Einstein (TM)

In Uncategorized on Sunday 15th August, 2010 by Guy

Baby Einstein is a load of junk (even Time magazine, that ceaseless purveyor of junk, says so!) that preys on parents' well-meaning desire to make sure their children don't end up as illiterate drug addicts.

But at least every time someone falls for the trap a little money goes to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), because according to Baby Einstein's homepage, right there at the bottom,

EINSTEIN is a trademark of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

which means they probably had to buy a licence to then trademark Baby Einstein, Einstein Pals and Little Einsteins.

That's also the reason why GM was sued by HUJI. Nice.

Here's the official trademark registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It seems that the registration was only filed in 2003, and confirmed in 2009. Bizarro.

Here's the list of products they've registered his name for:

IC 014. US 002 027 028 050. G & S: Clocks, watches, non-monetary coins, jewelry, pens and mechanical pencils of precious metal

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Address books, prints, agendas, decals, stickers, appointment books, art paper, art prints, bookmarks, blank journals, pens, pencils, writing instruments, book covers, printed instructional, educational, and teaching materials and paper teaching materials, all in the fields of entertainment, mathematics, science and software; printed invitations, series of fiction books; series of non-fiction books in the field of science, math, physics, and self-help; bumper stickers, calendars, check books, check book covers, pencil cases, wire bound notebooks, crayons, drawing instruments, drawing paper; educational books in the field of entertainment, mathematics, science and software; gift cards, globes, greeting cards, folders, document folders in the form of wallets, three ring binders, writing pads, insect habitats, note paper, paper weights, photograph albums, stationery, photographs, postcards, posters, study guides, trading cards, wrapping paper, paper bags, paper and cardboard cut-out figures for use as wall decorations, life-size standup cardboard cutouts, pen and pencil holders, three dimensional models for educational purposes

IC 018. US 001 002 003 022 041. G & S: luggage; umbrellas; all purpose sports bags, backpacks, bookbags, handbags, school bags, shoulder bags, wallets, and credit card cases, all made of leather or imitation leather

IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: Non-metal key chains; busts, figurines, sculptures, ornaments and desktop statuary of bone, plaster, plastic, wax and wood; mirrors, handheld mirrors

IC 021. US 002 013 023 029 030 033 040 050. G & S: Busts, figurines, sculptures, ornaments and desktop statuary of crystal, china, earthenware, glass, porcelain and terra cotta; mugs, cups, containers for household or kitchen use, cookie jars, dinnerware, flower pots, glass beverageware, non-metal decorative boxes, salt and pepper shakers, vases

IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing, namely, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pants, shirts, dresses, suits, socks, footwear, headwear, pants, bandanas, neckwear, coats, jackets, beachwear, undergarments

IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: Games, playthings and toys, namely, action figures, bobble head dolls, card games, board games, action skill games, arcade games, baby multiple activity toys, bathtub toys, bubble making wand and solution sets, pet toys, chess sets, children's multiple activity toys; educational products in the nature of learning toys and games, namely, multiple activity toys for children and babies, action figures, and puzzles; athletic sporting goods, namely, athletic wrist and joint supports; Christmas tree decorations, costume masks, crib mobiles, electronic educational game machines for children, exercise equipment, namely, manually operated jogging machines, powered treadmills, stair-stepping machines, rowing machines, abdominal boards, stationary cycles, equipment for chest pulls, weight lifting machines, exercise platforms, exercise tables, trampolines, treadmills, weight cuffs, weights, wrist weights, weight lifting benches and accessories therefor, exercising pulleys, aerobic step machines, aerobic steps, weight lifting gloves, yoga mats, ankle and wrist weights; flying discs, golf clubs, infant development toys, infant toys, kaleidoscopes, kites, magic tricks, marbles, mechanical toys, musical toys, party games, party favors in the nature of small toys, play figures, playing cards, puppets, puzzles, sand toys, skateboards, snow globes, stuffed toys, sport balls, toy models, namely, toy model cars, toy butterfly nets, toy rockets, toy vehicles, toy watches, toy model hobby craft kits, water squirting toys, wind socks, wind-up toys, yo-yos

Quite the haul… I've looking forward to buying my Albert Einstein (TM) undergarment.

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The train at Leamington

In Uncategorized on Saturday 17th July, 2010 by Guy

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Videos of Trieste

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Grotta gigante

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Medical jargon I’ve had the misfortune to encounter, and the meanings I eventually discovered they have

In Facty facts, Random fun stuff on Saturday 17th July, 2010 by Guy

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Jargon Meaning
Refractory Resisting treatment
Sequelae Consequences
Angelman’s syndrome Happy puppet syndrome*
Pseudomamma Third nipple**

* This is such a biscuit-take of a name, but sadly typical in the medical profession. A defining quote from the linked article:

In 1982 Williams and Jaime L. Frias suggested that the eponym “Angelman” should replace the descriptive title of the condition, in order to avoid any possible offence to the families of affected persons.

[emphasis mine]

It does beggar belief.

** Yes, really.


Snapshots of Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italia/Italy

In Uncategorized on Saturday 17th July, 2010 by Guy


More non-terrorism terrorism statistics

In Uncategorized on Tuesday 15th June, 2010 by Guy

The Home Office has released the latest set of statistics about policing of terrorism-related offences. It seems that this is now going to be a regular series, starting with the report I analysed in February. This latest one updates the figures to the end of 2009.

With regard to the previously outrageous numbers of Section 44 stopsandsearches, I'm pleased to say that the number in the last quarter of 2009 continues the downward trend since the last quarter of 2008 when over 70,000 stops and searches were made, reaching the still incredible 20,906 instead. Over 17,000 of those are still done by the Metropolitan Police Service, while the whole of Scotland got by on 7 (down from 52 a year earlier). This only makes it clearer how unjustified the earlier zealotry was, and I wait with minty-baited breath for some acknowledgement of that. 

Joining the likes of Hampshire and South Wales police forces who in our previous instalment somehow managed to stop their stopandsearches under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, is the Cumbria Constabulary. [Point of order chaps and chapesses: If I'm going to with my web browser, show me a website, or at least quietly redirect me to Thanks.] Despite carrying out 121 stopsandsearches during the first half of 2009, all the terrorists and innocent photographers must have gone elsewhere, because the good constables winded down their activities to only 7 stopsandsearches in the third quarter of 2009, before admitting defeat and not stoppingandsearching anyone by the last quarter. Well done Cumbria!

Overall the number of stopsandsearches in the UK reduced 40% from 2008 to 2009. This *must* mean that they did their job! Or that they shouldn't have happened to start with. Again, a good analysis of this would be most welcome… Although the admission in the latest report that "Recent data now being collected suggests that very few arrests result for terrorist related offences" doesn't bode well.

Despite the European Court of Human Rights stating that Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was illegal under the UK's human rights obligations about 6 months ago, the police was recently still harassing innocent photographers under this law, and it is only within the last few days that a review of the law has been ordered by the Home Office under the new Government. But not because of the ECHR ruling! No, it's because it wasn't even used correctly by the police despite the very basic checks on the use of the law being minimal (viz. a senior officer authorising the stopsandsearches for 28 days at a time [Section 46(3)] and the Secretary of State okaying this within 48 hours [Section 46(4)]).