Monday, October 31, 2005


I refuse to read any articles about Alito. I don't know anything about him, and I refuse to find out. I just don't want to hear about it. Does that make me a bad person?

It's not that I don't care - I care a lot - but being informed will not make any difference at all, except that knowing how bad he might be will just make me depressed. Given the events of the past week, I assume that Alito goes to church every day, thinks that gay people are fine as long as they stay away from each other and away from him, thinks that the baby Jesus cries every time a woman has an abortion, and believes that poor people wouldn't be poor if they would just go get jobs.

Optical Illusions

I'm a sucker for optical illusions. This one is pretty damn cool. I wish I knew how it worked.

[Credit to Minor Wisdom for the link]

Saturday, October 29, 2005

My Legal Shame

Third year of law school, and I don't understand the difference between "law" and "equity". Sometimes there's 2 different courts, and sometimes there's not? One has injunctions and one doesn't? One has juries and one doesn't? And how the hell is everyone else just looking at cases and going "it's an equity case" or whatever the term is?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


First let me say that I *love* the creepy way Amazon remembers everything I have ever bought from them and recommends new things for me to buy. Normally I try to be as anonymous as possible online, and avoid revealing personal information to marketers, but I'm a sucker when it comes to books. My wish list is about 10 pages long.

Really the only flaw in the recommendation system is the fact that it treats textbooks just like other books. Just because I purchased "Corporations: Examples and Explanations", that doesn't mean that I'm interested in "Evidence: Examples and Explanations." I have to keep removing the law books from my recommendations list. But other than that, I love the recommendations.

So the other day I filled my Amazon shopping cart with sex toys. (Whee!) I expected to log in the next day and see my home page filled with recommendations for more sex toys, but no! The first link on the page is for laundry detergent. So I go to the "recommendations" page, and it's full of law books and DVDs of TV shows. So I go to the "Health and Personal Care" recommendations category - and I see a screen full of Burt's Bees crap. So I narrow it down even more, to the "Sex and Sensuality" sub-category... and Amazon recommends that I buy condoms. Lots and lots of condoms. Safe sex is important, of course. But what's up with this breakdown in the recommendations system? I want to know what other products were purchased by the customers who bought the Jack Rabbit 7" Multi-function Vibe Massager!

Monday, October 24, 2005


For a while, I was hooked on Sudoku. It was great for a short break from studying, or for entertainment during a slow class. And since it involves "logic", it's not really wasting time - it's good for my brain. Unfortunately, I've mastered it. I just realized that the last dozen games I played, I was able to solve in under 5 minutes each, without getting stuck or even having to really think. Fuck. Now I need to find a new time-wasting activity.

A super-intelligent friend of mine was recently pregnant, and she claimed that the hormones or something made her dumber. But she was pretty happy about it, because she was able to enjoy watching reality TV and all sorts of other stupid shows that she would never have enjoyed before. I told her that if she was really lucky, by the time she stopped working she would just be able to stare at bright shiny objects all day for entertainment. So maybe if I get knocked up, I can enjoy Sudoku again.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Hey Baby...

Blonde Justice has a story about being "leered at and checked out". A similar thing happened to me this week - I was walking back to my car at 10 p.m. after class and some guys made some comments as I walked past. At least I think they did - I actually couldn't understand a word they said, but they were definitely looking at me and their tone of voice seemed to be complimentary. It's possible that they were saying, in their inner-city urban street slang:
"Wow, that is a really nice rolly bag. I bet you could get an iBook, a stack of textbooks, and your lunch in there."
"Yeah, you're right, and it looks really sturdy too. And notice how quiet the wheels are."
"I gotta get me one of those."

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Way Football Should be Played

Football should be played in the late afternoon, in the fall, on a day where it's chilly but sunny, so that the sunlight makes everything bright with long shadows.

Football should also be played in way that doesn't suck, unlike the way the Eagles are playing today, but that's a different story.