Lawyers often get it wrong when trying to protect their client’s trademarks, issuing cease and desist letters for mere mentions of a brand name and generally not understanding the laws they’re trying to protect. Copyright gets invoked incorrectly in the same manner. So how do you protect your ideas these days? Get known, and be the best, the go to gal!
Men spend more money than women. It’s true! They buy TVs and playstations and the first thing they spot in the store so they can leave, while women research and find sales and will (mostly) happily walk the shopping strip twice in a day just to make sure they’re getting the best bargain. (I don’t agree with the claim that women spend their money on making men happy though, many do but I certainly don’t!)
Best of Twilight
Piece of Me fan video. Makes me feel sad for Britney
Bats are not blind. While most bat species do use echolocation to augment their vision, all bats have eyes and are capable of sight.
Currently rewatching the Harry Potter movies and at this very moment I’m watching The Goblet of Fire with Cedric Diggory aka Robert Pattinson aka Edward Cullen. How appropriate that this popped up on my reader right now – Harry Potter vs Twilight.
I love how with celebrity caricatures even though every feature is so exaggerated it’s still really easy to tell who it is.
Buyers generally don’t care that your experience and time are worth paying for. Most only care who can do the job cheapest. That doesn’t mean the buyer is stupid, it doesn’t mean they’re a terrible person. And it’s not your place to accuse them of it.
OMFG I die. My black side zip cotton jacket is an poor substitute for this beauty.
Chickie Little has written an amazing guide on how to yum char, if you’ve always been too scared to try it because you don’t know the etiquette then you’re in luck!
Wee bit of a back story. About 6 months ago our parliament passed a bill that removed the “reasonable force” defence when disciplining children, meaning that no more horrible mothers will escape punishment when they whip their children.
Since then there has been a citizens initiated referendum asking whether people should be allowed to hit their kids (it was actually terribly worded and not at all in plain english). It wasted a whole lot of money even though it’s non-binding. A whole bunch of crazies have decided that citizen initiated referenda should be binding and there was a protest in Auckland to demonstrate their feelings.
A customers value is much more than the amount of their current purchase. So why don’t companies get this? Especially the big ones, sure my $30 a month might seem small now but what about when I have my empire and that turns into thousand per month…that you’re not going to get?
The National Guard will stand outside the courthouses and force you to grow the hell up, and you will be remembered in history like those sad ugly white people yelling at the black kids coming to class.
Who you are does not have to = what you do. Most people these days realise that you may just be using your unglamorous job to pay for your hobbies, or until something better comes along, or because the economy is shit and everyone in your company was made redundant. It’s not the end of the world.
I read someone’s comment the other day that said you are not just your age, you are also all the ages that came before it. At 24 I also have the experiences of a one, two, ten, 15 and 21 year old. Which means the tactics used to sell products to a five year old will probably still work on me, just dressed up a bit. Make me want something bad enough and I will get it.
Why is it considered the height of civilization to work 8 to 10 hours a day in a mind numbing “job”, to commute 1-3 hours per day, to eat processed and manufactured food, to live in wood and steel cans isolated from mother nature and the very land base we are destroying, all to finally collapse at the end of the day in front of a brightly colored display of moving pictures and sound that feeds various violent or sexual fantasies directly into our brains, only to repeat the next day?
Sally from Alraedy Pretty has the same figure as me. We can look totally slim from the front but get us side on and you see where we store our food! She gives some tips on how to dress including which items to embrace, which to avoid, and which to wear when you don’t care about showing your shape.
Have you always been curious about Madonna’s sex book? The scanned pages are available online. (NSFW natch)
Double Fail – Not only does Andrew completely lose at trying to win some affection from his ex he also writes like he’s been taking tips from the How To Write Badly Well blog.
It’s true, us Kiwis are ridiculously polite (or just ridiculous) when it comes to paying for meals at a restaurant, particularly when you’re in a party larger than five. We’re hyper aware that some people may have ordered cheaper dishes and no drinks because they’re short on cash. Frankly, unless we’re sharing food, like at yum cha, I like to pay for what I ate.
xkcd does beauty as well as snark. I’m an organ donor and am quite happy to donate my body to science if my family doesn’t mind having to keep their memories rather than my ashes. The law is a bit weird in NZ though, even if you have donor printed on your licence your family still gets to decide what happens with you when you die.
Michelle has turned her ongoing negative experience with a counterfeit Melissa shoe seller into a public service announcement. Some great advice if you’re looking into buying Melissa shoes, or if you’re having trouble dealing with a seller on eBay.
Annnd Sarah Von is also giving away a Cupcakes and Mace nameplate. Go and enter. :]
Y’all probably know how amazing the technology the CSI crew have is right? Well, just a reminder – look what it can do.
Between 2004 and 2006 about 100 cards were sent to Margaret Huber. The cards were made of unusual things like hair, fish, and copper pipe and were sent to test the postal system. Only 3 never reached their destination.
Lessons from a wedding explores some of the gender stereotypes that are rife in society. Girls must be protected from boys, boys must find a girl they like; vegetarianism is ok for girls because we’re fickle and weak anyway, eating meat is manly and therefore any boy that is vegetarian is weak and feminine.
GeoCities is being deleted today. I never had a site there but I had other free sites resembling GeoCities, which would have been impossible without it. It’s a big loss of history.
I’m reading Wicked at the moment
Having trouble picking a religion? No problem, let the religion flowchart help you. (p.s no atheism is not a religion, and no Buddhists don’t believe in a god. This is fun, not accurate)
The zombies in Brisbane look amazing. My favourite is the librarian with a book stuck in her head.
I’m not a big fan of omelettes, I am however a big fan of ridiculously easy meals. Omelette in a bag definitely fits that description. Make sure you use melt proof bags and/or make sure the bag doesn’t touch the pot.
Doe Deere takes us behind the scenes of a cosmetic line. Specifically the lipstick line of her Lime Crime brand. I don’t wear much makeup but I’m grateful that there are determined ladies like Deere forcing the labs and marketers to stop treating consumers like they don’t have a mind of there own. Often the only reason we buy their lipstick is because we can’t find anything we really like, not because we absolutely love it.
As you may well know I am a big fan of microwave cooking. Jo kindly put up her recipe for microwave brownies at my request. I haven’t tried them yet as my candy stash should last me another few days. But one day soon…
Cherry picking – The act of pointing at individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position.
A guest post on Shapely Prose addresses a very real issue that both women and men need to talk about. A woman cannot afford to let her guard down around men she doen’t know, ever, and especially in secluded or confined areas. Every guy she meets is Schrödinger’s Rapist. This is a post that every male should read – a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced.
Includes great pointers on how to read the mostly obvious signals women send.
A reversal of the roles usually assigned in rape scenarios really makes you think. Instead of thinking of rape as something that will happen to one in six women, how about realising rape is something that likely one in 60 men will commit. That means there are probably a few rapists in your area and maybe even in your circle of friends. (I don’t mean to scare monger, but it’s a very real and scary issue)
Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About is a very strange site (and an ugly one too). The writing is quite entertaining but it’s about a German woman that sounds insane and a British man that sounds like an asshole and I can’t figure out why they’re together if they hate each other so much. Utterly fascinating.
A girl after my own heart. I always feel like I’m the only female in the world that doesn’t know how to apply make up beautifully, and would rather buy a cupcake than a brand new makeup primer. But now I know it ain’t so. It seems that the ladies who care less about beauty treatments always have the best cheap tricks for looking after ourselves.