Good for Sam Sung!

Former Apple Store Employee Sam Sung Is Selling His Work Gear On Ebay

Apple Store employee Sam Sung used to work out of the company’s Pacific Centre location in Vancouver, British Columbia. His name got him some attention in late 2012, when Apple and Samsung were engaged in a string of vicious patent disputes.

Sung has since left Apple and is offering up a framed, autographed presentation of his Apple Store shirt, name tag, and business card on Ebay.

He writes:

“I had a great time working for Apple and would recommend it to anyone. I hope my old business card will go to another fellow Apple enthusiast with a sense of humour and the desire to help raise some money for a good cause. Although the auction is for my business card alone, I have framed it alongside my old uniform [as seen in the picture] and I will arrange to courier it [frame, t-shirt and lanyard INCLUDED] to you. Good luck.”

All money earned from the auction will go to Children’s Wish, an area charity that grants wishes to kids with life-threatening illnesses.

A more detailed picture of the auction item is below. The bidding starts at a dollar and winner is to pay a mighty steep shipping charge of $70.

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Sam Sung

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August Specials Now Posted




Great deals and closeouts for the month of August.
Let Pangea help promote your business or event!

Order soon, quantities are limited!

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July Specials Now Posted!

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“Natty Will Fly Again”

Friends of the band GROUNDATION have released a new CD!
“Natty Will Fly Again”
Come visit the store, and pick up a selection of shirts, CD’s, posters and stickers, all provided by Pangea!


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What Does “Inbound Marketing” Mean For Petaluma?

From our friends at


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Who’s got your back?

Interesting statistics from

Protecting Your Data From Government Requests


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Run Your Meeting Like A Boss

Good advice for effective meetings.

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Stand out from the crowd… Toddy Gear. Now available at Pangea.


The Toddy Gear Difference

Toddy Gear offers a functional and fashionable line of premium microfiber products carefully crafted for effective, scratch-free cleaning of extremely sensitive surfaces.

Beginning in February 2013, Toddy Gear joined the growing ranks of businesses challenging manufacturing norms, bringing production from China to a local, Illinois-based warehouse. Made in the USA!

Businesses can customize our products with full color imprint areas for a logo or design that represent their unique brand identity for everyday use.

The Toddy Smart Cloth, a premium microfiber cleaning cloth, forever changing the way people care for their electronics.

Stand out from the crowd… With Toddy Gear. Now available at Pangea.


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US Patent Office Grants ‘Photography Against A White Background’ Patent To Amazon

This is a joke, right? Please someone tell me it’s a joke!

From our friends at Tech

from the maybe-someone-at-the-office-checked-the-wrong-box? dept

The US Patent and Trademark Office is frequently maligned for its baffling/terrible decisions… and rightfully so. Because this is exactly the sort of thing for which the USPTO should be maligned. Udi Tirosh at DIY Photography has uncovered a recently granted patent for the previously-unheard of process of photographing things/people against a white backdrop… to of all companies, Amazon.

I am not really sure how to tag this other than a big #fail for the USPTO, or a huge Kudos for Amazon’s IP attorneys. In a patent simply called Studio arrangementAmazon took IP ownership on what we all call shooting against a seamless white backdrop.

Here’s a photo of Amazon’s bold new photography concept, which pretty much looks like every photo studio in the history of photo studios. 

There’s plenty of technical text to separate Amazon’s white-backdropped photo studio from the thousands in existence prior to 2011 (the date of filing), which shows just how innovative Amazon’s concept is:

a background comprising a white cyclorama; a front light source positioned in a longitudinal axis intersecting the background, the longitudinal axis further being substantially perpendicular to a surface of the white cyclorama; an image capture position located between the background and the front light source in the longitudinal axis, the image capture position comprising at least one image capture device equipped with an eighty-five millimeter lens, the at least one image capture device further configured with an ISO setting of about three hundred twenty and an f-stop value of about 5.6

Amazon does more explaining later on, differentiating its proprietary white-background photo thing from others exactly like it by pointing out that prior art often refers to image retouching, green screens or other forms of image manipulation. Amazon’s technique is apparently the purest of the pure, being only the photographer, the photographed object/person, the white background, a number of front lights/back lights and some sort of object separating the subject from the ground below it. 

How does this breakthrough work in practice? Glad you asked. 

1. Turn back lights on.
2. Turn front lights on.
3. Position thing on platform.
4. Take picture. 

Now, we’ll note that in all fairness (HAHAHAHA), Amazon filed this application back in the early days of photography, circa 2011. Nearly three years later, that foresight has paid off, and Amazon can now corner the market on taking pictures in front of a white background. 

Currently, prior art input is being sought at Stack Exchange’s Ask Patents, but questions about the patent’s viability may come down to the very specific specifics listed above. On one hand, the listed stipulations make it easier to route around. On the other hand, two of the specifics are hedged with the word “about,” leaving only the 85mm lens specification as truly “unique.” 

Is Amazon about to start sending demand letters to photo studios? That seems unlikely. But it does raise the question as to why this patent was sought in the first place. If this is how Amazon performs its product photography, it seems like it could have been handled in an internal document, rather than pushed through the patent office. Even if it’s never used for trolling, it’s still on record as “something Amazon thought up,” rather than nowhere to be found as studio setups for shooting against a white background have been in use for several decades. 

Chalk up another loss in the USPTO’s column and a baffling, oblique “win” for Amazon’s IP legal team, which now “owns” an obvious method.

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Sorry, Pantone… You weren’t first…

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor history color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor history color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor history color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor history color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor history color books

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800 Page Book watercolor history color books

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.

It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (it appears E-Corpus might have crashed for the moment). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via Erik Kwakkel)

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