Friday, March 25, 2005

Terri Schiavo again

I bet my brother $10 that the Pope would be dead before Terri Schiavo. I think I have a pretty good chance of winning. From the news headlines (I refuse to read the full articles), it appears that her hospital room is on the verge of being stormed by wackos who plan to reinsert the feeding tube themselves. I tried to find the 24-hour Terri Schiavo news channel, but I guess it's not included in the basic cable package. I should google for a web cam - someone must have one set up to give 24-hour coverage of her window or the parking lot or something.

Class Review - Real Estate

The other night in class I was really sleepy. Of course the soda machine was sold out. So I stopped at Wawa on the way home to get a slurpee. But you know how the machine has that message not to use it if the light is on; the light was blinking, so I guess that's the same as being on, so I didn't get one. I've always been a little intimidated by the slurpee machine technology. Anyway, I don't think they had the flavor I wanted. One side was labeled "blue raspberry" and the other side was labled "coke". The blue rasberry side was blue, but the coke side was bright pink, so I don't think it was coke. It must have been red blueberry or something.

There was one interesting thing during class: a dairy farmer who paid his mortgage by giving milk to the mortgage company, or something. I didn't actually read the case. But it sounded interesting.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Brilliant Idea

I got it! What we need is a Schiavo version of the Abe Vigoda Firefox extension. Then I could know if the circus is over without having to risk reading any actual news.

Terri Schiavo blah blah blah

I don't want to be the only person in the country who hasn't commented publicly on the Schiavo case... so here's what I think, and an informal poll shows that my friends all agree:

Die already, for the love of God, so that we can stop hearing about it. I think at one point there might have been some interesting legal or ethical issues. But I don't care anymore. I may stop using the Internet completely because if I read any more headlines I'm going to have to punch the screen.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Class Review - Real Estate

Why am I so annoyed by classmates who can barely speak English? As a software developer, I spend my day surrounded by people with thick accents. I am frequently the only person in the room who speaks English as a first language. I usually don't even notice it anymore. So why does it bother me in class?

Maybe because at work, I always know what people are talking about - even if they have a thick accent, I'm familiar with all the words and concepts. In class, it's already hard enough to figure out what we're talking about without throwing in an accent.

Also, I wonder if lawyers with almost-unintelligible accents ever become trial lawyers. It's easy to imagine a jury having no patience with trying to figure out what someone is saying. And it's hard to imagine someone with a minimal command of English doing the kind of argument that we did in Moot Court, where you only have 10 minutes to make your arguments.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

An Important Lesson That You Won't Learn In Law School

Cloning yourself will lead to trouble. You will think you can go off and have fun while the clone does all the hard work, but you'll be wrong. The clone will wear your clothes and spill soup on your shirt, be rude to your friends, get in trouble with the law, and confuse your parents. Then you will have to get rid of the clone and try to convince people that it wasn't you. Trust me, I've seen it happen over and over.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

DVD Review - The Greatest American Hero

This show is a lot cheesier than I remember from the 80's. That shouldn't have been a suprise.

However, Robert Culp is way more brilliant than I remember. He's fantastic - it's like he's in a different show than everyone else.

Friday, March 11, 2005

DVD Review - Return of the King

The scene where Faramir is leaving Minas Tirith to fight the orcs at the river again, before the fight where Pippin sings. All the soldiers are riding through the streets. I just love how it looks - so bright and white, almost overexposed. Everything about Minas Tirith is just so amazingly perfect.

DVD Review - Return of the King

I am watching the scene where Gandalf and Pippin ride into Gondor. It's so amazing - every shot is beautiful. You could freeze the movie at any point and it's like looking at a painting. But it's better than that - we were talking at work the other day about what a difference it makes in LotR to have the miniatures. Compare it to Star Wars - looking at the movies, I couldn't say exactly what the difference is. But LotR just has something special.

Oooh - there's another one. It's amazing how much work went into making those miniatures, and putting in the incredible detail that only appears on the screen for a minute.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Tax Paper Status #3

Status: 5.1 pages written. 0 new games downloaded. 9 additional CDs ripped. 1.9 boxes of girl scout cookies eaten. $70 spent shopping online.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Tax Paper Status #2

Status: 1.5 pages written. 0 new games downloaded. 0 additional CDs ripped. 1.2 boxes of girl scout cookies eaten. $0 spent shopping online.

Taking a break now to go to Friendly's for dinner.

At this rate, I'll gain 2 pounds for each page I write.

Tax Paper Status #1

Topic of paper: Blah blah tax blahblah blah

Status: 0.5 paragraphs written. 1 new game downloaded. 0 additional CDs ripped. 0.3 boxes of girl scout cookies eaten. $0 spent shopping online.