Among all of our hard work to make great custom apparel for you, we like to partake in an occasional bit of silliness. For some of us around the office, anything can be made into a competition. For instance, who can extend a tape measure the farthest before it buckles on itself. Here, Tom shows you how it’s done:
Also, we couldn’t forget Cinco de Mayo! We just can’t pass up an opportunity to whack a piñata! In this video, birthday-boy Adam, (reluctantly) beats our piñata into submission:
Several of us here at BlueCotton are big fans of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The wide range of fun and useful apps are often a topic of conversation around the office. One app in particular that has really become a popular source for some friendly competition is Words With Friends.
If you’ve ever played the popular board game, Scrabble™, then you already know how to play Words With Friends! That’s what it essentially is–a mobile, turn-based version of the casual crossword game. One really great thing about WWF is that you can have several games going at one time! I currently have 12 games going simultaneously. So, do you have an iPhone or iPod Touch? If so, play with us! Just download the app to your device, create a new game, and search by any or all of our usernames below!
If you start a game with one of us, let us know that you’re a BlueCotton customer. I must warn you, though. We are pretty competitive. We will not show you mercy!
Not until recent years has Halloween become somewhat of a big deal around the BlueCotton offices. In fact, I’m pretty sure no one showed up to work in costume until my first Halloween at the company three years ago. I was dressed in complete drag attire and was totally convincing–just ask Jim! Anyhow, since that day, things have never been the same at BlueCotton and with each passing year more and more of the BlueCotton crew arrives in costume. See for yourself and check out some photos from this year’s celebration!
We’ve had quite a few moths hanging about our building in the last month or so. Thanks to Michael (graphic designer) and Kyle (website maintenance), we got some stunning pictures of them. As the self-appointed head of the BlueCotton.com Biology Dept., I love being the on-staff specialist prepared to identify the critters that grace (or menace) us with their presence.
The first moth that came our way was the Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia), the largest moth found in North America. This moth is the member of the large moth family Saturniidae. I measured the wingspan of the one pictured at six inches (average wingspan for the species is 4 3/4″ to 5 7/8″)! As a caterpillar, this furry guy eats foliage of trees and shrubs (e.g. maple, wild cherry, willow) and is found in the Eastern US and Southern Canada. Little did we know, this moth was on its last legs–it died the day after Michael took the photos.
Photo credit: Michael
Matt, one of our graphic designers, noticed two gorgeous Luna Moths (Actias luna) hanging out on his window screen. These large moths are also in the Saturniidae family and are only found in North America. Their common name, Luna, perhaps comes from their typically nocturnal lifestyle or their pale, moonlight color. As a caterpillar, this species feeds on walnut, sweet gum, persimmon and birch foliage. The wingspan on the first (and larger) moth pictured was five inches. I’m glad we got to see these guys up close–apparently Luna moth populations have been threatened by pesticides and other pollution in some areas.
Photo credit: Kyle
The Biology Dept. (all one of me) is always enthusiastic about connecting our natural world to the world in which we work. Hope you enjoyed this blog.
Information sourced from the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (2004) and University of Kentucky’s Entomology website. http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/ef008.asp