Friday Bullet Points

  • I have found a new love in using superlatives and sweeping generalities in my everyday conversations, e.g. “That was the funniest joke anybody has ever said anytime.”
  • Today Jenks and I spontaneously bumrushed this post on Don’s blog. I encourage anyone with penchant for good times to add noise to the discussion.
  • I have decided that 80% of the field of biology can be described by a diagram in which PacMan is munching on a strand of something while excreting something. Unfortunately, the something on which he muches and the something he excretes matters a lot and must be memorized by graduate students in fields unrelated to PacMan biology.



  • I discovered Peanut Butter and Jelly RNA at lunch today (see Fig. above). Dibs on the patent and profits resulting from derived works.
  • I am going home this weekend, which means free laundry, going out to breakfast, and seeing my dog Zoey. Hooray!
  • I am officially calling “Shotgun” for any car ride with anybody for the rest of my life. Take that, other people. I am also voiding the rule that the car must be in sight to call “shotty” so that my eternal “Shotgun” is valid.

~ by wcuk on October 12, 2007.

4 Responses to “Friday Bullet Points”

  1. If you want a patent on the “Peanut Butter and Jelly RNA”, “dibs” won’t suffice. You’re going to need to go through the patent application process with the USPTO, which can be costly and time consuming.

    You must prove that the item consists of patentable subject matter (a process, machine, manufactured item, or composition of matter).

    Other prerequisites:

    Utility – this is going to be difficult to prove – must be useful, and provide actual, identifiable benefit.

    Novelty – which you may have a problem with – the invention must be new, not already patented or published, or publicly used in the US.

    Non-obviousness – another problematic element – the test is whether the differences between the invention and the prior art are such that the invention “would have been obvious at the time to a person having ordinary skill in the subject area.”

  2. Utility: Immediately after reading this post, I made myself a peanut butter and jelly RNA sandwich. It was delicious.

    Novelty: I had never heard of pbjRNA before, and I pride myself on familiarity with the entirety of humanity’s knowledge.

    Non-obviousness: Since when is it obvious to make a nutritious, tasty, and portable meal out of jelly, peanut-byproduct, and genetic material?

    “Mama C’s Patented PB&J RNA Sandwiches” FTW

  3. Touché, salesman.

  4. Guys, guys, let’s not forget that buried in the legalese and sandwiches of this world are the lives of real, decent people. We can talk about patents, we can talk about pb, we can talk about j, but we cant let our discussion stand between the people and the pbjRNA they deserve. It’s not about money or fame. It’s about love and sharing with our fellow man.

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