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.

Thanks for reading!

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.

LawLawLaw Newsletter

LawLawLaw #38

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

LawLawLaw Newsletter

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: This bag is not a toy.

Thanks for reading!

Clocktower Law Stuff

* Clocktower Law Announces It Is Moving To West Acton Villageworks In The Spring Of 2016 (2015-12-11)
But we will still be Clocktower Law!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100736908780698&set=a.571206715008.2106849.711783&type=3&theater

* The Boston Globe Names Clocktower Law Client Tamr A Top Place To Work (2015-11-13)
http://www.tamr.com/getting-underneath-tamrs-top-place-to-work-award/

* Clocktower Law Client Tamr Receives $25.2 Million in Financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures, Thomson Reuters, MassMutual Ventures and Others (2015-06-19)
http://www.tamr.com/tamr-receives-25-2-million-in-financing-from-hewlett-packard-ventures-thomson-reuters-massmutual-ventures-and-others/

* Clocktower Law Client SiteSpect Says: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Site Redesign (2015-04-27)
http://www.sitespect.com/blog/ellen-julian/dont-fall-love-your-site-redesign

* Clocktower Law Client FirstFuel Receives $23 Million To Expand Customer Intelligence Platform To Energy Providers Globally (2015-04-08)
http://www.firstfuel.com/news/press-releases/firstfuel-receives-23-million-to-expand-customer-intelligence-platform-to-energy-providers-globally/

Tech Stuff

* Has Apple Doomed Ads On The Web? Will It Crush Google? (2015-09-24)
Probably not and probably not.
https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/golden/has-apple-doomed-ads-on-the-web-will-it-crush-google/

* What Ever Happened To Google Books? (2015-09-15)
I’ll tell you what happened: Google lost interest.
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-ever-happened-to-google-books

* Solar System Exploration Update And Map (2015-08-11)
Our drones have explored many places.
http://kottke.org/15/08/solar-system-exploration-update

* The Mobile Web Sucks (2015-07-21)
I am constantly amazed at how many websites fail to render at least legibly on my iPhone.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/20/9002721/the-mobile-web-sucks

* New Horizons Spacecraft Makes Flyby Of Icy, Mystery Pluto (2015-07-14)
Still a planet to me.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/750ae529c6fa4e188e3c29b6f66f7012/ready-its-close-first-spacecraft-explore-pluto

* Book: Thing Explainer (2015-05-13)
Complicated stuff in simple words.
http://blog.xkcd.com/2015/05/13/new-book-thing-explainer/

Law Stuff

* The CAFC Rules That The Anti-Disparagement Clause Of The Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. § 1051, The Codification Of US Trademark Law) Is Unconstitutional (2015-12-23)
In other words, since the First Amendment to the Constitution provides for free speech, the Lanham Act cannot limit it, and applicants should be allowed to register even disparaging trademarks. So says the CAFC. Bring on the ‘Yankees Suck’ trademarks! Needless to say, I expect the Supreme Court to hear this case – and overrule it. Free speech has never been absolute. For example, one cannot shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre.
https://www.facebook.com/ClocktowerLaw/posts/1064645783558159

* Are You Going To File Patents And Trademarks In Europe? (2015-12-17)
17 Seconds #19.
http://www.erikjheels.com/5825.html

* SCOTUS News: John Roberts Delivers Finishing Blow To Stephen Breyer To Defend Title Of Chief Justice (2015-12-08)
You know it’s bad when The Onion gets into it.
http://www.theonion.com/article/john-roberts-delivers-finishing-blow-stephen-breye-52004

* How To File A Patent (2015-12-01)
Two articles from The Onion about law!
http://www.theonion.com/graphic/how-file-patent-51930

* A Historic Copyright Ruling Just Made ‘Happy Birthday’ Free To Sing (2015-09-23)
It’s about time.
http://fusion.net/story/202343/happy-birthday-public-domain/
http://xkcd.com/1581/

* Dear Olympics: Don’t Steal My Logo! (2015-09-18)
Guest blog post by Erik Heels.
http://www.cdgi.com/2015/09/dear-olympics-steal-logo/

Baseball Stuff

* R.I.P. Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson, 1958-2015 (2015-12-27)
His home run in the 1986 ALCS, Game 5, remains the most exciting home run I have seen live.
https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10100751108509328

* Red Sox Should Not Honor Wade Boggs Before Dwight Evans (2015-12-22)
Agreed. Dewey should also be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
http://www.overthemonster.com/2015/12/22/10636600/wade-boggs-number-retired-dwight-evans-red-sox

* Red Sox Sign Free-Agent Ace David Price (2015-12-04)
I’ve penciled him in to start on opening day.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bos/red-sox-sign-david-price-to-seven-year-deal?ymd=20151204&content_id=158847426&vkey=news_bos

* David Ortiz is Retiring and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same (2015-11-26)
Countdown to the David Ortiz statue begins now.
http://www.survivinggrady.com/2015/11/david-ortiz-is-retiring-and-nothing-will-ever-be-the-same.html

* Red Sox Acquire Closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres (2015-11-14)
Raise your hand if you had heard of him.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bos/craig-kimbrel-traded-to-red-sox-from-padres?ymd=20151113&content_id=157272300&vkey=news_bos

* 2015 Red Sox Season Brain Dump (2015-11-12)
Before Dave Dombrowski started doing his thing, I did my thing and gave my $0.02 on the 2015 (and 2016) Red Sox season.
http://www.erikjheels.com/5811.html

* Kansas City Royals Win First World Series In 30 Years (2015-11-02)
I called it on 08/31/15 (https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10100665729085378).
http://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/kansas-city-royals-win-first-world-series-in-30-years

* R.I.P Yogi Berra (2015-09-23)
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonwells/baseball-great-yogi-berra-dies-at-age-90

* Brock Holt Completes First Red Sox Cycle Since 1996 (2015-06-16)
This was the highlight of a disappointing 2015 season.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bos/brock-holt-completes-first-red-sox-cycle-since-96?ymd=20150616&content_id=131034830

Music Stuff

* History Of Vaporwave (2015-10-01)
Good stuff from my son, Ben Heels.
https://benheelsmusic.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/history-of-vaporwave/

* Columbia House, Once A Mail-Order Giant, Files For Bankruptcy (2015-08-12)
How I built my DVD collection in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-columbia-house-bankruptcy-20150810-story.html

* Taylor Swift Writes Surprising Letter To Apple About Apple Music, Gets Surprising Reaction (2015-06-22)
Apple not always known to do the right thing.
http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/86351

* Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Breaks His Leg Mid-Performance, Returns To Finish The Show (2015-06-13)
The show must go on!
http://digg.com/video/dave-grohl-breaks-his-leg-mid-performance-returns-to-finish-the-show

* R.I.P. BB King (2015-05-15)
The thrill is gone.
http://variety.com/2015/music/news/blues-legend-b-b-king-dies-at-89-1201496991/

Random Stuff

* How the Empire State Building was built (2015-11-11)
The whole thing happened incredibly fast: the first architectural contract was signed in September 1929 and after only 410 days (about 14 months) of construction, the building was opened in May 1931. Massachusetts Route 2, in comparison, has been under construction for about 14 years.
http://kottke.org/15/11/how-the-empire-state-building-was-built

* New Cache Of Historical Footage On YouTube (2015-07-23)
The Associated Press and British Movietone uploaded 17,000 hours of archival news footage dating back to the late 19th century.
http://kottke.org/15/07/new-cache-of-historical-footage-on-youtube

* Choosing A Wardrobe Fit For the Tiny House Life (2015-07-23)
I like tiny houses. And simple wardrobes. If you see me in jeans and a black mock turtleneck, then you’ll know why (cough, Steve Jobs, cough).
http://tinyhouseblog.com/how-to-2/choosing-a-wardrobe/

* Beer (2015-06-05)
Do you ever think maybe we should just admit that all beer tastes kind of bad and everyone’s just pretending?
http://xkcd.com/1534/


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.

LawLawLaw #37

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

LawLawLaw Newsletter

About LawLawLaw

My name is Erik Heels, and this is my LawLawLawTM newsletter: subscribe at LawLawLaw.com. 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: Based on a true story.

Thanks for reading!

Technology Stuff

* Social Networking Expiration Dates (2015-03-20)
Is your favorite social network budding, fresh, ripe, or rotten?
http://www.erikjheels.com/5648.html

* How To Set Up A Facebook ‘Legacy Contact’ For When You Die (2015-02-12)
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-set-up-a-facebook-legacy-contact-for-when-you-1685544248

Law Stuff

* Watch Out, Brands: The Controversial .Sucks Domain Is Almost Here (2015-03-15)
I’m thinking they should have stopped after dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org.
http://marketingland.com/controversial-sucks-domain-almost-here-121505

* FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules (2015-02-26)
But broadband in America still sucks.
http://gizmodo.com/fcc-passes-strongest-net-neutrality-rules-in-americas-h-1688204371

* MLB Claims That Finance Company’s ‘W’ Logo Violates 2 MLB Teams’ Trademarks (2015-02-20)
But the real challenge is whether you can tell the Washington Nationals’ logo from the Walgreen’s logo:
baseball: https://tsdrapi.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casestatus/sn78520869/content
pharmacy: https://tsdrapi.uspto.gov/ts/cd/casestatus/sn76558596/content
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150209/06453029957/mlb-claims-that-finance-companys-w-logo-violates-2-mlb-teams-trademarks.shtml

* US Joins Hague Agreement, Making It Easier To Get Design Patents In Multiple Countries (2015-02-13)
The treaty will go into effect for the United States on May 13, 2015.
http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/united-states-deposits-instrument-ratification-geneva-act-hague-agreement

Baseball Stuff

* Rob Manfred Starts Breaking Baseball With New Pace-Of-Game Rules (2015-02-20)
That really got out of hand real fast.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindseyadler/mlb-implements-new-rules-to-speed-up-the-pace-of-game

* Rob Manfred Says All The Right Things After Being Elected Baseball’s 10th Commissioner (2015-01-27)
But see above.
http://www.gammonsdaily.com/icymi-rob-manfreds-introductory-letter-to-the-fans/

* Pedro Martinez Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame (2015-01-16)
Short in stature, big in heart.
http://m.redsox.mlb.com/news/article/105660410/randy-johnson-pedro-martinez-john-smoltz-craig-biggio-make-hall-of-fame

* Bring The Monster Home: The Fenway Collection From Benjamin Moore (2014-08-11)
Thanks to BenMoore, I now need (yes, that’s the correct verb) to turn my basement into Fenway Park.
http://www.gammonsdaily.com/bring-the-monster-home-the-fenway-collection-from-benjamin-moore-video/

Music Stuff

* Ben Heels Music Blog (2015-01-08)
Shameless family promotion. My son (a jazz studies major) launched a music blog. Since “jazz” is not a verb, I have to say his blog rocks!
https://benheelsmusic.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/belle-and-sebastian-the-boy-with-the-arab-strap-1998/

Clocktower Stuff

* Clocktower Client Tamr On How To Retain Talent (2015-03-25)
“Co-founder and CEO of Tamr, Andy Palmer, describes the importance of offering an attractive line of benefits that not only provides for basic family security, but also keeps employees fresh with creative vacation plans, worry-free with emergency home-care for their dependents, and family-oriented with generous time for parental leave.”
http://blog.koalab.com/2015/03/23/retaining-talent-tamrs-take/

* Clocktower Client AppNexus Acquires Yieldex (2015-03-18)
“Every major publisher, including mobile app developers and cross screen content producers, on the Internet has this problem every month: how do you predict how many people in a particular audience will visit your site so you can package this and sell it to advertisers?”
http://blog.appnexus.com/2015/yieldex/

* Clocktower Client Onshape Launches Mother Of All (CAD) Products (2015-03-09)
“A number of veterans of Solidworks, including its original founder Jon Hirschtick, have come together to completely reimagine how product design can happen in the age of the cloud. In the process, they have built an online software product that is nothing short of a technological marvel.”
http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/09/onshape-launches-mother-of-all-products/

* Clocktower Client Cape Clogs Receives 2015 Massachusetts Excellence Award (2015-03-02)
“Cape Clogs has been selected for the 2015 Massachusetts Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the U.S. Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI).”
http://capeclogs.com/2015/03/02/cape-clogs-receives-2015-massachusetts-excellence-award/

* 2015 Clocktower Law Group Fees (2015-01-01)
“Unlike most law firms, Clocktower posts its fees on its website. And as it says on our website, Clocktower does a couple dozen things really well and charges flat-rate fees for most of those things. For the hourly stuff, we can tell you the average costs (based on 10+ years of data) so you can budget accordingly. Clocktower simplifies its fee structure at least annually and welcomes your feedback.”
http://www.erikjheels.com/5013.html

Other Stuff

* 1995: The Year the Future Began (2015-03-30)
Yes, 1995 was the year of the Internet. And 1995 changed everything.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/30/thinking-sideways

* A Lakeside Log Cabin In Finland (2015-03-24)
My people (I’m half Finnish and a citizen) sure know how to make stuff. But can I find someone in the States to build a Finnish-style tiny house?
http://smallhousebliss.com/2015/03/24/hawkhill-nature-villa-maria/

* The 10 Slides You Need To Pitch Your Business Idea (2015-03-12)
Good fodder for startups.
http://lifehacker.com/the-10-slides-you-need-to-pitch-your-business-idea-1691072480

* Patriots Win Super Bowl, MVP Tom Brady Gives Truck To Hero Malcolm Butler (2015-02-11)
Sometimes the good guys finish first.
http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tom-brady-gives-mvp-truck-to-other-super-bowl-hero-malcolm-butler/

* USOC Choses Boston For US 2024 Olympic Bid (2015-01-08)
Less than three weeks later, blizzard #1 (of 4) struck, beginning a slow paralysis of The Hub that lasted until the end of March, when MBTA service was “fully restored” (and I admit to not knowing what that means).
http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindseyadler/boston-chosen-as-host-city-for-us-2024-olympic-bid

* Postscript
If you or someone you love suffers from depression of any sort, then consider sharing these two helpful articles:

1. Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression (Part One) (2011-10-27)
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-depression.html

2. Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two (2013-05-09)
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2013/05/depression-part-two.html

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The LawLawLaw newsletter, available at LawLawLaw.com, is a publication written by Clocktower Law Group founder Erik J. Heels and published by GiantPeople LLC. The opinions in LawLawLaw do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Clocktower Law Group, GiantPeople, their employees, or the author. Feel free to forward this to anyone who might enjoy it. Send any/all questions to info@clocktowerlaw.com. Thanks!