Sunday, December 31, 2006

Honor Code Violation!

So I was working on my Note, sadly, and I read an Alaska Supreme Court case and then I read a Washington Supreme Court case on the same subject, and as I read the Washington case, I noticed that the format of the opinions in one particular part were almost identical! And some sentences were literally almost the exact same thing! I mean, how accidental does the similarity between these two sentences look:

"As for proposition (2), a strong showing on one prong should not overcome a deficiency in the other prong."

"As for proposition (2), a strong showing on one prong should not be considered to overcome a deficiency in the other prong. "

The Alaska Supreme Court totally copied the Washington Supreme Court! 706 P.2d 317 and 102 Wn.2d 432, in case you're interested (Eric, I'm looking at you!). I kind of want to put a footnote about it in my note, but maybe that would be bad, especially since I am supposed to meet the Alaska Court in March. Although I'm sure it's the clerks, not the judges themselves. Kind of bad to bite the hand that feeds you, I guess. But I had to spread the news! Honor code violation!

Friday, December 29, 2006

I love thunder and lightning

My town is under a tornado warning right now. Exciting! Now I remember what life was like when we lived here all those years ago. Although in that house, we had a much smaller windowless closet to hide in for the worst case scenario...there are big rooms in this house, which is good, since there are seven of us here right now. Not that that will be necessary, I'm sure.

On the plus side, I finally started writing my Note today, and I'm on page 4! Progress is being made, finally! Only 26 pages to go.

Update: Page 6 now! Hooray! Total crap, but whatever, page 6! And I think the storm has mostly passed.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

More puppy pics!

Merry Christmas, eastern time! (We still have an hour to go here.) Just because it's so cute, I have to show you a picture of new puppy Sophie asleep cuddled up with my mom: And here's Natasha sprawled out and exhausted on the couch:

Why was she exhausted, you ask? Because she just decimated her new Christmas chew toy (a hamburger, once upon a time):

Our poor dogs, their lives are so hard.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Bah humbug

Have I mentioned that I'm sick? Because I am, and it's not very fun. Ever since I got mono last spring, I'm always a little worried I'm gonna get that again, even though once you've had it you're done, like with chicken pox. Anyways, I can't breathe, can't sleep, and it's very not fun. Of course, this is a good excuse not to start working on my paper (my head hurts too much...really it does), but that's giving me minor panic attacks now, because it's due January 10th, and I haven't even finished my research, and it's almost Christmas and then my bf is going to be here for a while after that and then before I know it, it's time to go back to school and I'm screwed! I'm just not a last-minute paper person, and it's worrying me.

On the plus side, I sort of finished my Christmas shopping yesterday, so at least I don't have to make my way out in the craziness tomorrow (and didn't have to today, either).

Friday, December 22, 2006

Insane Cuteness

We have a giant hole in our backyard where our pool-in-progress is, so of course when we take the new puppy out she can't be let loose. We keep her on a long leash so she can meander, but not too far. Well, we had her and Natasha out at the same time, and Natasha decided that she could lead Sophie around just fine! So she grabbed her leash and led her all over the yard. It was, as the title suggests, insanely, cute, and I got a picture of it so you can see I'm telling the truth:





SNL has such power

The rape charges were dropped! And she doesn't even know if she was penetrated??? What kind of madness was Mike Nifong trying to bring to the courts? And then on the news, some Durham defense attorney was still arguing that this was a sound case and should have been brought to trial anyway. Some people never learn, I guess.

Oh, and I was so desperate for exercise yesterday that I actually ran on a treadmill...scary.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

New family member!

Well, we've got someone new to the family! Today we brought home a new dog, who, after much MUCH discussion, we've named Sophie:She's a chocolate lab, about four months old (they weren't exactly sure at the shelter). She just got spayed today, so when we took her home she was all out of it still...there's nothing cuter than a dog still feeling the affects of anesthesia! Actually, it worked out well because it let Natasha investigate her without having Sophie jumping all over her and freaking her out. Speaking of Natasha, in the interest of fairness, here's a shot of the new big sister:



Monday, December 18, 2006

This was a good week for SNL!

Amy Poehler laid the smackdown on Mike Nifong this week as Nancy Grace:



I think this is pretty great--I don't know how much people who don't actually go to Duke have been following the case, but it's completely ludicrous what has happened, and I'm glad even SNL is making fun of this DA now. Good times!

Speaking of good times, if you want some SNL hilarity, here's something else from this week's show, a digital short as good (if not better!) than the Chronicles of Narnia one from last year...but it's "colorful humor," so be prepared (relatives of mine):

Saturday, December 16, 2006

We can't *watch* the news during class, after all!

Does anyone else find it really annoying the way cnn.com has a fair number of stories that are only video? I mean, I'd like to find out what happened to the drunk man that fell asleep on a live railway track, but I don't want to watch a whole video about it! Take a note, CNN--promote literacy!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Good research

I don't get too much spam on my school account, just a little bit here and there, but the stuff I find most annoying is when they send emails designed to look like they're from a real business with whom you have an account, and then they tell you that someone's been trying to get into it, they need to reset your password, etc, and "click on this link!" to do it. Scammers. Usually they do it for places that I don't actually have an account with, so it's not exactly hard to tell it's not real, but one sent ostensibly from my bank concerned me briefly, until I noticed that they had me as having last logged in during September, which I knew was not true since I'd paid my bills and all since then. And then they sent me another one, which I found highly amusing, because of the date they used:

Due to the number of incorrect login attempts, your [bank] Account has been locked for your security on 14/12/2006.

Either they can't figure out that we don't have 14 months in a year, or they're European and have forgotten that American banks (especially American banks with the name America in them) don't use that style of date. So, good work guys.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Stupid #$*(%#)(

You know what's so annoying? When you're doing something and you know if you mess up, it'll be permanently messed up, so you're super careful and you finish without making any mistakes, and you're all proud of yourself...and then at the very end, you realize you did something totally stupid, like the whole thing is backwards. Yeah, that's not fun. Argh.

Killing time

I'm sitting in the classroom waiting for my last exam to begin, and I'm so ready to be free. Adam has a great recap of our IP exam last night, btw. I totally forgot to mention what a pompous piece of work it was--just like our professor. At least I'm never doing IP again in my life--what a mistake that class was. But it's over and done with, and in about four hours I'll be free of criminal procedure, too! Although I actually like that class, it's interesting material.

I think CNN is trying to help me study, they have this story about the "Playstation murder case" getting dismissed because of a paperwork error. My class doesn't cover the grand jury part, but it does the actual arrest. In this situation, they used a battering ram because police thought it would be dangerous when serving the arrest warrant, and they also shot and killed the suspect's dog--we have cases about both of those things! How convenient.

Ok, time to get ready.

Ha, I just noticed my title...I wrote that before I found the CNN story.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I can see the finish line from here

Two exams down, one to go. Today was yet another that I have no idea how I did. It's funny, one friend said it's the hardest exam that he's taken at law school, and another said it was not that bad, pretty fair overall. I guess we'll see who was right when we get grades back...

Tomorrow is my last one, and I've had a really hard time studying for it today! I'm tired. Too bad it's another morning exam, I could use that time to review my notes. But then I'll be done and free and happy =)

Hope everyone else's exams etc are going well...

Saturday, December 09, 2006

This was a very poor choice of classes

So apparently a guy in Chicago shot his lawyers because he didn't get a patent. I'm thinking that I should refuse to take my IP exam on Tuesday, because frankly the last thing I'd want to die over is patents, of all things. That seems like a reasonable excuse--I'll talk to my professor, I'm sure he'll understand.

California vocabulary

From the Sports' Guy's monthly NFL power poll (and this part is unrelated to football):

23. San Fran
My buddy Hopper says that I'm not allowed to call the 49ers "San Fran" anymore because it makes the locals angry. Whatever.

It's true, people. "Frisco" too, it's just wrong. Take a mental note.

Brrrrr

Last night it was about 23 degrees outside, and tonight the low is 20. 20! This is not right. And if it is going to be so cold, it might as well snow! (As long as I don't have to drive anywhere, that would be a disaster.)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Bye bye tax

Well, yesterday's tax exam is over, and I have no idea how I did. That's really annoying, especially since I know that material. I actually do! I don't like the thought of getting a crappy grade when I actually know the stuff...but what can you do. I was watching the movie Philadelphia last night (which I'd never seen before), and when they were reading the jury award at the end, I was thinking about how much Tom Hanks can take as an above-the-line deduction for attorney's fees (which is actually different now than it was at the time of the movie, he couldn't have gotten it then)! And how since they didn't allocate anything for medical expenses, he can get the double deduction for that. Maybe I should email that to my professor as a supplement to my exam. Of course, during the opening credits of the movie when they were showing shots of the city, I did briefly think to myself, I wonder what city this is? Then I, you know, remembered the title of the movie.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

They're so helpful

Here's Baxter trying to grab me a highlighter to use while I'm studying.



And here's Charlie making sure my printer cord is plugged in all the way (while Baxter moves over from one side to the other, trying to balance on the highlighters, so cute).

I'm so fortunate to have such good helpers. If only this would translate into good grades.



Disaster is looming

I feel like I should run for Congress, simply on a tax platform. There are a lot of bad things out there that need to be changed! I knew so nothing about taxes before this class, it's pathetic. Did you all know that there is something called the Alternative Minimum Tax, so if your regular tax burden gets low enough thanks to various deductions etc, then you get kicked into this whole other parallel tax universe? I had no idea. And it's screwing over the middle class! It's not adjusted for inflation, there's no exemptions if you have a lot of kids, or home mortgage interest, or any of those important things! It's estimated that by 2010, 75% of people in the $75,000-$100,000 tax bracket will be paying it, too!

...at least I'll know that much for the exam on Thursday.

Monday, December 04, 2006

I love this show



I suddenly have an incredible urge to go see Les Miserables. (Thanks to Adam for the link)

Seriously people, you need to start watching HIMYM. With these actors, how could it NOT be hilarious?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Andy's ringtone of Bye Bye Bye rocks...and if you know why, then you rock too!

Well, Friday was my last day of class for the semester! Which means I'm well into finals study mode, and while for undergrad I actually used paper and pens, now I'm on the computer for about 11 hours a day. My eyes are killing me, I'm going to be blind by the time Christmas rolls around. That's the problem with taking notes on your computer I guess, and then using those notes to make an outline...on the computer. Argh.

But that's not the biggest problem, the going blind. The worst part about it is that Microsoft Word is possessed by a devil that refuses to format correctly for me when I'm doing my outlines! Seriously, I just want it to automatically do the I. or A. or 1. or whichever it is I'm doing at the moment, but it refuses. It changes my C. to a B. for no apparent reason, it moves my 2 to a 4, and spacing is all over the page! The worst is when I'm starting a new big topic, so I do roman numeral I, but it thinks I'm saying the letter I, and it refuses to listen to me and switch it back! Because for some reason when I write "I" it changes it to a "J," and if I toggle with the settings to make it understand it's a roman numeral, not a letter, then it makes it a II or a IV! Every time, a II or IV, I don't understand. Why would I write "I" if I wanted "IV??" The upshot is, I hate it and want it to drown.

But hooray for good football this week! Cal won Big Game, and how about that 55-yard field goal! UCLA beat USC, which was beyond fantastic--we're at the Holiday bowl, so they can just go cry about not getting to be in the national championship! And today the Cowboys won again, with our new kicker and everything (would Vanderjagt have made that last kick? Sorry, but the way he's been playing...doubtful). Sadly I didn't get to watch the game because I was working of fed tax...never ending fed tax...so I had to settle for the recap.

Speaking of fed tax, I've actually learned some interesting things this semester. Maybe it's because I knew absolutely nothing about taxes before this class, but man, there's a lot of important rules out there. I may share some of them with you all at some point when I want procrastinate, but still call it studying time (it counts if I'm posting about class!).