Friday, December 01, 2006

If Chris Locke says... (The Notoriety of Fame)

< andy_rooney > Didja ever notice that cool things aren't cool until cool people make a point of saying they are ... well... cool? Didja ever notice that Chris Locke is the purveyor of things with high cooliocity factors. In fact Chris Locke is the very picture of cool. Didja ever notice that? < / andy_rooney >

H/T to another Master Cooler - Frank Paynter

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

This is why America (USA) is great!

The constitution of the United States of America guarantees Newt Gingrich the right to speak his mind freely about the things he strongly believes. Quoted in the The New York Sun publication, Gingrich: Free Speech Should Be Curtailed To Fight Terrorism Mr. Gingrich makes what he believes is a strong case for the curtailment of that same right.
"This is a serious, long-term war," the former speaker said, according an audio excerpt of his remarks made available yesterday by his office. "Either before we lose a city or, if we are truly stupid, after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us to stop them from recruiting people."

Newt, you are absolutely right! We, as a nation, should "break up their [your] capacity to use free speech" for the overthrow of this great nation and all that it stands for.

UP with Newt Gingrich!!! DOWN with Free Speech! Oh, wait, I just abdicated my right to say that...sorry. I retract everything.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

...and I told them you didn't like the 'bread component'!

Remember the old joke that starts out... "I saved your life. Jim and Joe were going to make you eat a ... sandwich..."

You do? Then you won't be at all surprised when you read this report on McDonalds Intellectual Property and the protection thereof.

McDonald's puts patent on sandwiches

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

McDonald's wants to own the rights to how a sandwich is made.

The fast-food chain has applied for a patent relating to the 'method and apparatus' used to prepare the snack.

The burger company says owning the 'intellectual property rights' would help its hot deli sandwiches look and taste the same at all of its restaurants.

It also wants to cut down on the time needed to put together a sandwich, thought to have been dreamt up by the Earl of Sandwich in 1762.

The 55-page patent, which has been filed in the US and Europe, covers the 'simultaneous toasting of a bread component'.

Garnishes of lettuce, onions and tomatoes, as well as salt, pepper and ketchup, are inserted into a cavity in a 'sandwich delivery tool'.

The 'bread component' is placed over the cavity and the assembly tool is inverted to tip out the contents. Finally, the filling is placed in the 'bread component'.

It explains: 'Often the sandwich filling is the source of the name of the sandwich; for example, ham sandwich.'

Lawrence Smith-Higgins, of the UK Patent Office, said: 'McDonald's or anyone else cannot get retrospective exclusive rights to making a sandwich.

'They might have a novel device, but it could be quite easy for someone to make a sandwich in a similar way without infringing their claims.'

McDonald's said: 'These applications are not intended to prevent anyone from using previous methods for making sandwiches.'

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