“The life so brief,
the art so long in the learning,
the attempt so hard,
the conquest so sharp,
the fearful joy that ever slips away so quickly”
— Geoffrey Chaucer, The Parliament of Fowls.
Yeah, it’s been a productive Saturday afternoon.

Yeah, it’s been a productive Saturday afternoon.

“As nature has other cares besides letting us paint her deductive charm, she constantly reveals aspects that hamper or complicate our beautiful analytic equations. So, also, the affairs of practical life generate situations which mock our well-intentioned efforts to reduce the law to a rational system. In the presence of these, as of other seemingly insurmountable obstacles, human frailty is tempted to blink at the difficulties. So urgent is the need for assured first principles that most people resent the service which the skeptical-minded - the stray dogs of the intellectual world- render by showing the uninhabitableness of our hastily constructed legal or philosophic kennels. In the legal field, the blinking at the practical difficulties is facilitated by the ready assurance that if our principles are just it is none of our fault if any inconvenience results. Fiat justitia pereat mundus, is a very edifying excuse for refusing to reexamine our principles in the light of the harsh results to which they lead.”
— "Logic in the Law" - Morris R. Cohen (1934)
lafuguedantoine:

You Could Soon Read An Entire Harry Potter Book In Under 90 Minutes With This App
Absolutely fascinating!!!

So happy to discover this during the second semester of my final year of law school.
“As you know, ALL CAPS is the international symbol for ‘let’s have a rational dialogue.’”
— Prof. DeSanto, on Sarah Palin’s “Don’t Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!” tweet after the 2011 Tucson shooting of Rep. Giffords and eighteen others.
“Garbage … Garbage … Functionalist Garbage.”
— The marginalia of Yours Truly next to J. White’s dissent in Northern Pipeline.
“I’m looking for a research assistant to help on an upcoming paper I’m writing … It’s a six figure salary … depending on where you put the decimal point.”
— Prof. Redish

Very excited to sit in on my first deposition today!

Am I nervous? Sure, but let’s be real. I’m basically already an expert at awkward half-scripted conversations with strangers.

My Goodness…

Fifteen minutes until quitting time and I’m dutifully working on a memo for my boss. Researching complex technical statutory and regulatory provisions. Making structural inferences about exhaustion of agency review. Cross referencing various subsections to make sure I get everything just right. 

It’s like… I’m really doing Administrative Law. Professionally. For money. 

I think I love it?

Reason #352 I Love The Internet
So I was just taking a break from writing my paper on monochromatic trademark protection and reading Wikipedia’s entry on Captain Britain (natch) when I stumbled upon something amusing. After scrolling through a thousand or so words on his impossibly convoluted origin story and frequently ret-conned side plots, I found the “Powers and abilities” section. "Oh boy," I thought to myself, "we’re finally getting to the important stuff."

"Okay … magical amulet… sure… super human strength … that’s pretty basic … replenishment of energy …   yadda yadda yadda… 
Wait! 
WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE! 
'Citation needed' on the amulet thing? What the hell Wikipedia? Is this amateur hour on the internet? What kind of comic book article am I browsing here? If I wanted rank speculation, I would talk to the nerds at Gaslight! I crave canon supported superhero knowledge! I trusted you Wikipedia! Thank goodness some intrepid soul called the uncertainty of this whole amulet debacle to my attention! My commendation to you Mr… SpiderSensuous69. Hm. Okay. Probably not actually going to write you to say thanks, but know that I’m thinking it.”

These kinds of things really amuse me. The thought of some Captain Britain fan wading through line after fucking line of supernatural claims, alternate history, and minute plot details, decided that this - this particular claim and no other - needs further verification. Like, what authority does he want? What will it take to satisfy this attentive limey? A specific comic book number and page? Don’t comic books contradict themselves all the time? Is there an authoritative source of knowledge for these kind of things? Further, is there a BlueBook approved format for citing that authority? So many questions!
I can’t really explain why that makes me smile but it does.
Okay back to work. Reason #352 I Love The Internet
So I was just taking a break from writing my paper on monochromatic trademark protection and reading Wikipedia’s entry on Captain Britain (natch) when I stumbled upon something amusing. After scrolling through a thousand or so words on his impossibly convoluted origin story and frequently ret-conned side plots, I found the “Powers and abilities” section. "Oh boy," I thought to myself, "we’re finally getting to the important stuff."

"Okay … magical amulet… sure… super human strength … that’s pretty basic … replenishment of energy …   yadda yadda yadda… 
Wait! 
WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE! 
'Citation needed' on the amulet thing? What the hell Wikipedia? Is this amateur hour on the internet? What kind of comic book article am I browsing here? If I wanted rank speculation, I would talk to the nerds at Gaslight! I crave canon supported superhero knowledge! I trusted you Wikipedia! Thank goodness some intrepid soul called the uncertainty of this whole amulet debacle to my attention! My commendation to you Mr… SpiderSensuous69. Hm. Okay. Probably not actually going to write you to say thanks, but know that I’m thinking it.”

These kinds of things really amuse me. The thought of some Captain Britain fan wading through line after fucking line of supernatural claims, alternate history, and minute plot details, decided that this - this particular claim and no other - needs further verification. Like, what authority does he want? What will it take to satisfy this attentive limey? A specific comic book number and page? Don’t comic books contradict themselves all the time? Is there an authoritative source of knowledge for these kind of things? Further, is there a BlueBook approved format for citing that authority? So many questions!
I can’t really explain why that makes me smile but it does.
Okay back to work.

Reason #352 I Love The Internet

So I was just taking a break from writing my paper on monochromatic trademark protection and reading Wikipedia’s entry on Captain Britain (natch) when I stumbled upon something amusing. After scrolling through a thousand or so words on his impossibly convoluted origin story and frequently ret-conned side plots, I found the “Powers and abilities” section. "Oh boy," I thought to myself, "we’re finally getting to the important stuff."

"Okay … magical amulet… sure… super human strength … that’s pretty basic … replenishment of energy …   yadda yadda yadda… 

Wait!

WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE!

'Citation needed' on the amulet thing? What the hell Wikipedia? Is this amateur hour on the internet? What kind of comic book article am I browsing here? If I wanted rank speculation, I would talk to the nerds at Gaslight! I crave canon supported superhero knowledge! I trusted you Wikipedia! Thank goodness some intrepid soul called the uncertainty of this whole amulet debacle to my attention! My commendation to you Mr… SpiderSensuous69. Hm. Okay. Probably not actually going to write you to say thanks, but know that I’m thinking it.”

These kinds of things really amuse me. The thought of some Captain Britain fan wading through line after fucking line of supernatural claims, alternate history, and minute plot details, decided that this - this particular claim and no other - needs further verification. Like, what authority does he want? What will it take to satisfy this attentive limey? A specific comic book number and page? Don’t comic books contradict themselves all the time? Is there an authoritative source of knowledge for these kind of things? Further, is there a BlueBook approved format for citing that authority? So many questions!

I can’t really explain why that makes me smile but it does.

Okay back to work.