Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

LJ is being weird for me today.

I really want to go home right now and work on stuff other than work. I've been doing this updated scratch document to try and get done for the 11:00 meeting tomorrow, and knowing it's gonna get scrammed during the meeting, I don't want to put in the GUI design stuff aside from some rudimentary pictures (i.e. no mapping, no state diagrams, etc.)

SAN JOSE, Calif. - It was a big enough bummer for Kenneth Affolter when he was sentenced to more than five years in prison for making pot-laced treats and soft drinks. Now he faces the wrath of a candy giant.

The Hershey Co. has sued Affolter, 40, for giving his marijuana goodies names like Stoney Rancher, Rasta Reese's and Keef Kat. Each came in packaging similar to Hershey's Jolly Rancher, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kat candies, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Hershey's suit, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in San Jose, accuses Affolter of trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition. The company is seeking $100,000 in damages.

Papers were served on Affolter on Tuesday while he was in a county jail awaiting transfer to state prison.

Affolter's lawyer, David M. Michael, said he was negotiating with Hershey.

Keef Kat? Awesome.

Think of it. This guy was making packaging for his goodies. Apparently in enough quantity that Hershey's is throwing down dilutionn of trademark. I have a hard time thinking that they can actually get any kind of serious court time: for one, the actual trademark was not violated except as a parody; second, the total volume of this guy's sales in comparison to the sales of Hershey's products can't be statistically out of the noise level. It's a political statement on Hershey's part, dressed as "aggressively protecting their trademark and intellectual property".

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A nude car wash offering an X-rated sideshow and topless cleaning in Australia's tropical Queensland state has been given the all-clear after police and officials said they were powerless to scrub it.

The Bubbles 'n' Babes car wash in Brisbane prompted a flood of complaints with a topless car wash for A$55 ($45) and a nude car wash with X-rated lap-dance service for A$100. "If it was approved for a car wash then I can't imagine how we can stop them," Lord Mayor Campbell Newman told a council meeting with worried local lawmakers.

Professional car washes have boomed in most cities with drought-stricken Australians banned from washing their own cars due to tough water restrictions.

Queensland police denied any cover-up in a state where their image has been dented by past accusations of police corruption and involvement with organized crime.

The raunchy wash, set up by a strip-club owner, was screened from the public and used recycled water to avoid breaching water use restrictions, they said.

"We don't want any traffic accidents caused by people looking at the girls instead of looking at the road," Superintendent Colin Campbell told local media.

Car wash and a lap dance? Dude, where's my car?


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