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July 29, 2005

Market Penetration is not your forte

I just saw a hit from AOL and followed it because it looked kind of odd. Turns out it was the AOL Music page for an alt-metal band called Half Cocked. The sad thing for them is that the top two AOL searches for Half Cocked are posts from this blog, the Google search post below and a post from last year about how the key to a successful long-term marriage is separate bathrooms. The third and last post that appears on the Half Cocked page is a link to IMDB that also has nothing to do with a crappy alt-metal band but refers to a good early 90's indie rock band, The Grifters.

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Friday Random Play: Advanced Torts Paper Writing Edish

  1. Ear - Ken Nordine:Good, but not as good as his stuff on "Word Jazz, Vol. I" or "Colors."
  2. Funtime - Iggy Pop:Far from one of my favorite Iggy tunes but better than most of what's out there now.
  3. Shocker in Gloomtown - Guided by Voices:A very old GBV tune from "The Grand Hour" which is pre-"Bee Thousand," their best album, meaning this song is pretty damn good.
  4. Bull in the Heather - Sonic Youth:Great song and the video just cemented my Kathleena Hanna crush back in the early 90's.
  5. Blue and Lonesome - Allison Krauss & Union Station:One gopher would only arouse my appetite without bedding her back down.
  6. By the Heat of your Light - Juliette & the Licks:The Juliette Lewis punk band. Not nearly as crappy as you'd think. She's always been pretty punk.
  7. Season of the Witch - Vanilla Fudge:One of the Fudge's more subdued tunes. Understandably since it was a Donovan tune first.
  8. Hang on St. Christopher - Tom Waits:Funny that the Bulletboys only hit was a cover of this song just like one of Rod Stewart's biggest hits was a cover of another Tom Waits song. Tom appreciates the royalties I'm sure.
  9. The Ballad of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest - Bob Dylan:Classic accoustic stuff from "John Wesley Harding."
  10. Some Kind of Love - Rashaan Roland Kirk:I think he's only circular-breathing through two woodwinds in this song.

Hmmm. Kind of disappointing that none of the 80's metal I have stashed in the playlist has surfaced yet.

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Friday Spies: Fif' Friday Edition

  1. What five things should you never buy used? Underwear, ice cream cones, adult novelties, sushi, and
  2. Sony BMG just ended a payola investigation by settling with New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer. So let's engage in some reverse payola: What song or artist would you pay to never have to hear again, and how much would it be worth to you? Good question. More like who would I not pay to shut up? If I had to choose one I'd probably pay The Black Eyed Peas a few bucks to take a long vacation.
  3. In honor of the new Bad News Bears: Did you ever play little league, or other organized youth sports? I played little league baseball with a team made up of local kids against teams from around SE Nebraska and NE Kansas. The Kansas kids always looked about 5 years older than us but I think it's because we went by school grade and not age and it took those Kansas kids a little longer to pass 5th grade.
  4. What was your biggest fashion faux pas? The junior high mullet with the lines shaved in the side of my head.
  5. In honor of all our readers who took the Bar Exam this week: What was the hardest test you ever took? Probably Evidence last fall although the intermediate macro (Econ 374, I believe) test I took as an undergrad was pretty nasty, mostly due to lack of studying.
Questions courtesy of BTQ.

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July 27, 2005

You've got questions? I've got answers.

Recent search engine referrals that caught my eye.

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July 26, 2005

John Roberts, Federalist. Who Cares?

I've been hearing lots of liberals in an uproar because they've discovered that Judge Roberts was a member of the Federalist Society. Who cares? Did they expect the preznit to nominate a member of ACS? The fact that Roberts was a member of the Federalists, ironically named that they are, is to be expected.

Hell, at my school, the Federalists are just another organization that needs to offer free pizza to get people to come to their lunch speakers. I even went once when they brought in Prof. Barnett (I'm not sure the local chapter was so hip to his advocacy on behalf of Raich in the medical marijuana cases though) and I figured it was a good chance to meet a member of the Conspiracy.

The fact that Judge Roberts is suddenly being evasive about his membership in the Society is kind of odd, though. Does the Federalist Society, THE organization for conservative lawyers and jurists have such a bad reputation, that he feels the need to hide his membership? I don't get it.

Liberals would be better served forgetting all that and asking why the White House is refusing to release documents concerning Roberts' involvement in Iran-Contra. If I'm not mistaken, and I believe it was decided during Travelgate in the '90's, the solicitor general's office works for the people of the United States so any attorney-client privilege laws would not apply to protecting those documents.

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Forever in Blue Jeans

Sarah scored a free ticket to the Neil Diamond show in Omaha tonight. Personally, since I was eight years old I haven't been able to sit through an entire Neil Diamond song. The only way I can listen to his music now is through a Jack Black filter. I'm dying to hear more. That's why there needs to be a Saving Silverman II. Well, that and Amanda Peet.

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Faux Fall

Late September/early October is my favorite time of year. The weather is perfect (70's for highs, 50's for lows), pollen is only a month or so away from getting crushed in the grip of Jack Frost and there's football 5 days every week.

Fall is even better when it follows one of the most brutally hot stretches of summer you can remember. Yesterday when I came home from work at 5:30 it was still 102° but a couple of hours later it was 74°. Sleeping last night was good. We were able to open the windows and get rid of the AC stink but it was still a tad humid. Tonight will be way better. It truly does feel like a late September evening. I just wish I could sleep in tomorrow.

Alas, it's only late July. It'll be 90°+ in another few days. This is why I need to live in San Diego.

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July 25, 2005

New Blawg Season

It's getting to be the time of year when the pre-law/almost 1L blogs start to pop up. Well, except for Stag who has been blogging her pre-law experience re-counting beans forever.

Tonight I noticed a referral from Magic Cookie, which I've added to the ever-growing, in need of a pruning blogroll. CM has a good series of posts on why she applied to law school, something I never wrote.

Also, I've made the chocolate rasperry torte from The Joy of Cooking before. I suggest ditching the whipped cream and going with a Chambord-spiked ganache. It makes for a more solid cake and you still get to use your heavy cream.

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July 22, 2005

Friday Random Play: I got a fevah!

The high temp today was 104° so all songs will be rated subjectively on their hotness.

  1. Suck - Nine Inch Nails: Colder than cold and the Pigface version was better anyway: 2.
  2. Although Indigent, Rural Families have Little to Say in the Matter, Their Meager, Third Rate...-David Cross: OMGZ!LOL! Funny and sorta hot in a gettin' people hot under the collar sorta way: 5.
  3. Nimrod's Son - The Pixies: Xtra hot for salty language and being a Biblical reference: 7.
  4. Bad Monkey - Love and Rockets: Hotter than most late 80's Goth but still...: 3.
  5. Turning Blue - The Undertones: A sexy 50's style ballad from the 70's Irish punks. Possible make out music: 7.
  6. Airplane - Indigo Girls: heh, indeed. Romeo & Juliet, maybe would be hot: 2.
  7. Psalm 69 - Ministry: Hotter than you'd think despite the wacky sacriligous title: 3.
  8. Day of Reckoning (Burning for You)- Robbie Robertson: And you'd think it'd be hotter. Daniel Lanois' Winona album from the same period and genre is much hotter: 2.
  9. Life in a Northern Town - Dream Academy: Damn, totally forgot about this song. Totally cold, though. The oboe kills it: 3.
  10. Halloween - Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon's voice has never been as sultry as in this sexy song (I swear this was totally random): 9.

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the Wit
(73% dark, 34% spontaneous, 33% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're
probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean you're
pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that 'the
Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor
and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat. I
guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the
perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer. Your sense of humor
takes the most effort to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my

Also, you probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 81% on dark
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 0% on spontaneous
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 45% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

*I feel like I may have lied on this quiz just a bit because I do laugh at my own farts, even in my sleep.

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Friday Spies: The Navel Gazing Edish

  1. Why did you start blogging?
    For something to do during class? It's funny, though. I never did blog much while at school. I'd blogged before and decided it was time to start doing it again. Plus, I wanted a creative writing outlet to keep myself from writing too much like a lawyer.
  2. Are the reasons you blog now the same as when you started? If not, what's changed?
    Pretty much, although I tend to write much less about school than when I started.
  3. What would make blogging better for you?
    I'm not sure what you're getting at here. Getting paid to do it?
  4. Do you have comments on your blog? Why or why not? Do you comment on other blogs? What motivates you to post a comment?
    Yes I do. It's nice to get feedback and I don't have enough readers for it to get unmanageable which is the reason some people give for not enabling comments. I do comment on other blogs, but not as much as I used to. My motivation is usually pretty random. Often it's boredom but sometimes I do have something to add.
  5. What is your philosophy of the blogroll?
    I have links to the blogs I read although I quit using the blogroll as my bookmark list after Firefox added live bookmarks. I'll link to those who link to me and some others that I find interesting. It is time to clean that thing up, though. I know there are some links to the right that don't work anymore.

As seen on BTQ

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July 21, 2005

Random Thoughts

  1. If the weather keeps up like this I won't have to mow until September. The patches of grass that receive the sprinkler water intended for the herbs and vegetables aren't big enough to bother.
  2. I'm working on a site redesign even though I just did this one last winter. Too much white. Suggestions? Also, does anyone have a link to a current list of CSS2-compliant browsers and their quirks?
  3. Should I take International Law, Arbitration or Capital Punishment as my fifth class this Fall?
    • I already have a seminar with the Arb prof but Arb works best in the schedule.
    • CP works second best in the schedule but I've been told the class is fairly useless unless you are for sure going to be a CP lawyer. CP also has no exam.
    • International Law has, according to rumour, the worst exam of the lot although I don't know if those rumour-mongers took Civil Rights Litigation. It'll probably be the most interesting of the three classes though. Oh, and I'll have Thursday and Friday completely open for work (and play) but Mondays will be worse than hell.
  4. Taking a summer class was a bad idea. I really doubt the twelve hour semester I took last spring would have sucked anymore with an extra class.
  5. I'm looking forward to being done with school and being able to take a paid vacation. I can't remember the last time I had more than three days where I wasn't either in school, working or both.

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Good Luck to the Damned

Good Luck to any of you recent law grads still cocky enough to spend your time surfing the gutters of Blawgtopia while the Bar exam looms next week.

I'm trying to hold off my Bar anxiety for another few months but all this Bar talk around the internets right now is making me prematurely nervous and more than a little thirsty.

Having never taken it, I can assure you, it's easy.

Cheers and good luck to you all.

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I hope he wasn't drafted too high

A couple of days ago I came across this story reporting that Heath Shuler, number three pick in the 1994 NFL draft and notorious bust, is running as a Democrat against Charles Taylor in next year's NC-11 House race. If he demands too much money from the party will the Democrats run Gus Frerotte in his place?

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July 20, 2005

This is not a John Roberts post

The forecast for today says 103° which has me seriously considering calling into work, taking one of my three free skips in Advanced Torts and hanging out in my dark basement watching DVD's and playing video games all day.

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July 17, 2005

Hijacking the Friday Spies

Just because I don't have anything else to post I'm going to answer the Friday Spies questions from the BTQ boys even though I've never been invited.

1. What time do you go to bed? What time do you wake up?

Right now I'm going to bed at 10 pm or so and getting up around 5 am. This is because I'm trying to get to work by 7:30 and also work out before leaving for work. It's not fun but the days fly by.

2. What do you want done to/with your body after you die?

I'd like it if I was given a nice dry rub of pepper, paprika, garlic, cumin, coriander and French sea salt, roasted on a spit and then eaten by all the mourners. I'm guessing people will be skittish about doing that, so I guess maybe filling my casket with explosives and blowing it up would be my second choice.

3. Describe your dream house.

The most important part of my dream house is that it would be completely off the grid. I'd have a huge array of solar panels for power and heat and an array of cisterns for gathering water. given how much it rains here I'd probably need some moisture evaporators, too, along with a droid that speaks the language of said evaporators. The house would be on an acreage surrounded by trees so no one could see it unless they knew the secret road to get in. Oh, and it'd be on a hill so it would be easier to defend.

4. Are you an excellent driver? Do you speed, or drive the speed
limit? Ever been ticketed?

I am an excellent driver. My one speeding ticket was disposed of via a class. I speed occasionally but I also know the speed traps and laugh at people getting caught in those as I drive by at 35 mph.

5. What is your favorite animal, mineral, and vegetable?

Favorite animal: pig. So delicious. Favorite mineral: potassium, for keeping away the horrible 3 am leg and foot cramps. Favorite vegetable: Asparagus in April and May when it's cheap. Turnips the rest of the time.

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July 15, 2005

Friday Random Play

Again, taking all the albums (300 or so) I have in my Rhapsody playlist, loading them to play and hitting shuffle.

  1. Please - Nine Inch Nails: Never heard it before. Sounds like it belongs on Pretty Hate Machine
  2. The Kill - Joy Division: Is this going to be the all Goth kid self-hating random play?
  3. Can't Stop It - Bad Religion: From their hyper-political 2002 album, "The Process of Belief."
  4. Don't Worry about the Government - Talking Heads: Excellent, way old-school stuff.
  5. Earlier than Expected - The Posies: I've never heard this because I never go further than three songs into the album. "Dream All Day" is why I listen to this tape.
  6. Quasi una Fantasia (String Quartet No. 2, Op. 64) - Kronos Quartet: Kronos performing one of Henryk Górecki's string quartets in a very straight manner.
  7. Gates of Eden - Bob Dylan: An accoustic song off the much-reviled first electric record.
  8. Undertaker - Pussy Galore: Filthy dirty raw Jon Spencer before he discovered "the blues."
  9. Pele Merengue - Luscious Jackson: I wish I still had my pink-marbled vinyl copy of this record.
  10. Bluebird - Kasey Chambers: Haven't heard this yet because the reviews were so negative suggesting Kasey had gone Nashville but this isn't too different from her older stuff.

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July 14, 2005

Why I prefer January to July

Over the last 26 days it's been above 90° for 20 of those days and it doesn't look like there's any break in that as the forecasts say 94-98° for at least another week. In January, even when it gets single-digit or below-zero cold, it's not for very long if at all. A couple of days at most. When I was a kid we used to have week-long streaks of below-zero high temperatures, but not anymore.

I haven't really had to worry about a car starting due to cold for a few years but my poor little 1986 Toyota Corolla is prone to stalling with the AC on full blast if you don't have the engine revving. Putting your car in park and flooring it at stoplights is kind of a pain.

I'd be taking the bus to work if it wasn't for my class in the middle of the day. The insides of the city buses are always frigid in the summer and with gas at $2.29 and rising it makes sense in other ways too. Instead, I drive 20 miles each day from home to work to school to work to home every day.

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July 13, 2005

That's something I guess

From the Coalition for Darfur blog.

As Mark Leon Goldberg of the American Prospect reported back in April, the Bush administration was leaning heavily on congressional leaders and managed to stall, and probably killed, the Darfur Accountability Act.

As Goldberg explained, the bill

[E]stablishes targeted U.S. sanctions against the Sudanese regime, accelerates assistance to expand the size and mandate of the African Union mission in Darfur, expands the United Nations Mission in Sudan to include the protection of civilians in Darfur, establishes a no-fly zone over Darfur, and calls for a presidential envoy to Sudan.
Because of this pressure, the bill appears to be trapped in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Relations, presumably never to be seen again.

So what is Congress going to do now that sanctions, a no-fly zone and civilian protection are off the table? Apparently it has been reduced to "[encouraging] the people of the United States [to pray] for an end to the genocide and crimes against humanity and for lasting peace in Darfur, Sudan."

That's right, the US Congress has been reduced to calling on the American people to pray that somehow this genocide ends.

On July 1st, the US Senate quietly passed S.RES.186

A resolution affirming the importance of a national weekend of prayer for the victims of genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur, Sudan, and expressing the sense of the Senate that July 15 through July 17, 2005, should be designated as a national weekend of prayer and reflection for the people of Darfur.

The House passed a companion resolution (H.RES.333) just yesterday.

The key portion of the resolution reads as follows

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1) supports the goals and ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection for Darfur, Sudan;

(2) encourages the people of the United States to observe that weekend by praying for an end to the genocide and crimes against humanity and for lasting peace in Darfur, Sudan; and

(3) urges all churches, synagogues, mosques, and religious institutions in the United States to consider the issue of Darfur in their activities and to observe the National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection with appropriate activities and services.

This resolution appears to be the work of the Save Darfur Coalition, a vital organization that has done a great deal to raise awareness of the genocide - but what does it say about the level of US commitment to address this situation when Congress is unwilling to do anything beyond simply asking the American people to pray for the dying people of Darfur?

If members of Congress are truly concerned about the deaths of nearly 400,000 Darfuris, or the fates of an estimated 3 million more, they are certainly capable of doing more than quietly declaring a "National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection."

Save Darfur deserves credit for getting Congress to even do this much, but this resolution cannot absolve Congress of its pathetic failure to adequately address the situation in Darfur. If anything, it only serves to highlight the government's utter lack of concern.

The following is my material, posted elsewhere in a longer version.

As I was browsing recent legal decisions I came across this Darfur related case: Presbyterian Church of Sudan v. Talisman Energy, Inc. (2005 WL 1385326 for you lawyers).

The Church, among other things, alleged a conspiracy between the Sudanese government and Talisman Energy to clear out Sudanese Christians from possible oil-producing areas of southern Sudan.  The complaint alleges that the Sudanese government was using Talisman airfields and equipment for its attacks. There are references in the complaint to specific incidents of government attacks timed right before Talisman began exploring for oil in certain areas.

39. Another Talisman airfield, known as the Unity field is used as military airbase for attacks on civilians in neighboring villages, including Kaikang, a village of 7,000. which was bombed and burned until it was uninhabitable. Recently, two Hind helicopter gun ships were using the Unity field as a base of operations for daily sorties against civilian targets.
40. GNPOC has provided vehicles for use by the Government in its war against the ethnic and religious minorities in the south. For example, at the end of 1998, GNPOC handed over some 50 transport vehicles painted in camouflage to the Government in a ceremony at Bentiu. When its oil development activities expanded westward, Talisman worked with the Government to establish a military garrison at Wangkei. Talisman facilitated shipments of four barges providing fuel and rations for this purpose.
41. In Block 4, Talisman began operations around the village of Mankien. Just before Talisman announced its drilling operations in November 2000, Government aircraft_bombed local villages in Block 4 wounding at least 50 people in an effort to displace local inhabitants.
42. In 2001, Talisman expanded its operations in Block 4. This was preceded by an extensive Government military operation which resulted in the devastation of at least 7 Nuer villages and the bombing of other nearby villages, all of which were inhabited by non-Muslim, African Sudanese. In March 2001, Christian Aid published a report linking Talisman's oil exploration activities to military strikes in the oil concession areas: "There is already concern about new displacement from heavily populated SPLA-controlled areas close to the town of Mankien in Block 4, where Talisman is drilling three new wells. Shortly before Talimsna announced the venture in November 2000, helicopter gunships firing rockets filled with metal shards wounded more than 50 people in a two-minute attack on Mankien. Ten days after the announcement, government Antonovs subjected the villages in the area to high-altitude, indiscriminate bombing."

The court basically held that corporations could be found liable under the Alien Tort Statute for war crimes and other violations of jus cogens, the higher laws between nations governing torture, slavery, extrajudicial killing and the like. It will be interesting to see where this goes now that the Sudanese have overcome all the challenges to this case going to trial.

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This is embarrassing

It seems the Israeli Defense Force uses some unusual screening procedures when assigning new recruits to their duties.

As if new recruits in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) didn’t have enough to worry about, they have now found that they will have less chance of getting a good job if the military discovers they play RPGs (Role Playing Games), especially Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). It was long suspected that the IDF took a dim view of recruits who admitted to playing D&D. But now the IDF has admitted that recruits who admit to this sort of thing are less likely to get a high security clearance...
The IDF based its policy on university research, which concluded that RPG players were “detached from reality” to the extent that they would be poor security risks.

Come on now, IDF. Everybody knows D&D is a perfect training device for undercover intelligence operatives. If you need someone to pose as a Palestinian half-orc or bard in order to infiltrate an organization, who better to do that than a young Israeli man who has spent his youth rolling dice with more than six sides? And if these recruits went beyond table-top gaming to full on LARPing, they'll also be pretty good with a bo staff or a mace.

Two D&D posts in one week won't score me any chicks. Luckily Sarah has a thing for nerds.

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July 12, 2005


This 7:30-5:30 workday with the 90 minute break in the middle to attend a very sleep-inducing Advanced Torts is making me want to go to bed before 10 pm every night. I'm even missing a Head of Femur show tonight because there's no way I could wake up in the morning and make it through the rest of the week.

Have I mentioned I'm old?

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July 11, 2005

Just in case you were wondering...

Slashdot has a review of a very important book.

Yes Dungeon Master's Guide, II has been released and from all accounts it is invaluable.

[D]MG II goes into the psychology of the rules arbiter by laying out what will likely be required from you in your role as DM. The Guide also goes inside the heads of players to offer up to the reader possible motivations for a player coming to the gaming table.
For a veteran Dungeon Master, there are a few gems that stand out as making this book worthwhile. The sections on Saltmarsh, the business system, and the various tips on tweaking your gameworld (including suggestions for creating prestige classes) would all be handy to have at your fingertips. Newer Dungeon Masters should not miss the opportunity to take a look at this book. The chapters on pacing, performance, and campaign preparation are very well written and will provide some much needed advice for someone just cutting their teeth. Players need not apply. The information a Player would get from this book is simply not worth the money to pick up, unless you're planning on getting into the DM gig.

Players, stand aside. This book is for Masters.

I bet it doesn't have a sweet Demon on the cover like my old 1st Edish DM Guide does, though.

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Summer School

It would be nice if Mark Harmon was the professor, two surfer dudes were constantly keeping me in stitches and there was a hot Italian girl to stare at the whole time but there's not.

Advanced Torts is going to be rough for a few reasons. First, because I still want to get 40 hrs at the firm, I need to show up for work at 7:30 and stay 'til 5:30. On top of that, the grade comes from a paper on something not covered in 1st year torts and a presentation on a contemporary tort issue. That means there's no reason to take notes or pay attention in class save for the day I'm getting called on, and we know that ahead of time. To make matters worse, the school paper with the NYT crossword in it only comes out once a week during the summer. If my laptop was working, I'd be OK.

All the laptop users that have been loading up on classes all summer so they can only take 12 hours in the fall and spring are happy because the first two summer sessions have been in the dental college across the street since the law college is still being renovated.

I guess I'll just have to depend on the power of Cinnamon Altoids to keep me awake.

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July 08, 2005

Friday Random Play: All London Edition

For this I loaded all 376 songs on Rhapsody with the word "London" in them, then hit shuffle.

  1. London - Queensryche: proof I didn't skip over the nasty stuff. They didn't get good until "Operation: Mindcrime"
  2. London 1995 - DJ Cam: OK Trip-hop with lots of piano
  3. London - The Smiths: Off the so-so live album "Rank"
  4. London - The Pet Shop Boys: From a 2002 album (didn't know they were still around). A pretty ballad about London
  5. London Leatherboys - Accept: They just make me laugh
  6. London Town - Donovan: Early stuff. Nice.
  7. London Calling - The Clash: The title track from the best album of all time
  8. London Girls - Tori Amos: I was expecting a cover of the The Vibrators' "London Girls". Not so.
  9. London Blues - Jelly Roll Morton: The self-proclaimed inventor of Jazz
  10. London Belongs to Me - St. Etienne: I love this band but I never get this far into the album.

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Have I ever mentioned...

How awesome my wife is? I love her so much. Who else could deal with a 33 year-old dude who's still in school. She rules. Leave your props for Sarah in comments.

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July 07, 2005

Gentlemen, start your bookies

It's getting close to mid-July and that means college football kicks off in a month or so. Getting your bookie-burning strategy in order early is key to having a good $eptember, off-the-charts October and a horn-o-plenty-o-cash in November. You can't go wrong with the free picks given out by this weblog.

Last season I was a documented 23-15-1 against the spread in college football. Throw away those hilarious SCORE! pamphlets, or at least tape them to your wall for future giggles. Come here on Thursdays for the real scoop and check back on Friday nights for some late releases which are bound to have you burning your bookie at the stake like a witch in Salem or least giving him the hotfoot, and as all relief pitchers know, the only thing funnier than the hotfoot is a shaving cream pie in the face.

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No more legislating from the bench

When you hear the cries from right-wing radicals about activist judges it's usually accompanied by accusations of "legislating from the bench." I have to agree with them and I hope President Bush takes pains to nominate a judge who will not legislate from the bench.

From yesterday's New York Times:

We found that justices vary widely in their inclination to strike down Congressional laws [challenged at the Supreme Court level]. Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by President George H. W. Bush, was the most inclined, voting to invalidate 65.63 percent of those laws; Justice Stephen Breyer, appointed by President Bill Clinton, was the least, voting to invalidate 28.13 percent. The tally for all the justices appears below.

Thomas 65.63 %
Kennedy 64.06 %
Scalia 56.25 %
Rehnquist 46.88 %
O’Connor 46.77 %
Souter 42.19 %
Stevens 39.34 %
Ginsburg 39.06 %
Breyer 28.13 %

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July 05, 2005

Put up or shut up

That's what the judge has finally said in not allowing SCO to amend their complaint for the third time.

For those not paying attention to geek news, SCO (The Santa Cruz Operation), a UNIX vendor, was purchased by Caldera Linux back during the height of the tech boom. Caldera was always sort of suspect in the Linux community. After acquiring SCO they changed their name to the company they had acquired. Not long after they sued IBM, the one with the deepest pockets, claiming that Linux had illegally incorporated UNIX code owned by SCO.

GROKLAW was started by a journalist/paralegal as a way of keeping track of the case and is a great place to get up to date and find out what's happening. As of now, 466 legal documents have been filed in the case. And SCO hasn't stopped there. They're also suing Novell, Daimler-Chrysler and Autozone. Red Hat, one of the leading Linux vendors, turned around and sued SCO.

Like I said, at issue is the misappropriation of UNIX code which SCO claims it owns. I won't get into a history of UNIX because it is far too convoluted. The crux of the biscuit is this: SCO has had the multiple cases in court for over two years and has yet to produce a shred of evidence that backs up their claims.

Cynics, myself included, think SCO sued IBM hoping that IBM would just take the company over. IBM called the bluff and, with all the money at IBM's disposal, is content to ride out the lawsuit. Groklaw has documents showing that SCO's financials have been in the crapper for a long time now. I wonder if their lawyers are getting paid up front.

Posted by Half-Cocked at 11:26 PM | TrackBack

Brown polyester's better

McDonald's is courting designers for hipper uniforms.

According to Stoute, talks are underway with some of the world's best-known clothing labels, including Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Sean John label, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Giorgio Armani, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons' Phat Farm label, American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Rocawear, and Tommy Hilfiger.

I wouldn't be caught dead in any of this stuff unless it was purchased at a Goodwill or Salvation Army for $2.99, which is why I'm thankful my McDonald's career ended in 1992.

When I started at McD's in 1988 the brown polyester was on it's way out. Only a few months after I started working there we got the gray pants and sweet green polos with matching green aprons for the grill crew. That was quite a revolution in fast-food fashion at the time.

The summer after my freshman year of college, 1991, when I was a shift manager, I stepped up to the tasteful pin-striped button-down shirts (short-sleeved, like TV cops) and paisley ties. The crew was still in the dress gray-and-greens.

I finally ditched McD's in the fall of 1991 when I got a job at the cool record store where I could wear flannel, Misfits t-shirts, and cut-offs to work.

What are McDonald's employees wearing now? I don't think I've noticed in about 5 years? Is it that unhip? McDonald's is never going to be hurting for teenage employees. When I was working there nearly everyone I knew had flipped burgers at some point.

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July 04, 2005

Nice doggie

My first post about the nice doggie was gobbled somehow so here's a shorter version.

My hometown, Lewiston, NE, like many of the small towns along Hwy 4 in SE Nebraska, is a dumping ground for unwanted pets. This past April a starving German Shorthaired Pointer with a broken hip showed up at my parents' place. My mom, being a sucker for sad, lost animals began feeding him and discovered he was very well-trained and awfully friendly, even to the cats that rule the roost there.

They took him to the vet and figured out he was around 7 years old and also discovered he wasn't the German Shorthair missing from a farm near Beatrice. Other than his badly healed hip, he also seemed perfectly healthy.

At the family croquet tournament today he was happily bouncing from person to person, trotting mostly. His limp isn't as noticeable when he runs. He also shared my annual 4th of July nap in the back bedroom with me. He's obviously been trained very well as a house dog. My mom says he sleeps a lot of the day and then gets up to go outside when someone else is headed out.

I get the feeling he's been through some bad stuff. He's afraid to go outside without someone else and he's still got a touch of fear of the dark. The cats are still a little nervous with a big brown dog hanging around the house, but they'll get over it. He has some cat habits which suggests he was raised around them. He licks his front paw and washes his face and ears with it, just like a cat and he sleeps in positions one usually associates with a very trusting cat.

He's a dog even I could stand to have around, unlike some of the other dogs I've been around.

Posted by Half-Cocked at 09:24 PM

Yellow Journalism

As New Nebraska notes the Omaha World-Herald, after threatening for months, went ahead and published the name of the plaintiff in the local 10 Commandments case, John Doe v. City of Plattsmouth.

Way back in September the WH beat the ACLU in court over the ACLU's request for an injunction prohibiting the WH from publishing the plaintiff's identity. There was much noise made at the time about the ACLU attempting to impose prior restraints on the press. The difference here, a difference many ACLU critics didn't get, is the ACLU was advocating for their client. If the client wanted to try and stop the WH from publishing his name out of fear of reprisal, it wasn't up the ACLU to say no. In signing on to represent him, the ACLU had to do that zealously, as they put it.

It would be one thing if the WH just published his name in a story about the 10 Commandments cases, but here they went beyond responsible journalism to malice. The WH published photos of him and his license plate, described his vehicle, listed his employer and described his house and the location of his house in Plattsmouth.

Very professional work, World-Herald. Way to serve the public interest.

** Bugmenot's database of World-Herald logins is shot but the stories can be found through the link above.

Posted by Half-Cocked at 07:02 PM

July 01, 2005

Random Music Friday

I've noticed a lot of the kool kids around posting the first ten songs (good or bad) that play when they hit shuffle on their music player of choice. My population contains about 300 various albums that I have in "My Library" in Roadrunner Rhapsody. Here are the first ten.

  1. David Bowie - Scary Monsters
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - As Sure as the Sun
  3. Guns n' Rose - Pretty Tied Up
  4. Corrosion of Conformity - Buried
  5. The Pixies - La La Love You
  6. Break It Up - Cypress Hill
  7. The Vaselines - Teenage Superstars
  8. Robert Johnson - I'm a Steady Rollin' Man
  9. Gun Club - Goodbye Johnny
  10. Belly - Star

Not enough time to comment on the tracks. We're about to blow the roof off this mutha (our house) to welcome a good friend back to Lincoln after several years of D.C. living.

Posted by Half-Cocked at 07:15 PM