LawLawLaw #39

Technology, Law, Baseball, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Two boys holding baseball equipment talking. "When I grow up I'm goona play for the Asterisks."

About LawLawLaw

My name is Erik Heels, and this is my LawLawLawTM newsletter. Since 2001, LawLawLaw has documented trends in technology, law (mostly patents and trademarks), baseball (mostly Red Sox), and music (mostly rock).

Today’s disclaimer du jour of the day #109: Enlarged to show texture.

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Clocktower Law Stuff

* I use the latest WordPress default theme on all my websites. (2016-03-31)
I’ve been doing this for a couple of years after realizing (1) that I was spending way too much on web design/redesign and (2) that I needed my websites to keep up with technology (e.g. mobile-friendly, responsive). This website, for example, currently uses the Twenty Sixteen theme. Next year, Twenty Seventeen. I thought I would have more to say about it. But this paragraph will have to do. I have good design, good SEO, good control of costs, and a good process. That’s good enough for me.
https://make.wordpress.org/core/2015/08/25/introducing-twenty-sixteen/

* Clocktower Law Client Tamr Offers Free Software License and Data Science Expertise to White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force (2016-03-22)
Companies affiliated with Cancer Moonshot initiative may use Tamr’s data preparation platform to accelerate analysis of clinical research data.
http://www.tamr.com/tamr-offers-free-software-license-data-science-expertise-white-house-cancer-moonshot-task-force/

* Clocktower Law @ Villageworks (2016-02-17)
17 Seconds #21.
As promised, Clocktower Law moved. West Acton Villageworks, located at 525-545 Mass Ave., is a 70,000-square-foot community of independent retail, dining, wellness, learning, non-profit, and professional businesses organized around public lawns and courtyards, shared meeting spaces, and an intimate solar-powered event venue.
http://www.erikjheels.com/5866.html

* Clocktower Law Client Tamr Blogs About What GE Moving To The Hub Means For Boston’s Startup Ecosystem (2016-01-16)
http://www.tamr.com/ge_startup_ecosystem/

Tech Stuff

* Huge Breakthrough: Gravitational Waves Finally Detected, Proving Einstein Was Right (2016-02-12)
This is the most significant technological discovery of my lifetime (so far).
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/gravitational-waves-detected-proving-einstein-right/

* What are gravitational waves? (2016-02-12)
Good explanation from PHD Comics. This is the most significant technological discovery of my lifetime (so far).
http://kottke.org/16/02/what-are-gravitational-waves

* Gravitational Waves Detected (2016-02-11)
This is the most significant technological discovery of my lifetime (so far).
http://kottke.org/16/02/gravitational-waves-detected

* Bill Gates call Richard Feynman “The Best Teacher I Never Had” (2016-01-30)
And based on the next story, it looks like I’ll need to rely on Feynman to help me catch up!
http://kottke.org/16/01/bill-gates-tribute-to-richard-feynman-the-best-teacher-i-never-had

* 17 Equations That Changed The World (2016-01-28)
Arranged in chronological order. My high school (CEHS, Cape Elizabeth, Maine) education got me through #5 on the list (Euler, 1750). My college (MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts) education got me through #12 on the list (Bolzmann, 1874).
http://kottke.org/16/01/17-equations-that-changed-the-world

Law Stuff

* FBI Has Accessed San Bernardino Shooter’s Phone Without Apple’s Help (2016-03-29)
Should you be relieved that the FBI didn’t need Apple’s help to break the iPhone’s encryption? Or terrified?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-has-accessed-san-bernardino-shooters-phone-without-apples-help/2016/03/28/e593a0e2-f52b-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html

* Ohio man may face jail for parodying police on Facebook page. (2016-03-29)
Urg.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/odd+news/ohio-man-may-face-jail-for-parodying-police-on-facebook-page/article/461332

* 20% of registered trademarks are at risk due to improper use. (2016-03-17)
17 Seconds #22.
Clocktower Law recently reviewed 100% of the registered trademarks in its docket and discovered that 20% of them are at risk due to incorrect use. “At risk” meaning that it will be difficult to renew these registered trademarks, because the website pages used (as specimens) to register them are no longer available.
http://www.erikjheels.com/5880.html

* The Trademark Reporter’s 2016 “Annual Review of U.S. Trademark Cases” (2016-03-11)
For those of you scoring at home.
http://thettablog.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-trademark-reporters-2016-annual.html

* Antonin Scalia, Justice on the Supreme Court, Dies at 79 (2016-02-13)
Scalia was undeniably a great writer and a principled jurist. I predict that history will prove, however, that his were the wrong principles.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/us/antonin-scalia-death.html

Baseball Stuff

* Jonesy by Jamey Newberg (2016-02-22)
Great stuff from Peter Gammons’s blog about baseball good guy Bob Jones. I also have his 1977 Topps baseball card!
http://www.gammonsdaily.com/jamey-newberg-jonesy/

* IBWAA Selects Ken Griffey, Jr. And Edgar Martinez In 2016 Hall Of Fame Vote (2016-01-06)
HOF results day is a good day for baseball fans during the off-season. Opening day tomorrow!
http://www.gammonsdaily.com/ibwaa-selects-ken-griffey-jr-and-edgar-martinez-in-2016-hall-of-fame-vote/

Music Stuff

* My band, The MCats Band, announces its initial summer schedule. (2016-03-29)
Many of you know that I have been playing in a rock cover band (keyboards, vocals) since 2005. If you’re in the Boston area this summer, [then] we’ll be playing at The Sunset Tiki Bar at Nashoba Valley in Westford, MA, on June 10, July 30, and August 18. (Even if you’re not in Boston this summer, we’ll be playing at the Tiki Bar.)
https://www.facebook.com/MCatsBand/posts/10154668314293696

Random Stuff

* A History Of Japan (2016-03-17)
I’m told it’s pretty accurate. Jason Kottke calls it “the most entertaining history of anything I have ever seen.”
http://kottke.org/16/02/a-history-of-japan

* I, on the other hand, do try to be pedantic about conditionals. I also dislike implied “thens.” (2016-03-07)
If you’re in Boston today, [then] the weather is great!
Even if you’re not in Boston, [then] the weather is great.
http://xkcd.com/1652/

* An Old Stone Tower Becomes A Small House In Hvar, Croatia (2016-03-07)
Tiny houses are officially a thing.
http://smallhousebliss.com/2016/03/07/old-stone-tower-hvar/

* Cuddle Clones Are Plush Replicas of Your Favorite Pets (2016-02-12)
Do I want one? Do I not want one?
http://lifehacker.com/cuddle-clones-are-plush-replicas-of-your-favorite-pets-1758608750

* Heliocentrism vs. Geocentrism (2016-01-01)
What the solar system looks like from an Earth-centric point of view.
http://kottke.org/16/01/heliocentrism-vs-geocentrism

* My niece, Jennifer, has a quilt blog. (2015-12-31)
If you look carefully, you can see Jennifer and my son, Ben Heels, in this blog post.
http://neverjustjennifer.blogspot.com/2015/12/modern-double-cross-finished-quilt.html


P.S. LawLawLaw, available at LawLawLaw.com, is a publication written by Clocktower Law LLC founder Erik J. Heels and published by GiantPeople LLC. The opinions in LawLawLaw do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Clocktower Law, GiantPeople, their employees, or the author. If you don’t share this with friends and family, then who will? Thanks!

P.P.S. Erik claims to publish the #1 blog about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at erikjheels.com. Brevity is not his strong suit.

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