Saturday, March 31, 2007

Next Stop?

I've been really conflicted these last few days. It's already that time of the semester where "next year" isn't all that far off. With this primacy, I've been drifting off lately in thought about all the many reasons I'm looking forward to returning to Stanford. But, it's because of the one reason that I came to Yale that I feel incredibly guilty about doing so. Things haven't changed since her first diagnosis fifteen months ago. With every CAT scan, (gu)estimates are revised down accordingly. It's still hard to fully digest and it doesn't feel entirely appropriate to be making big plans to ship out in a few months time.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

More "Interesting" Law Spam


Does anyone around YLS meditate regularly? I'd like to set up a once-a-week session/sangha/whatever you call it, because experience has taught me that I lack the discipline needed unless I'm part of a group that meets regularly.


Random YLS Guy

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Hard Sell

Overheard at Au Bon Pain...

Yale Volleyball Coach (to High School recruit)
: Anything you could want in a campus or city, New Haven's got.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For Crying Out Loud

To: Yapping Stay-At-Home Mothers At Starbucks
From: SLS2L
Re: #$@*d

I know that getting out of the house must be one of the highlights of your day.

But where in the social contract does it say that you are relieved of all child rearing duties when you order a half caf, no foam, skim latte? Where does it say that once you sit down with another desperate housewife that the rest of us need to activate our cookie projectile and spill defense shields? For the love of God, control your children. Just because your toddler can't control the volume of her voice doesn't mean that you get to raise yours to continue gossiping with the Yentas. This isn't a playground. The tables aren't for tap dancing. Your kids are not that cute. She is not cranky today because she is a Scorpio. I will offer a forgiving smile the first time and second time your little one squeals or bumps into my laptop. Not the fifth, seventh, or the tenth time. I'm not claiming that this, of all places, is supposed to be a sanctuary of calm. Still, I don't at all understand the presumption that I have to subsidize your decision not to find a sitter for the whiny brats with my decision to read and write in a coffee shop.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Beware Aggies

The Ides of March have come.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ink Blot

What might you suppose the substance of a course to be that's been abbrievated "Trans. Law" for transcript purposes?

No. Transnational. Apparently, "international" no longer curries favor with the intelligentsia that like to think up semantics for new paradigms.

Monday, March 12, 2007

This Be Madness

How to succeed in life, win friends, and influence people? Today, we learn, the answer is to ensure that others hold the lowest of all possible expectations for you and then barely exceed them.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Will Litigate For Food

And now, please enjoy the latest installment in our "Actual Law School E-mails" series.

To: Class of 2007, Class of 2008, Class of 2009
From: Assistant Dean
Re: Have some manners

I hate to send this sort of email because it pains me to think that a bunch of adults who are studying to become officers of the court need to be told to have some basic respect for others and to mind their manners. I know that most of you know how to behave; but, I have been informed that, yet again, there are some among you who believe you have an inalienable right to any food at the law school. Last time I looked, that right was not enshrined in the Constitution (and I have both a Federalist printing and an ACS printing).

Last night, the Law, Science & Technology program co-sponsored an event with White & Case. I am told that a student walked up to the food table outside 290 with a box and took about 10 desserts and waters. That is the most outrageous instance so far, but there are many others where students actually lie to the people trying to save the food by saying they are attending the event when they are not. Other times, students just ignore the person asking them not to take the food.

As you know, we have a great tradition of giving away any leftovers here. Please respect the event sponsors by not taking food not meant for you. To continue stealing food forces your fellow students and staff to stand as security. It also makes Stanford students look bad to the attorneys who come to these events. If you can't be polite because it is the right thing to do, be polite because it is in your best interest to make yourself and other Stanford students look as good as possible.

Thanks to you who already act like grown-ups and here's hoping the rest of you can start now.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It's Only Hubris If You Fail

And, you've failed.

...Ivy Cellar, Princeton...

"The last-place finish was just the latest in a lengthy list of ignominious moments during Scott’s three seasons as Princeton’s coach. The 2004-5 team was 6-8 in the league, becoming the first Tigers team to have a losing Ivy record. Last season, Princeton scored only 21 points in a loss to Monmouth, tying the N.C.A.A. Division I record for fewest points scored by a team since the introduction of the 3-point line in 1986-87. Three games later, Princeton lost to a Division III opponent, Carnegie Mellon."

How sweet the sound. (Aside: Where's Waldo?)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Sunshine of Life

So the weekend back at Stanford was a blast. It was a whirlwind tour that included good Mexican food, San Francisco bars and cigars, California mountain drives, Jamba Juice, sunburns on campus, super fresh sushi, auction excess, and after parties followed by morning after greasy omelettes. I'm running on almost no sleep and, if I can just make it through tonight's 24 episode without passing out, I'll feel like I survived it. Though the weather was a sunny 70 and the drinks plenty, it was the great laughs with kids over there that has me already looking with one eye past the summer toward fall. If you're not a law student, you'll just have to take my word for it that's really saying something.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Our Nature Lies In Movement

Well, I think I'll go to Palo Alto today.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Broadcast Yourself

Most unintentionally funny commercial ever? Thanks to BB for the pointer.

Or, to ask a more interesting question, of the lip synching flea market rapper and the producer thinking that this cut was solid enough to run with, who displayed poorer judgment here?