Project 365, take 3

June 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

macro photo of pink flower

Today marks my third attempt at Project 365, a daily exercise proposed by PhotoJojo. I just got a new camera, too, so we’ll see how the practice and improved equipment work out. (Manual focus, finally!)

X-Rite Color IQ Test – Learn How You Really See Color!

November 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I scored 18 (which I think is pretty good for being tired) on the Color IQ Test. What’s your score?

Illustration Friday: Burning

November 14th, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

AIGA-style figure with heart made of fire

"Burning Man" teehee

This week’s theme for Illustration Friday is Burning. I’ve been subscribed to the email list for a while now but this is my first time participating. C&C welcome, I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

In other news, I need a bigger scanner.

Pro-tip: Subscriptions

July 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Whenever there’s a site you want to use, but they have a monthly fee, try creating an account and not logging in for a while. Definitely don’t subscribe right away. Chances are, they will email you a discount code, especially if they’re a new site. This is not true of all paid subscription sites, but it’s totally worth it when it works.

Trademarks

July 15th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

A simple Facebook update from a friend sparked an investigation this afternoon. She mentioned working at Brueggers, which reminded me of their square bagels. I call them squagels because it’s an obvious and fun portmanteau. Because it’s so obvious, I wondered why they call them “Softwiches” instead. Hence, the investigation. First I looked up the domain name because I thought it would make a sweet one. Unregistered! Good first step. Then, on a whim, I check uspto.gov, the Patent and Trademark Office. There, I find the word is a Registered Trademark. Awwww. But I notice there is a “Registrant” and an “Owner.” Huh? Further mysteries! It turns out that Cosí is the current Owner of the Trademark. But they were not the first to register it, maybe. I need someone more versed in Trademarks than I to determine that. It turns out Stu Lieberman and his wife wanted to run a bagel business in Florida by that name. Great idea! Except maybe Cosí had already been using that word. That’s the part I can’t figure out. It looks like the Liebermans never properly filed the paperwork. Can anyone help with this mystery?

http://www.trademarkia.com/squagels-75596070.html

http://tmportal.uspto.gov/external/portal/tow?SRCH=Y&isSubmitted=true&details=&SELECT=US+Serial+No&TEXT=75596070#

Curious about the Liebermans’ business idea? Here’s their tagline for Squagels

For a Square Meal Eat a Squagel

It won’t roll off your table!

Interesting discovery along the way: if you file for a Trademark, lots of your personal info is fully searchable through the government. FYI.