Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Sunday, August 21, 2005

OK, I guess I may get the patent application out after all. After giving me a bajillion comments on my last draft (requiring a complete rewrite of one section), they came back on Friday with 2 comments, both of which were trivial to deal with. Now, if we can get the forms signed, I think I'll actually managed to get it filed before I leave. Very exciting. Of course, the chances of getting it granted aren't great, but that's not really my problem.

So, I mentioned a while back that I was trying to pick a topic for the tech law clinic this year. Back in June, I mentioned one idea to the professor running the clinic. He mentioned that he knew a lawyer in town who did a lot of work in that area. Of course, then I got caught up in the summer work and never followed up on it. The other day, I suddenly realized two things. First, that lawyer that the professor knew? He's a nationally known expert in the area. Second? He works at my summer firm, one floor up from where I've been sitting all summer. Yep, I'm an idiot. The only reason I figured it out is that I took an assignment from him on Thursday. Anyway, I'm going to try to have coffee with him before I'm done on Friday.

Apparently, the OCI firms needed a little more time to decide, so we have to wait till next Monday to find out what interviews we get. I've already discovered that I didn't request one firm that I thought I had requested. Now, I can't remember if that was intentional, or just me being forgetful (as usual).

Monday, August 15, 2005

Family, family, family.

I guess this is what happens when you make a big move. Everyone comes to visit. First, my mom came to visit for a week back in June. Then my dad and my stepmom were here at the end of July and beginning of August. Happily, we had a good time with both visits. They're all good at entertaining themselves, so D and I didn't have to worry too much about scheduling them. When we did get together, we did nice stuff like take the ferry over to one of the islands and walk around there, instead of the same old tourist stuff. So, both visits by parents were successful. And now, but my mom and my stepmom want to move here. In my mom's case, it might happen. I think it's a lot less likely with my dad and stepmom.

D's parents came to visit over the weekend. Actually, they came partially to see us and partially on their yearly pilgrimage to the Asian grocery (there's not one in the town they live in). They got here Saturday afternoon and left after lunch on Sunday, so it wasn't a long trip. They're really nice people, so it was good having them around. They do tend to drive D a little crazy, though.

And, in less than 2 weeks, my brother, my sister and my sister's boyfriend are all coming to visit. That's gonna be a great time. My only regret is that they can't stay longer. But, my sister is only in the US for a month and she has a lot to do. And my brother is starting a new job in a new city on September 1, so he doesn't have a lot of time to spare either. So far my only plan is to show them the place where a large part of one of our favorite movies was filmed. To my surprise, when I moved here, I found out that it's just a couple blocks from my house. (I wonder if I've said enough to ruin the surprise.)

One final thing, since we're on the subject of my brother. He deserves a big high-five for defending and getting his PhD. So, now he's Dr. Andy, which is damn cool. He's headed off to a post-doc-ish job in TVPNM's sister city, Thinly-Veiled Midwest Metropolis. Then he'll be off to take over the world.
Well, the patent application isn't filed yet. One of the inventors had a whooooole lot of comments that resulted in me having to rewrite a whole section. Now, I'm worried about finishing it before I'm done work. I'm sure I'll finish writing, but I'm a little doubtful that I'll be able to get the inventors to sign off in time. That would be a little disappointing, but not really the worst thing in the world.

Work remains really great. Because of the unfinished application, I'm having a little trouble getting my other work done in a timely manner, which is a problem, but I'll deal. The partner I'm doing the application for just asked me (again) if I want to work for them during the school year. I'm not sure about that, mostly because of the journal. I told him I'll get back to him in November when I have a better of what my year is like.

I put in requests for 11 firms for OCI. Now, I have two kinds of regret. One, there are a couple picks that aren't such a great idea. In particular, there's on firm that's famous for associates billing 3000 hours. Second, I'm starting to wonder if I'd be happier just coming back to the same firm next summer. Everyone says I should split my summer with the old firm and somewhere else, but I'm not too excited about that choice. The main reason is, I really like the people at this one. They remind me of the people I worked with at the old company, who were a pretty exceptional group. It would be pretty fun to come back when I have a better idea of what's going on both in the firm and in the areas of law that I'm working in.

By the way, transmogriflaw just said a lot of the things I've been thinking. (Except maybe the bit about doing estate law.)