October 31, 2005
I'd eat me
|You Are Thai Food|
People seek you out - though they're not sure why.
Newspapers are hurting
"IT'S OFFICIAL: 2005 WILL BE the newspaper industry's worst year since the last ad industry recession. And things aren't looking much better for next year either, according to a top Wall Street firm's report on newspaper publishing."
The story goes on to talk about how on-line media is cutting into traditional print newspaper revenue. The question is, are people just reading on-line news more because it's more convenient and cheaper, or is it because the shift from having real investigative reporters to stenographers for the government and big business (Judy Miller, et al.) has caused people to dismiss the print media (Toledo Blade and a few other papers excluded) as mostly useless?
Oh, and how awesomely lame was it that the writer of that story began it with "It's Official?"
Meet the Meatskull
Sarah found the coolest centerpiece idea for the food table at our Halloween party this year. I think it worked out pretty well.
There was also a drunk jack 'o lantern puking guacamole all over the place.
See the Meatskull in various states of decay below.
The cause of death
Skin peeled back.
October 27, 2005
Teevee is good
It's been a long time since there's been so many quality TV shows, especially comedies, on the networks and I'm watching as much of it as I can although I had to draw the line at the trio of alien invasion stories.
The Office started out fairly slowly last year but has been brilliantly hilarious so far this season. The writers are getting away from trying to mirror the BBC version and the characters and storylines are taking on their own identities.
My Name is Earl was funny from the beginning but has gotten ROFLMAO funny over the last two episodes. Plus, it's nice to see Jaime Pressly getting steady work.
Arrested Development is so full of jokes it's hard to keep up sometimes. Fox has resisted cancelling it for the last two year and it would be nice to see it finally break out.
Lost is the best show on network television. Some people get frustrated by the constant raising of new mysteries without answering all the questions but that's what I like about the show. I prefer my dramas to be continuing stories without the neat wrap-up at the end of each episode. That's why I don't really care for any of the cop/lawyer/doctor shows.
Desperate Housewives is still good although I'm really starting to hate Teri Hatcher. She's like Ross on Friends to me.
Gilmore Girls started out really slowly and badly this season and I was about ready to quit watching when it kind of picked up steam this week. It's still going to be the first show to get the hook if I have to make some hard choices.
HBO has been awesome. Rome is truly epic, very historically accurate and full of brilliant British actors doing what they do best. Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for another run and no matter how much Larry David makes me squirm, it's always worth it. Extras, the new show from Ricky Gervais, creator of the original Office has been hit and miss but it's growing on me. The first episode with Kate Winslet was hysterical and that set a high bar the show hasn't been able to attain again.
October 21, 2005
I'll start the bidding at $1
I'm willing to part with it for half the market value.
via Teh Poor Man
Spotlight on Darfur
I've been negligent in keeping up with reposting the Coalition for Darfur posts that come my way. Darfur seems to have slipped away from the public consciousness over the last few months.
Back in March my sister-in-law had a letter to the editor in the local paper that elicited a response from Senator Nelson. There were a few more letters after that but not much more. Granted, we've had our own major catastophres and criminal investigations taking up much of the news cycle but that doesn't mean the killing in Sudan has stopped.
We touched on the Sudan in International Law last week. Larry Johnson (not the CIA guy), formerly of the UN and IAEA and proud Nebraska graduate, spoke to my class about the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He said that despite Colin Powell's declaration that there was a genocide going on in Darfur, the international community hasn't been as forthcoming.
That this is not being taken seriously is illustrated by the Bush Administration's granting of a waiver to the Sudanese government to allow them to hire a Washington lobbyist to improve its public image and fight any hostile legislation.
I posted earlier this year about a Canadian oil company facing trial in the United States for its alleged contributions to the genocide in Darfur. I can't help but wonder if oil is why our government is giving the Sudanese government such access.
I haven't really had much law or school-related to post about recently but I just started a food/restaurant blog, Eatin' in Lincoln and I've been posting something there everyday.
I'll probably have more to post here in the future. I'm doing a seminar presentation on Intelligent Design legislation soon and I'll need to share that.
Also, we're having a big Halloween party on the 29th so I'll probably have pictures of costumes and passed out law students to post. Sarah's dressing as Medusa and I can't decide if I should match her like we did last year when she dressed as Gogo Yubari and I was a Crazy 88. Should I dress as a Perseus and use Sarah's head as a weapon later on in the evening or should I think of her as any other gorgon and dress as a random monster from D & D?
October 15, 2005
Is This Thing On?
The last time I posted I was bitching about the heat and I'll be damned if I wasn't bitching about the heat again today. The last time it was this hot in October we got two feet of snow the weekend before Halloween and the city shut down for a week. My trick knee tells me this is likely to happen again.
I discovered two Nebraska law student blogs today via Ambimb. They are The Considerations, a threeway blog with a mix of 1L and 2L's, and Full Metal Attorney, a 2L with a love for metal and extremely in-depth analysis of Roe.
I guess I might have found out about these two blogs sooner if I actually read blogs (other than the 12 or so that are live bookmarked) anymore, or maybe if I spent anything more than the minimum required time at the law college. I'm in and out like a flash. I don't even use a locker. My car is my locker and my car is parked three blocks away on 44th Street.
October 04, 2005
Go Cold Front!
I bitch about the weather a lot, especially during the summer. I don't mind snow and ice and temperatures in the single digits. I do hate the heat, though, and this year has been exceptional. We've set record highs the last three days. It's been 92° or above since Sunday and an even cooler (warmer) record for highest low was set last night.
I vowed not to turn the AC back on and last night I suffered. I slept fitfully when I did sleep. It's freakin' October already. Enough. None of the leaves on the evil maples in the front yard have even a hint of non-green.
This afternoon after I class I checked the state weather. It was 92° in Lincoln. A few hours to the northwest in Valentine, NE, it was 42°. That front bringing the cool temperatures has now slowed down to a crawl. It's still 81°, better than last night, but I don't see myself going to sleep until that front rolls in and the temperature drops by 25° in an hour or so.
The new litmus test
The more I think about it and the more I read, the more I think the Miers nomination was carefully calculated to adhere to the Bush Administration litmus test. It has nothing to do with social conservatism - Roe, Lawrence, Griswold, etc. Those people should have figured out by now they've been used for their money and votes.
No, the new Bush litmus test is Rasul, Hamdi, Padilla and Eisentrager. Miers was a White House insider when the whole Gitmo/enemy combatant strategy was being concocted. She's been White House counsel since Gonzalez went to the DOJ. Who better to have on the high court to reflect your views in the War on Terra?
The love of corporate cronyism and Enron-style fraud is just a bonus.
October 03, 2005
Definitely one of the most bizarre nominations I've ever seen especially only weeks after another crony appointee botched the federal relief effort after Katrina and then blatantly committed perjury in front of the partisan congressional hearings last week. One of the big differences between the Clinton Administration and the current one is that Clinton's crony appointees wound up in the dark recesses of the Commerce Dept. or HUD where they couldn't do a whole lot of damage. Bush's wind up on the front lines.
Personally I think she's just a sacrificial lamb put out there to get rejected so the Democratic Senators would feel obligated to get the second nominee through. Judging from the reaction of the right-wing blogs today, though, Bush may have miscalculated. It looks like the Republicans may be the ones to kill her nomination. Of course, they tend to think anyone who doesn't think like Roy Moore is unacceptable. Gonzalez was Spanish for Souter. Now Miers is old white lady for Souter.
October 01, 2005
Friday Random Play: My Favorite 10 Albums I Forgot About
In which I fill in the songs from the favorite albums I forgot to mention last week. Note that Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices isn't on Rhapsody or it would be here.
- Afghan Whigs - "My Curse": Gentlemen - The time I rode with Travis to Des Moines in '94 to see the Whigs with Kevin was awesome. They played for three hours.
- The Flaming Lips - "Suddenly Everything has Changed": The Soft Bulletin - Last time I saw the 'Lips was when they played with the Butthole Surfers in Omaha in '92.
- Jane's Addiction - "Pig's in Zen": Nothing's Shocking - This was one of the albums I bought based on Rollingstone's review when I was in high school and proceeded to copy for all the cool kids I knew. Last time I saw these dudes was in Omaha in '91 or so.
- Afghan Whigs - "What Jail is Like": Gentlemen
- Liz Phair - "Never Said": Exile in Guyville - I've never seen Liz Phair and at this point, I probably wouldn't want to. Exile is a classic, though.
- Charles Mingus - "Fables of Faubus": Mingus, Ah um - If only. I'm not old enough to have seen Mingus.
- Public Enemy - "She Watch Channel Zero?!": It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Never saw PE. They just got back together to cut a pretty damn good track, though. I listen to Chuck D's radio show most Sunday nights.
- Secret Machines - "Nowhere Again": Now Here is Nowhere - I saw these guys last March at the Ranch Bowl in Omaha. The Ranch Bowl sucks as a venue.
- A Tribe Called Quest - "Butter": The Low End Theory - I saw the Tribe with De La Soul at a tiny ass club in downtown Lincoln. Awesome.
- Dinosaur Jr. - "In a Jar": You're Living All Over Me - Never seen 'em in all my years. Missed them this summer. Hopefully they'll be back around.
- Sonic Youth - "Schizophrenia": Sister - I've seen Sonic Youth thrice, the last time with Stereolab at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. This song is about Phillip K. Dick's dead twin sister.
- Pavement - "Summer Babe (Winter Version)": Slanted and Enchanted - I last saw Pavement in the summer of '94 at a club in Lincoln that later went out of business because they guaranteed Bad Brains more money than they could pay.
- A Tribe Called Quest - "Excursions"
- Secret Machines - "Road Leads Where It's Led" - One of the most awesome songs I've ever heard. It would have been extra cool if the Ranch Bowl didn't suck.
- Sonic Youth - "Catholic Block" - This song isn't about Phillip K. Dick although most of the songs on Sister were.
- Jane's Addiction - "Summertime Rolls" - A song that makes you want to get naked.
- Liz Phair - "Glory" - "He's got a really big tongue..."
- Charles Mingus - "Jelly Roll"
- Pavement - "Conduit for Sale!" - Buy some freakin' conduit already!
- John Coltrane - "Summertime": My Favorite Things - And my favorite Coltrane album. His first foray into modal jazz and what lay beyond.