I love Twitter for its kerfuffles. And right now, there is a giant kerfuffle surrounding the Dervaes family, the urban homesteaders in Pasadena whose efforts I have long admired because they had the good sense to make self-sufficiency pretty!
But apparently, they have trademarked the phrases "urban homestead" and "urban homesteading" and are warning people who might want to use those phrases to describe a particular lifestyle that that portion of the English language is now the private property of the Dervaes family.
This is insanely jealous of them. And in trying to defend themselves, they only seem crazier than ever. Check out the "normal, professional and informative" letter they are sending. I'm sure I'll get one tomorrow: urban homesteading.