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Jessica Chesher

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  Happy Halloween from all of us at the Innovation e-Review!! 

Since we are hedonists at heart and, err, elsewhere, the Halloween edition of the Innovation e-Review is all treats, all the time.  We think there is enough trickery in this world, and we don't need to add to the fray.  We have bad puns, jokes that may be half a bubble off, silly rewrites and popular cultur references galore, but no tricks.  We figure that life hands all of us enough tricks, certainly don't need any from us.  Frankly, we're pleased you've even gotten this far, and your reward is treats, nothing but treats, so enjoy.

Harvest time in the Northeast always evokes those time honored images of red, ripe apples, burnished orange pumpkins, corn stalks, bins of acorn squash and all that crisp country air.  Speaking personally though, this year it evokes images of tract hoes, concrete forms and money, lots and lots of money (relatively speaking, of course).  Yes, it’s true, after two years of living in a kind-of, sort-of insulated “camp” (Northern New York vernacular for a summer cottage), we’re building a house.  Now building a house is an interesting proposition, and I’m sure there are people who are able to do it without breaking a sweat, but, not unsurprisingly, I’m not one of them.  And this is not just any home, nope, it’s, in the language of the Internet home building forums (our second home, if you will), our “forever home”.  In our case the “forever” part is twofold: first, we have a beautiful piece of land and we’re building a home of our own design.  Second, and most importantly, after we build this puppy we’re not going to have enough money to move, even if we wanted to, so “forever home” is not that far off!

And I should beg your forgiveness right now, for this home building stuff has really turned my brain to mush.  I’m not the brightest bulb in the marquee on any day of the week (at best I’m the flickering one, not out, but not bright, either), but I am afflicted with confidence.  I’m one of those annoying people who say “Hey, sure, I can do _____ (fill-in-the-blank), how hard could it be?”  Insufficient brain power + confidence = decisions like designing your own home.  But since the old camp is gone, the hole is dug and the forms are poured (all on three of the worst autumn days you can imagine), it’s a bit late for lamenting.  

Let’s get back to throwing myself on the mercy of the readership.  In any event, I really am distracted more than usual (yes, go ahead, groan, I deserve it) but our genius 3L law students have come to rescue me, for this month we have articles by both Husna Lapidus and Dana Miller.  Husna has provided us with a great article on the history of Wikipedia, and, great gal that she is, even tied a “Harvest” theme into it.  Dana brings us her second article on Intellectual Property 101 with the first part of a two-part article on copyrights.  At our request, Dana has gone into a lot of detail on the subject at hand, and we’re sure that you will find it useful and interesting.  Jeong Oh is writing on New York State Venture Capital Programs and you’ll find several of my usual attempts at infotainment.

Keep an eye on your inbox, for next month we’ll have our Second Annual High-tech Holiday Gift Guide, which you might find useful, because we have actual young people who know and use the technologies doing the research.  We will cover the usual suspects like the iPod and latest mobile innovations, but we’re open to suggestions.  For instance, a person to whom I am close is pestering me to have the techies review home theatre options and innovations because the television decisions (and let’s be honest, remote holding) are his responsibility.  Color and design decisions are mine, but I don’t take television seriously enough to have responsibility for our video entertainment choices.

We'll leave you with our sincere wishes for a Happy Halloween, a whole lot of treats, probably of the sugary nature, and a little song.  I've heard that childhood memories become more vivid and "real" as we age, and I certainly hope that's true, for I don't seem to have much in the 1960's and 1970's memory banks.  Then this weekend we had a major windstorm at my house, and the leaves were a-flying everywhere and a Halloween tune we used to sing in Girl Scouts came back to me as clear as day.  Egads, yet another sign of aging...

Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly
Like witches on switches across the sky
When elf and sprite flit through the night
On a mooooooony sheen
It's Halloweeeeen...

Until next month, have lots of fun, take good care and be thankful I don't know any Thanksgiving songs...



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