New ‘nee naw car’

Yesterday afternoon and this morning Reuben, Joshua and I have been making a “nee naw car” from the box that Isaac’s new Baby Jogger City Classic pushchair arrived in. Here is the almost-finished article.


Fire engine car made from a cardboard box
Front of the nee naw car

The car was made from a Baby Jogger City Classic pushchair box, painted with Wickes one coat matt emulsion “Victorian Red” (the same colour as our kitchen and dining room).

The word “FIRE” was cut out from a roll of big labels (a little larger than A5) that we bought at the Borders Scrap Store in Selkirk years ago. As were the lights and radiator.

The ladder was made from cardboard from the box.


Rear of the nee naw car
Rear of the nee naw car

The wheels were made using Microsoft Publisher 2010 and coloured in by Reuben and Joshua. The Pontypandy Fire and Rescue Service badge was sourced on the Web and printed out on our laser printer. I was going to draw it but was being climbed on at the time.

Close-up of front

Fireman Sam sitting next to Reuben and Joshua in the cab of the nee naw car
Fireman Sam sitting next to Reuben and Joshua in the cab of the nee naw car

Close-up of the front of the new, homemade Nee Naw Car (featuring Fireman Sam and Firefighters Reuben and Joshua).

The blue flashing light is made from a Robinson’s Fruit and Barley bottle cut off at the bottom and stuffed with blue tissue paper, with black gaffa tape at the bottom to cover the jagged plastic from my hacking attempt at cleanly cutting it off with a pair of kitchen scissors.

The number plate is “RJ 999” for Reuben and Joshua. The radiator and headlights were also coloured-in by Reuben and Joshua.


Improvements to be made based mostly on consumer feedback and rigorous user-testing:

  1. Strengthen area beneath windscreen as Reuben and Joshua hang on to it to climb in and out.
  2. Add a second steering wheel (to stop the fights about who is driving).
  3. Improve the inside of the windscreen / dashboard.
  4. Add silver gaffa tape… not necessarily an improvement, more a request from Reuben and Joshua.

How do you organise your digital photographs?

Screenshot of photos on my PC

How do you organize the digital photographs on your computer?

Organize by event

Until recently I kept all our photos in folders by event, e.g.

  • 20061226 – Galashiels – Boxing Day 2006
  • 20070114 – Edinburgh – Owen’s 1st Birthday
  • 20070202 – Edinburgh – Eddie Moustache Party

The benefits of such an arrangement was that it was easy to see what each folder contained, and the folders sorted easily into chronological order – you’ll notice the date is year-month-day (yyyymmdd).

But I was finding it impossible to find anything, even with dedicated photo archiving software like Google Picasa (more of which in a moment) and not every photo could be easily assigned an event category.

Organized by date

So this past week I’ve been re-filing all our digital photographs by date, e.g.

  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
    • 01 January
    • 02 February
    • 03 March
    • etc.
  • 2011
    • 01 January
    • 02 February

Each year has up to 12 sub-folders, one for each month, and the photographs within each are simply filed according to date.

Rename the files

Of course, all our digital photographs get uploaded from the cameras with generic names such as

  • DSCF1730.JPG
  • DSCF1731.JPG
  • DSCF1732.JPG
  • DSCF1733.JPG

so I’ve been using Better File Rename for Windows to batch rename the files to the date and time that they were taken, using the format: YYYY-MM-DD HH-MM-SS.JPG

Better File Rename allows me to use the “Picture Taken Date” that’s stored within the images’ EXIF data.

Better File Rename
Better File Rename

Add metadata with Google Picasa

I’m now going through the long process of using Google Picasa to tag the photos so that the photographs also benefit from some metadata attached to them (that is ‘data about data’) about who is in the photographs, where we were (geo-tagging), etc.

Picasa also has some other neat tricks such as facial recognition, so you can tell it who someone is and it then goes through your photograph collection and identifies people that it thinks is the same person. On the whole it is very accurate…unless you have twin boys, it would appear!

I then use the Picasa2Flickr plugin to upload my photos to my Flickr account. You’ll notice that I’ve not uploaded anything in a while. That’s because my digital photographs were in such disarray on my PC.

UPDATE: Backing up metadata

It occurred to me that if I ever need to reinstall Windows I may lose the metadata and face tag data that I’ve added to photos. ¬†Google Picasa Help answers this under Fix a Problem: Upgrade to Windows 7.

Basically you need to back up:

  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa2
  • C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa2Albums

According to, it seems that the face tag data is stored in the Picasa database and also in the .picasa.ini file in the folder where your tagged photo sits. Performing a backup within Picasa (via Tools > Backup Pictures) will transfer the face tags too.

How do you do it?

So…I’m interested! Tell me, how do you organize your digital photos? And do you use any additional software and why?