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Date: 2008-10-09 14:55
Subject: A call for help from the silent one
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I’ve been experiencing an overflow of creative energy recently, and I’m looking to channel it into selling some of the things that I make - online and perhaps at craft fairs or eventually in boutiques, etc. I want to create a company name so that I can get a website going, set up a new etsy store, etc – but I want to make sure that it can last. I’ve come up with a few options that I like, but I also have some concerns about each of them.

So I’m turning to my long abandoned livejournal in the hopes that I’m still on some people’s friend lists and you’ll see this and help me out. Please take a look at my options and let me know what you think of them.

(Oh, and for those of you who are geeky like me and are tempted to check website domain availability for the names, please hold off… I read earlier this year about registrars snagging domain names that people search for but don’t register immediately so that if the searcher wants to pick it up later they have to pay extra for the privilege, and now I’m paranoid.)

Dilettante Design Lab
Reasoning: I can tend towards doing a “little bit of everything” and it’s likely that if I sell things the store will reflect that. For example, right now I am knitting, and have jumped into screen printing (cards, and clothes, and I’m trying out using the screens to etch glass to make jewelry), plus I’m exploring more into the world of electronics, particularly doing things with LEDs and EL-wire and reading up on wearable computing and the like. It’s also likely that the contents will be more-or-less permanently shifting, evolving as I develop new interests or skills, get bored with things, find new ways to combine disciplines, etc.

I like “design lab” because it evokes play and exploration and science at the same time, and still keeps the name open enough to apply to anything I may create. The name as a whole has a nice ring to it, too.

Concerns: Do people know how to spell dilettante? This is a concern particularly when it comes to website/email issues. Also, dilettante can have a negative connotation… in my mind, it’s tied a bit to the idea of the “leisure class” and many of the dictionary definitions I’ve been finding include terms like amateur, superficial, or lacking in skill – ouch.

Polymath Design Lab
Reasoning: Much the same as the reasoning above (but without the negative connotations)… polymath means learned in many fields, and I know I have at least some of that going for me.

Concerns: Once again misspelling is a concern, although less so than with dilettante, I think. Will people think it is Polly Math? When you throw ‘math’ and ‘lab’ into the same name does it give off too much of a science vibe? Is it gauche to declare myself a polymath? (Or is it a good thing to be that bold?) Is the obscurity of the word going to pose a problem? I'm also not quite sure that this one flows as well, though I can't put my finger on any specific problem.

Spiral Design Lab
Reasoning: The design lab aspects remain, and Spiral gets thrown in because of my affinity for them and to tie into my standard username of spiralshannon. Also given that affinity there’s a good chance that a large portion of my products will have spirals in the designs, so there’s more of a connection to the actual goods without tying myself to a certain type of items. Logo would be a breeze, and spelling is easy this time.

Concerns: There is already a company named Spiral Design Studio (they do web design and corporate branding and are based in NY). The other names lend themselves to a writing up a fun little description of why I chose the name (and maybe even expanding vocabularies, bonus points!), but I think this one loses some of that, what with half of the description being “I have a thing for spirals.” Does it make it sound like I just design spirals - like some sort of human spirograph?

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Date: 2008-02-27 22:37
Subject: Meow
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Do any of you locals have the ability to provide a good home for an incredibly sweet, indoor only cat?


My parents took Trinity when I moved in with Sean last year because he has pretty severe cat allergies... unfortunately, now my sister's allergies have been getting worse and worse, and she needs to be relocated again. I had a friend lined up to take her, but they backed out, and now I have until this weekend to find her a new home, or take her to the shelter. If I can get a firm commitment and a timeline of no more than 2 or 3 weeks, they'll keep her longer, but she's being confined to the laundry room most of the time while she is there.

If you haven't met Trin, rest assured that she's about the sweetest cat to ever exist. She loves people, requires regular lap time and attention, and is very easygoing. She has to be inside only because we had her fully declawed when she moved in with my parents (it wasn't something I had wanted to do, but my dad is on blood thinners and can't afford cat scratches, and I thought it was worth it to keep her in my family.) She can handle other cats (my parents have another who happens to be particularly non-allergenic and will be staying with them), and although she hasn't shared a home with any pets other than cats, at least since we got her at 6 months old, she's good natured enough I don't think there'd be a problem with it.

If you, or anyone you know, can help me keep my girl out of the shelter, please let me know.

Trinity 016
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Date: 2007-03-30 17:10
Subject: Gamestorm!
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Location:PDX Airport Sheraton
So, I'm at gamestorm right now, and for the whole weekend - if any of you are going to be here, give me a call or send me an email so we can be sure to meet up!
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Date: 2006-11-09 09:12
Subject: What kind of villain are you?
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Take the Villain quiz.
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Date: 2006-11-03 11:54
Subject: One more reason to love Canada...
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Music:Not So Usual - Jason Mraz
It gives me a bit of hope for the world to know that there exists a police department with a good enough sense of humor to publish this police blotter. The previous one is also good, but I can't find any sort of archive from before that.
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Date: 2006-09-26 10:50
Subject: Meme: Still Nerdy after all these years
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It's been a long time since I posted a quiz, but this was a decent one... I can't say that my Nerd score surprises me, though I would have expected Geek to perhaps be a bit higher.

Pure Nerd
91 % Nerd, 21% Geek, 21% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on nerdiness

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You scored higher than 99% on geekosity

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You scored higher than 99% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Date: 2006-08-24 11:01
Subject: For Nidaba (among others)
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The Math Castle
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Date: 2006-08-07 09:04
Subject: Congratulations nidaba and gmendel!
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Date: 2006-06-09 10:33
Subject: Vote and get free stuff...
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Location:the jobbety job
Attention, anyone who eats out in Portland (or Seattle... or any of the other cities covered by the Zagat guide.) If you vote on restaurants for next year's guide, you can receive a free copy of it! From today's Portland Picks:

"Zagat – renowned, well-known and respected – is doing a Portland Restaurant Survey, covering 76 restaurants, and you can participate! Everyone who votes on Portland Restaurants by the June 18 deadline will receive a free copy of the resulting 2007 America’s Top Restaurants guide when it is published in November (and it will contain a section on Portland). Registration is required, but it’s also how you receive your free guide!

To vote in the online survey, click on www.zagat.com Express your opinions! They count! Zagat Survey has expanded to cover more than 70 cities worldwide and a range of leisure activities including dining, travel, nightlife, shopping, golf, theater, movies and music. The Zagat Survey’s guides – which are also accessible through Zagat.com – let people search for and find the best places to meet their individual needs based on a variety of criteria. That breadth and depth of information has made Zagat Survey a name that consumers can trust – even if they aren’t sure how to pronounce it."

I voted on the 5 restaurants on their Portland list that I had actually been to, but you can also submit write in votes... and they will also give $100 to the 3 wittiest comments in the voting, if you are inclined to try for that.
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Date: 2006-05-18 16:35
Subject: Bear Meat
Security: Public
Best news headline EVER!


(From Chaos Theory)
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