Help Needed: Guerilla Promotion for SBL-Logos Contest

Logos and the Society of Biblical Literature announced an academic paper contest last week. We need your help to get the word out about this contest!

If you’re a college faculty member or student, please consider printing and posting some flyers on the appropriate bulletin boards at your school. (Remember to get permission first if the school’s policies require it.)

The flyer comes in two sizes: 8 ½ x 11 or 13 x 19



Download flyer: 8 ½ x 11 | 13 x 19

As you can see, the flyer is grayscale (no color printer needed), gives basic details on the contest, and points people to the URL: www.sblawards.com for more information.

Thanks for your help!

A Deal for You, and Your Friends, Too

by guest blogger Erland Injerd, Logos web developer

Great deals make the world of commerce go ’round. You know. Garage sales, coupons, discounts, gift certificates, last-day sales, crazy competitions—there’s even the mythos around the “golfing deal”: making that killer sale on the golf course.

When you can tell a friend about a great deal, save them some cash, and get a reward yourself…well, it doesn’t get much better than that! And since Logos Bible Software 3 is such a great tool for getting deeper into the Word, wouldn’t it be nice to help your friends, family, pastor or parishioners share in the joy of better Bible study?

Now you can do exactly that. We’ve put together a great new system where you can refer a friend and get a gift certificate for your next purchase from Logos.com. Plus, your friend gets a full 25% discount on whatever base collection he or she buys! Talk about a good deal.

Refer Your Friends in 3 Easy Steps

So how does it work? Our three step process is quick and easy. Just go to www.logos.com/referafriend, and follow along (keep in mind that you need to own one of our base collections, and you must be logged into the website):

First, enter your friend’s email and first/last name (if you don’t want to enter your friend’s last name, that’s fine). We won’t sell their address to anyone; we’ll just send them two messages that you can review.

Click “Next” to go to step two. Here, you can edit a personalized email to your friend. We’ve filled in some suggested text for you – if you want to leave the email the way it is and just continue, that’s great too. You’ll notice that your friend’s name and your name are already in the message, and it even tells your friend that a second, fancy email will be on its way momentarily.

On the third (and last) step, you get to choose the collection that you want to suggest to your friend. If you love your Bible Study Library, but you think your pastor friend may need a slightly more robust package, you can recommend the Scholar’s Library or even the Scholar’s Library: Gold to them—it’s up to you. Just click the round button next to the package you want, and the special email from Logos will give your friend specific information on that product.

Want to make sure that what gets sent to your friend looks sharp? At the bottom of the third step, you’ll see a Preview button. Just click that (make sure your popup blocker is off!), and a handy popup shows you both emails that will be sent. Once you’re done previewing the emails (click the Close button at the bottom), you can click the Back button and edit your personal email, or you can hit the Send button, and the emails are off! Just sit back and wait for your friends to tell you how pleased they are with Logos Bible Software 3.

If you want to check the people you’ve referred, there’s a little “View My Referrals” link to the right of the Refer A Friend title. Click that, and you’ll see quick statistics on all of your pending and completed referrals.

Of course, some friends can take extra prompting to get on the ball. We’re all busy people, after all.
If you’ve sent off a referral and your friend hasn’t purchased a base collection after a week, the My Referrals screen will give you a little “Send Again” link in the right-hand column. Just click that link, and it will run through the referral process again, giving you the chance to send them a reminder email.

Redeeming Your Gift Certificate

So you send the email, your friend grabs a Logos Bible Software base collection, and you have a new coupon to use! Where do you see it? The easiest way is to just check your email (the email address you use to login to Logos.com). The very moment your friend orders a base collection from Logos.com, an email will be winging its way to your inbox with a gift certificate to you can use toward another Logos product. You can also go to your My Referrals screen (that little link on the top-right, remember?), where it will show you your personal gift certificate codes in the far right column.

And that’s it! A lot of functionality in an easy-to-use package—sort of like Logos Bible Software 3 (*waves at the developers*). But don’t take my word for it. Head over to www.logos.com/referafriend right now, and start telling your friends about the real deals around here.

Awards for Academic Papers on Syntax

Compete for cash, free software and free books by writing an academic paper that uses the syntax tools and resources in Logos Bible Software 3 to make a contribution to biblical studies!

Logos has partnered with the Society of Biblical Literature to sponsor awards for papers that creatively use technology in exploring questions of grammar and syntax in biblical studies. The contest is open to anyone; student papers will be judged and awarded separately.

Pose a significant question, use the syntactically tagged resources in Logos 3 to address the question, and then write up a paper clearly communicating your methods and results.

One set of awards focuses on the Hebrew Bible and the other on the Greek New Testament. First place winners will receive $1,000 cash, $1,000 Logos software credit, and a $200 SBL book credit. The awards will total $8,000 in cash, $8,000 in software, and $1,600 in print publications.

Two review panels of SBL members will determine the winners of the awards, and all reviews will be blind (personal information is stripped from papers before review).

Complete details are available from the official contest page at the SBL website.

Soup Contest Recipe: Chuck’s Spicy Seafood Bisque

Chuck Brannan, my Dad and perennial soup fan, can’t be kept away from the soup cookoff. But that’s OK because he brings some mighty fine soup along with him when he comes.

This year, his Spicy Seafood Bisque placed on top. And count yourself lucky, he agreed to share his recipe. So here it is!

Chuck’s Spicy Seafood Bisque

1/2 c chopped sweet onion
1/2 c chopped celery
2 tbsp butter
4 c chicken broth
3 c tomato juice
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes undrained (I used garlic and onion flavored)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Old Bay Seafood seasoning
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 to 1 tsp hot pepper sauce (to taste)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 bay leaf
1/2 c small shell pasta (may use any small pasta)
1 lb uncooked med. shrimp (31-40 count)
2 6 oz cans crab meat or 12 oz dungeness crab meat drained, flaked, cartilage removed
1 lb white fish (such as true cod or halibut)
1 lb mussels in shell
1 lb small steamer clams in shell (such as Manila clams)

In a large sauce pan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add broth, tomato juice, tomatoes, Worchestershire sauce and all seasonings. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20 min.

Discard bay leaf, add pasta, cook uncovered until tender. Add shrimp, crab, and white fish. Cook until shrimp are pink. Add mussels and clams, cook until shells open. Remove from heat and serve with warm garlic bread. Yield 10-12 servings.

Soup Contest Recipe: Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup

Naomi Boyer, project manager in the Logos Text Development department, graciously consented to allow her 2nd place soup recipe, Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup, to be posted here on the Logos Bible Software Blog.

So … here’s the recipe, straight from Naomi!

Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup

2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
7 cups milk
4 large baking potatoes, baked, cooled, peeled and cubed, about 4 cups
6 green onions, thinly sliced
14 strips of bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
1 1/4 shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. chives

In a large Dutch oven or stockpot over low heat, melt butter. Stir in flour; stir until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk and raise to medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened. Add potatoes and onions. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until soup begins to bubble. Add bacon. Reduce heat; simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients; stir until cheese is melted. Ideally, serve baked potato soup immediately.

Serves 6-8.

The trick to this soup is to have your husband do the “stirring constantly” part while he reads Leviticus and you chop up the rest of the ingredients. And also have the potatoes cooked well in advance to give them time to cool.

Original recipe gleaned (and slightly altered) from: http://southernfood.about.com/od/potatosoups/r/bl30324f_p.htm (Baked Potato Soup)

Show Us How You Use Logos

We want to watch you use Logos Bible Software. Do you stick to three or four windows? Open dozens? Tile or cascade? Use tabs? Customize the toolbar?

Logos doesn’t have the resources of a full usability lab, with the cool one-way glass and video recording setup, but we’re hoping we can use technology to make up for it.

We would like to see a screenshot (or several) of how you use the Libronix DLS. If you use several workspaces, a screenshot of each of your favorite workspaces loaded up would be great. Or, even better, a recorded screen video of you doing your Bible study or sermon preparation with the system.

Screenshots:
To take a screenshot, press the “PrtScrn” button on your keyboard (or “Alt+PrtScrn” to capture just the active window). Paste it into an email message to screens@logos.com.
(Or paste it into Microsoft Paint, or another graphics program, and then save it and email it, or FTP it to the directory below.)

Videos:
Camtasia is a great application for recording your screen to a file—with or without audio. It is what we use for the videos on our site and blog. Camtasia costs $299, but there’s a free, fully functional 30-day trial version available for downloading.

We would really appreciate it if you would download and install Camtasia, record a study session with it, and then send us the Camtasia file (in AVI format). The session should be at least 15 minutes long and it can be with or without an audio track.

We’re not looking for you to do something specific for us, and we’re not looking for you to demo Logos to us—we just want to “look over your shoulder” while you use Logos as you regularly do—for personal Bible study, sermon preparation, etc. (That’s why “no audio” is fine—we don’t want to interrupt your regular work.)

Camtasia records and compresses the screen efficiently, so it’s well suited to a long session even if you’re slowly reading things on the screen. In other words, a screen that doesn’t change for minutes while you’re reading doesn’t take any extra space to record. Don’t feel rushed. Also, we won’t share your recording outside Logos without your permission.

We watched all the videos submitted years ago, and even revisit them on occasion. Getting an updated set will help us plan better for the future. It’s also good for you to show our developers how you work with Logos. You will increase the chance that new feature design is adapted to your needs, and improves on the things that were awkward or time-consuming for you. We do a better job of fixing problems we see. :-)

You can upload the AVI files (ideally named YourName.avi) to ftp://ftp.logos.com/screens. Once you copy it there it will “disappear”, but
be stored on our server.

(FTP’ing is easy: just copy the FTP address shown into a file Explorer window and then drag your file into the directory).
Thanks for your help!

Logos Soup Contest 2006

Last Friday (Sept. 15) was Soup Cookoff Day at Logos. We blogged the soup cookoff last year and wanted to do something similar this year.
This year the winner was actually my Dad (!) who loves soup so much we can’t keep him away on soup day. Congrats to Dad and to the other winners:

  • 1st Place: Chuck Brannan with “Chuck’s Spicy Seafood Bisque”
  • 2nd Place: Justin & Naomi Boyer with “Big Toe Baked Potatoe Soup”
  • 3rd Place: Dave Kaplan with “Cheesy Chicken”

We had 20 soups this year. Your intrepid Logos bloggers didn’t fare so well in the contest. My soup, “Sweet Panang’d Squash” didn’t place; nor did Eli’s “Ye Olde Lentils”. I guess the Logos palatte wasn’t ready for squash & lentils. Maybe next year …
More photos of the day are below the fold, so check ‘em out!
Update: Several have asked about recipes. I’ll see if the chefs who created the top 3 recipes will allow their recipes to be posted on the blog.

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Progress on Copyrighted Orphans

Earlier this year I posted about the Report on Orphan Works published by the Copyright Office. Orphan works represent a wealth of material that is still of great value, particularly in Biblical studies, but which is not widely available and can’t be reprinted or digitized because the copyright status, or copyright holder, is impossible to track down.

In May, Representative Lamar Smith introduced HR 5439, the Orphan Works Act of 2006, in Congress. If passed into law, this Act would provide safe harbor for Logos and others to republish orphaned works without fear of huge legal liabilities if a previously unidentifiable copyright holder came forward. It also provides for reasonable compensation for copyright holders who are found.

This is a win-win-win. It’s good for publishers who want to digitize or reprint older works. It’s good for the works, which get new life and more use. It’s even good for the copyright holders (many of whom are heirs who don’t know they own rights, or that they have any value) who may discover new revenue sources.

And most importantly, it’s good for you. It will put valuable, but hard-to-find, hard-to-use, resources at your fingertips.

Please let your representative know you support HR 5439.

Dear Elected Representative,

Digital publishing, on CD-ROM’s and the Internet, is enabling us to make entire libraries of material available to students who previously had little or no access to valuable content. Students in distance learning programs, in rural areas, and in far-off parts of the world are using computers and the Internet to get access to content that previously could be found only in large libraries in major cities.

Projects like Google Print, and many others at universities and libraries, are putting the contents of irreplaceable, hard-to-access archives at the fingertips of students around the world.

There is a tremendous amount of information in the public domain, but many important works were published after 1923 and are now out of print. In many cases it is difficult to locate or even identify the owner. Publishers have gone out of business. Rights have reverted to heirs who have never heard of the copyrighted work. Titles were published without enough identifying information.

The Copyright Office issued a Report on Orphan Works in January of this year that recommends legislation providing for the use of orphaned works during their copyright period. (http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/)

H.R. 5439, the Orphan Works Act of 2006, addresses compensation for rights holders if they emerge, and provides safe harbor from huge infringement penalties to users who have made a diligent search to locate a copyright owner.

I encourage you to support this important legislation which advances the causes of commerce, education, and human knowledge.

Discmobile

As a city, Bellingham has some unique characteristics. And more than a few unique characters.
One particular street that I often walk along seems to be a favorite for folks living in vehicles. Buses, cars, VW microbuses, campers, you name it…but one of the stranger sights was this car, covered in compact discs.


I suppose the owner/tenant was mostly interested in the discs’ reflective properties that served to keep his vehicle cool. He was probably less interested in the contents of the discs…

Yes, closer inspection revealed that this fellow had plastered his car with hundreds of Logos Bible Software discs! When Logos 3 shipped, we had to throw away a lot of old inventory (sans serial numbers, of course). Normally, our shipping department spray-paints discs that go into the dumpster as an added precaution…but this time quite a number of bright, shiny discs made it into the dumpster and were re-purposed in a way we couldn’t have imagined.

A shout out to our users

The latest issue of Christian Computing Magazine included the results of a reader survey on Bible software…with Logos emerging as the clear leader!

Thanks to those of you who took the survey and selected Logos Bible Software as your favorite Bible study product. It’s always great to hear that we’re making an impact and that people really enjoy the user experience.

You can download the PDF (622 KB) if you want to read the entire article relating the results of the survey. Here are the highlights:

“…the average person taking our survey owns 2.5 Bible study programs.”

“…Logos was the clear winner when it came to the number of products purchased by our readers. 39.3% of those taking the survey reported that they owned a Bible study product from Logos.”

“…most of those taking the survey own two or three Bible study products…With a two to one vote over second place, our readers picked Bible study software from Logos as their favorite.”

The survey also asked some general questions about how and when people use Bible software. Here are a couple of the results for that section:

“When asked about their favorite use or feature, 38% said they used it to search the Bible to find a specific scripture, 25% used it to search commentaries, 17% used it to do word studies, about 12% used it for Greek and Hebrew studies, and about 8% stated they used it for all of the above. About 1% used Bible study software to read their Bible through, such as using a Bible reading plan. How often do people use their Bible study software? 38% said daily, 38% said weekly, and 13% said several times a month.”