There is a common saying that whenever you are presented with a problem or a challenge, you should turn it into an opportunity. Some of the people who have mastered this concept are; the United States Government, Large Corporations, Self Made Millionaires.

Was Y2K really a threat? Loot at all the companies that made a fortune helping you to become Y2K compliant. When it came right down to the wire nothing happened according to the predictions, we all remained on the Internet, our computers did not crash.

Michelangelo virus was yet another example; mass devastation was forecasted, yet few really got hit with the virus, but the software companies raked it in with increased sales for anti virus software to consumers in a panic.

The latest is the creation of email postage, as ridiculous as this concept sounds this is just yet another example of big corporations coming up with more and more ways to get the American public to bow to control. The general idea behind this is to charge email marketers postage on each email sent out. The bill died pretty quickly but now we have yet another bill called the Can/Spam Act just enacted. With this for an email marketer it would mean exorbitant rates just to have the privilege of reaching their recipients. Who is behind this? The answer should be obvious; it is big corporations like Microsoft and AOL. I believe Microsoft is charging approximately a $1400.00 licensing fee to email marketers if they wish to be able to deliver their advertisements with MSN or Hotmail email addresses.

If that is not bad enough check out the latest with Identity Theft issues. It seems as though because of the problem being so huge, Credit card companies are now offering Identity Theft protection, yes you can get insurance now incase your identity is stolen, which of course you must pay for. Lets look at this concept for a minute, if you dont want to lose a bundle getting hit by an ID thief and you cannot be guaranteed your information will stay private, though the Privacy Act demands it, you must pay for protection.

When you sign up for an account with a Credit Card company and have to give them your personal information, they are supposed to protect that information from leaking out to those who could use it against you. What is even worse is when it really does happen, it involves so many innocent people not just one, that law enforcement officers tend to misunderstand what is really going on and tend to re-victimize innocent victims. In some recent cases Victims have actually been accused of crimes themselves and had to defend themselves against judicial systems that are failing to recognize the problem for what it is. They are falsely accused and jailed in some cases for crimes they did not commit, all because a thief took it upon himself to wreak havoc on one persons life.

The character in Mel Gibsons Conspiracy Theory would have a field day with this information. So herein lies the proof that every situation has potential to be turned into opportunity given the right attention be paid, and the drive take the steps to make it happen.

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“Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent . . ..” – 35 U.S.C. § 101

The above excerpt of § 101 is the basis of patent law in the U.S. With the exception of a small modification in 1952, § 101 has remained virtually unchanged since written by Thomas Jefferson. Until recent times, the statute gathered little attention. However, with the addition of software and business method patents in the 1980’s, the statute has been the subject of dispute. Until about 1981, the U.S. Patent Office held that steps performed by a computer were unpatentable under at least § 101. However, in Diamond v. Diehr, 450 U.S. 175 (1981), the Supreme Court overruled the Patent Office and held that, though an algorithm and the like are abstract and unpatentable, the fact that an otherwise patentable process is carried out on a computer does not make it unpatentable.

As a result, to this day, software and business method patents are often written in a roundabout manner. For example, Einstein could not patent his famous E=MC2 formula because this is considered an abstract law of nature. However, claim a method of determining the mass of an object based on measurements of light passing through the object, and you have probably at least overcome § 101.

If the difference between the first and second example seem fuzzy, it is because it is. A patent is nothing less than the creation of a property right from an intangible concept, and it is no easy task to define the boundary of an intangible right. King Solomon said, “. . . that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Yet, the Supreme Court famously ruled, “anything new under the sun made by man” is patentable. Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303, 309 (1980), quoting S.Rep.No 1979, 82d Cong., 2d Sess., 5 (1952).

For the past 30 years, the Patent Office and the courts have defined and redefined the difference between a patentable process and an abstract concept. No test has ever stood the test of time. A colleague of mine filed a patent we both knew the Patent Office was likely to reject under § 101. He retorted, “Who knows what the law will be in three years when the Patent Office finally examines this application?”

One of the presently used tests was stated by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in State Street Bank & Trust Co. Here, it was found that an idea is patentable if it produces a useful, concrete and tangible result. State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, 149 F.3d 1368 (Fed. Cir. Jul. 23, 1998). However in 2006 Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito noted, “this Court has never made such a statement and, if taken literally, the statement would cover instances where this Court has held the contrary. ” Lab Corp. v. Metabolite, 548 U.S. ___ (2006) (referring to O’Reilly v. Morse, 15 How. 62 (1854) for Morse code).

Meanwhile, while the U.S. Patent Office’s Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (2005) generally follow the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent Office Appeals Board in Bilski distinguished State Street, as only applying to “machine implemented” processes (contradicting State Street itself). The decision, complete with an excerpt from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, is nothing less than a demand that the Federal Circuit’s test be overturned, perhaps, in a bid to decrease that Patent Office’s seven-year backlog for business method patent applications. The Supreme Court may agree.

The Bilski opinion is in the process of being heard en banc at the Federal Circuit, but the issue over whether to draw the line between a man-made discovery versus an abstract concept will likely remain a controversy for a long time to come.

Michael J. Feigin, Esq. is a Patent & Trademark Attorney and can be reached via his website at or

You are a struggling entrepreneur and sometimes it feels like you are pushing a 3 ton boulder up a steep hill. Costs keep mounting and you are considering giving up. Well before you do, check out these 10 setbacks that Walt Disney had, some were financial nightmares that put him millions of dollars in the red:

1) Walt formed his first animation company in Kansas City in 1921. He made a deal with a distribution company in New York, in which he would ship them his cartoons and get paid six months down the road. Flushed with success, he began to experiment with new storytelling techniques, his costs went up and then the distributor went bankrupt. He was forced to dissolve his company and at one point could not pay his rent and was surviving by eating dog food.

2) Walt created a mildly successful cartoon character in 1926 called Oswald the Rabbit. When he tried to negotiate with his distributor, Universal Studios, for better rates for each cartoon, he was informed that Universal had obtained ownership of the Oswald character and they had hired Disney’s artists out from under him.

3) When Walt tried to get MGM studios to distribute Mickey Mouse in 1927 he was told that the idea would never work– a giant mouse on the screen would terrify women.

4) The Three Little Pigs was rejected by distributors in 1933 because it only had four characters, it was felt at that time that cartoons should have as many figures on the screen as possible. It later became very successful and played at one theater so long that the poster outside featured the pigs with long white beards.

5) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was sneak previewed to College Students in 1937 who left halfway during the film causing Disney great despair. It turned out the students had to leave early because of dorm curfew.

6) Pinocchio in 1940 became extra expensive because Walt shut down the production to make the puppet more sympathetic than the lying juvenile delinquent as presented in the original Carlo Collodi story. He also resurrected a minor character, an unnamed cricket who tried to tell Pinocchio the difference between right and wrong until the puppet killed him with the mallet. Excited by the development of Jiminy Cricket plus the revamped, misguided rather than rotten Pinocchio, Walt poured extra money into the film’s special effects and it ended up losing a million dollars in it’s first release.

7) For the premiere of Pinocchio Walt hired 11 midgets, dressed them up like the little puppet and put them on top of Radio City Music Hall in New York with a full day’s supply of food and wine. The idea was they would wave hello to the little children entering into the theater. By the middle of the hot afternoon, there were 11 drunken naked midgets running around the top of the marquee, screaming obscenities at the crowd below. The most embarrassed people were the police who had to climb up ladders and take the little fellows off in pillowcases.

8) Walt never lived to see Fantasia become a success. 1940 audiences were put off by it’s lack of a story. Also the final scene, The Night On Bald Mountain sequence with the devil damning the souls of the dead, was considered unfit for children.

9) In 1942, Walt was in attendance for the premiere of Bambi. In the dramatic scene where Bambi’s mother died, Bambi was shown wandering through the meadow shouting,” Mother! Where are you, Mother?” A teenage girl seated in the balcony shouted out, ” Here I am Bambi!” The audience broke into laughter except for the red-faced Walt who concluded correctly that war-time was not the best time to release a film about the love-life of a deer.

10) The sentimental Pollyanna in 1960 made Walt cry at the studio screening but failed at the box office. Walt concluded that the title was off-putting for young boys.

Walt was human, he suffered through many fits of anger and depression through his many trials. Yet he learned from each setback, and continued to take even bigger risks which combined with the wisdom that experiencing failure can provide, led to fabulous financial rewards.

Stephen Schochet is the author and narrator of the audiobooks Fascinating Walt Disney and Tales Of Hollywood. The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says,” these two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining.” Hear realaudio samples of these great, unique gifts at

Lake Baringo accommodations include guest houses, Lake Baringo camps, Lake Baringo lodges, Lake Baringo vacation rentals. Lake Baringo has luxury top end lodges and camps and also Lake Baringo budget hotels, camps and campsites.

Sleeping places in Lake Baringo

Budget and Midrange Lake Baringo accommodation

Roberts Camp (Camping Kshs 350, bandas s\tw with shared bathroom Kshs 1000\2000, 4-person cottages Kshs 5000). Easily spotted off Kampi ya Samaki’s main drag, next to Lake Baringo Club is this fantastic site. It is right on the lake and offers great camping facilities, comfortable cottages as well as an open air restaurant\bar.

They also rent four person tents with bedding for Kshs 850 per person (including camping fees) and there are even shared cooking facilities for self-caterers. If the odd bat doesn’t bother you the wooden hammer kop cottage with it massive deck, large loft and airy ambiance is the most atmospheric place for a snooze.

Campers need to exercise some common sense about the hippos’ which may graze within just a meter of your tent at night. Ideally you should stay at least 20metres away from them if you can especially if they have young ones and don’t frighten them with headlights, torches (flashlights), loud noises or flash photography. No one has been seriously injured by a hippo in almost 15 years but some readers have had decidedly close calls! Remember that they are wild animals and should be treated with respect.

Bahari Lodge and Hotel

(Kampi ya Samaki, s\tw with shared bathroom Kshs 200\400) bahari is popular with the drivers of safari vehicles, which is generally a good sign! The rooms are a little shabby but they are ok. The toilets are rather odoriferous.

Weavers Lodge

(Kampi ya Samaki, s\tw Kshs 350\700) Down a rocky alley of the towns main drag, Weavers has good sized rooms that come with fans, mosquito nets and comfortable beds; sadly toilet paper, soap and hot water are often lacking and a constant loud music from the bar can be a pain.

Lake View Lodge

(With shared bathroom Kshs 100) Think prison cellblock with distorted lake views. Although crude the rooms are quiet clean. The loos are outside and a little rough.

Top Luxury lake Baringo hotels, lodges and camps

Lake Baringo Club

(Kampi ya Samaki, High season and Nov-mid Dec; full board s\d USD$ 120\150, mid Dec- May and July to October USD$ 150\180.)

Set in sprawling lakeside gardens, this is a grand old place. The rooms are pleasant if uninspired, with angled wooden ceilings, comfortable beds, wee terraces and linoleum floors. Facilities include a swimming pool, games room badminton court and library, and are open to non guests for Kshs 200. There is a nightly slide show featuring beautiful birds sighted around Lake Baringo.

Island Camp Baringo

(Full board s\d USD$ 220\295) This luxury tented lodge site seats on Kokwe Islands southern tree, and it takes a perfect hide away. It is beautifully convinced with 23 double tents set among flowering trees all over looking the lake. Facilities include two bars and water sports equipment. Prices include transfers from town.

Samatian Lodge Baringo

(Kampi ya Samaki; full board s\d USD$ 255\510) For a truly exclusive experience this is the place to be the three chalets on this island are rented as a unit and hefty price tag is worth it for the glorious isolation. Transfers from Kampi ya Samaki are included.

Soi Safari Lodge Baringo

(Kampi ya Samaki s\tw USD$ 60\80) Strangely this new lodge owned by ex-president Moi’s son thought the parking lot should have the lake views instead of the rooms- so sad but so true. Rooms are bland and the place has zero ambiences. Air con is its only redeeming feature.

Eating and Drinking in Baringo

Thirsty Goat

(Roberts Camp; Kampi ya Samaki; meals Kshs 300-450). This lovely open air restaurant and bar serves a welcome variety of foreign fare. It’s a bit pricey, but when your nose gets a whiff of the Moroccan meatballs, your taste buds will step on your whingeing wallets tongue.

Lake Baringo Club

(Kampi ya Samaki, lunch\dinner buffets Kshs 1300\1460, mains Kshs 300-700) as you would hope for this price the food is mostly excellent. While you may shed a tear paying Kshs 120 for a large tusker, one sip of it on the shady terrace or lakeside lawn and you will soon be laughing again.

Bahari lodge and Hotel

(Meals kshs 150- 200) Of Kampi ya Samaki’s few remaining local restaurants, this is the best place for cheap stodge.

Self caterers should keep in mind that while some foodstuffs may be available at Roberts’ camp, fresh vegetables and fruits are generally in short supply, and there is only a very limited stock available in Kampi ya Samaki. Bring much of what you need- Marigat usually has a good selection

About the Author

Robert is a tour expert in East Africa Kenya travel. He is a director of a Kenya tour operator company and degreed in tourism management. For more Blah on Kenya tourism see:

The Ford Motor Co. announced last Friday the new 2008 Mustang with Warriors in Pink package – a limited production of 2,500 vehicles in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The limited edition Mustang is produced in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

The new Mustang is the first-ever vehicle from the automaker to be designed exclusively in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Now on its 13th year of support, Ford has dedicated more than $90 million in cash and in-kind donations to help save lives and fight breast cancer.

The Ford Mustang is one of the greatest milestones in the auto industry’s success stories of all time. Nearly one out of every two sports cars sold in America is a Mustang, and the vehicle remains one of the hottest selling road machines in America. Mustang is also America’s best selling convertible. Launched in 2006, the Ford Warriors in Pink campaign stresses courage and power in dealing with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer. The Warriors in Pink collection of apparel for men and women feature important symbols signifying the message of hope, strength and unity in the commitment to the fight against breast cancer.

The Mustang with Warriors in Pink package will add a pink ribbon and Pony fender badge, a pink Mustang rocker tape striping, charcoal leather seats with pink stitching, an aluminum-spoke steering wheel with pink stitching and charcoal floormats with pink ribbon. This is in addition to trusted auto parts consisting of Ford Mustang tire chain, engines, suspension, radiator, and more.

“Ford has been a long-standing supporter of Komen for the Cure and this year we’ve designed a special product to help raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer,” said Connie Fontaine, the Ford Customer Experience Manager. “For the 2007 campaign, Ford truly breaks the mold by creating the first-ever Ford 2008 Mustang with Warriors in Pink package to support Komen for the Cure. With the addition of the new Mustang to Ford’s already powerful line of Warriors in Pink gear available at, we plan to have yet another successful year as we provide our support in the fight against breast cancer.”

For this year, the automaker offers more options including a DVD-Based GPS Navigation System made by Pioneer, heated seats, power passenger seats, revised interior colors, and the Sirius satellite radio. The GT Appearance Package made its debut in 2007 as well. This package adds a non-functional hood scoop, bright rolled exhaust tips and an engine cover featuring the pony emblem.

The new Mustang, fueled by the Warrior spirit, will be delivered to dealers in mid-summer. The automaker’s goal is to donate more than half a million dollars through sales of the new Mustangs in addition to other fundraising efforts. The money shall be used by the organization to disseminate information and to help breast cancer patients. To stress, about ten million women around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years without the right cure.

Three new Warrior symbols debut this year, representing the Warrior spirit in each one of us – from power and courage to strength and compassion. These new symbols will be found on additional apparel items available for men, women and children. All apparel is available on and 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to Komen for the Cure. More than $1 million of merchandise were sold in 2006.

The limited edition 2008 Mustang with Warriors in Pink package is currently available for consumers to pre-order through their local Ford dealers. The Mustangs, fueled by the Warrior spirit, will be delivered to dealerships in the mid-summer.

Available on the V-6 Premium Array Coupe or Convertible models, the Mustang with Warriors in Pink package will add a pink ribbon and Pony fender badge, pink Mustang rocker tape striping, charcoal leather seats with pink stitching, an aluminum-spoke steering wheel with pink stitching and charcoal floormats with pink ribbon and contrast stitching. The Mustang with Warriors in Pink package, which includes the Mustang Pony package, will be available in three colors to please the spirits of all Warriors – black, metallic silver and performance white.

About the Author

Anthony Fontanelle is a 35-year-old automotive buff who grew up in the Windy City. He does freelance work for an automotive magazine when he is not busy customizing cars in his shop.

Chicago Spire creator Santiago Calatrava isn’t just a world-renowned architect-he is an artiste. The buildings he designs are incredible feats of form and structure, often more like sculpture than places for people to live. Even if no one ever lived in them, they would be an asset to the cities in which they have been erected. People would come from around the world just to see what he had done. But people do want to live in them. To say that one lives in a Calatrava, like the Chicago Spire, is to say one has finally arrived.

Calatrava is the lead architect and engineer behind the Chicago Spire, which is set to be the tallest building in the U.S., to be located at 420 East North Water Street and 400 North Lake Shore Drive. At 2,000 feet, this building is going to be a supertower. Some people call the Chicago Spire simply a “statue.” They say this as though it is a bad thing. Perhaps they think that highrises should be ugly.

Why shouldn’t a highrise like the Chicago Spire be the result of artistic inspiration, as this one has? Calatrava himself compares the shape of the Chicago Spire to that of a column of smoke from a Native American campfire.

Calatrava is a superstar among architects. That means living in a building like the Chicago Spire carries with it a great deal of prestige. After all, this is the man who designed the Milwaukee Art Museum.

The Chicago Spire is an environment-altering structure, an attraction in its own right. Never mind that people will pay good money to live there-people will come from miles around, perhaps even from other countries, simply to see it. After all, how many buildings have you ever seen that twists like a giant unicorn’s horn? How many buildings can be called the “hottest project in Chicago”?

The Chicago Spire has been the hottest project in Chicago since the plans were first unveiled. At that time, eight hundred people contacted developers to ask about reserving condos for themselves. June 2007 is when groundbreaking should begin. The building is set to be finished in 2010.

It is an interesting fact that Shelbourne Development Group, Inc., has been busy making sure that this building will not have an adverse effect on traffic patterns. The Chicago Spire represents a lot of new people moving into, through and around the neighborhood, with cars. But Shelbourne thought of that right from the beginning. Their plan is to use Lower Lake Shore Drive to feed traffic to the building, to keep traffic flowing smoothly. They have taken a holistic approach to the project.

Even bird rescue groups like the Chicago Spire. They like it because it is tall and thin, instead of wide and squat. A thin shape, they say, has less of an impact on migration. Originally, two wide towers were slated to be built in that spot. This one, the bird rescue groups say, is much better.

Speaking of a holistic approach, the Chicago Spire developers really have thought of everything. They know that a building’s surroundings are at least as important as the building itself, and so they are developing a nearby abandoned lot as well, turning it into a park for walkers and cyclers and joggers and other types of park-goers. But they haven’t stopped at that. There are also plans for a circular plaza and five-story glass atrium.

The actual units in the Chicago Spire are going to be spacious homes for people who like to live in luxurious style. You will have plenty of space to host gatherings or to raise growing families. After all, you will be living in the world’s largest condo highrise. You should have plenty of space. There was less living space in the original version of the Chicago Spire, but this version, which provides 3 million square feet of livable space, is a vast improvement, especially since it includes seven stories of underground parking and a bridge from the building to a nearby bike path. There will also be plenty of elevators to get you home.

For more information about the Chicago Spire, visit the Chicago Spire Chicago Condos at Best Chicago Condos.

About the Author

Paula Cherrist enjoys writing about Chicago real estate for Best Chicago Condos and Chicago Condo Directory

Hyderabad is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Between northern and southern India, Hyderabad has a rich history and multi-lingual culture, and has boasted peaceful coexistence of Mulsims and Hindus.

Hyderabad is famous world over for its fabulous Diamond markets, glass embedded bangles and the delectable Hyderabadi cuisine. It has a Hindu – Muslim culture with a number of monuments of historical importance. Legend says that in 1589 Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty founded a new city along the banks of river Musi for his ladylove, Bhagmati. The city was then called Bhagyanagar. Later when Bhagmati entered the royal family, she was honored with the title Hyder Mahal. And Bhagyanagar became Hyderabad.

Places to see in Hyderabad:

Golconda Fort
This fort, originally built by the Kakatiyas, the rulers of the neighboring state, was made with mud. Later, the Shahis converted it into a marvelous piece of architecture using advanced acoustics wherein sound signals could pass from the entrance of the fort to the top without the use of any electric gadgets. There is a sound and light show in the evening which is quiet popular.

It is the principal landmark of Hyderabad. In 1591, Mohamed Quli Qutub Shah built Charminar to commemorate the end of a devastating epidemic. Charminar, which means four towers, stands 56m high and 30m wide creating four arches facing each of cardinal points.

Salar Jung Museum
A major attraction for art lovers, Salar Jung Museum was put together by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), the Prime Minister of Nizam Osman Ali Khan. One of the largest private collections in the world that covers exhibits from every part of the world, the museum has over 35,000 items comprising of wood carvings, sculptures, Persian miniature paintings, weaponry and a library of 50000 books.

Birla Mandir
As the name indicates, Birla Trust in 1976 constructed the temple. Built with white Rajastani marble, the temple is located on Kalabahad, one of the twin rocky hills overlooking the south end of Hussain Sagar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is a replica of Venkateshwara temple at Tirupati.

Qutub Shahi Tombs
The royal cemetery of the Qutub Shahi kings lies about 2km from the Golconda Fort. The tombs are a scattered group of large domes and terraces. Perhaps this is the only place in the world where one can see so many tombs in one place. All the Qutub Shahi kings except Abdul Hassan Tana Shah who died in captivity in Daulatabad are buried here. These graceful domed tombs are surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Hyderabad Fair & Festivals:

Deccan Festivals
The deccan festival highlights Hyderabad’s arts, crafts, culture and cusine. This festival also includes a Pearls and Bangles fair and a food fair. Cultural programs, food stalls arts and craft shops etc. are also organized.

Lumbini Festival
This festival is organized to celebrate the Buddhist Heritage of Andra Pradesh. The festival is celebrated in Nagarjunasagar and Hyderabad for three days from 2nd Friday of December every year.

This native New Year comes soon after the celebration of ‘holy’ in April-May. Spring is considered as the first season of this native New Year of Andra.

Vinayak Chaturthi
The day is celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm throughout the country, because on that day Lord Ganesh was born. Every year the largest Ganesh Idol is installed at Khairatbad in Hyderabad that is taller than thirty feet. On the 11th day of celebration, processions converge at Hussain Sager Lake. The ten-day Ganesh festival concludes with the immersion of Ganesh idols in the lake.


March – June, Temperatures hit 40 degrees celsius. Sunstroke is common. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen.

July- September. Usually it doesn’t rain much, but occasionally you get thunderstorms.

October – February, Average 8 degrees celsius. Sometimes bitingly cold, but mostly pleasant.

How to get there:

Has international airport.

Being headquarter of South Central Railway, Well connected from all major cities of India.

Hyderbad, being Capital city is well conected by Road from all major cities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra and Orissa.

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