Sunday, 28 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was founded in 1990 to work for the public interest in critical legal issues involving new technologies - and continues to defend free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights. For its holiday greeting this year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) produced the Twelve Days of EFF, a music video highlighting some of its accomplishments during the past year, from helping to ensure the integrity of electronic voting to busting bad software patents. Hat tip: Law Librarian Blog and Legal Watch Blog.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Here's the UNC flashmob rave, then the UVA response:
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Stapling is a tiny little engineering feat. Every year at this time, when stapling is at its peak, I get obsessed with finding a really really good stapler, a sturdy and foolproof stapler that will staple even the longest, most footnote-ridden report. Not electric, those things are too scary especially for law students who have been up for 36 hours straight.
There are whole websites devoted to staplers. You can't believe how much a really good stapler can cost. Anyway, my current dream stapler for Barco is the Rapid DUAX® heavy-duty desktop stapler. The manufacturer calls it a Revolution in Stapling. It staples - no joke - from 2 to 170 sheets of 20-lb paper (though there are testimonials saying it has stapled 180 sheets with ease).
Here's what's really cool: "Only one size of DuaX® staple required• Automatically sizes staple to thickness of material stapled• Cuts the legs of the DUAX staple for an ultra-flat, clean staple". Wow. Wow. Wow. Apparently it cuts the little extra bits of staple off so that the staple fits the paper thickness perfectly. No more sharp ends sticking through the paper and drawing blood.
There's even a movie demo of the Duax on YouTube. I love it when he staples 170 pages, and he seems very pleased too. A little smug.
Mr. Kalis pays some wonderful and well-deserved compliments to Pitt Law and especially our talented faculty and students. And he puts US News in its place: "a magazine develops a ranking using a questionable approach, lets loose with this year's version and then starts reporting on its own pseudo-news as if it's something to which we should pay attention. For the most part, it's not." Hearing the truth about the rankings spoken so boldly is very refreshing. I hope others will be brave enough to stand up and say that the Emperor has no clothes.
Monday, 15 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
Hat tip: Nate "the Great" Traurig
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
The top five terms translated in Google Translate are:
- thank you
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
1) to immediately provide authority and facilitate ties to restore liquidity and stability to the domestic automobile industry in the United States; and
2) to ensure that such authority and such facilities are used in a manner that -
(A) stimulates manufacturing and sales of automobiles produced by automobile manufacturers in the United States;
(B) enhances the ability and the capacity of the domestic automobile industry to pursue the timely and aggressive production of energy efficient advanced technology vehicles;
(C) preserves and promotes the jobs of 355,000 workers in the United States directly employed by the automobile industry and an additional 4,500,000 workers in the United States employed in related industries;
(D) safeguards the ability of the domestic automobile industry to provide retirement and health care benefits for 1,000,000 retirees and their dependents; and
(E) results in a viable and competitive domestic automobile industry that minimizes adverse effects on the environment.
hat tip: beSpacific
Monday, 8 December 2008
On the negative side, the Technometria blog (authored by Phil Windley, former chief information officer of Utah) points out one of the inherent shortcomings of Twitter as a news source: its lack of context. Because tweets are limited to 140 characters, writers cannot do much more than convey facts or reactions. That was a problem during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, he says. Reading a stream of comments is “like being in the middle of a crowd that you can't see over and you know something’s happening on the edge, but you can't tell what and you’re trying to figure it out from what people around you are saying. In many cases, they can’t see either — it's mostly hearsay.”
Hat tip: Federal Computer Week
The tips encourage users to read the comment policy, set up an account, stay on topic and to rate other comments. However, in explaining each tip, the Obama team clearly is trying to impress upon readers some rudimentary net etiquette and letting people know that social networking can be an effective governance tool -- but only if the participants are willing to play a constructive part. If not, and Change.gov devolves into a free-for-all, the potential will be lost.
"Sunshine's Irregular Presence at the Capitol" presents a timeline of important dates in attempts to open - and close - Congressional information. "Obama on Openness" reports several steps that the President-elect has promised to take. Finally, "Congress' Tools of Last Resort" discusses ways in which members of Congress can force secret documents to go public.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Among the PNSR’s key recommendations are:
- Establishing a President’s Security Council to replace the National Security Council and Homeland Security.
- Creating an empowered Director for National Security in the Executive Office of the
- Initiating the process of shifting highly collaborative, mission-focused interagency teams for priority issues.
- Mandating annual National Security Planning Guidance and an integrated national security budget.
- Building an interagency personnel system, including a National Security Professional Corps.
- Establishing a Chief Knowledge Officer in the PSC Executive Secretariat to ensure that the national security system as a whole can develop, store,retrieve and share knowledge.
- Forming Select Committees on National Security in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Friday, 5 December 2008
Also note that the library is CLOSED from Weds. Dec. 24, 2008 through Thurs. Jan. 1, 2009.
Reading & Exam Period Friday, Dec. 5 - Monday, Dec. 22
Monday - Friday 7:30 A.M. - 11:45 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 11:45 P.M.
Monday December 22 7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Winter Holiday Hours Weds. 12/24/08 - Sun. 1/11/09
Tues. Dec. 23 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Weds. Dec. 24, 2008 - Thurs. Jan. 1, 2009 CLOSED
Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, Jan. 3 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday, January 4 12:00 noon - 5:00 P.M.
Mon. Jan.5-Fri. Jan. 9 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday, Jan. 10 10:00 A.M. -5:00 P.M.
Sunday, Jan. 11 12:00 noon -5:00 P.M.
Hat tip: the ABA Journal
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
You can also vote for your favorite law blog on the ABA journal website. - votes must be in by Jan. 2.
Sunday, 30 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
The case, from the US District Court for the northern district of Georgia, is Carpenters Health & Welfare Fund, et al vs. The Coca Cola Company etal. FILE NO.: 1:00-CV-2838-WBH.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Russian children playing the "butterfly game."
Location: Moscow, Russia
Date taken: 1941
Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White
Here is an interview with patent attorney Cheryl Milone, the founder and CEO of Article One Partners.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
A whole industry known as "online reputation management" has grown up around helping individual clients and corporate clients suppress negative information online by creating more positive and search-engine-friendly postings.
Hat tip: beSpacific
Monday, 17 November 2008
The second, Obama CTO, tees off on one of the planks in Obama's technology platform: creating the position of a national Chief Technology Officer. The new site, from the founders of FrontSeat, a platform for civic participation, invites people to suggest top priorities for the job.
President-Elect Obama has also announced that he will record his weekly address as a YouTube video to be posted at Change.gov.
Friday, 14 November 2008
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
- E-only journals Reviews
- Preprints and working papers
- Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and annotated content
- Discussion forums (listservs, message boards)
- Professional and scholarly hubs
The report profiles each of these eight types of resources and discusses how and why faculty reported using the resources for their work, how content is selected for the site, and what sustainability strategies the resources are employing. The Appendices provide links to examples of digital scholarship.
The report discusses several ways that librarians can play a central role in sharing information about these digital resources with the campus community, and in guiding new projects toward success. The report also concludes that "field team" methodology used in the study was highly successful at gathering good information and is something ARL will continue to develop.
There is also a notice that the Statistical Supplement to the Federal Reserve Bulletin will cease both online and print versions with the Dec. 2008 publication.
Friday, 7 November 2008
From xkcd, a Creative Commons comic.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Google will pay $125 million to settle lawsuits that challenged its plan to digitize, search and show snippets of in-copyright books without the explicit consent of the copyright owner. If approved, the agreement will expand online access to millions of in-copyright books from the collections of libraries participating in Google's project. Google's payment will be partially used to establish a program under which holders of U.S. copyrights can register their works and receive compensation from institutional subscriptions, book sales and ad revenues.
Hat tip: beSpacific
Monday, 27 October 2008
- the sole surviving recording of Virginia Woolf
- the sole audio recording of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes
- P G Wodehouse talking about Jeeves and Wooster
- J R R Tolkien discussing whether he will be remembered for The Lord of the Rings or his academic career
- Raymond Chandler interviewed by Ian Fleming
- Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin discussing the position of African-American writers in the United States.
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Open up Microsoft Word. Click Tools, Customize, and in the dialog, choose Keyboard. In Categories, scroll to and click All Commands, and in the Command panel, select "Overtype." Highlight "Insert" in the Current keys box, click Remove, and click Close until all the dialog windows close.
So easy, yet so satisfying.
Friday, 17 October 2008
discusses the legal aspects of Russia's invasion into Georgia in August 2008 and Russia's recognition of Georgia's separatist enclaves' independence. The report includes an analysis of relevant aspects of international law and Russian domestic law, as well as an evaluation of Russia's legal justification for its actions.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Hat tip: beSpacific
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Here are some poverty law resources:
- The Poverty Law listserv hosts a discussion of substantive, pedagogical and practical issues as they relate to poverty law and the poor, including the role of government. It's hosted by Washburn School of Law and co-owned by Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola, New Orleans.
- The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law is a national law and policy center that takes action to end poverty through policy development, communications, and impact litigation.
- The Shriver Center also hosts the Poverty Law Library, a collection of over 500,000 legal documents.
- The Census Bureau Poverty Statistics has lots of data.
- The Center for Law and Social Policy is a national nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income people.
- The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty works to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.
- The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty provides policy-based advocacy on behalf of homeless and impoverished people.
- The Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. - Poverty Law Program offers legal services for people who are eligible for services and have a legal problem that they handle.
Monday, 13 October 2008
BTW, you can read the report for free online and if you go to the Table of Contents there's a nifty little feature that lets you "skim" the various sections of the report.
• The full text chat messages of TOM-Skype users, along with Skype users who have communicated with TOM-Skype users, are regularly scanned for sensitive keywords, and if present, the resulting data are uploaded and stored on servers in China.
• These text messages, along with millions of records containing personal information, are stored on insecure publicly-accessible web servers together with the encryption key required to decrypt the data.
• The captured messages contain specific keywords relating to sensitive political topics such as Taiwan independence, the Falun Gong, and political opposition to the Communist Party of China.
• The analysis suggests that the surveillance is not solely keyword-driven. Many of thec aptured messages contain words that are too common for extensive logging, suggesting that there may be criteria, such as specific usernames, that determine whether messages are captured by the system.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Inside Higher Ed. reports that the University of Texas is conducting a pilot project in partnership with with the publisher John Wiley & Sons to shift certain classes entirely to e-textbooks. The Austin American Statesman says that shifting to e-textbooks will cut the cost of textbooks.
Monday, 6 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Oh, and note: you must use Internet Explorer as your browser for the searches. No points if you use Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
- Breaking up collections and disbursing them in a fashion that they may never be reassembled. - Most of the re-opened libraries will only provide “core” reference materials;
- Banning any technical holdings (called “mini-libraries”) for scientists and specialists that are not subject to centralized control; and
- Placing all library acquisition and management decisions under a political appointee.
In response to public and congressional criticism, the EPA has undertaken a "National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information" that invites participation from anyone interested in access to environmental information. The Dialogue will be used to develop a new EPA Library Strategic Plan in December 2008.
The article includes a video that shows college debate teams in action. (warning: the brief mooning incident is included.)
Monday, 29 September 2008
The Wall Street Journal reports that Congressional leaders and the White House have agreed on a bailout bill after negotiating all weekend over the measure. The "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008" is available in draft form from the Wall Street Journal ; the Chicago Sun-Times has a good summary of the draft bill (from last night). But...see above.
Among the findings are the skills showing the largest gap between expected and actual proficiency include:
– Effective and efficient use of printed legal research materials
– Effective and efficient use of online legal research materials
– Identifying the legal issue in a research problem
– General workplace skills, including time management, punctuality, meeting deadlines, professional attire
– Clear, concise use of research findings in writing memoranda
– Effective and efficient use of primary authority, including statutes and cases
– Preparation of briefs and motions using legal research effectively and complying with requirements of the court
– Tracking the history of a change in a statute
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Zotero is also one of the few apps you can use to format legal citations in Bluebook style.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
The Proposal to Allow Treasury to Buy Mortgage-Related Assets to Address Financial Instability discusses a draft of Treasury Secretary Paulsen's proposal (dated 9/21/08) for legislative authorization to allow direct intervention in the economy, and analyzes frequently asked questions.
These CRS documents are excellent summaries with clearly presented information about the subprime mortgage debacle and the turmoil in U.S. financial markets.
Friday, 26 September 2008
The Chronicle's Wired Campus blog reports that as soon as next month college students will be able to buy electronic textbooks and other media at college bookstores. The National Association of College Stores has announced that it has formed a company, NACS Media Solutions, to negotiate with publishers to support the on-demand service. Ultimately content will include digitized textbooks, trade books, coursepacks, and magazines; digital learning objects (course materials created specifically for computer-based usage); open-source and self-published content; audio books; music, movies, TV programs, and video and computer games; and campus-specific content such as class notes and study guides. Available platforms will eventually encompass the web, mobile devices, print-on-demand, e-readers, course-management systems, point-of-sale systems, and kiosks. The pilot program, which will offer movies-on-demand that can be burned to DVDs, will begin in seven college bookstores across the country next month.
Friday, 19 September 2008
The Civil Rights Documentation Project "As valuable as the emphasis on the civil rights movement has been, an equally vital chapter has been neglected -- the story of the legislative process itself."
Editorial Cartoon Collection
Facing the Post-War World: Everett M. Dirksen Abroad, 1945 Dirksen traveled on behalf of the House Committee on Appropriations to inspect American embassies, reconstruction agencies, intelligence services, and the armed forces.
The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol Hill contains the minutes and press conferences (both print and audio) of the Joint Senate-House Republican Leadership, 1961-69.
Understanding Congressional Decisions Through Vectors How do Members of Congress make decisions about the votes they cast? In this interactive exercise a professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy uses vectors to illustrate how competing influences, such as personal preference or constituency interests, affect decisions.
14 Units to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law uses text, graphics and video to enliven understanding of the legislative process and to allow them to explore in-depth its various facets.