I saw you face thieves coming! So hands off my f-ing face!

It's not every day that a news item reminds me of a Grateful Dead lyric, but this one does:

(NewsCore) - Facebook is one step closer to trademarking the word "Face," TechCrunch reported Tuesday.

The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has sent Facebook a Notice of Allowance, which means it will grant the "Face" trademark to the popular social networking site.

Sorry, but no matter what the lawyers say, I don't think any longstanding English word should be owned.

But the whole thing does make this Dead lyric sound remarkably prophetic:

Like I told you
What I said
Steal your face
right off you head
I don't know how others feel, but I refuse to surrender the word FACE. Next they'll be wanting to own the letter F.

Can't say we weren't warned.

Yes, it's a sad song.

(BTW, the "steal your face" lyric occurs twice, at 1:00 and 5:23.)

posted by Eric on 11.24.10 at 10:41 AM










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Smell of burning flesh and young girls trying on faces.

From the Digger Poem "There are no thieves, even your fears...."

M. Simon   ·  November 24, 2010 12:15 PM

My younger son used to have a speech impedement that made certain letters difficult. So at some point in the middle of a conversation, he said something about collecting "faces" (He meant vases.) We still tease him about growing up to steal people's faces and mount them on the wall. At this point he's evolved a whole story to go with it, including immitations of the expressions on the faces... :-P

Sarah   ·  November 24, 2010 1:50 PM

Leaving us all as Billy Idol's Les yeux sans visage - eyes without a face.

Sarah - do you ever read any Sheri Tepper? (No, don't tell me about her politics - I'm well aware - but she's a good writer.) The Search of Mavin Manyshaped, I think it was. Involved in the plot was guy who stole faces and mounted them on a pole to ask them questions. Mavin and her friends put an end to that - but your comment reminded me of the story.

Kathy Kinsley   ·  November 24, 2010 6:38 PM

I've read SOME Sheri Tepper, but not for many years now and not that story.

It's not her politics. If I didn't ignore people's politics I wouldn't read most of my colleagues. I just think she became a bit precious and involved -- or I became sensitive to it -- after a while. It's possible it was me, I went after Tanith Lee at about the same time. OTOH it's been a few years, so maybe I should try them again.

Sarah   ·  November 24, 2010 9:44 PM

That one is out of the 'True Game' series - her early writing (before - and I agree - she got a bit 'precious').

Kathy Kinsley   ·  November 25, 2010 6:37 AM

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