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November 29, 2006

Finals…

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…are nearly upon me. I turned in my final writing assignment for Pro. Skills this morning, and now I must prepare for the Testing. My exams fall on the first and last days of the finals period. Contracts is on Monday, and Torts on Friday, at 6pm, two weeks later. I would have preferred that those dates be switched, but c’est la vie. Contracts law is still uncomfortably squishy in my mind. I know there is a body of law on this topic. I know there are some rules. But class lectures about when to apply these rules (a.k.a. the important part) seem more and more to be like the card game Mao. I will devote the next week to frantically trying to unsquish this mess into something logical that fits neatly on 6×4 flashcards.

Thanksgiving was lots of fun. Chris and I did the whirlwind tour of Portland and Eugene, and saw all the family we could fit into a four day weekend. The traveling itself was pretty hassle-free. From the comfort of the Burbank airport last Wednesday, I watched news stories of a traffic accident on the 405 South heading to LAX; a semi-truck had flipped over, blocked most of the lanes AND spilled dangerous chemicals. Traffic was at at standstill for 6 hours. The best part? I wasn’t stuck in it!

Tomorrow night, I get one brief reprieve from studying. Chris and I are going to see BNL at Universal Studios. That will be fun.

November 20, 2006

In defense of Barenaked Ladies

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The new BNL album, Barenaked Ladies are Me, has been getting pretty tepid reviews. Frankly, I don’t think that’s fair. Granted I’ve been a BNL fan for years. But, critics, if you don’t like this album and think that “Bank Job” is the best it has to offer, you haven’t been paying attention. Yes, this is a more mellow collection then Stunt. Yes, in the past BNL has had more humorous songs, and “Bank Job” is the only humorous song this time out. But come on! “Bank Job” is the least complex – both melodically and lyrically – song on this album. You’re smarter then that, critics. Look past the familiar to see some quality music.

The deliberately cheerful, almost child-like melody of “Peterborough and the Kawarthas” contrasts wonderfully with the melancholy story of a father’s love for the son he only gets to see a limited amount of time because of a joint custody agreement. There is a haunting, almost gypsy-like harmony in “Everything Had Changed.” The lyrics of “Take it Back,” explore the new reality of the post terrorism world with lines like “we can’t lose if we all take off our shoes.” Critics, the heart of this album is subtlety. BNL isn’t the one trick “funny song” pony you’ve portrayed them as for so many years. You can take that to the bank.

November 17, 2006

Stuff that’s happened since my last post

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1) Last Friday, a co-worker of Chris’ flew Chris and I out to lunch on Catalina Island. He is a part of an aviation club that jointly owns a Cessna aircraft. It was wicked cool, and Chris and I even got to fly the plane for a bit. It was also far and away the best view of LA possible – it looked a lot like Sim City. Here are some pictures.

2) Last Sunday, a bunch of us went to Disneyland. Anna and Matt hadn’t been yet since moving to LA, and this would be our last opportunity to beat the impending holiday crowds. We were there all day long, and much fun was had by all.

3) Got back both my draft memo and my citations quiz in Pro. Skills, and I didn’t do all that well on either of them. Given I did really well on the first paper, this doesn’t place me in jeopardy; however, it would be best for all involved to knock my teacher’s socks off on the final version of this memo.

4) Chris’ mom is saying with us on Saturday night. I’m not sure how much I’ll get to see her, given that a) the final draft of the above mentioned memo is due Tuesday after Thanksgiving, b)we are going to Oregon for the long weekend, and as a result c) I’m trying to get through two weeks worth of case briefs and have the memo done before we get on the plane.

5) Discovered some choice internet tidbits:

  • Your Job in Germany. This is an anti-German propaganda/Army training film made just after WWII, directed by Frank Capra and written by Dr. Suess. It is hilariously (in that “funny oh no” kind of way) racist by today’s standards. I saw this in a movie theater once as a prelude to a banned cartoon film festival – the guy hosting couldn’t get a particular reel, so he played this instead. I also saw the companion film “Our Job in Japan” (which I did not find online after a cursory Google hunt). But here is the Wikipedia article about it; the movie has some truely terrible things to say about “the Japanese brain.”
  • Mini-Cooper Rocket Ski Jump. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • How Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended. It seems so obvious now…
  • Numa Numa. Yes, because of lawschool, I’m the last person in the world to catch up with internet fads. But I’m ridiculously addicted to this song. This is the original video, though You Tube is rife with people doing their own Numa thing.
  • Highlight this block of text and copy it:

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Now go to a page with a lot of pictures. Fark.com is a good one, or you can just run a google image search. Now delete the web address in the navigator bar and paste that block of text in. Hit return. Swirly.

November 6, 2006

Jumping the shark

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A few weeks ago, I posted a link to Line Rider. I had fun with the program, and figured out a couple of tricks. This, however, is hands down the coolest Line Rider run ever.

November 3, 2006

Workin’ hard for the money

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I meant to mention this a week or so ago, but I have a second job now. By virtue of being in the right place at the right time, I’m now a student representative for LexisNexis, a large legal research database. I have hours where I answer questions from my fellow students on how to run database searches, and I maintain the Lexis copiers on campus, and occasionally I will sit at a table and talk about the product and the company. They’re paying me pretty well for this (or they will once they officially hire me and back date my check). It is a nice supplement to my library job, and I heard a rumor that there might be a free bar-prep course somewhere down the line. Sw33t!

PS: Happy Birthday to Carl! I already wished him a happy one in my other blog (and on the right day, even), but I’ll say it here again for the two people that may check this page first.

November 1, 2006

A quiet night in

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That’s what I intend to do tonight (unless the gang comes up with a better idea). See, the actual day of my birth has passed, and it went exactly how I was afraid it would go – I’ve awake for the last 26+ hours, 24 of which were spent writing my bloody Pro. Skills paper. I’d feel sorrier for myself, but really its my own fault for not trying to knock out a section or two sooner then the last minute.

So yes. Quite night in is the order of business tonight. Thanks to all my friends for the birthday gifts and the night out at Tokyo Delves on Saturday – it was full of awesome. I hope when you’ve all fully recovered, you’ll want to go back someday. And thanks to my husband, who brought me flowers and pie on my birthday, in addition to some spiffy much needed school things that I asked for. And thanks to Kim and Cheryl for the DVDs – we’ve already watched Over the Hedge, and some weekend when I’ve got time, I have a date with 10+ hours of Battlestar Galactica extras.

I’m going to space out in this here computer chair for a bit, get some lunch, work a few hours, and then go home early tonight so as not to get caught in drunken Halloween party traffic. Have a great night, everyone!