File this one under Internet Regret. You see, last year this link (that currently points to a puzzled duck) looked like this:
And the rest is History.
Ah, Memory Hole memories…
I’ll tell you, ONLY IN MARIN, ’cause only in Marin will you find the LifeFactory company, which makes those expensive, fashionable glass water bottles with silicone covers what are all the rage at the hot yoga the past few years. LF offers us “mobile glass solutions for modern life,” don’t you know.
That’s right, the Lifefactory ppl have US Patent 8579133 B2, Protective sleeves for containers. Check it:
You can see their press release below.
But come now the Ello and Zulu ppl to say, well, read what they have to say right here.
This story writes itself.
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1. Dear LF, what’s wrong with people buying Ello bottles at Costco #144 in SoMA for $7.49? (Oh, you’ll get an earful on that one, about how Ello sucks, which, you know, the pop-tops do seem a bit cheesy, but then again, everybody I know with the LF bottles complains about leaking caps, so there you go,)
2. And if your lawsuit is going so great, why is it that ppl can still buy Ello stuff in ‘Merica?
3. And Ello uses squares instead of circles (and Zulu uses a diamond pattern, I think), so what’s so wrong with that?
Enquiring Minds Want To Know.
I’ll tell you, nobody’s covered this one. This is your story.
This is the most accessible, local patent law case you will find. I’m srsly.
“SAUSALITO, Calif., July 21, 2014 — Lifefactory, Inc. (www.lifefactory.com), the leading provider of mobile glass solutions for modern life, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Leapfrog Product Development LLC, the manufacturer of the Ello and Zulu water bottle lines, for offering for sale, selling, and distributing reusable glass bottles with protective silicone sleeves in violation of Lifefactory’s patent. The company’s lawsuit alleges infringement of Utility Patent No. 8,579,133, which covers Lifefactory’s innovative sleeves and wraps for protecting containers.
The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court, Northern District of California, represents Lifefactory’s dedication to protecting its brand while issuing a warning to others attempting to or planning to infringe on its innovations. The lawsuit is the largest and most significant to date brought by Lifefactory, and is part of the company’s ongoing proactive efforts to combat the unlawful production, distribution, and sale of products that infringe on its valuable intellectual property rights.
“Lifefactory’s patent portfolio represents years of hard work and showcases our commitment to innovation on behalf of our customers,” said Roy Mabrey, C.O.O. of Lifefactory, Inc. “Putting our utility patent into full effect will allow our retail partners and consumers to be able to purchase high-quality products they can trust without confusion.”
Lifefactory has been awarded numerous design and utility patents and has additional patents pending in the U.S. and internationally. For additional information, please visit www.lifefactory.com/ip.
ABOUT LIFEFACTORY, INC.
Lifefactory is the leading provider of mobile glass solutions for modern life. The Company brings the purity of glass, the protection of silicone, and the power of color to a full line of products designed for healthy families. Lifefactory’s materials are free of all known harmful substances including BPA/BPS and phthalates. All components are made in North America andEurope. All products are dishwasher safe. The Company is privately held and headquartered in Sausalito, CA.
SOURCE Lifefactory, Inc.”
I don’t know. Some consultant came up with 10 MPH a few years back, but that idea wasn’t good for business, or something like that.
Now here’s a sign that tells you how fast you’re going, anyway:
Sometimes, I just don’t know…
Brace yourselves, Liberty Hill, brace yourselves, Castro / Noe Valley. Here’s what could be in store for you:
“Applicant: Stephen Fowler – 38 Liberty Street (3608/044A); Project Review meeting to discuss the following: Property is part of the Liberty Hill Historic District. Applicant would like to raise building, add a garage, and add a vertical and horizontal additions as well as restore Victorian facade. Applicant is requesting a preservation and environmental planner.”
Hey, didn’t Stephen Fowler just wear out his welcome in Noe Valley just a few years ago, before decamping to the ‘burbs of Marin? I think so. Remember that whole deal, when the denizens of Noe went down to City Hall to argue with the San Francisco Wife Swapper et ux. It was a fiasco. Hey, remember when octogenarian Mr. Hanamura, who got “evicted” in World War II, as a Japanese American, had somebody drop a dime on him to SFGov to get him out of his illegal in-law unit? (Hey, who made that call, I wonder.)
And then up in Marin, there was the Tree Topping Issue, but I won’t get into that.
All right, I’ll show my “work.”
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And look, does he still want to “restore” the front – a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down? IDK.
Who knows what’s in store…
Anyway, that’s the update on our infamous Wife Swapper / House Flipper / attemptive Victorian Lifter
Check it out:
1. Hey, SF County has a “powerful bicycle lobby” as well – so let’s take a look, paragraph by paragraph. I should say though, that if I were running things bike-wise in Marin, I prolly wouldn’t listen to Dick Spotswood at all.
2. I’ll bet you the Marin County real estate industry, for instance, has lobbyists more effective than the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s, to keep things in perspective.
3. So DS is promoting a “silent majority” argument against a minority of a minority? OK fine, but it sounds like he’s mad at just a small number of bikers. And what’s this – “self-righteous on-the-road arrogance?” We have a bit of that on our side of The Bridge also.
4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Well, I didn’t know all that stuff. San Francisco County Supervisors don’t really have to worry about people coming after them for excessive bike advocacy, so this makes Marin seem a lot different than SF. I’ll tell you, riding through a smelly old train tunnel sounds like something worth trying, once or twice anyway. (I could go either way on whether opening these tunnels makes sense, cost benefit-wise – I don’t know much about them.)
9, 10. Charging people for walking or riding across the GGB is a real non-starter, like something that’s never going to happen ever again. (Actually, I wouldn’t mind if the state of CA rolled governance of the GGB into the BATA and then cast Golden Gate Transit out, leaving Marin County to pay for Marin County’s transit system. JMO.)
11. “Biker-anarchist Critical Mass” isn’t all that much these days and it doesn’t operate “most Fridays,” just some Fridays, just once a month, actually.
12. My understanding is that “bicycles are generally restricted from narrow, single-track trails” on Mt Tam, but perhaps some trails have been opened up recently? IDK.
13. What’s this, the Marin bike movement was “hijacked by big-time developers and their regional alphabet agencies’ allies.” Wow, yes, the same thing happened in SF over the past quarter-century – this is the era of the “urbanst,” indeed.
14. We have a similar dynamic in SF, but it’d be hard to imagine bike advocacy ever being a “ballot box negative” down here.
15. Oh, at long last, the TO BE SURE graf! Finally, all the way at the bottom. Hurrah!
16, 17. Oh, and now come the bromides for the bike movement of Marin. IDK, if I had a lot of time and not much money, I’d get my buds to pack into political meetings as well.
All right, that’s it.
(Oh, I’ll add that the membership at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition appears to have dropped something close to 20% from the high of a few years back. The SFBC has been captured by SFGov, so these days it pays more heed to whichever Mayor is in currently in office than its remaining membership. JMO.)
Well, this is news to me.
All the Feds want to do is kill off the mice of the Farallones and San Francisco is standing in the way?
Check out how our Federales scored a “rip-roaring conservation success” exterminating vermin up in Alaska at Hawadex Island, which was known for centuries as “Rat Island.”
I’ll tell you, I can’t name any of the “visionary policies and innovative programs” created by SF Environment that Director Deborah Raphael boasts of.
Can you, Gentle Reader?
One down, a million to go – here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.
Here’s Rivera during last week’s Storm of the Month, which, Ocean Beach surfing-wise, was much better than average – hundreds of surfers were on the wet side of the Great Highway on this day:
Well, forget all that:
Seas from the developing system will combine with the distant swell and build to 15-18 feet. Mavericks at Half Moon Bay is likely to see some of the largest waves reaching as high as 27 feet during high tide. Stinson Beach and Ocean Beach could see 11 to 18-foot waves. High tide on Wednesday will be at 2 a.m. and 12:38 a.m., Thursday at 2:40 a.m. and 1:12 p.m., and Friday at 3:19 a.m. and 2:02 p.m.