LawLawLaw #41 – Top 10 Technology, Law, Baseball, and Music Blogs

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

1989-07-04, USAF Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas. 2nd Lieutenant Erik J. Heels shortly after soloing a T-37 jet, shortly before being dunked in the pool. (Photo by Charles Anthony "Chuck" Cheatham, AKA Ghost Cheatham.)
1989-07-04, USAF Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas. 2nd Lieutenant Erik J. Heels shortly after soloing a T-37 jet, shortly before being dunked in the pool. (Photo by Charles Anthony “Chuck” Cheatham, AKA Ghost Cheatham.)

I was talking to somebody today (somebody whom I thought knew me pretty well) who, as it turns out, didn’t know that I’ve been in a Boston rock cover band since 2005. I also swam in the Arctic Ocean, flew jets in the Air Force, and turned down the opportunity to be an astronaut. But I digress.

Which brings me to today’s nontraditional LawLawLaw.

Foreign language teachers apply the “seven time rule,” namely, that a new word must be used seven times before it is learned by the student. The same rule applies to marketing, namely that messages must be repeated seven times before they are acted upon. This is why I include manual and automated “related posts” links at the bottom of each article/blog/post I write. It is also why blurbs related to certain patent and trademark law concepts are repeated in various templated emails that Clocktower Law uses.

So we repeat ourselves a lot. It is intentional. And hopefully helpful.

Clocktower Law’s winning clients continue to raise money and get acquired at deal-to-attorney ratios that are disproportionally high. We like to think that Clocktower Law’s principles – keeping our clients out of IP trouble, spending money on patents and trademarks only when it is consistent with their business goals, and giving the advice that we would want if it were our company – have had something to do with our clients’ successes.

My main interests – and the focus of this blog – are technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll. So here, in the name of the “seven times rule,” are my favorite blog posts on each of those topics.

Thanks, as always, for your business, your referrals, and your feedback!

Best,
Erik


Top 10 Technology Blogs

2014-10-18 - In the summer of 2003 and 2004, the perfect treehouse took shape in a four-stem maple in the back yard of a house in Acton, MA. The treehouse was built by Erik J. Heels and his three children: Sam, Ben, and Sonja. This photo later served as the inspiration for the logo for GiantPeople (www.giantpeople.com).
2014-10-18 – In the summer of 2003 and 2004, the perfect treehouse took shape in a four-stem maple in the back yard of a house in Acton, MA. The treehouse was built by Erik J. Heels and his three children: Sam, Ben, and Sonja. This photo later served as the inspiration for the logo for GiantPeople (www.giantpeople.com).
  1. How To Build A Startup: One Board At A Time, Be Yourself, Get Plants (2016-06-15)
    Top 11 tips for entrepreneurs.
  2. Erik Heels Had This Great Idea For A Funny Website Called FailBlog.com (2016-04-01)
    But Ben Huh beat him to it by launching FailBlog.org.
  3. How To Regain Your Social Networking Virginity (2014-04-01)
    Simplifying your life on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social networks.
  4. Huge Igloo We Built And Slept In (2009-01-14)
    Photos from January 1982.
  5. Drawing That Explains Social Networking (2008-11-03)
    How to visualize social networking.
  6. Erik J. Heels Announces Start-Up Heels.com Shoe Store (2007-11-12)
    With the name Heels, Erik Heels was destined to be either a podiatrist or a shoe salesman.
  7. How To Set Up VNC Over SSH On Windows XP (2005-04-18)
    Step-by-step instructions for setting up an SSH server, a VNC server, and an SSH client in order to VNC securely from one computer to another.
  8. How To Create A Dual-Boot Linux/Windows Laptop For Under $700 (2004-04-25)
    Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3 and Windows 2000 Professional on a Dell Latitude C600 laptop.
  9. Zen And The Art Of Data Restoration (2003-05-01)
    Standardization is elusive, even though there are so many standards to choose from. Or perhaps BECAUSE there are so many. Nevertheless, for many years I have been pursuing an elusive goal of digitizing, standardizing, and archiving all of my data. In this chapter of the journey, I ended up purchasing a 15-year-old computer to restore one file.
  10. Computer Interface For A Passive Self-Contained Microcomputer Controlled Above-Knee Prosthesis (1988-05-16)
    Thesis (B.S.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1988. Includes bibliographical references.

Top 10 IP Law Blogs

Venice canal circa 2010. Venice was where modern day patent law started - in 1474. (Photo by Hedda Gjerpen, licensed to Erik J. Heels from iStockPhoto.)
Venice canal circa 2010. Venice was where modern day patent law started – in 1474. (Photo by Hedda Gjerpen, licensed to Erik J. Heels from iStockPhoto.)
  1. The Who, What, Where, When, Why, And How Of Trademarks (2016-09-30)
    Trademark law in plain English.
  2. Twitter’s Trademark Policy Sucks (2016-04-27)
    The odd case of @YarnAttic vs. @TheYarnAttic.
  3. The Who, What, Where, When, Why, And How Of Patents (2014-03-12)
    Patent law in plain English. But not in that order.
  4. Top 10 Things BigLaw Patent Lawyers Don’t Want You To Know (2012-09-26)
    And won’t tell you. Srsly.
  5. Scamming The Chinese Domain Name Scammers (2011-06-03)
    Don’t Fall For China Domain Name Fraud. Seek The Deeper Meaning Of Words.
  6. Men Of Great Genius: Venetian Senate, Patent Act of 1474 (2011-04-11)
    All modern patent statutes are derived from the Venetian Patent Act of 1474.
  7. A Mere Mortal’s Guide To Patents Post-Bilski (Or Why §101 Is A Red Herring) (2010-07-09)
    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.
  8. How To Twittersquat The Top 100 Brands (2009-01-08)
    A call for the creation of the Uniform Username Dispute Resolution Policy.
  9. Domain Name Law 101 (2008-01-28)
    White hat domainers are not black hat cybersquatters.
  10. Ease-of-Copying In The Digital Age – Turning A Negative Into A Positive (1996-04-29)
    Rather than worrying about ease-of-copying, owners of copyrighted works should use it to their advantage.

Top 10 Baseball Blogs

2013-10-30, Fenway Park, Boston. Erik J. Heels and Jody Wright (complete with playoff "beards") at Game 6, the final and winning game for the Red Sox of the 2013 World Series. (Photo by a stranger from Red Sox Nation.)
2013-10-30, Fenway Park, Boston. Erik J. Heels and Jody Wright (complete with playoff “beards”) at Game 6, the final and winning game for the Red Sox of the 2013 World Series. (Photo by a stranger from Red Sox Nation.)
  1. Red Sox Fire Manager John Farrell (2016-09-12)
    Controversial manager leaves a mixed legacy.
  2. Red Sox World Series Game 6: More Than A Game (2013-10-31)
    A top 10 moment at Fenway with my best friend.
  3. Thomas R. Heels And Helena E. Heels (2010-05-09)
    An article for Mother’s Day.
  4. Epic Comeback: Red Sox Win ALCS Game 5 Over Rays 8-7 (2008-10-17)
    Down to their last 7 outs and trailing 7-0, the Boston Red Sox staged one of the most amazing comebacks in history. And I was there.
  5. Sox Win World Series (2007-10-29)
    Red Sox defeat Rockies 4-3, Sox sweep series.
  6. Red Sox Perfect Game (2007-10-03)
    A perfect game with my son.
  7. How To Not Jinx A No-Hitter (2007-09-02)
    Clay Buchholz’s no-hitter just what the doctor (and Red Sox Nation) ordered.
  8. Nine Principles Of Baseball And Life (2007-05-02)
    Philosophy of Baseball: How to Play the Game of Life.
  9. Walk-Off Hits And Other Game-Winning Hits By David Ortiz (2006-08-01)
    Twenty game-winning moments by Boston’s Big Papi.
  10. Red Sox Thoughts: What It Means To Be A Red Sox Fan (1999-10-18)
    An email message promoted from my email archives to my blog on the last day the 2004 Red Sox were world champions (10/26/05).

Top 10 Music Blogs

2016-08-07 - The Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Provincetown and Boston. The MCats Band (www.mcatsband.org; feat. L-R Erik J. Heels, Eamon Tighe, Joshua Stein, Jon Oltsik , Paul Greenspan) rockin' the #PMC2016 party boat! Photo by Pan-Mass Challenge (www.pmc.org) rider for Team Lick Cancer Mark Wessel. Post-processing by Wendy Oltsik. We love you mans!
2016-08-07 – The Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Provincetown and Boston. The MCats Band (www.mcatsband.org; feat. L-R Erik J. Heels, Eamon Tighe, Joshua Stein, Jon Oltsik , Paul Greenspan) rockin’ the #PMC2016 party boat! Photo by Pan-Mass Challenge (www.pmc.org) rider for Team Lick Cancer Mark Wessel. Post-processing by Wendy Oltsik. We love you mans!
  1. MP3 vs. CD: The Beer Test (2008-12-07)
    Unless you’re a dog, a whale, or a computer, you’re not going to be able to tell the difference between a good MP3 and CD audio.
  2. Rolling Stone Announces More Five-Star Rated Albums And All I Got Was This Lousy Feed (2008-11-25)
    Want to know why the music business is broken? Look at how Rolling Stone Magazine mismanages its most prized asset: five-star reviews.
  3. Batman Lawyer Meets Boston Band Founder (2006-10-31)
    Holy rock star Batman!
  4. It’s The Metadata, Stupid (2006-09-19)
    For the music that I have purchased, I want all of the metadata: the MP3s, the album art, the BPM data, the liner notes, the lyrics, the tablatures, the recording dates, the release dates, the artist’s history, etc. Today, I can’t get all of the metadata from a single source.
  5. The Dark (Gray) Age Of Music On The Internet (2005-09-01)
    While there are a lot of choices for consumers, the current state of music on the Internet leaves a lot to be desired.
  6. Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1990s (2005-07-04)
    All of the five-star rated albums (as reviewed by a certain music magazine that gathers no moss).
  7. Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1980s (2005-07-04)
    All of the five-star rated albums (as reviewed by a certain music magazine that gathers no moss).
  8. Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1970s (2005-07-04)
    All of the five-star rated albums (as reviewed by a certain music magazine that gathers no moss).
  9. Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1960s (2005-07-04)
    All of the five-star rated albums (as reviewed by a certain music magazine that gathers no moss).
  10. Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums (2005-07-04)
    All of the five-star rated albums (as reviewed by a certain music magazine that gathers no moss).

LawLawLaw, available at LawLawLaw.com, is a publication written by Clocktower Law founder Erik J. Heels and published by GiantPeople. 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!

Erik Heels (Attorney, Entrepreneur, Disruptor) 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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