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Ser Knight Somerville

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  • Birthday 05/02/1949

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    Lebanon Township, New Jersey
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    Acoustic guitar, Amateur Radio, Canoe, Cessna, Coonhound, Filk music, GRRM, Ham Radio, Motorcycle, Private pilot, Railroad, SF, Marist High School, Bayonne, NJ Class of 1966
    ---Ken Brown, Knight of the Cheesesteak and City of Bayonne

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  1. Ser Knight Somerville

    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    Thank you for the notice! Coach ticket purchased.
  2. Ser Knight Somerville

    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    For what it's worth, my hotel reservation is to leave Dublin for Belfast on the 21st.
  3. Ser Knight Somerville


    Still a bunch of open slots. Volunteer before they are gone.
  4. Ser Knight Somerville

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Likely not since the FB page is very active. This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=brotherhood without banners%2Fsan jose 2018
  5. The incident took place not in Newark, the State's largest city, but rather in the NJ State Capitol, Trenton, 50 miles to the southwest of Newark. As others have posted, the incident was related to a gang dispute, and immediately followed several instances of persons engaging in fights. Shooting incidents are sadly common in Trenton. The person who died was shot by police, and had not only an illegal type of gun but had been released a few months ago from prison after incarceration for many years after conviction of murder and other crimes. A follow-up news report can be read here: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/trenton_shooting_suspected_gunman_killed_at_art_al.html#incart_most_shared-news
  6. Ser Knight Somerville

    European Union Copy Rights Article 13

    Not too many questions. In the USA, an entity registers the desired trademark with the federal administrative agency that administers the trademark process. That's the short answer. Here are the details, probably a lot more than most would want to know, at the federal government agency's site: https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics
  7. Ser Knight Somerville

    European Union Copy Rights Article 13

    I strongly suspect that the Disney lawsuit was based primarily on trademark, not copyright. Those are two different things. In the USA, unlike copyright, trademarks are of unlimited duration and can be lost by the trademark owner failing to enforce its rights. A classic law school example of this is the trampoline, i.e., the jumping device. "Trampoline" was the trademark of the original manufacturer and marketer of the device and others eventually began to use the term trampoline for their similar products. The trampoline trademark owner failed to take legal action for a long time and when it finally did litigate, was found by the courts to have lost the trademark due to inaction.
  8. Ser Knight Somerville

    Worldcon San Jose, California: August 16-20, 2018

    Dave, (and BEX) thanks for the heads up. :-) Just booked it. 12 places left. ---Ken
  9. Ser Knight Somerville

    Slug 'em back - Drinking Continues!

    Why, the "George R.R. Martini" of course. George's theater in Santa Fe, NM won the best Cocktail of the Year for 2018.   :-)  
  10. Ser Knight Somerville

    Screw the banks

    Advice from the State of New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance, the state regulator. http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_consumers/finance/consumeralert_servicecharge.htm
  11. Ser Knight Somerville

    Careerchat II

    Suggest that your CV reference state something along the lines of "Translated Chapters x,y, z in [name of publication] to expedite the work for the primary translator." Retain any proof of your efforts in the event a potential client or employer asks for additional details.
  12. Ser Knight Somerville


    Lurk ---> post. Great! Welcome!
  13. Ser Knight Somerville

    HBO Confirms 2019 for Final Season

    If the reports of April next year as the commencement of the final season are correct, about 40% of the wait has already elapsed. So it's getting closer by the day . . . Less than a year to go.
  14. Ser Knight Somerville

    HBO Confirms 2019 for Final Season

    I suspected that you would be interested. There are no other bids for Worldcon 2020 which will be voted upon by the members of this year's Worldcon in San Jose, California in August. I'll vote in favor. Given that NZ is so far unopposed it is a virtual certainty that it will be approved for 2020. See you there in 2020 I hope.
  15. Ser Knight Somerville


    Two dogs here. Jeffrey, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, is 12 years old and I adopted him from a person who rescued him in Georgia (USA) about 6 years ago. A local rescue group here in New Jersey arranged the transportation. Jeffrey's favoring ASOIAF quote is: "A bear there was, a bear, a bear! all black and brown, and covered with hair. The bear! The bear!" There are black bears in my neighborhood and when Jeffrey scents one he desperately wants to hunt it. Takes considerable effort to hold on to his leash. Only happens a few times a year, fortunately. The other dog I adopted a few months ago, "Muffet" about 2 years old, American English Coonhound a/k/a Redtick Coonhound. She has similar reactions to the scent of an animal, not sure what type, but I suspect that it is the fox that lives in the woods behind my house.