

 

Happy viewing!

February 6, 2013 at 11:49 am 1 comment

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