Hubris of human bees

About a year ago, I came across this post by Mandy Brown on the parable of the bees. A recent Radiolab podcast on the worth of intangible things (via Kottke) re-explored the story and exposed the dilemma of human solutions superseding natural solutions at a larger cost. A quick recap on the story: In the […]

NYS is working to increase minimum wage for tipped workers to $7.50

As a person who worked in the restaurant industry for more than a year, the specialty minimum wage of $5.00 was depressing. It was exacerbated by the tip sharing scheme (take for example a 20% tip provided by a customer: we would split that according to points or percentages to waiters, bus boys, runners, bartenders, […]

Mentioning your competitor in an ad does not constitute a trademark violation

Have you ever wondered why Super Bowl ads always call it “The Big Game” and not as it is? Arstechnica ran an interesting short on the fear-mongering by the NFL on trademark violations: Conventional wisdom is that advertisers are avoiding calling a Super Bowl a Super Bowl because they don’t want to infringe on the […]