Monday, October 20, 2014

Talking Dogs Explain The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court doesn't permit video broadcasts of its oral arguments -- only audio recordings.  The audio recordings are sometimes uninteresting.  To solve that problem, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver helpfully got a group of dogs to play the part of Supreme Court Justices, with the real audio in the background.

If you are inspired to create your own videos of this type, the show has helpfully provided stock footage.

EFF Files Comments With Patent Office About Review Of Issued Patents

In 2011, Congress passed the America Invents Act (AIA) to enact certain patent reforms.  The AIA included some provisions allowing review of issued patents in the Patent Office, which can be much cheaper than district court litigation.  Last week, EFF filed comments with the Patent Office about the review proceedings, which I helped draft.  EFF's blog post about those comments is here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

If Girls Proposed to Guys

If Girls Proposed to Guys.
"Maybe if you didn't want such an expensive lunchbox."
"I've been looking forward to a lunchbox my entire life."
"Yeah, I understand.  But an $8,000 lunchbox?"

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 Ig Nobel Prizes Are Out!

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes are out.  My favorite: the Neuroscience prize, "for trying to understand what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast."  Runner-up: the Physics prize, "for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that's on the floor."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Reviews That Are Better Than The Book?

Someone published a children's book entitled, "My Parents Open Carry."  I haven't read the book -- there's no point, really, since open carry is illegal in California -- but the Amazon book reviews just have to be better than the book itself.  Some examples:
  • Can't wait for the sequel,. "My Black Parents Open Carried Until the Police Shot Them 146 Times".
  • I laughed, I cried ...I accidentally shot my mailman in the face
  • I got really excited when I found out there was a sequel coming out for the really little ones: "Goldilocks and the Three Open Carry Bears"
  • My buddies and I used the pages for target practice. I bet my friend a nickel he couldn't hit brennas face on page 7. I'm a nickel poorer, good shootin Steve.
  • If only the title was "My Two Mom's Open carry" . The Pulitzer would be already decided.
  • I gave it five stars, but my gun accidentally went off and killed Number 5.
  • The five stars are for the reviews here. These are the finest book reviews on Amazon this summer. Once I started reading them, I couldn't put them down. If you read close to 100 reviews this summer, read these. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll walk away with a big smile. Congratulations to the writers. Good, good solid work. I couldn't give a rip about the book. But these reviews? Take a bow, all. Put them in Kindle form and I'll buy it in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Need A Baby Shower Present? Here's Sushi Baby!

Need a baby shower present?  How about an infant wrap that makes the baby look like a piece of sushi?  From the product description:
Wee Wasabi
From their sweet rosy cheeks to their delectable little toes, you know your baby looks good enough to eat, and now he or she can dress the part with this chopsticks-ready rendition of swaddling clothes. Offering the whole bento box, this swaddling set offers soft layers of stretchy and breathable fabric to hold your little sashimi. A matching hat provides the perfect roe-inspired topping, bringing ample fodder for laughs during the baby shower. Made in Los Angeles.