aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Chef sues for IP theft
I don’t like it in other spheres, I don’t like it here. Sorry Rebecca:
Sometimes, Rebecca Charles wishes she were a little less influential.
She was, she asserts, the first chef in New York who took lobster rolls, fried clams and other sturdy utility players of New England seafood cookery and lifted them to all-star status on her menu. Since opening Pearl Oyster Bar in the West Village 10 years ago, she has ruefully watched the arrival of a string of restaurants she considers “knockoffs” of her own.
Yesterday she filed suit in Federal District Court in Manhattan against the latest and, she said, the most brazen of her imitators: Ed McFarland, chef and co-owner of Ed’s Lobster Bar in SoHo and her sous-chef at Pearl for six years. [...]
“I would say it’s a similar restaurant,” he said, “I would not say it’s a copy.”
Lawyers for Ms. Charles, 53, said that what Ed’s Lobster Bar had done amounted to theft of her intellectual property - the kind of claim more often seen in publishing and entertainment, or among giant restaurant chains protecting their brand.
In recent years, a handful of chefs and restaurateurs have invoked intellectual property concepts, including trademarks, patents and trade dress - the distinctive look and feel of a business - to defend their restaurants, their techniques and even their recipes, but most have stopped short of a courtroom. The Pearl Oyster Bar suit may be the most aggressive use of those concepts by the owner of a small restaurant. Some legal experts believe the number of cases will grow as chefs begin to think more like chief executives.
No bond for Genarlow Wilson
A Douglas County judge ruled Wednesday Genarlow Wilson is not eligible for bond in his child molestation case, a development that could keep Wilson behind bars for at least several more months pending an appeal.
Superior Court Judge David Emerson issued an order canceling a July 5 bond hearing for Wilson. He cited a state law that prohibits appeal bonds for people convicted of Wilson’s crime—aggravated child molestation—and who have been sentenced to five years or more in prison. Wilson is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.
Remember, the “molestation” was receiving oral sex from a girl 2 years his junior when he was underage himself.
LATER: More plea talk. Let me be clear on a couple of points…
1.) I don’t want the kid to cop to a felony. A felony conviction would mean no decent job for the rest of his life. Have you ever seen a job application that didn’t ask “have you ever been convicted of a felony?”
2.) Vague - no, even explicit - assurances of no sex offender registration are no damned good. In fact, let’s remember, the Georgia legislature has retroactively changed who must register before; they can do it again.
He has served his time and learned his lesson. Let him go free.
On Gaydar & female sexual orientation
New York Magazine ran a major look at Gaydar, the Science of Sexual Orientation last week.
Among the findings - gay men are more likely than straight men to have a counterclockwise “hair whorl” at the back of the head, an increased density of fingerprint ridges on the thumb and pinkie of the left hand, and an index finger longer than their ring finger.
Such differences are less distinct in women:
In many other studies, though, lesbians have appeared less unique than gay men, leading some people to wonder if their sexual orientation is innate. Michael Bailey-who, as a heterosexual researcher, is a minority in this field-even doubts the existence of female sexual orientation, if by orientation we mean a fundamental drive that defies our conscious choices. He bases this provocative gambit on a sexual-arousal study he and his students conducted. When shown pornographic videos, men have an undeniable response either to gay or straight images but not both, according to sensitive gauges attached to their genitals-it’s that binary. Female sexual response is more democratic, opaque, and unpredictable: Arousal itself is harder to track, and there is evidence that it defies easy categorization. “I don’t yet understand female partner choices very well, and neither does anyone else,” Bailey wrote me in an e-mail. “What I do think it’s time to do is admit that female sexuality looks in some ways very different from male sexuality, and that there is no clear analog in women of men’s directed sexual-arousal pattern, which I think is their sexual orientation. I am not sure that women don’t have a sexual orientation, but it is certainly unclear that they do.”
He contends that what they have instead is sexual preference-they might prefer sex with women, but something in their brains can still sizzle at the thought of men. Many feminist scholars agree with this assessment, and consider sexuality more of a fluid than an either-or proposition, but some don’t. “I think women do have orientations, but they don’t circumscribe the range of desires that women can experience to the same degree as men,” says Lisa Diamond, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, who is writing a book on the subject. “For women, there’s more wiggle room. You can think of orientation as defining a range of possible responses, and for women, it’s much broader.”
Bailey is a controversial figure in the LGBT community. He “has notoriously declared that true male bisexuality doesn’t exist and dismissed many transgender people as peculiar sexual fetishists.” The female sexual orientation observation is an intriguing one nonetheless.
RELATED: Can you tell whether someone’s gay just by the way he or she walks?
Visual Google News
Confronted with row upon row of (credited but uncaptioned) images, a user has to hover over them with the mouse and wait for the headline associated with that image to appear on a scrolling list of stories in a right-hand column.
It’s also possible to restrict the images to only those showing faces, something which has been possible on the old Google News site since late May. Google syas this is one of the first results of its acquisition of object recognition company Neven Vision.
The reminder that Google is working on recognising and rendering searchable the content of images is probably the most significant implication of this strange new feature in Google News.
It looks interesting, but isn’t the most user-friendly way to navigate a news site.
YouTube 10% of Internet traffic
And you thought YouTube was big before: A new report (PDF) by Ellacoya Networks shows that the Google-owned video site comprises a monster ten percent of all traffic on the Internet. Thanks to the video boom - HTTP traffic outpaced peer to peer traffic for the first time in four years. Granted, video is a bandwidth hog and takes a bigger chunk of the pipe than your average web page - but that is still an astounding number.
And here’s a report that says the number of people who create user generated content will more than double from 118m in 2006 to 238m in 2011.
Addicted to gaming
Among Melissa Lafsky’s FREAKest links yesterday:
In light of our recent discussion of Internet Addiction Disorder, let it be known that the London Free Press reports that U.S. doctors are lobbying to have video game addiction classified as a psychiatric disorder. Online Gamer’s Anonymous, meanwhile, is packed with postings from gamers seeking control of their habits.
From the comments:
Play video games for six hours a day? Addict.
Watch TV for six hours a day? Perfectly normal.