Let me say publicly that DonBoy’s answer exudes a combination of intuitive genius and confidence that make me think DonBoy is going to do big things in his life. -- Steven D. Levitt (Freakonomics blog)
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
...or you'll have to pay the NFL, if they have their way.
Step 1: The NFL trademarks "Super Bowl".
Step 2: The NFL licenses out its trademark to just about any product category there is.
Step 3: To protect its licensees, the NFL polices all commercial uses of "Super Bowl". A sports bar can't advertise a Super Bowl special if they aren't a "Super Bowl" licensee.
Step 4: Businesses, being fluent in the English language, begin advertising the parties/events they're hosting for the "big game", Sunday, February Whosis.
Step 5: Feb, 2006: The NFL attempts to trademark "The Big Game". ("Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE "GAME" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN")
Step 6: Now. The NFL gives up on that. Not because it's stupid, mind you, but because the Stanford/California game has been called that for over a century. They say they may re-file with language clarifying that they "only" claim a trademark on "The Big Game" as a synonym for the Super Bowl.
If Harvard and Yale get in on this, it's gonna be trouble.
This. (Don't bail out before the halfway point just because you think you get the idea.)
Or, slicked up a little, this.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
As seen here.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Possible general rule: don't trust a hospital named after a cemetery.
Monday, May 14, 2007
-- Toronto Star
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
...is described in "150 Years of Mary Sue":
The author of most of the "Baccarat Figurines" series in X-Files fan fiction makes no secret of his (the author is presumed by many readers to be male) admiration of Skinner "the hunk"; his weepy, sulky Mulder is infantilized by Skinner, who calls him "baby" and is charmed "that someone that tall could make himself so small and cuddly," as Mulder "cuddles on [Skinner's] chest ... his usual pose with him"; when the two watch cartoons while waiting for Mulder's pre-sex enema to take effect, "Mulder [is] the one paying more attention." The stories struck appalled readers as "characterization *defilement*."
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I don't think this story is going to "develop" much, so you? Click to enlarge because I couldn't figure out how to make it both bigger and still legible. From the Boston Globe.