The Intellectual Property Brief

I’ve been posting about twice a month at American University’s Intellectual Property Brief –  There’s a wide variety of timely articles there.  These are not dissertations or even what you’d normally see in a law journal; rather, they’re short blog posts on the big and the small in the intellectual property world.

For example, I did a blog post recently on Microsoft v. i4i – a high-profile Supreme Court case.  There have also been posts on the face tattoo from The Hangover and how it’s gotten Warner Bros. into hot water.

Definitely worth reading if you’re into IP.

That’s all for now.  End of the quarter.  Gotta work work work.

Fine, I’ll post.

fine. I guess I’ll post something.

I’m in law school now. It’s only been a week of working and school at the same time – and it’s quite a bit. One of the professors said “I know that many of you have full-time jobs, or family/spouse responsibilities, or – God forbid – both …” so I’m not sure how easy this is going to be.

But I’m not the kind of person who gives up so easily. It’s already extremely challenging and stimulating; I’m hoping that the excitement keeps up. I’m also positive that it’ll help me in my current job – I’ll be much better at arguing.

that is all for now. I’m tired.

The most sacrilegious meal. Ever.

This morning I was hungry.  I decided to combine what I had lying around.

I think I stumbled on the most sacrilegious meal ever.

Matzoh+bacon+scrambled eggs+cheese:


If you have any ideas on how to make this meal more offensive, do let me know.  I figure pork on matzoh gets me pretty far though….

Netbooks: The Missing Manual

Disclaimer: I recently received this book from O’Reilly for free. Thanks O’Reilly!

Let’s see.  The only thing going on in my life right now is work, work, and more work.  I did install Windows 7 on my Mac recently; I’ve totally dropped everything Mac-related, and this change to Windows (if you know me well) is quite a surprise.

However, I’ve been reading Netbooks: The Missing Manual from O’Reilly Publishing, in order to get a better idea of issues that Sonia and I should keep in mind with her netbook.  This summer, I bought her a Lenovo IdeaPad S10; great machine, great price.

The important thing to keep in mind with netbooks is that they’re like “Computers: Lite Edition” and need to be treated as such.  If you want speed, you should plug it in; otherwise the processor might slow itself down (a lot) to save battery.  If you want to use external data, optical drives are sometimes out of the question.  Data storage can be limited, and even movie playback can cause your fans to whir at high speed.  that being said, they’re great for those who want to be able to travel around with some of their data, and always have a connection to the Net, or have a way to take a few quick notes.

This book does a pretty good job of helping those new to netbooks keep these things in mind.  Here are my main thoughts about the book.

Up-to-date information about the Netbook craze. The book came out in August, and it’s very clear.  New laptop models are listed, Chrome is touted as a reliable browser, and the hardware specifications mentioned are very useful.  This being said, the book might not be as useful in about 6 months, when new netbooks have been released; new specifications become “sufficient” and “top-of-the-line”, and the instructions listed might fall out of date – especially in terms of the Operating Systems that are talked about.  We’re going to put 7 on her Netbook at some point, and the instructions are written assuming that the user is using XP.

Full of information about using your computer’s OS. This in and of itself is a great thing for a novice user.  However, it doesn’t go into much more detail than a normal “how to use your computer” book; while some of the instructions are be tailored towards netbooks (i.e. Chapter 1: “Buying and Setting up your Netbook”), they are few and far between.  A user who is experienced with Windows/Linux might not find major portions of the book to be useful.  This being said, however, a user who wants to experiment with Linux on his netbook would find this to be a great resource.

Pictures! It’s a black-and-white book, but the pictures are very illustrative of each instruction.  Screenshots are clear and big enough; other pictures serve as a good illustration of the topics covered.

All in all, I’d recommend it for the user who’s not very experienced with computers and just bought a netbook, or for the user who is thinking about taking the Linux plunge on one.  Others might not find it to be as useful.



I’d never felt an all-around joy quite like the one I got when I read this:



Even looking at it now still makes me all warm and fuzzy all over :-)


Back from Korea!

All of my good pictures are on Facebook – go see them here: – day 1
– day 2
– day 3 – day 4 – day 5 – day 6 – day 7 – day 8 – day 9

However, in the interest of using this webspace a bit more, I’ll post a bit of a documentary-style narrative here.

When I have more energy.


Will upload pictures here soon.


For now, they’re on facebook.



The flight was long, no problems this time though. Korean Air’s flight attendants are very attentive.  Every time something fell, every time something dropped, every time something didn’t look 100% clean, they came and fixed it.  Kinda creepy; not used to that level of service and I’m not sure if it’s what I prefer or not.

Got in around 3am, Sonia met up with us around 4am (she goes to work really early…my beautiful trooper…), and now I’m in the Hotel’s Internet cafe.

Buttloads of email, and Bank of America blocked my debit card because I didn’t clear it with them that I was going to Korea…except…wait for it…I did…I called them last night and told them to put notes on my credit card accounts. This apparently doesn’t apply to their debit card.

Mother f’er.


Not much worth blogging about yet.

I’ll take pictures soon obviously. It’s 8am and I am really tired, but I’m going to POWER through today.

Just watch me.



Holy crap.

I heard about RIP: A Remix Manifesto, a documentary about the remixing revolution from a copyright perspective, from DCist.  Haven’t watched it yet, but it has interviews with Cory Doctorow and Girl Talk (both people who I find fascinating).

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A question to the blogosphere.

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