Archive for April, 2008

Christian Science Cross and Crown logo – How to get a high-quality vector EPS or PDF version for use in your design comps Apr 29 2008

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you are a designer, and are working on a design comp for a Christian Science church or reading room, and you wanted a high resolution vector version of the logo to use in your mock-up so you didn’t have to chop out background garbage out of some low-resolution version of the logo you found on the web somewhere. What should you do?

In the Cross and Crown trademark licensing documentation, you will find the following instructions:

Two approvals are necessary:
(1) for your type of use (sign, etc.) and
(2) for the actual form of your use (how the sign appears).
Therefore, if you already have a sample or mock-up of the proposed use, please send it by e-mail or regular mail along with the Request Form, so both approvals can be done simultaneously. It will save you time later.

Unfortunately, they do not currently provide any links to a high-resolution version of their logo for purposes of laying out a design, which would be very helpful to all the designers out there trying to help their clients prepare a mock-up of the proposed usage.

Update: I’ve removed the instructions for how to extract a vector version of the logo out of a PDF since they’ve changed the PDF available on their site to only include a raster version now, and it would probably be more helpful to more people in the long run if they hear the need for a vector version for placement in design comps from a number of people rather than trying to work-around the system they’re offering.

My suggestion is you contact the trademark administrator directly and request a vector version of the logo if the high-resolution JPG version of the logo isn’t sufficient for your usage. Their email address is

WordPress 2.5.1 released Apr 25 2008

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So the new version of WordPress is out, and it’s got over 70 new bug fixes, performance enhancements and also addresses some security issues. As always, upgrading is fairly straightforward.

Version 2.5.1 of WordPress is now available. It includes a number of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and one very important security fix. We recommend everyone update immediately, particularly if your blog has open registration. The vulnerability is not public but it will be shortly.

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Great Daily Show clip about Pentagon propaganda Apr 23 2008

Rob Riggle is HILARIOUS in this clip.

The Wee Trio played at the Lafayette Square Christian Science Society – April 22, 2008 Apr 22 2008

The Wee Trio plays at Lafayette Square Christian Science Society in St. Louis

The Wee Trio plays at Lafayette Square Christian Science Society in St. Louis

We were happy to have the Wee Trio come give a concert on April 22, 2008. It was a great success!

The Wee Trio plays at Lafayette Square Christian Science Society in St. Louis

They performed to a packed house (standing room only) and did a great job. Their polished sound including drums, vibraphone and bass impressed everyone present.

James Westfall – Vibes
Dan Loomis – Bass
Jared Schonig – Drums

Click here to see video of the final piece they played

(Cross-posted on the Lafayette Square Christian Science Society site)

Some pictures from the trip to Monterrey, Mexico Apr 20 2008

Taking pictures at night at Hotel Chipinque in Monterrey, Mexico

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip to Mexico for Kristin’s author visit to the American School Foundation of Monterrey in Mexico. We stayed an extra two days in the beautiful mountain resort of Chipinque.

See the whole Flickr set here


Back in the USA from our trip to Monterrey Apr 14 2008

Delicious tacos from El Papalote Taco & Grill in Monterrey, Mexico

We had a good trip to Monterrey, Mexico, and thankfully were able to make our connecting flights back flying standby on Northwest.

More pictures to follow. If you can’t wait, this is the Flickr set that will have all of them in it. 🙂

American Airlines, why pick today for your 1,000 flights cancelled COMPLETE FAIL? Apr 9 2008

Northwest pilot saves the day.

Traveling to Monterrey, Mexico - NOT in First Class anymore...

So, our flight to Monterrey, Mexico was supposed to be today. Kristin has an author school visit tomorrow morning. Got the message that our flight had been cancelled. Went to the airport, scanned passport in the machine. “You’re checking in too early for your flight, which, by the way, we’ve rescheduled for TOMORROW”.

Traveling to Monterrey, Mexico - Well, trying to, anyways... (American Airlines: FAIL)

So, Kristin’s dad being a pilot for Northwest, who just happened to be at the St. Louis airport by chance, helped us out by doing some research to help solve the problem.

Kristin trying to survive the journey to Monterrey, Mexico

Our journey so far:

  1. St. Louis non-rev Northwest flight to Detroit. 2 seats available.
  2. 1 seat available in Detroit flight to Houston. Did not want to split up, so declined single seat
  3. Talked to 10 people about why they couldn’t re-list us on flight to Minneapolis, continuing on to Houston.
  4. Finally got re-listed, got flight from Detroit to Minneapolis.
  5. Flight to Houston is now delayed. We’ll be getting in around midnight.
  6. Had to re-book the Continental ticket purchased earlier today from Houston to Monterrey (extra $100 charge each ticket) for tomorrow morning instead of tonight
  7. Power is running out on the laptop. Gonna go charge it up and get on this flight to Houston.
  8. Got some dinner, a tasty sandwich, fries, side salad. Plugged in laptop. Making Internet with the phone. Booking a hotel in Houston for approximately 6 hours of rest for $84.24.
  9. Headed to the gate, to wait.
  10. Made the flight to Houston. Took a cab to the EconoLodge, where it was good we had a reservation since they were full. Sleep time, then shuttle to the airport at 6:30 am.
  11. Got on the 6:30 am shuttle to the airport, passed through security with no problems. Got on the plane to Monterrey, got through customs just fine. Was picked up by Fiona (Kristin’s contact) and we drove straight to the school. So in the end, only the first presentation of the day had to be rescheduled. Yay!
  12. Oh yeah, it’s going to be ~38º C today here in Monterrey. That translates into right around 100º F. But it’s a dry heat, so that’s good. They’re treating us very well. So, victory, at last, despite American Airlines FAIL, which would have forced Kristin to cancel the entire day of school visit talks.
  13. Here is more information about the cancellations from American Airlines that includes a link to their Customer Service email contact form if you want to request a refund.

Why, American Airlines, why the spectacular FAIL TODAY!?!?!

Some tasty coffee on our Northwest flight. Tunes of choice on the iPod right now? Gogol Bordello of course.

Traveling to Monterrey, Mexico - First Class on Northwest is nice!

Going to Mexico for a couple of days Apr 9 2008

Kristin has some author school visits scheduled at an international school in Monterrey, Mexico in the next couple of days. We’re leaving later this morning (Wednesday, April 9) and will be returning Monday evening (April 14).

Where is Monterrey, Mexico, you might ask?

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This is the hotel we’ll be staying at over the weekend. Even though it looks fun and all, and is supposed to be in the 100º F range temperature-wise, I will be working throughout the trip.

I don’t think my cell phone is going to be working, however, so email or IM is probably going to be the best way to get in touch while we’re gone.

Still to-do before I can go to bed before waking up in a couple of hours:

  1. Finish preparing tax docs for the accountant
  2. Prepare mileage spreadsheet for 2007 – uggh
  3. Pack
  4. Clean this mess up.
  5. Save new voicemail greeting message explaining why I’m not picking up
  6. Backup laptop (just in case)

My desk looks like this right now:
Finishing taxes before trip to Mexico

So fun. Sort of.

Video of the fire in the outdoor patio fireplace at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis + exhibition opening pics Apr 5 2008

YouTube – Fire in the Patio Fireplace at Mad Art Gallery in St. Louis

We went to the Mad Art exhibition opening tonight. This video is was taken using my Treo 700p and was of the fire in their outdoor patio fireplace. It was quite cozy and nice.

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A recent favorite picture I took at the Missouri Botanical Gardens Apr 5 2008

Flowers in the Temperate House (next to the Climatron).

I really like how the focus came out on this picture.

You can see more of my favorite pictures in my Favorites set on Flickr.

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