* Things Are Better In Space

LawLawLaw #46: Technology, Law, Baseball, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Aliens making crop circles from spaceship: Really? All our lasers and tractor beams and probes, but flattening crops in random patterns - that's what does it for you?

Technology Stuff

Maybe because things here on Earth are a bit wacky, space has been in the news a lot lately.

* Earth’s Atmosphere Stretches Out Past The Moon (2019-02-25)
So no human has (yet) been outside of Earth’s atmosphere.

* National Geographic’s Upcoming Documentary On The Apollo Missions (2019-02-18)

* Goodbye Opportunity, The Little Mars Rover That Could (2019-02-14)
Designed to last only 90 days, NASA’s Opportunity rover lasted for 15 years!

* Trailer For “Apollo 11” – A Documentary Based On Pristine 65mm Footage Of The Mission (2019-01-29)

* “Universe” – A Short Documentary From 1960 That Inspired Kubrick’s “2001” (2019-01-23)

* Top 100 Technologies Of All Time (2019-01-02)
Whenever I see “best of” or “worst of” technology invention lists, I always think that both lists should include chain-link fences and nuclear bombs. The latter made this list, the former did not.

* NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe [Allegedly] ‘Leaves The Solar System’ (2018-12-10)
This actually happens every couple of years, until scientists determine that the solar system is larger than originally thought. Still, goodbye for now!

* Mars: NASA Lands InSight Robot To Study Planet’s Interior (2018-11-27)
NASA continues to do cool stuff no matter what is happening on Earth.

* Discover The Secrets Of The Tape Measure (2018-10-16)
You know that you want to!

Law Stuff

* EPO Patent Applications Grow By 4.6% To Reach New High (2019-03-12)
Clocktower’s top 6 “countries” for filing “foreign” patents (meaning “non-US” patents) are Europe, Japan, India, Canada, Australia, and China.

* Rejecting Estoppel And Parody Defenses, TTAB Finds CRABS ADJUST HUMIDITY Confusable With CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY For Card Games (2019-03-05)
Compare/contrast with the “North Face vs. South Butt” saga. Trademark judges need to get a better sense of humor!

* IBM Calls For An End To The ‘Legal Fiction’ Of Current 101 Law (2019-01-30)
Clocktower continues to remind the USPTO and the courts about the purpose of patent law. As my mentor said, in the absence of precedent, argue from first principles!

Baseball Stuff

* Red Sox Outfield Mic’d Up During Spring Training Game Is Comedic Gold (2019-03-07)
I hereby vote for player mics over a pitch clock!

* Proud Dad Mic’d His 4-Year-Old Playing Hockey And The Results Are Comedy GOAL! (2019-02-27)
“I’m gonna take a nap.”

* The Yankees Are The New Favorite To Win The World Series In 2019 (2019-02-13)
You can pin this one to your locker, boys!

* Uniform Patch To Mark 150 Years Of Pro Baseball (2019-02-12)
I maintain that baseball is the greatest sport, and this story is more proof of that. There are only 85 COUNTRIES (of about 195) that are older than US professional baseball!

* Tom Brady’s Greatest Throw (2019-02-08)

* Film Room: The Patriots’ Lone Touchdown Drive Of Super Bowl 53 Was The Stuff Of Legends (2019-02-07)

* Patriots Super Bowl Parade Draws Record Crowd Of 1.5 Million (2019-02-06)

* Super Bowl 53: New England Patriots Beat Los Angeles Rams 13-3 For Record Sixth Win (2019-02-04)
I love the UK perspective on all things, including on US sports.

* Patriots Win Super Bowl 53! (2019-02-03)

* The Patriots Are The Most Entertaining Team In The History Of Sports (2019-02-03)

Music Stuff

* Bohemian Rhapsody Wins the Most 2019 Oscars (2019-02-25)
Bohemian Rhapsody wins Oscars for Actor in a Leading Role (Rami Malek), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing.

* Golden Globes 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody And Rami Malek Are [Surprise] Winners (2019-01-07)
I put “surprise” in brackets.

* Bohemian Rhapsody, The Movie, May Not Be Good But It Doesn’t Matter (2018-10-26)
IMHO, the movie is very very good.

Random Stuff

* Above The Basement – Episode 128 – Doris Kearns Goodwin (2019-01-27)
Gordon Edes says that Yaz (Carl Yastrzemski) founded Red Sox Nation! I asked ‘If you could choose one Red Sox player in history, who is the founding father of what we now call Red Sox Nation, who would that be and why?’ Listen to the Q&A at 1:01:24 of this podcast:

* Techstars And U.S. Air Force Announce Expansion Of Accelerator Program (2018-10-04)
Several of Clocktower’s clients have participated in accelerators such as Techstars and MassChallenge, more should. (I am mentoring for Techstars again this year.)


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