Not a Fairy.

If I hear one more person say or refer to a “Fairy on top of the Christmas Tree” I will seriously kick off!!!

Its not a Fairy, its an Angel.

I don’t care if you are the most dyed-in-the-wool atheist, there is no excuse for deliberately trying to rewrite culture.

Have you ever been to California and visited Los Fairies?

Unless you believe in Fairies but not Angels there is no logic to it.

I’d suggest if the person makes the comment believes in neither, then their statement just becomes ignorant. They believe them both to be fictional characters.

Would it be acceptable for them to confuse other fictional characters?

Try talking to someone about Shakespeare and mention Macbeth’s speech “To be, or not to be…”

You would be branded an idiot for confusing fictional characters that have entered popular culture.

Regardless to whether you believe in Angels (or Fairies) its pretty stupid of you to confuse the two.

Happy Christmas.

-AS

Published in: on 12/13/2011 at 9:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Father Christmas and the Naughty List

Being an active parent has its moments.

Last week I asked my two young daughters if they knew what they were going to ask Father Christmas for.

Jasmine, my 3 year old said “I want a REAL dinosaur, one that will eat Daddy.”

Just when I thought things couldn’t get better my 5 year old daughter commented “Don’t be silly, dinosaurs aren’t real, ask for something Father Christmas could really bring you, like a Parrot!”

I told them straight that there are no Dinosaurs or Parrots at the North Pole.

Published in: on 12/09/2011 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Patent Trolls

A term that is currently banded around is that of “Patent Troll”.

The very term is divisive.

Do musicians who sue pirate mp3 services and people who sample or rip off their songs become Copyright Trolls?

Why is it considered different for a natural born engineer to own their intellectual property than for a musician or writer who automatically gets their copyright.

I am a design engineer, I have three patents and I have tried to license these technologies. If one of the companies I’ve shown this to then ┬ástart making these devices without license fees or giving me royalties or money (when I’ve spent time designing, and researching) is it not my right to sue them?

Let’s say, Hypothetically, I had designed a device at college. 10 years later a close proximity to that design turned up on a large IT companies portfolio of products, would I be a Troll to approach the company and suggest they are tramping on my bridge?

Let’s hear less about “Patent Trolls” and more about investment by businesses in young, upcoming engineers and inventors.

 

-AS

Published in: on 12/01/2011 at 11:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Patent Trolls

A term that is banded around a lot is that of “Patent Troll”.

Patent Trolling is a very divisive term.

Do musicians who sue pirate mp3 services and people who sample or rip off their songs become Copyright Trolls?

Why is it considered to be different for a natural born engineer to own their intellectual property whereas a musician or writer automatically gets copyright.

I am a design engineer, I have three patents and I have tried to license these technologies. If one of the companies I’ve shown this to decides to start making these devices without license fees or giving me money when I’ve spent time designing, and researching, is it not my right to sue them?

Let’s hear less about “Patent Trolls” and more about investment by businesses in young, upcomming engineers and inventors.

-AS

Published in: on 12/01/2011 at 11:34 pm  Leave a Comment