Sunday, June 19, 2005

Oh the humanity!

Instead of going to bed yet (grumble grumble), I poked around the web a bit. Links ensue.

Bar Exam Blogs courtesy of a girl walks into a bar (exam)...

Congress Assaults the Courts, Again courtesy of The Legal Reader

A website I should have linked (did I already? I forget..) long ago: Overheard in New York. Absolutely hilarious.

John Lithgow's Commencement Address at Harvard University this year. Because John Lithgow rocks.

Legal Guide for Bloggers at Confessions Of An Exhausted Mind originally drawing material from somewhere over at Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground (f/k/a Notes from the (Legal) Underground).

I just read some of the EFF stuff. I'm a bit wary about the EFF as a matter of practice, they rub me the wrong way, see too many things in black & white. (I'm all about the grays, baby! Shades of gray!!!) Their posts, while not uninformative, are a little over the top in my opinion. The DMCA items are good but the rest is fairly redundant to most common sense. Most of what people think is generally fair, with regards to free speech and quotations/linking, is actually pretty good. Citations are a plus. Transformative use/commentary is a plus. Etc. Use your head and you'll probably be okay. That's what the majority of the EFF stuff boils down to. Besides, barring some really nasty stuff (and I mean clear defamation), most blogs are not going to incur anyone's wrath, let alone liability. But hey, I'm sure some people appreciate the EFF's articles and assistance.

And because I'm still out of it (now and forever more):
"Oh ... and er ... interesting rhythmic devices too," continued Arthur, "which seemed to counterpoint the ... er ... er ..." He floundered.

Ford leaped to his rescue, hazarding "counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the ... er ..." He floundered too, but Arthur was ready again.

"... humanity of the ..."

"Vogonity," Ford hissed at him.

"Ah yes, Vogonity (sorry) of the poet's compassionate soul," Arthur felt he was on a home stretch now, "which contrives through the medium of the verse structure to sublimate this, transcend that, and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other," (he was reaching a triumphant crescendo ...) "and one is left with a profound and vivid insight into ... into ... er ..." (... which suddenly gave out on him.) Ford leaped in with the coup de grace:

"Into whatever it was the poem was about!" he yelled.
from here which is in no way connected to an actual reprint of a portion of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In no way. (Go buy the book. Or else trolls will eat you.) (Hmmm.. the link is genuine but probably wrong though it's Google's fault, the business appears genuine so the product probably is. In any case, I disclaim all liability. Why? Because I said so!)