Wednesday March 5, 2014
March is National Women's History Month a celebration designated by Joint Resolutions of the House and Senate and Proclamations by five American Presidents, that is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women's historic achievements. Each year National Women's History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme.
2013 was a banner year for women inventors and scientists. Last year's theme was Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which included a bang up list of inventors and scientists. While a long list of amazing women are being honored in 2014, only a few women scientists are included this year, among those honored:
- Dorothy Arzner (1897 - 1979)
Directed the first "talkie" for Paramount, developed the first boom microphone, was the first woman in the DGA (Director's Guild of America)
- Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler [Hedy Lamarr] (1913 - 2000)
Movie star and inventor who developed a key technique necessary for wireless communication
This year's theme for Women's History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.
Friday February 28, 2014
Yes Im a big fan of kooky inventions. You know the combination toothbrush/flashlight/compass sort of thing that nobody wants. Popular Science magazine has opened their vaults and put a gallery together of the kookiest inventions to grace their pages. For instance in 1917, one inventor thought you just could not live without a combination piano-vacuum cleaner, adding new meaning to the phrase, "I suck at music." Illustration USPTO
Sunday February 23, 2014
So did you know that the likeness of the cat depicted in the photo above was officially trademarked in January of 2013? That's right. Grumpy Cat the name and image is now a registered trademark and definitely one of my favorite famous trademarks of all time. Grumpy Cat (is not really grumpy) was born April 4, 2012 and whose real name is Tardar Sauce. The cat's appearance is due to dwarfism. Grumpy Cat has become an overnight sensation as an internet meme, however, business deals with Friskies cat food, interviews with Forbes magazine, and even guest spots on television shows like Good Morning America and Anderson Cooper have made Grumpy Cat an even bigger celebrity.
Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images Grumpy Cat attends The Friskies 2013 at Arena NYC on October 15, 2013 in New York City.
Saturday February 22, 2014
Learn about the early history of the cinema, camera, projectors, and more. The Frenchman Louis Lumiere is often credited as inventing the first motion picture camera in 1895. But in truth, several others had made similar inventions around the same time as Lumiere. What Lumiere invented was a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe, three functions covered in one invention.