Weekly Rochester Events #442: Years of Continuous Settlement
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Last Thursday I headed to The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) to finally check out a meeting of The Inventor's Society of Western New York. I gathered that in some meetings, people discuss their inventions, but this one was rather boring and bleak. It was about their new website and about patent laws and such. Basically everything that sucks about knowing how to do things.
It made me not want to make things anymore. Well, not for public consumption anyway. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the patent attorneys are a racket that treat inventors like dogs: "jump through the hoops for us!" they say. Well screw you. I won't play your game where you say I need a patent to protect me — when in fact all it protects me from is someone else patenting my idea and preventing me from building what I invented.
I mean think about it: if I invent something useful for people and get a patent it, that means I can sue somebody else if they try and build the same thing. Of course, I have to prove that what they're building violates my patent, sinking my life savings into lawyers and hoping that I win and get my investment back. On the other hand, if I don't patent my invention and build it anyway, somebody else can sue me for the same kind of thing. They can even patent my own idea and sue me for it, leaving it up to me to prove that I invented it before them.
My solution for now is to write about how to make things. That way, people who have skills to make things will benefit from my inventions and everyone else will suffer their miserable lives without. Especially the patent lawyers and patent office and all their leeching pals.
But anyway, Ali and I stopped by the crew from Drinking Liberally at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) and picked up a pretty good dinner from The Pita Pit (311 Alexander St.) next door. It's always a good time hanging out drinking with people who think for themselves ... well, at least "think for themselves more often than average."
On Friday I went out to The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) to see Alejandro Jodorowsky's La moñtana sagrada (The Holy Mountain). What a wild friggin' movie. I don't know where to begin explaining it. For one thing, it's a non-stop barrage of visuals and acts like you've never seen. I've never been very good at picking up on metaphor and this film seems to leave the doors wide open for interpretation. I assume it was created from our romantic view of what dreams are like: that perfect world that makes sense only within the dream. In other words, the film spouts forth a seemingly endless supply of visceral, perfect dream imagery that — in the world of the movie — it is accepted without question and otherwise completely unexplained. The best part, though, is that the secret to eternal life is that it's just a movie. And then Ferris Bueller tells you to go home.
Saturday I had fun biking around to garage sales and getting some pretty good deals (on things I was actually looking for). That night Ali and I got together to go to Tapas One Seventy Seven (177 Saint Paul St.) for dinner. No special occasion — just that we had earmarked some money for one thing a while back that never came about so we planned to go have a nice dinner. And indeed it was! I had the ostrich steak which was great — even though it came out far rarer than "medium" (and our server was sharp enough to notice and offer to have it cooked more). The wine was great ... Ali's beef tenderloin was excellent ... the lemon cake dessert was excellent. All around great! [And pretty expensive.]
Sunday morning we followed a night of drinking with friends with a requisite trip to the diner. This time it was The Blue Horizon Restaurant (1174 Brooks Ave.) Although I stuck to a simple bacon-and-eggs breakfast, everything was very good and service was fast. [And not expensive.]
That afternoon we went to Ali's friend's house to pick up a couple kittens. The mother cat was killed by a car so the 6 kittens were fed by hand. One was to be hers to keep her other cat company and the other was for a friend of hers. Well, the tiger-faced gray kitten was okay but the solid gray one was a complete asshole. All it would do is to hiss and scratch. The tiger-faced one was okay, and once Ali got the asshole to her friend's farm, the tiger-faced one started warming up and looks like it'll become a good little cat.
Monday night I made it to The Little (240 East Ave.) to catch one entry in Little Foreign Film Festival: Starfish Hotel. I found it to be very well executed, but rather confusing and not all that unusual a story. Basically a guy is reading the horror novelist of the day and he starts really getting into the stories. Or maybe they're getting into him. I guess it's all about what's real and what's not — the idea that you can be one thing in one place and another elsewhere and maybe if you try hard enough, you can become completely unreal — although at a price.
On Tuesday night I got out to Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) to check out the music there. Starting off was Bending and Breaking which I ended up liking, but felt they're the kind of band that people would say is a "good jazz band" and, like other bands of that ilk, I had trouble staying interested in them. Well, after a while I warmed up to them, especially their more improvised pieces. Also there was Lemon Lime Tennis Shoes who are a really good ska-punk band. They felt out of place at a coffee shop, but I've noticed that Boulder's music choices are often bolder than expected. Oh, and the salad and smoothie I got were both quite good.
In case anyone's paying attention, I got out to do some more barefoot running. Last Thursday I went for a short run and although my calves were sore, they were at least sore in that "developing muscles" kind of way rather than "I think you really hurt yourself" way. On Monday I was out again, this time finally finishing a mile. I'm continuing to take it slowly because not getting injured is more important than running marathons by the end of the month.
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