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Saturday, November 29, 2003


Tyler Declan Howell. Born Thanksgiving afternoon, 1:22 p.m. 6 pounds, 4 ounces. 18 inches long. 19 hours, 22 minutes of labor. (Yes, that means I was in labor, without realizing it, when I last posted.)

More later, Papa Howell sez Tyler's hungry. (So what else is new???) This rocks, folks. Best three days I've ever had.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

First Harvest

A colleague in the UK writes with a link to The Pilgrim Hall Museum, pointing out that we here across the pond appear to have adopted the English custom of celebrating the first harvest with feasting, games, and prayer.

A National Day of Mourning has been observed since 1970 as well, but I'd be hard pressed to find something to mourn at present. The baby is due in 10 days. (!!) B&B (the elder sibling; also a Sagittarius) hits its Terrible Twos on Friday. (Howard Bashman just beat me to posting about this, and found the links for the transcript and (Real) audio of my recent Life & Times segment. Amazing!) Having just cranked out an ardous batch of stuffing herself, my 94 year old grandmother has enjoined me from any form of cooking tomorrow, so Gelson's will be coming to dinner, along with some dear family and friends. The baby's room has a roof, and, finally, a closet. Furnishings are still sparse (ok, nonexistent), but since Doctors Searls, Weinberger, and Sears have me sold on co-sleeping anyway, I'm not panicked. Yet.

To top off these good tidings, the mail keeps sprinkling delightful Amazon boxes our way—from all of you! I'm having great fun playing with my husband's head:

So, you know this person?
That one? No, never met her/him/[insert best guess here].
And they're sending us baby gifts?
You got it.
[Quizzical stare.]
[Shrug. Sheepish grin.]

Anyway, it's fantastic, thanks for helping make this one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember.

There Is No Turkey
––"[T]he truth is I'm thrilled that there are a handful of confirmable people, who have spoken back to me in interesting ways, who I didn't know before I began this thing. What a gift!"

Today's New Blawg

David Maizenberg has good news. He and two compatriots have just launched The Blogbook – the Bluebook for Legal Blogging:

The Blogbook is an open-source, work-in-progress, for all and sundry (well, lawyer blog tech culture geeks anyway) to enjoy and mess with. So go post to it.

This project brought to you by the good folks at Airdrop, plus extra special editorial help from an actual legal publishing professional who shall remain pseudo-anonymous.

The approach David and friends are taking gives the Bluebook model an adhocratic kick by making the discussion (and any resulting guidelines) a collaborative, interactive, community effort. The FAQ, Citations, and Style sections have more information, and there's a provocative hypo awaiting comments in Ethics.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

A DRM Free Post

Karen Coyle spoke about DRM last week as part of the Library of Congress Luminary Lectures series. Entitled The Technology of Copyright: Digital Rights Management, the presentation covered the following:

Without technological controls, digital documents are easily copied. Publishers of texts, music and video are looking to digital rights management (DRM) technology to allow them to distribute and sell their goods in digital format with a limited risk of piracy. DRM technologies in development today range from simple password control to elaborate models of trusted systems. They all exercise some control over the use of materials they protect. What will it mean to writers, publishers, readers and libraries to work with documents that are protected by technology? How does DRM interact with copyright law? Can we live with it? Can we survive without it?

The video of Coyle's 1 hour, 27 minute talk is available here (requires the RealOne Player, and dagnabbit, that might just tank this post's claim to DRM free status...). [Via UMUC's Digital Copyrights List]

Magnatune is a digital music download service on the shareware model: if you like what you hear, and/or want to download something more than a 128kb MP3, you buy it. See the Plan for the details, including the Creative Commons licensing. Magnatune says 50% of the purchase price goes to the artist, and that it's "not evil." [Via the Screen Savers]

Today's New Blawg

Dan Fingerman writes DTM. Dan's a recent Boston University School of Law grad and California Bar admittee, and worked as a summer associate in 2002 with Wiggin & Dana, the firm behind the Franchise Law Blog. Posts from the last month or so cover a wide variety of topics including law, technology, and culture: "Pesky spirits die hard, I guess." [Via the Blawg Ring]

Monday, November 24, 2003


Little Red Corvette
Sweet Ride, Good Cause

My dad's been on me about public education issues since well before I became mother-to-be of his first grandchild. Now the rubber is meeting the road, so to speak, and he's got a Red Hot Corvette, four days lodging at the Little River Inn, and dining during your stay at legendary Mendocino area restaurants, for some lucky soul who puts up $100 to support MUSE: a program for the enrichment of music, arts, sciences, and athletic programs in Mendocino schools. More details here. (With only 3,000 tickets being offered, the odds of winning appear roughly equivalent to landing a spot on an MTV reality show, or experiencing ESP in space.)

Coming Out Party

Cindy Chick on WestLaw's new Results Plus, which she likens to Amazon's Search Inside the Book: "[I]t's fair to say that books are coming out of the closet. And none too soon."

Today's New Blawg

Sam, a 2L at the University of San Diego School of Law, writes Reversed and Remanded. [Via] Here's Sam on California's online application page for appointment to state office: "I would really prefer that the Director of the Office of Emergency Services not get the job because he happened to be surfing the web." Also, I liked his tag line so much ("Go that way, really fast. If something gets in your way, Turn.") I had to look it up.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Today's New Blawg

Matt Morse has a brother, and his brother has a blawg. Adam Morse is associate counsel for the Brennan Center Democracy Program at NYU School of Law. At his Journal, Adam provides in-depth examinations of interesting and current judicial determinations (primarily those of the U.S. Supreme Court). His post on the recent Massachusetts same sex marriage case is a mini-treatise, full of deconstruction, analysis, predictions, and even a colorful historical reference. I watched both Meet the Press and Face the Nation tackle this topic this morning, and without question Adam's analysis was the more informative.

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