‘First’ of Many (Brainy Ideas)

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There must be something about the warm air, green grass, rain showers and flowers of June that makes mankind opens the mind to new ideas.  June is a crazy month of ‘firsts’.  Phrases like ‘first invented’, ‘first patented’, ‘first announced, introduced and launched’ saturate the 30 days of June.

Just for fun we thought we would share some of the inventions and introductions that are still relevant today and have helped to shape daily life in America.  Listed in chronological order, the following is our Top 10 List of First Inventions and Introductions founded in the month of June.

 June 2, 1896 the first  radio patented 1896 by Guglielmo Marconi.  A source of news and information, the radio also provides entertainment.

June 4, 1896 the first car was introduced.  Henry Ford called it a ‘quadricycle’ and he took his first test drive on this day.

June 5, 1977 the first Apple computer went on sale.  Is it possible to describe the impact that Apple has had on 21st century America?

June 6, 1933 the first Drive-In movie in Hoboken, N.J in 1933.  So popular in modern America, Drive-Ins are popping up around the country again.

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June 11, 1982 the movie E.T. first premiered in 1982. Is there anyone that isn’t familiar with the phrase “E.T. phone home”?

June 19, 1846 the first baseball game was  played in Hoboken, N.J.  Like hot dogs and apple pie, baseball is now synonymous with America.

June 23, 1868 the typewriter was first patented and changed the way we communicate the written word.  What would the keyboard be without the typewriter?

June 26, 1819 the bicycle was first patented.  196 years later, as a form of transportation, the bicycle may be more important today than it was then.

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June 27, 1893 the melody for happy birthday was first published by two sisters, Mildred and Patty Hill.  It has been translated into hundreds of languages including Klingon.

June 29, 2007 the first iPhone was introduced.  How it has changed communication! Without it, texting, Snapchat, Instagram would not be possible.  You might actually have to call someone.

If these ‘firsts’ are not  enough to convince you that June is a month full of brainy ideas, the website Today in History has a calendar of historical events concerning inventions patents, trademarks and copyrights.  One for every day of the month!

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So take some time this month.  Go outside, lay in the grass, watch the clouds float by or stare at the stars.  Open your mind to the world of possibilities.  You never know what ingenious idea you might come up with that others will use in the near and distant future.

 

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Who’s getting ready for playoffs?

If you’re hosting the parties this season – don’t break the bank to make your party festive.
Bronco table

Pick any old table from your home, garage, grandmas place or your local Goodwill. By unanimous decision, I had to pick the Bronco’s (Go Denver – cough cough!) I can’t say everyone in the building was on-board but majority rules.

Touchdown!

Touchdown!

The hardest part of re-vamping this table was making sure I did the reverse stencil properly. Simply print the imagine you’d like, cut it out and practice on a piece of cardboard. It helps to find an image in the reverse color (white to black). This may ensure you cut the right pieces out. Also, if you’re using spray paint I suggest printing on paper with one adhesive side. This will make for better lines and a simpler process (less mistakes). You could also use an adhesive spray (found at a hobby store). My table needed a little sanding first (150 grit may have been too much). necessities
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In this process I learned something about Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner and Preservative. At least for this wood, Liquid Gold had created a scratch resistant surface. How I found out: I had used Liquid Gold on only half of the table the week prior (before and after photos). When I began sanding the table by hand, rather than sander it was quite responsive to the sand paper on the half that did not have Liquid Gold. When I got to the other half which had Liquid Gold, the sand paper hardly touched the table – I was in awe. After cleaning one half of the table with Liquid Gold, it had moisturized it enough to become scratch-resistant. I did eventually sand that half of the table, but my arm was very tired!

Enjoy the rest of regular season and Happy Holidays from everyone at Scott’s Liquid Gold!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

A Picture-Perfect Season

Prepare to be amazed! Autumn’s in the air and many nature enthusiasts and photographers gravitate toward the luscious fall foliage to capture the fleeting beauty of the season. Now’s the time to grab your camera and head out to the parks, woods, forests, mountains, coastlines and beautiful country landscapes to view the full palette of fall colors. Whether you’re just planning to share those glorious shots with friends or creating a fabulous new collection for a gallery, you’ll want to be certain of one thing – that your camera lens and viewfinder are clean and clear!

Over time, as with many other electronic screens, cameras accumulate various types of contaminants (e.g., fingerprints, dust, dirt, etc.). Each of these can distort and/or partially obstruct our desired scene and we may not realize it until it’s too late. Checking our lens and viewfinder for dust and smudges is something we suggest doing on a regular basis, not only to ensure we’re getting the sharpest possible pictures, but also because a fingerprint or alien smudge left to “ripen” can cause permanent damage to the lens coatings.

Keeping our cameras clean isn’t rocket science, but nonetheless, it’s a chore that should be performed carefully, thoughtfully and with the proper tools and techniques. And while the obvious solution may be to clean the camera lens and viewfinder before, during and/or after each use, we’ve found that not all cleaning products are created equal.

For many years, we’ve relied on Clean Screen as our product of choice. What we love about Clean Screen is that it’s carefully formulated to protect your valuable electronic screens, but it’s also portable! If you’re out on a shoot and need to clean off dust or smudges, the kit fits nicely in the glove compartment of any car and is convenient to carry in backpacks and bags.

The kit contains a special microfiber cloth, which cleans without scratching delicate surfaces. (You’ll NEVER want to use facial tissue, paper towels, polyester-based material, or any type of coarse or abrasive fabric or paper surface.) Clean Screen leaves nothing behind but a crystal-clear clean. So, prepare to be amazed with picture-perfect results!

Have a Picnic!

Does your company host an event in the summer or at the holidays?  For many years we had a huge party at the holidays and a summer bar-be-que. Due to a challenging economy, we stopped having company sponsored events a few years ago. That was, until this summer.

We decided to have a family picnic at a local park.  We played games, had a nice buffet of picnic-style food and some light entertainment.  It was great.  The evening was a bit windy but it didn’t rain and it was not 100 degrees. We all had a great time and we learned a few new things about one another. We also learned that we are more important to each other than we realized.

As a company, we learned some important lessons, too.  It is not enough to simply provide benefits and a paycheck.  It is also important to have some fun.  Have you ever heard the expression, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” Well, we had become a dull work place.

We also learned that, it is important to know each other personally, not just professionally. This helps to people to want to work together as a team.  No one wants to let a friend down.  And that’s what we have become, friends again.

Finally, we learned that simple plans are often the best.  This is true for all companies, large and small. Have a potluck!  An event doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive to be fun.  The most important thing is to make everyone feel welcome.  Don’t forget to include the children, grandchildren and spouses!  The more, the merrier!

We have an amazing group of employees and the summer picnic began as small way of saying “Thanks” for a good well done.  In the end, we were all reminded that the workplace is a family and families need to have fun and celebrate together. We will have more parties and picnics. We shared a beautiful Colorado evening with our families and friends. What more could we have asked?