February 17, 2006
Work In Progress
Welcome to My New Blog! This is a continuation of my original blog at The Unreasonable Man. Please go there for all my old posts, archives and comments. I am slowly transferring everything over to this blog, but until then, enjoy both blogs.
"I'm Sorry My Nuts Got In The Way of Your Foot"
Would you ever hear anyone say that?
So why is the guy who got shot by the Vice President apologizing to the Vice President? I don't understand. Unless he thinks Cheney is going to come back to finish the job.
I rarely go to lunch meetings at school any more. Sure, I can get free pizza two or three times a week if I did, but really there is only so much pizza you can eat before 1) Getting sick of it (this is particularly true of Papa John's, the seemingly-Official Pizza of Student Organizations at the University of Minnesota Law School); and 2) Getting cheese clogged in your aorta. So, I don't go to that many (pretty much just the Student IP group... and that is as much because I'm an officer).
But, on Wednesday there were actually two meetings I wanted to go to... at the same time!
1) The Future of Blogging (or something like that) - Understandably, I had an interest in this topic
2) The Crackpot Economist Arguing that Intellectual Property Should Be Abolished (This was the official title... er, it should have been) - Again, understandably I had some interest in this as well
I decided that the IP talk probably made more sense as it dealt with my future career, not my current hobby. So I got to hear some crack pot - who clearly knew very little about how patents work, and next to nothing about patent law - tell me why, according to "Economics" that we shouldn't have patents. For the most part, he just tried to show why some of the current justifications for IP proctection are not right. He didn't really do very well (in my completely biased opinion), and moreover, he didn't really even try to argue why "abolishing" intellectual property was a good idea (except for "social efficiency"). My honest guess is he got a grant and has been milking it with this BS for several years.
Anyway, long boring story later, my question is, did anyone else at Minnesota go to the Blogging presentation? Especially Bitter Stephanie, Nate (Certain Point of View), Shaheen (Fade to Black), Nick (Generic Heretic), Ivan at Joint Strike Weasel, or the guys at Done as a Society or anyone else at the U who went. How was it? What was the talk about? Anything interesting at all? How was the pizza?
February 16, 2006
I got yelled at by the head choreographer1 of the Musical on Monday night for not posting for almost a week (and now it has been a week) because she didn't have enough to do in class (or something along those lines). Being sufficiently chastised, I promised to post soon. Oops! Still haven't posted for two days. Sorry DQ! And then, today Next-Door Jen2 told me she needed more to read at work, and that I needed to post more.3
The biggest reason I haven't been posting is because I just haven't really experienced anything that has inspired me to blog about (and that includes Veep shooting a 78-year-old "friend" in the face, as hilarious as it is). I'm too busy because this is my busiest semester ever4 and I've been stressed out.
But, in an effort to satisfy DQ, Jen, and my legions of other
fans fan, I will post about one thing that struck me as funny. Yesterday, being Valentine's Day, is apparently a big holiday for the Law Students for Choice5 so they handed out candy, condoms, and a list of "interesting" facts that are in no way related to Valentine's Day, and certainly not to romance. Here are some of the facts, followed by my immediate reactions to each:
- A Texas Law makes it illegal for woman to own more than six sex toys - [UM Thoughts: Why in the world do you need six sex toys all at the same time? Are they enforcing this law? What about men? Can we have 23 dildos, four butt plugs, three cock rings, two french ticklers, and a partridge in a pear tree, but women have to limit their inventory to only two vibrators, two dildos, and two miscellaneous? How does that square with the Equal Protection Clause? Why do I think about this kind of thing?]
- One in Nine people has an STD - [UM Thoughts: You have a better than 10% chance that your partner has chlamydia or some other genital shrivling disease. Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!]
- It's much easier for women to catch STDs as it is for men - [UM Thoughts: "Honey, I know I just said that there's a 10% chance that I have an STD... but that's balanced by the fact that you are much more likely to catch syphilis from me that I am to catch the clap from you. So do you wanna?"]
- Condoms are the only contraception that help protect against sexually transmitted diseases - [UM Thoughts: Sure, but they can't stop crabs. Hmm. This post seems to have deteriorated into a VD-fest. I can't wait to see what Google searches will find this post. "Unreasonable Man has the clap" or "you'll get crabs at the University of Minnesota Law School." Awesome]
1 Who shall hereinafter be known as "the Dancing Queen" or simply DQ, not to be confused with Dairy Queen and their yummy ice-cream treats.... Mmmmm Blizzard.
2 So named because she was in my section last year, and her last name is close, alphabetically, to mine, so we sat next to each other in approximately 6,000 classes last year, and she is now my Next Door Neighbor in Corporations.
3 If I were a more responsible person, my advice to Jen would be to focus her attention at work at... oh, I don't know... work. However, I can't say that I've never been known to have a wondering mind at work, so I won't.
4 At least it *feels* like my busiest semester ever. But, that could just be because it is my *current* semester... so far, every semester has felt like my busiest (except for last Spring, which didn't seem that busy, for some reason). However, this one really, *really* is my busiest semester.
5 The connection apparently being that V Day is romantic, romance leads to sex, sex leads to pregnancy, pregancy leads to abortion, and they want to keep abortions legal... makes sense to me, NOT!
February 08, 2006
"I Firmly Oppose Dropping Anvils On People"
The lead headline on CNN.com this morning is "Bush Urges End to Cartoon Violence" referring to Bush calling on world governments to put an end to the Muslim violence associated with the Danish Mohammed cartoons. However, this makes it sound like the President has gone a little crazy, and is waging a war on Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote.
"We gotta stop that little bunny from tying the barrels of a shotgun together so that it blows up in Elmer Fudd's face. That's not right. I also oppose the use of rocket skates to catch birds which are fleet of foot.
If we don't stop that kind of violence, the terrorists win."
It reminds me of an article in The Onion last week: TV Blamed For Rise In Formulaic ViolenceWhich included things such as:
Police nationwide are reporting increases in bullet wounds to the shoulder area that have little effect on the victim's ability to use the affected arm, and a rising number of vulnerable blond women being rescued just in the nick of time by a man wielding a two-by-four who was previously thought to be knocked unconscious.Perhaps CNN should think a little more before writing such a ridiculous headline instead of just throwing it on after the article is written.
February 07, 2006
Theatre of the (Relatively) Talentless
As I've mentioned, our law school puts on a musical every year.1 Last year, the show was Wally Wonka and the Lawyer Factor, a spoof on... anyone?, anyone? That's right, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the creepy Gene Wilder version, not the creepy Johnny Depp version). The year before that was Law Wars, which I believe was based on Gandhi, and the year before that was The Wizard of Fritz, based on some movie made by Liza Minelli's mom.
This year, we're doing a West Side Story show... and rehearsal has been going OK, but I don't know how we are going to get the entire show down in a form that is entertaining. Granted, we call ourselves the Theater of the Relatively Talentless (aka T.O.R.T., aren't we clever?), so the expectations shouldn't be too high, but right now I can't even sing through the songs without the sheet music (and I'm just a chorus member with like, three lines), let alone sing and dance without looking like a complete jackass.
I guess what I'm really saying is if you're here in Minnesota, try to make it over to the show on March 2-4, because either we'll pull it off, and the show will be awesome... or we'll fall on our face, and that will be funny too.
1 As a complete aside, as I was writing this post, a professor was describing what a blog is to get us to read the Enron Trial Blog for my Corporations class. It was spooky... being told about blogs for class while I was blogging during class.
February 03, 2006
It's now February, so this crazy year that is '06 is already 1/12th of the way done, and I want to keep this blog updated on the progress/status of my New Year's Resolutions. So here's how things stand as of today:
1. Get in Shape - I'm actually doing really good on this one. I still go to the gym at least 4 days a week, and usually 5, where I lift a little weight1 and then kill myself on a
torture cardio machine for 45 minutes. Because of this I am noticeably thinner (at least when my shirt's off), and have lost about 10 to 12 pounds.2 I'm going to have to revise my weight goals however. I'm still hoping to cut out as much as 40 pounds by summer, but my new goal for March is slightly more realistic... 20 pounds lost instead of 30. That should be doable without having to go on the tapeworm diet.
2. Grades As I mentioned this morning, last semester kicked ass... so I'm hoping to use that momentum and keep 'em up this semester. Except for BA/Corps, the most painful class ever, but I definitely have the potential of doing well in my other classes (I'm hoping Advanced Patents and Statistics for Lawyers will be good grades that won't take too much effort, then I can focus the rest of my study time on Admin. Law and Trademarks, and maybe slide through BA Corps with something decent). Let's hope so.
3. Don't Stress This one I'm not doing so well at. I'm still not in the groove regarding a good reading schedule so I always feel behind. That, and T.O.R.T. seems to swallow up more time than the 3 hours of rehearsal per week that it actually takes. Maybe things will be better in March when the Musical's done.
4. Work-Life Balance Too early to tell on this one. Because I'm stressed out from school, I'm not as nice of a person as I should be in normal life. Hopefully that will be a little better now that my Law Review Note is done, and even better than that after the musical is through.
For this year, 1 and 2 are still the most important. If I can get those done, hopefully the others will fall in line.
1 Very little weight... but even wusses gotta start somewhere.
2Since mid-December... not since the beginning of the year... but mid-December is when I started actually exercising.
Best. Semester. Ever.
I finally got my last grade,1 and this was undoubtedly my best semester of law school. I got a job, I got to do not one, not two, but three citechecks for Law Review, and I got really good grades.2 If I can keep this up, I may graduate Magna Cum Laude and possibly even Order of the Coif.3 Fingers Crossed.
1 How it takes almost two months to grade a Scantron... I don't know, but whatever.
2 I am being sarcastic about one of the three things I listed. Can you guess which one?
3 Not Summa Cum Laude though... you have to have a 4.0 or above for that, which means I'd pretty much have to get a ton of A+'s and the rest A's. Yeah, that won't happen.
January 30, 2006
Everyone Has (Study) Aids
I need help! I am absolutely confused when it comes to Corporations, and will probably be in desperate need of a good study aid.1 A friend has agreed to let me have her old Emanuel's Outline,2 but I'm wondering if anyone else out there has a recommendation for a particularly helpful Corporations study aid? Is the E&E for Corps. any good? Is Gilbert's better? Please let me know. I beg you!
While you're at it... what about for Administrative Law. Anybody have any good suggestions? So far, Admin. Law hasn't been nearly as confusing as BA Corps, but that could change. Oh hell, let's through in Trademarks too. Whadya got? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
1Other than the outline I got off the Law Review school drive... especially since the Law Review outline is for another professor.
2M&M Mini, consider this a request for you to bring said outline to school as soon as possible.
January 27, 2006
These Casebooks Are Making Me Thirsty
I've finished my first full week of this semester (last week was only a partial week because we didn't have class on MLK Jr. Day), and here are my observations of this semester so far:
- My Tuesdays suck! - I have four classes essentially back to back to back to back1, three of the classes being an hour and a half long instead of just an hour.
- I'm in this year's T.O.R.T. musical (see my short recap of last year's musical to get an idea of what this entails), but I'm starting to regret it. Not because it won't be fun (because it will), but because it will take up one-and-half assloads of time from my already loaded schedule. We have three hours of rehearsal a week (6 if you are a "lead," which I am not) for now, and then for the two weeks before the show I think we have 354 hours of rehearsal. Oh well, the show is funny, but will it still be funny after I've seen it roughly 45 times.
- Business Associations/Corporations is (and I don't want to overstate) the MOST BORING CLASS ever! It makes Civ. Pro. look like a Torts class where the professor hires The Second City to perform the actual Torts. Corporate governance, rivoting.
- Admin. law isn't much better. So far I've already ready most of the cases we have discussed, back in Con Law when we talked about the nondelegation "doctrine." Worst of all, this is my latest class of the day (my fourth class on Tuesday, my third on Wednesday), and by the end, I really couldn't give a good god damn about whether Congress has properly delegated authority to on of the kagillion alphabet soup agencies in the Federal government.
- "Advanced Patents" is not advanced. It is merely more of the same from "Patents" last semester. Call it "Patents II" and be happy with that.
- Trademarks is pretty cool. I have it with Professor Contracts, and despite the fact that she still can't tell people to stop asking ridiculous questions. But, at least I like the subject in Trademarks. And, as far as I know, there is no "Mail Box Rule" or "Battle of the Forms" in Trademarks.
- So far, Statistics for Lawyers is really just Statistics. I'm hoping that at some point we are going to actually apply these statistical methods to some kind of lawyerly-like situation, because I could have just looked back at my Stats notes from College if I wanted to remember how to calculate the standard deviation of a data set.
I'm also behind on my reading in two of my classes, so Friday night will be spent catching up and editing my law review note for the final submission. On the plus side, in just 3 1/2 months, I will be a Law School Senior and will be working for an obscene amount of money this summer. Let's hope I make it.
1I have one 30 minute "break," but after almost 4 straight hours of class