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    Sunday, April 26th, 2015
    7:38 pm
    My Unconscious Mind Should Go to Hollywood
    I've never had much interest in becoming a Hollywood producer, but my unconscious mind may have ambitions in that direction. I had an elaborate dream before waking up Saturday morning. I can't give a fully coherent account of it, but there was driving on the roads that led into a city, and there was some piece of electrical equipment in my hotel room. There was training to provide customer service by telephone to people who were having difficulties with their equipment. There was an sf convention where servers were carving elaborate cakes with long knives, perhaps sabers. Then I got to meet Sprague de Camp, who greeted me as someone he already knew. (In real life, I never met the gentleman.)

    But what really made this an odd and extraordinary dream was that there were credits at the end, with, for example, the woman drawing water from a well identified as played by such and such a person (no names that I can recall, but I got the impression of names at the time). I woke feeling refreshed and ready to face the day's activities.

    Could my sleeping mind pursue a career of its own while I work on patent applications?
    Saturday, April 25th, 2015
    12:33 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got three amendments this week, one regular, and two which showed up in my Expedited docket. I dealt with the first of my Expedited amendments, and with one of my older regular amendments, so I'm up to eleven amendments: nine regular, one Special, and one Expedited.

    I've been working on my Special New case; after that, I'll have to try to cram in my oldest Regular New case, the Expedited amendment, the oldest of my regular amendments, and if possible, my oldest RCE case.

    It keeps me off the streets.
    Monday, April 20th, 2015
    11:00 pm
    Weekend Trip
    I rented a car, and drove to Annapolis for lunch with my lady friend at an Indian restaurant. Then I proceeded to Philadelphia, and visited my mother. On Sunday, my sister came over, with her husband, child, and dog. Chelsea the Cavalier King Charles spaniel adores me; she doubtless remembers me as the cool uncle who brings her Tofurkey Italian sausage. The blonde girl is more a shy and standoffish child, although we do talk a bit.

    And now I'm back in the white collar salt mines.
    Saturday, April 18th, 2015
    12:39 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got four "amendments" this week: two actual amendments, and two Printer's Rush cSes which landed in my Expedited docket. I finished actions on the two Expedited cases, and on five of my older amendments, so I'm down to a total of ten amendments, one of which is Special Amended.

    No new cases done this week, but I will have to work on several next biweek. I have a Special New case, my oldest non-RCE Regular New, which I didn't work on this past biweek, and my oldest Request for Contninued Examination case on my Regular New docket.
    Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
    11:41 pm
    Crimes Against Humanity
    I do not often send people courteous letters accusing them of crimes against humanity, but I made an exception today, after Greenpeace sent me an appeal for funds with a no-postage-needed envelope. I addressed them as "Ladies and Gentlemen", and told them that while I share their goal of keeping our planet habitable, I disagree with their means, and believe that their opposition to Golden Rice (rice which is -- horrors! -- genetically modified to contain vitamin A, and thus save people from going blind from deficiency) made them guilty of crimes against humanity.

    I also stated that I admire the Koch brothers, whom their letter to me tried to demonize. Then I closed, "Your Most Humble and Obedient Servant," and included my full address after my signature and printed name.
    Sunday, April 12th, 2015
    11:38 pm
    Book Recommendations
    I made some notes weeks ago, and didn't get around to posting actual book recommendations, but I'll do it now.

    First, Tanya Huff andpuff has posted links on her blog to Third Time Lucky and Other Stories of the Most Powerful Wizard in the World, which can be read via Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or iBookstore. These stories are fluff, if you like, but they're high quality fluff. Magdelene is the most powerful wizard in the world, but she's also the laziest wizard in the world; she has no interest in ruling the world, just in basking in the sunshine, enjoying food, drink, and chosen male company, but when trouble from demons, thieves, or other bad guys compels her to get up and take action, she rises to the occasion.

    Matthew Joseph Harrington has written The Original Uncut Soul Survivor and Other Stories, available from Amazon Kindle as link, a collection of stories which I read a while back, and recommend. He has also written Godspawn, a novel which I bought, but haven't had time to read. I did start on it, and so far, it seems pretty good. His lady has had medical expenses, and while I wouldn't recommend crud on that account -- I might just give the cruddy writer some dough, and ask others to chip in as well -- I do think that that's an extra reason to make a book purchase or two.
    Saturday, April 11th, 2015
    12:44 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got two amendments this week, both of which landed on my Expedited docket; I completed Office Actions on both of them and on two of my oldest regular amendments, so I'm down to thirteen amendments, twelve Regular and one Special Amended.

    I also did an Office Action on my oldest Request for Continued Examination case. Next week, several more amendments, and then we'll see.
    Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
    11:59 pm
    Letter Published in Washington Post
    The Washington Post published a letter of mine today (Wednesday), editing it somewhat. Here's what they published:

    Raising taxes isn't a good strategy to help the District's homeless

    Mayor Muriel Bowser's (D) proposal to raise the District's sales tax to finance increased city services to fight homelessness is badly misplaced ["6% D.C. sales tax proposed," Metro, April 3]. Raising taxes leaves people, Including poor people, less able to afford housing, food and whatever else they need. And while emergency shelters and other services may have their place, they do not address the root causes of homelessness.

    We have property taxes on buildings, which punish the construction of housing. We have income and payroll taxes, which punish earning a living. We have sales taxes, which keep people fro spending their money on what they need. No wonder we have poverty and homelessness.

    If we instead taxed the value of land -- mot buildings -- we would not discourage the construction of housing; instead, we would make it unprofitable for speculators to hold land out of use and make people waste time and gasoline commuting past vacant lots. With more housing built when and where it was needed, we would have less urban sprawl and more, cheaper housing available. That would do more good than almost any other government effort to fight homelessness.

    Nicholas D. Rosen, Arlington

    I do wish they hadn't changed "Raising sales taxes leaves people" to "Raising taxes leaves people".
    Sunday, April 5th, 2015
    5:24 pm
    Georgist Conference in Newport Beach, Part Thirty-Eight
    After lunch on Thursday, July 10, we had a two o'clock session with Lindy Davies on "Georgist Education 3.0." Lindy began with a little history: 1.0: Louis F. Post devised the first red chart. 2.0: Henry George Schools came out with three courses in the mid-1950's, using Henry George's book and other materials. 3.0: now.

    Finding the middle way. We need to present teaching which (1) is logically consistent; (2) communicates the Georgist message without compromise or apology, and (3) speaks to today's concerns.

    Are certain services "labor"? Services can be provided by land or by capital. Henry George's definition of political economy includes the production and distribution of wealth, not services. Sometimes it's valuable to produce less stuff.

    Human progress is not just material progress. We should seek association in equality. Henry George is something of a guide to our current search for measurements of well-being beyond GNP.

    Part Two, capital theory. Dual distribution, quote from Progress and Poverty.

    The average wage is higher than the marginal wage.

    Capital as such makes no decisions; there is the same rate of return on actual capital. Apparent differences are therefore due to monopoly or risk. Economic profit (not accounting profit) is therefore due to labor.

    Isn't all rent on land economic profit? Lindy Davies would define it differently.

    To be continued.
    5:02 pm
    Happy Easter
    Happy Easter to my Christian friends!

    Appropriately, it's a pleasant Spring day, the forsythias are stunning yellow, and I've spotted cherry blossoms. (I saw flowers on another kind of tree yesterday, but not cherry trees, I don't think.)
    Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    1:17 am
    Amusing Item in Slate
    Slate has a piece by Jessica Roake on her seven point plan to survive Henry VIII, which I found good for a few smiles. If only Anne Boleyn or Catherine Howard had had transtemporal Web access!
    1:09 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got two amendments this week, and dealt with one, so I'm up to a total of fifteen amendments, fourteen regular and one Special Amended, which is actually a decision of the Board of Appeals affirming my rejections (except for one claim which I rejected under 35 U.S.C. 112, on the grounds that it's meaning was ambiguous, but which the Board found to be clear enough).

    I also did a first action rejection on my oldest Regular New case.

    This is the last weekend of the second quarter, and I'm happy to say that my level of production should enable me to keep my job and avoid any official warnings. I may even finish something else by Monday at 3:00 PM.
    Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
    11:28 pm
    Somalia, Anarchist Law, and Landownership
    There was an article in Reason that I read, and that a friend of mine also noted: Somalia Lived While Its Government Died. With all its problems, Somalia seems to have functioned better without an effective central government than with one. Its people fell back on traditional law, which is somewhat like the anarchist institutions proposed by Murray Rothbard and David Friedman. The book reviewer at Reason notes,"In a less Rothbardian touch, the largely nomadic, pastoral Somalis don't recognize true individual ownership of landed property."

    I comments to my friend that one problem I have with Murray Rothbard is that, besides explicitly excoriating Georgism, he denied the legitimacy of the state while accepting the validity of state-granted land titles. The stream can rise no higher than the source.
    11:16 pm
    April Fool's Day Celebration
    Today, I scratched off a Virginia lottery ticket in celebration of folly, but did not, sad to say, win anything.

    I also told a few people that Vice President Biddn had said something thoughtful, before announcing, "April Fools!"
    Saturday, March 28th, 2015
    12:41 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got three amendments this week, and I finished Office Actions on the two oldest amendments on my docket, so I'm now up to a total of fourteen amendments.

    I finished my oldest Regular New case just a few minutes before 3:00 PM Monday, in time to be counted for last biweek. This biweek, I did an Office Action on a Request for Continued Examination case on my Regular New docket, and I've started on my oldest Regular New (or one of them, the RCE case also being an "oldest").
    Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
    12:14 am
    Non-Posting Post
    There's stuff I want to post about, but by the time I'm done with other things, it's time and past time to get some sleep.
    Saturday, March 21st, 2015
    1:30 am
    Out to Dinner
    The lady with whom I had lunch last week came to dinner, picking me up at the Patent Office, and driving to Amma's Vegetarian Kitchen in Vienna. We ate dinner together, and then she drove me home.
    1:24 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got three amendments thus week, one of them Expedited, and I dealt with three amendments this week, the new Expedited one, a case on my Special Amended docket, and one of my oldest regular Amendments, so I'm back to thirteen amendments, all of these now being on my regular Amended docket.

    I also allowed one of the cases in my docket of Rejections. The attorney called, we hashed things out, and she authorized some changes to the claims which I made by Examiner's Amendment. I am now working on my oldest Regular New case, which I hope to finish by Monday at 3:00 PM.
    Monday, March 16th, 2015
    12:06 am
    Luncheon Date
    Saturday, I went out to lunch with a lady at the Ethiopic Restaurant in DC. It was a late lunch, so when we went to the National Gallery of Art afterward, we didn't have the chance to see vey much before their 5:00 PM closing time, but we did get to look at some of their Piero di Cosimo exhibit; my date had studied art history, so she was able to point out a few things to me.

    I'm hoping to go out with her again.
    Saturday, March 14th, 2015
    12:28 am
    The Red Queen's Race
    I got two amendments this week, one of which appeared on my Expedited docket. I finished Office Actions on two amendments this week, the Expedited one, and the oldest from my regular docket of amendments, so I'm back to a total of thirteen amendments.

    I finished an Office Action on one of my Regular New cases, although not, as I had hoped, before 3:00 PM Monday. Then I did an Office Action on a Request for Continued Examination case on my Regular New docket.

    I've been working on a Special Amended case, although I'm not finished with it.
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