2006 in Review

How is it already the end of December? On a personal note, I am glad to say that I met my major goals for this year– it sucked less than 2005. And that applies to blogging, as well. While I’m not winning any awards over here, I managed to get name-dropped in the NY Times, which at least gave me something to talk about at my high school reunion. That was only one of a few interesting posts. Here are the topics I discussed and some of the best posts:

Communications Law Issues

Indecency Regulation

Some of these include more than superficial analysis. A rarity for this blog.

Internet Discrimination and Network Neutrality Regulation

Copyright

Information Literacy

Trademark and Reality TV

Did any other site on the web have more comprehensive coverage of the Supernova trademark lawsuit? If not, I’m not sure that’s something to be proud of.

Miscellany

Virtual Worlds

I’m late to the party on the property and virtual worlds party, but it’s an interesting topic:

What’s Next?

So, what’s on the horizon for next year? My goal is to integrate blogging and music better along with my professional life. I’m not yet quite sure how that plays out on this blog or in my life. As I intended to do last year, but managed only in unrealized fits and starts, I suspect that it involves taking these topics beyond the blog, probably by writing scholarly articles intended for a real publication or participating better in real life activities here in the city (particularly as far as teaching information literacy issues). The problem, of course, is doing it in a way that doesn’t result in scattering myself even thinner across more unrelated activities.

Programming Notes

Why has this blog sucked more than usual lately? A few reasons. Mainly, getting back into searching for a job after the bar exam redux is difficult. I realized that I turned a year older and am much less of an adult than I thought I’d be at this point in my life.
I recorded a podcast about the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Orphan Works and then realized that everything I said was incomprehensible, because I had been using a bad microphone cable. Oops.
But also, because I have been working on a few different nascent web and law projects. In addition to a lot of time getting reacquainted with Movable Type, I have a legal pad full of outlines and notes for writing a book version of this site, with everything that the blog lacks– organization, a thesis and structure. Not necessarily groundbreaking, but it could be mildly interesting.
On with the show and out with the programming notes

Upcoming events

Mar. 15 (next Monday), I’m sitting in with Hieronymus Bosch on saxophone and keys. Come by and enjoy some rock and mixed with a little bit of roll. 9:45 pm at Continental (25 3rd Ave.). There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but this is a free show– there is NO cover charge.
Other upcoming gigs I will be playing with them are Saturday Apr. 3 at Galapagos (7pm) and Friday Apr. 9 at Luna Lounge (9:30 pm). The Luna Lounge show is also free.
Mar. 16 (Tuesday), The Walk-Ons are playing at Acme Underground (7 pm).
Mar. 23 (Tuesday), Lawrence Lessig on Free Culture: Creativity and Its Enemies at the 92nd St. Y (8:15 pm).
Apr. 12 (Monday), The Mets home opener at Shea. This may be the last time the Mets are in contention.

2003 in Review

Where did 2003 go? It seems like just yesterday was the middle of the summer, and now we’re on the doorstep of 2004. While I sit around and wait for OS X 10.3 (Panther) to finish installing on my laptop, I can revew some of my favorite posts from this past year, in no particular order:
Songs:

Best open offer:

  • Your Logo Here (There are still many opportunites for sponsoring AndrewRaff.com! Right now, I’m looking to fill the Official Summer Employer spot I have open.)

Photos:

Photos of NY landmarks celebrating notable anniversaries:

Relatively substantive analysis:

Best Movie Criticism:

Best post where I acknowledge that I own Meco’s Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk:

Fun with Numbers:

Two favorite uncategorized posts:

This year in review isn’t quite as much fun as my 2002 year in review, probably because I posted links off on their own this year and did not include them in this review. Feel free to review the 1466 Linky links I posted since March.
I’ll be back next week. Have a happy new year.

Writer’s, er, what’s that called?

Well, my brief is done, and it’s perhaps the single worst piece of $#@! I’ve ever written. I never got into the zone writing it. (Researching, yes. Writing, no.) Overall, it has no flow. Fortunately, I’ll have another chance to submit a revised version for a grade, but I think this is the version I’ll be arguing for moot court.
In general, I can’t seem to write anything of substance. I started a piece for the return of BRR, which I haven’t done anything with in a couple of weeks. I have some thoughts about Iraq outlined that I’d like to finish while they’re still relevant, but I can’t seem to wrap them into complete and coherent ideas.

2002 review

At the end of the year, what better way to find something to post than go through and find this year’s greatest hits and trends.
Best titles:

Comment of the year:

Most interesting discussion:

Best research:

Best newspaper article quoting me:

Proof that I am smarter than the average bear:

Most interesting thoughts on the music biz:

Site of the year:

Most Fun with studies, surveys and statistics:

Best advice:

Items most lost in translation

Only ten posts reference the Simpsons. I thought I had more. Four posts mention hobbits, dwarfs and midgets. I did link those in the original version of this post that disappeared somewhere during the handoff from NetNewsWire to Movable Type. Oops.

Exam time rambling

Since the tenative agreement between the MTA and TWU fortunately kept the subways running, exams continued to tick along today. It was mildly surreal leaving the law school after the torts exam to the scene of transit workers marching from MTA headquarters towards the Brooklyn Bridge with at least 5 news helicopters hovering overhead.
Now, only the final stretch looms (3 down and Con law to go.) At this point I am very anxious. I realized that I didn’t get around to addressing some issues in today’s torts fact pattern that I would have liked to and that I didn’t address the ones I did in sufficient detail. I realized that some of my answers for Civ Pro were conclusory and lacked enough explanation. and that I wrote from Crim Law probably lacks cromulency. But I can’t evaluate how much these errors might have affected me. In all these substantive classes (except for Civ Pro), there has been no feedback to date. Furthermore ,in these classes (except for Civ Pro), the entire grade rests on this one exam. These first year grades are then overemphasized when interviewing season rolls around next fall. I may have dug myself into a deep hole and not know it yet. Unlike undergrad, where I could generally tell how I did on a paper, or even the LSATs last year, where I walked out and knew I didn’t do so well, I can’t really evaluate how well I did on these exams. (Speaking of interviewing, I need to get started on finding something to do for this summer, since I have yet to get any non-negative response from my early inquires.)
While doubting whether I am on the way to suceeding in law school, I stopped by the old employer’s holiday party last week and spent some time with people not completely absorbed by exam season. I’ve been wondering if I would have not only better quality of life now than I do if I wasn’t in law school, but if my quality of life will not be noticeably better after law school. I also noticed that there’s a different vibe between the co-workers and the 1L’s, a manifestation of the collective, cooperative ethic rather than latent (and outright) competitiveness.
While it may be too late for other law students this semester, don’t forget that one can use The Simpsons to illustrate principles of tort law. See Bart Gets Hit by a Car (part of Season 2.)