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  1. Michael Formanek -- the Rub and Spare Change Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green -- Apex
  2. I don't have all the details, of course, but it seems the only thing that has happened so far is that Nagra filed an opposition to Tanagra's trademark application covering its name in connection with CD sales and related business. It has nothing to do with the logos from what I can see. It is pretty standard practice for trademark holders to file oppositions to applications that might infringe on theirs to test the issue and to prove that they are protecting their rights. Sometimes, the trademark holder is really just trying to make sure the junior user of a potentially similar mark doesn't get rights to use a potentially confusingly similar mark in the same areas of commerce -- in order to prevent confusion and coexist. The applicant doesn't have to do much to respond to the opposition and the trademark office will make a ruling. I'm not sure how the trademark office will react but there is at least a colorable basis for the opposition. Without all the details, I think that the band's reaction is bizarre and unnecessary. The trademark office action is not decided and they make clear that Nagra had not even sent any kind of cease and desist demand. My cynical lawyer mind wonders whether the band is taking advantage of the situation to get some press, sell some CDs and shwag, and then maybe change their name while they have some notoriety. Regardless of the band's intentions, I don't think this case is similar at this point to Monster Cable vs. Blue Jeans but it could go there if the band doesn't cave and then Nagra overreaches.
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP Mr Lehrer.
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    RIP someone or another

    Sad news. As John Cleese said, "two down, four to go."
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    Amplifier porn

    Luxman integrated amp with built in moving coil phono stage For $2795 seems pretty sweet.
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    Happy Birthday Mike!

    I hope you can have a good time without hurting yourself, Mike (even more) Sr.! Cheers!
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP Brother Heath.
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    Which Cooking Are You?

    I made a huge pot of American Chop Suey, aka beef-a-roni for the football game yesterday.
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    Happy Birthday Adam (TMoney)

    Have a great one Adam! Cheers!
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    Post what you're watching

    Wtf? That looks goofy.
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    This morning there have been quite a few birds in the yard and especially in the bird bath where they have been splashing around in rain water. A few minutes ago I looked up because I heard a thud on the window and saw several birds streaking by. I went to the front door worried that one had hit the window. There was a little house finch laying on its side that was alive but stunned and maybe injured. Just as I put my hand on the doorknob to check it out, a small hawk -- probably of the short-shinned variety -- swooped down and flew off with the finch in its talons. It was very startling, but I'm assuming the finches had been fleeing the hawk in the first place. #WildKingdom
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP to Christopher Tolkien, the famous son of a more famous father, and Rocky Johnson, the famous father of a more famous son. Each of them brought me a lot of entertainment in my youth. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/01/16/books/christopher-tolkien-dead.amp.html https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/sports/rocky-johnson-dead.amp.html
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    Which Cooking Are You?

    Some similar ingredients but not Chana Masala. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019772-spiced-chickpea-stew-with-coconut-and-turmeric
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    Which Cooking Are You?

    'Tis the season for chickpea turmeric stew
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    Post what you're watching

    Rachel Maddow interviewing Lev Parnas. Compelling stuff.
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    Happy Birthday Grahame!

    Happy birthday Graeme! Cheers! 🥤
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    Happy Birthday Dr. John!

    Happy birthday Mack Daddy Doc! I hope your new years resolution is to hang out with us more this year! Cheers!
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    Neither the prior owner nor I had even opened the shrink wrap on this one. 😂
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    Very, very familiar with this one.
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    A Rush album I have owned for a few years but never sat down to listen to. RIP Neil
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP Buck Henry. Graduate, Get Smart, SNL, and much more. 🙁 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/buck-henry-graduate-screenwriter-who-co-created-get-smart-dies-at-89/2020/01/09/c133ffc0-3295-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html%3FoutputType%3Damp
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    Hippy B-day, Knucks!

    Happy birthday Knucklepimp! Cheers!
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    What are you listening to Part the Third

    A couple of albums for Wilco's favorites of 2019
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    RIP someone or another

    RIP Ron Nasty. 🙁