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  Maybe I should run a patent search on stringing tweets together in interesting patterns.  

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Patent Nonsense

As it turns out, everything in the world is made of tiny pieces we can’t see with the human eye, called “patent agreements.” — @bindr

How can Amazon patent one click purchase? I think bars invented this hundreds of years ago, it’s called a tab. — @phillryu

#ihavenotolerance for the Federal Gov’t saying cannabis has no medical value, when they own a patent that proves it is medical. — @cannabisstrains

#US grants #patent for submitting and evaluating electronic forms. In 2010. — @tha_sun

Looks like we won’t be needing a cat anymore: Apple secures patent on preventing headphone tangles. #apple — @vrokreddit2

Lodsys claiming “more games” section falls under their patent is just ridiculous. — @loadedwino

Hang on a minute. I knew IBM had a lot of patents, but they appear to have a 2007 patent on patent trolling. — @fastchicken

How “Patent Trolling” Taxes Innovation: 97% of patent infringement suits are settled before trial. — @freakonomics

#Android is in serious trouble after ITC judge finds #HTC in infringement of two very fundamental #Apple patents — @FOSSpatents

These tech-world patent-infringement lawsuits are starting to resemble the Mexican standoff at the end of Reservoir Dogs. — @nkolakowski

2011-2012 will be called as patent war years. Each vendor trying to override patents from others. That’s lawyers’ time. Creators on vacation. — @eldarmurtazin

Congress is on the verge of passing the first patent reforms in 60 years. — @IncMagazine

Patent Reform Stalled in the Senate Thanks to Debt Ceiling. — @ipwatchdog

When You Put It That Way just makes me want to tweet.

“Well, actually...” is a good way to identify jerks. Other identifying phrases: “Pro tip: ...” and “Uh, no.” — @petdance

Add “We realize you have many choices for” to other such unwelcome phrases as “We need some time apart” and “Mommy and Daddy love you, but.” — @BodyofBreen

I hate the phrase “We apologize for any inconvenience.” You know full well there is an inconvenience, please just acknowledge it. — @chrisjpowers

I’m not sure I’m on twitter for all this “replace word with duck” and “add in your pants” to film titles. — @codemonkeyism

I hate when people say “to coin a phrase” when they’re not. If you’re using a cliché, you’re not coining anything! :[ — @scyrene

I hate the phrase “maintain a web presence”. It sounds like a poltergeist. — @BruceLaBruce

I’ll Link to That

Jul 12, 2011: Happy 1st B’day to Neptune. Discovered in 1846, today marks 1 full orbit since the Sept 24th night it was found. — @neiltyson

Twitter, then called Twttr, opened to the public five years ago today [July 15]. — @twitter

“Pastafarian” wins religious freedom right to wear pasta strainer for driving license. — @marick

LOVE THIS. All the winners of the @google science fair are GIRLS!!!! h/t to @jomc — @jennydeluxe

Invokedynamic will lead to a rediscovery of dynamic languages on the JVM, and a new renaissance of dynlang implementations. — @headius

Awesome! Directions from Portland, OR to Tokyo, Japan, including “Kayak across the Pacific Ocean.”… — @rael

Mystery Train Sometime Have Loco Motive

The shuttle is taking a year’s worth of supplies to the ISS. There are no more shuttle missions. Who is manning the ISS? — @alancfrancis

Why would a company called Franco-American make Italian food? — @rit

Why does VanMorrison make me feel so happy? — @tottinge

Received a CSV without the commas. Guess it’s a *.v file? — @brynary

One thing worse than tests mysteriously failing, is when they mysteriously pass. — @david_harvey

Fan Tweets

Great issue of PragPub released today. “The Clojure Issue” — @redinger

So much about #clojure, I love you #pragpub.… — @blogytalky

Epic issue of the free & awesome PragPub magazine released today by the Pragmatic Programmers. The Clojure Issue. — @publicfarley

@pragpub It’s a great issue, would be good to see more language dedicated issues in the future! — @matty_jwilliams

This Clojure DSL article by Ambrose Bonnaire-Sergeant is absolutely top-notch. PragPub issue 25 — @chrishouser

@QualityFrog @AntonyMarcano :-) I was glad to find Michael Swaine at @pragpub and now reminded to find @JerryPournelle. & revisit @judell. — @ponderings

Jerry's here: — @pragpub

Enduring Truths

If you’re easily confused, you’ll never be bored. — @scarycookies

Whoever said “you can’t take it with you” clearly didn’t have a minivan. — @PragmaticAndy

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