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Saturday, May 30th, 2009
9:28 am
Conspiracy Theory
Ok, I realize it's been a very, very long time since I've posted, but to be honest, most of what I've needed to say I've been able to through other channels, including life updates. A few highlights, though:

1) My Note is getting published next year in the Journal of Law and Health.

2) I am co-Editor in Chief of the aforementioned Journal of Law and Health.

3) I am clerking at a real law firm this summer. Just blew my first paycheck on a 24" monitor & hardware upgrades. :-)

Prop 8 & Sotomayor thoughtsCollapse )

Current Mood: paranoid
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
1:44 pm
Brutus is an honorable man.
I love my 1st Amendment professor. Practice Quiz 2:

"After reading Act III, Sc. 2 of Julius Caesar (enclosed), assume the riot is put down by Brutus's new "government" and Mark Anthony is brought to trial to face charges of "urging, inciting or advocating unlawful activity against the government." Assume also the law to be applied is the same as exists today in the United States. Should he be convicted? Would your answer change depending on the case used for the test?"

How awesome is that?
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
11:48 am
For those who fear change...
I realize that there might be some who believe that imminent global upheaval is unavoidable, that their daily lives are forever changed by events this week, and that nothing in the world will be the same anymore. I realize that some are hopeful about this, while others are fearful. To both camps, I say:

I got my license renewed yesterday, and I can assure you, the people at the BMV are just as rude, surly, and ineffecient as ever. Take heart.
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
3:00 pm
I saw people dancing in the streets on the way home from voting last night.
"The United States of America always does the right thing...after exhausting all the other options." - Winston Churchill.

Break's over. Time to get to work.
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
12:21 pm
Today's meme
Here are the rules:

1. Comment on this post

2. I will give you a letter

3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.

Mine was "N"

1) Nynaeve al'Meara - Yes, I'm addicted to Wheel of Time. As long as you can get past every single female character being Robert Jordan's commentary on gender interaction, and the fact that nothing happens in about 4.5 out of 11 books, they're really good!

2) Doji Nagori - I really wish I still cared about the L5R storyline. The original plot to L5R was wonderfully epic in scope, but there's only so many times we can be fighting over who's going to be the next Emperor and still have it be groundbreaking.

3) Neroon - I loved Babylon 5. Neroon really is one of my favorite characters, because he's a perfect example of a character you absolutely, totally hate for very good reason...right up until the time he reveals that his motivations aren't as selfish as you assumed.

4) Ned Stark - The Game of Thrones series is incredible. I really thought he'd be a main character...

5) Nathan Grey-Summers - Let's face it, Cable is just cool. The height of the X-Men comics is long gone, but he's still one of my favorite characters.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
10:33 am
Questions for Sarah Palin tonight
There are a few questions that, I suspect, will not be covered in tonight's vice-presidential debate. However, I believe they should be asked, and since, so far, I have exactly as much access to Sarah Palin as anybody in the journalistic community (i.e., none), I'm asking them here.

1) Can Sarah Palin spell the word 'potato'?
Honestly, I think she probably can. I just want to establish a baseline for comparing her to previous Vice-Presidents of the United States.

2) Has Sarah Palin ever manufactured crystal meth?
Again, I don't really think she has. However, based on the amount of meth labs found in Wasilla during her tenure as mayor, she's orders of magnitude more likely to have done so than any previous candidate.

3) Katie Couric has established that Palin can't name any US Supreme Court cases other than Roe v. Wade with which she disagrees (click here to see it). I suppose that's ok, although I personally might have suggested in Re: Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson. Since Palin's such a firm believer in state sovereignty, she might also have suggested McCulloch v. Maryland or even Marbury v. Madison. Now, Palin might argue that she only has a BA in a completely non-political subject (journalism), and therefore couldn't be expected to cite obscure legal cases. That's why the above list consists entirely of cases I learned about in high school American History.

So, what I want to know is, can Sarah Palin name any US Supreme Court cases other than Roe, period? It just seems like it might matter in the job she's going for.

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, September 21st, 2008
4:19 am
Obama meets Bartlett
Written by Aaron Sorkin.

Thank you, dduane

Obama meets Bartlett
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
4:56 pm
Important Concert Dates
Anybody who wishes to go to any of the following, please let me know:

November 7, Cruxshadows, Columbus
November 13, Sisters of Mercy, Cleveland
December 7, Dragonforce, Cleveland


Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
5:14 pm
Palin '08
Yoinked from dduane:

If the embedded video doesn't show, go here

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
1:21 pm
On Palin
Advocating for abstinence-only education after your teenage daughter gets pregnant is like advocating for gun ownership after you shoot an old man in the face.

Current Mood: cynical
Monday, August 25th, 2008
11:24 pm
o/~ I was hanging with my family, down at Mary's Place o/~
o/~ And let me tell you, man, it was a stone.
But the closer that I felt to all these friends of mine,
The more I understood I was alone. o/~
- Spider Robinson, Callahan's Legacy

I have a ridiculously full schedule this semester:
17.5 hours of classes.
14 hours of work.
Law Journal.

Plus, my extra-curriculars:
3 D&D games (one of which I'm running)
Minimum 3 days/week of gym visits
Review Column (the first of which is in this month's Game Trade Magazine! W00t! </shameless>)

How busy do I have to be in order to forget to be lonely? I know how angsty that sounds, but it's really not meant to be. I'm happy with what I'm doing, I love all of it, and to my great surprise, I'm succeeding far beyond what I'd hoped. But at times like now, when I'm feeling that content kind of exhaustion which comes from a long accomplished day, I wish there was someone to share that feeling with. Calling my mom doesn't really cut it.

This isn't a romance thing (or at least, not entirely). Every episode of Boston Legal ends with Spader & Shatner sitting on the balcony, drinking scotch & smoking cigars, just bullshitting. Colleagues & friends, commisserating over having done something important. I have cigars. I can get scotch, if necessary. But most of my friends are pretty well coupled-up, which means they've got a full-time commisserating buddy (including my roommate). And the ones that aren't are pretty far away.

Current Mood: lonely
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
11:00 am
And it comes with its own very own windmills to beat up on...
Monday, I start clerking at the Felony Division of the Public Defender's Office.

*happy dance*

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
9:11 am
Shove a Scantron machine so far up your ass...
1) All of my grades have been in for a week, except for the one in which half the grade was a Scantron sheet. Lazy bastard...

2) I'm getting a lot of exercise this summer helping to chase down all these ambulances. Not really, although some of these cases are a little less noble than I might like. But the experience is invaluable. Also, my boss is a comic book geek & can quote more extensively from Blazing Saddles than me.

3) I am sitting in front of a stack of free boardgames to review. This is awesome. On the top of that stack is a giant box entitled "Pimp City." It comes with 12 shot glasses. This is...well, a little disturbing, to be honest. Doing my best to reserve judgment until I play it, but I have the feeling I'm not looking at a 2008 Spiele des Jahres contender here. Could be a good drinking game, though. Need to find a different group from my usual Eurogamers to try it out - any volunteers?

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
2:57 pm
The problem with having once been paid for the bullshit I spout is that it gave me the belief that it's valuable. As such, everybody should want it, and be thrilled when I choose to give it to them.

This is a tougher habit to break than you might think.

As my dad once told me, opinions are like assholes - everybody has one, and nobody needs yours.

My apologies to everybody upon whom I've foisted mine without having been asked. Not that it matters, but my intentions really were good (or at least, I think they were). I wanted to be the one who helped you out, more than I wanted you to have been helped, because I wanted you to like me. I forgot that you already did.

If you're not sure if you're one of the people I'm talking to, then you are.

Now I just need to figure out how to stop doing this.

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
1:49 pm
1st of May...
And if you don't know what that means, click here.

Happy May 1st!!
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
5:09 pm

Current Mood: amused
5:09 pm
Time to start the "getting over it" process
I'm starting to feel like I've been at the beginning of this road so many times, I should put up signage & a tollbooth. "This way towards getting over it. $0.50" Although I suppose that at least the road paves itself - each time you do it, it gets a little easier. Still sucks rocks, but it's just a little bit easier each time. And I guess that has to be enough, because really, what's the alternative? Stay in one place, forever? Screw that.

I think I try so hard because I want to make absolutely sure that, if(when) it does end, there was nothing that could have been done to save it, so it wasn't meant to be saved. I'm not sure if that isn't somehow self-defeating...

Current Mood: cynical
5:09 pm
Movie quote meme
1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb (or Wikiquote) and find a quote from each movie. (or in some cases, just remember them.)
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out Italicize it when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it correctly and the name of the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb/Wikiquote search functions.

I think I have a fair spread of obscure and accessible here. Good luck and Godspeed.

1. "A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works. "
2. "He'd probably enjoy that. Killed by a naked blonde who doesn't wear underwear to the strains of a Jerry Goldsmith score. Come to think of it, I'd sort of dig that myself. "
3. "Explode? I don't wanna explode."
4. "That's our audience: over- & under-weight guys who don't get laid."
5. "I, I'm standing where my, uh, living room was and it's not here because my house is gone and it's an Ultimart! You can never go home again, Oatman... but I guess you can shop there. "
6. "What does 'incompetent' mean?"
7. "I'm shocked, shocked to find that there is gambling going on in this establishment!"
8. "It's a four ton truck, Tyrone. Its not as if it's a bag of fucking peanuts, is it? "
9. "Seven trillion dollar communications system at my disposal, and I can't find out if the Packers won!"
10. "Is it true that there's a point on a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up? "
11. "I'm sorry. I mean you no disrespect. I'm your retainer. I don't want to put too many holes in you."
12. "Should I bolt every time I get that feeling in my gut when I meet someone new? Well, I've been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I've come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains."
13. "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow. "
14. "Why does everything I whip leave me?"
15. "She's great. She's really exotic! She's a princess! She's Polynesian - well, half Polynesian, and half American. She's... Amnesian. "

Edit: Still waiting on 2, 4, 9, 11, & 15... Come on, that's still 1/3 left! !!!

Current Mood: intrigued
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
8:04 am
Legacy Debt
This was originally going to be my yearly politics post, but I'm pretty sure there isn't anybody left who's going to read this and isn't voting for Obama, so I don't need to preach to the choir.

The question I'm getting asked more & more often lately is "why prosecution?" and my answer hasn't entirely satisfied me yet. The bottom line is that I'm driven to improve the world as much as I can, and this is how I think I can do it. The important part here is that I feel a personal responsibility for improving the world, and doing it as my day job. And then I started thinking about why.

The old line is that we want to give our children a better life than we had ourselves. But what happens when you've had it about as good as it's going to get? My life has been awesome. My parents, for lack of a better word, won. They provided me with everything I needed- financially, emotionally, etc. They've been (for the most part) supportive of my choices even when they've disagreed. They raised me with strong values, and at the same time knowing that it's my own judgment I have to trust most. I can't realistically give my kids a better life than that. I suppose I could make more money, but I've seen what having everything you could want does to kids' lives, and it sure doesn't make them better. The best I can hope to do by my children is as well as my parents have done by me, and that's pretty damn tough on its own. But it's not enough to just reach the bar - we have to exceed it. Progress demands doing better than before, not just as well. So if I can't give my kids a better life than my parents gave me, I have to make the world in which they live it better instead. I owe that to my parents.

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
1:10 pm
Macworld 08
I have to admit that for the first time, the RDF failed me. Consider:

1) The iPhone & iPod Touch updates. iPhone can now generalize your location, have a customizable homescreen, and SMS multiple people, so...it has exactly the functionality it should have had on release day, and it only took them 6 months. Meanwhile, no ETA on the 3G.

2) Apple TV is still functionally identical to a DVI cable. Yes, it's wifi-enabled. Fine - it's a really long DVI cable.

3) Time Capsule. Ok, it's...a hard drive, with wi-fi, in a box. Apple TV is...a hard drive, with wi-fi, in a box! If you're going to have two different overpriced useless doodads in a box, why not put them in the same box? I'm not saying I'd buy an Apple TV if they added a router & a giant HD, but it would at least be slightly less ridiculous.

4) MacBook Air. I'm not sure which compulsion of Steve Jobs's is more bizarre: putting a laptop in an envelope, or charging $1,800 for the privilege. If the thing were $500 cheaper, I will readily admit that I'd be jealous and cranked off at having gotten a Macbook 2 months ago. Yes, the 2 lbs. difference of weight is a real strain on my back, but the $800 IN CASH THAT I SAVED makes for a pretty good cushioning system. The only thing the Airbook does new is the multi-touchpad, which is so far in the gimmick stage. Honestly, I was hoping for a revolution on the order of magnitude of the iPhone - maybe a solid-state pad where the keyboard is, useable as a multi-touch or keyboard as necessary.

Current Mood: annoyed
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