Monday, January 29, 2007

So It Begins

I can't believe I am still in school.

I think all the possible ways that might be interpreted apply.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hi. I'm a Mac.

My new toy.

And, to prove this wasn't wholly an impulse purchase motivated by Mac advertising, I present the "homework" that...someone else did for me...

Homework that I now share with you, in case you find yourself in a similar situation.

BY: Okie Cyberstudd

I think ThinkPad notebooks are the best. They are very durable, have the best keyboard in the industry, and often have battery life better than their competitors.

I have an X41, which I purchased at the start of law school. This model has been replaced by the X60, which is very similar except for a few minor upgrades. I highly recommend this model, with a few reservations.

* They're now made by Lenovo instead of IBM. I've read concerns that quality control might not be as good, though I've never read anything more than just conjecture.
* They don't currently ship with Windows Vista. If you're buying a laptop in the near future, I'd wait until Vista comes out at the end of the month and buy a laptop that has it pre-installed.
* It's also a very small laptop. I personally like this form factor best, but some people think it's too small (especially since it has no built-in CD/DVD drive, though I don't use one often enough for this to matter).

I've been thinking about switching to a Mac for several years now, but I just haven't been able to make the plunge. While I really like the operating system, the laptops have typically had subpar battery life (something I really value). I think the latest MacBooks are better, but it's still not possible to buy a higher capacity battery that lasts 10 hours (as you can with most IBMs).

I have a personal aversion to Sony products (mostly b/c of their proprietary memory stick). I also think they're generally poorly made. I'd never consider a sony product, though they remain popular.

Another possibility is Fujitsu. I think they make excellent laptops -- especially thin and light ones like the Q2010 or the P7000. They aren't sold as widely as most other brands, but I think they a close second behind IBM.

I would avoid HP, Toshiba, Dell, etc, with only a few exceptions.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Summer Sublet Solved

This is the true story, of five future lawyers, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped, to find out what happens, when people stop being polite, and start getting real.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Word Play

In another fascinating example of how the web dramatically reduces information costs, here's a New York Times feature that allows you to cull through Bush's last seven SOTUs for different words.

For example, last night Bushy used the word "climate" once. This is the first, last, and ONLY time he's done so. But, I guess that's really not all that surprising. He's had much bigger words to focus on pronouncing and fear mongering...

Word: 2001/02/03/04/05/06/07
Iraq: 0/2/21/24/27/16/34
Terror: 1/34/21/20/27/20/22
War: 2/13/13/12/5/2/11

Alternative Fuels: 0/0/0/0/0/0/2
Balanced Budget: 1/0/1/0/0/0/0
Climate Change: 0/0/0/0/0/0/1

And Scalia wants us to move on from Bush v. Gore? The course of world history forever shifted when the Court decided that Floridian ballots ought not to be recounted.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Paging Dr. Freud

Last night I went on a double date to the Cheesecake Factory. Shuli and I were joined by a couple on a blind date: Shaquille O'Neal and some Starbucks barista, who either had no time to change after work or enjoyed wearing green aprons in social situations. Shaq was quite obliging in picking up the bill for all of us. But, even in deep REM sleep, it still didn't make sense to me why he was riding in a dated Honda coupe.

Clearly, my subconscious also relishes being through with finals at this point.

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Pledge

Be it resolved that I will NEVER purchase anything from Abercrombie & Fitch ever again.

I can't remember the last time I did anyway. But, today, it's official.

I just can't stand that nauseating billboard flanking the inbound lanes of the Midtown tunnel. It makes me want to vomit. Violently. I feel dirty just driving by.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Good. We're In Agreement, Then?

Kennedy, J., announced the judgment of the Court and delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Parts II–A and III, in which Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer, JJ., joined, an opinion with respect to Parts I and IV, in which Roberts, C. J., and Alito, J., joined, an opinion with respect to Parts II–B and II–C, and an opinion with respect to Part II–D, in which Souter and Ginsburg, JJ., joined. Stevens, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Breyer, J., joined as to Parts I and II. Souter, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, in which Ginsburg, J., joined. Breyer, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part. Roberts, C. J., filed an opinion concurring in part, concurring in the judgment in part, and dissenting in part, in which Alito, J., joined. Scalia, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment in part and dissenting in part, in which Thomas, J., joined, and in which Roberts, C. J., and Alito, J., joined as to Part III.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Almost There

How am I still taking finals? I have a test next week for a class that had reading material assigned in AUGUST. sdkfjadsf 09waeur asd.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


"The only reason you're still conscious is because I don't want to carry you."

There are so many notable quotables that it's hard to choose. But that's my favorite and it dropped early last season.

I still find it strange though that promos hyping this upcoming season are hinting that Kiefer's character finally gets whacked. Especially when Jack is clearly indomitable...and when Sutherland has signed on for three additional years at the every day low, low price of $40 million.

If you're not already a devotee, I'd suggest you check out tonight's season premier. It's really entertaining television and actually does meet the hype that is heaped upon it - that is, if you don't mind suspending disbelief in acknowledging "satellite uplinks" can solve any earthly problem and that torture is a legitimate interrogation tactic.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Two Cents

Okay, I don't want to jinx anything.

But, part of (most of? all of?) the reason that I haven't written about Mom over here is that things are going well. Or, as well as can relatively be expected. *Knock on wood.*

Now that she has adjusted to her new routine of "on weeks" and "off weeks" things have regained a degree of normalcy. Though the treatment verges on debilitating, her spirits are usually high and - when feeling well - is all about experiencing and enjoying more. She's keen on making the most of what time she has left. And, since none of us know how much time any of us get, it's probably the way we all should go through life.

For allowing me to bear witness to this, I owe a debt to both Stanford and Yale.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Sent to me by one of my old campers. At age 17, the "wit" already captures the essence of this whole experience more succinctly than I ever could.

Pr3ppy Laxx: hope ur having fun in law school. it prob not like super fun but i bet ur doing some cool stuff

Agreed. It's not super fun to be taking finals now or to listen to some gunner articulate the new grand unified theory of voting rights. But, halfway home now, I can see that a lot of the people I have met are cool. So is getting into a small seminar next term with Guido.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Looking Forward

watching some football
a belly full of turkey
resolution day

write haiku daily
stop playing online poker
and pay it forward

january morn
finals still await from fall
night out at babbo

goodbye holidays
until we cross paths again
sick of your music

Monday, January 01, 2007


If it's really 2007, where are all the flying cars?

Happy new year all.