Discourse.net http://www.discourse.net On the fringes of the public sphere Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:42:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Smarmy Duck and Weave Deposition by Rick Scott (Updated) http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/smarmy-duck-and-weave-deposition-by-rick-scott/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/smarmy-duck-and-weave-deposition-by-rick-scott/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:48:11 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24323 Continue reading ]]> Fl. Governor Rick Scott doges questions in a 1995 deposition. It sort of encapsulizes a good bit of what is so awful about the guy.

And he hasn’t changed: Scott is still dodging basic questions in 2014. Throw in the content of his policies, and it makes the case for Nan Rich. Pity that the establishment Dems are lining up for the less-odious-by-comparison quondam Republican Charlie Crist. At least Crist picked a great running mate for Lt. Governor: Annette Taddeo. The primary is in about a month.

(The video is from a Democratic Party web commercial. Like Adam C. Smith of the Tampa Bay Times said, they should put it on TV.)

Update: Here he is again, avoiding questions on gay marriage.

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More than 1.3 Million Spams http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/more-than-1-3-million-spams/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/more-than-1-3-million-spams/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:57:55 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24316 Continue reading ]]> That’s what I got this past year. That’s more than triple the previous year, and more than ten times what I got four years ago.

The level has gotten so great that the blog crashes about once a day; it’s practically a DDOS attack. Something will have to be done — but short of paying for very much more expensive hosting, I’m not at all clear what would be. I use Akismet and a javascript-based test too.

This combination worked fine for a decade. Now I’m getting overwhelmed. Over the past decade, 99.67% of my comments have been spam. I could turn off comments — it’s not like I’m overwhelmed with real ones these days — but I’d hate to do that.

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Strategic Planning Made Easy http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/strategic-planning-made-easy/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/strategic-planning-made-easy/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:09:00 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24309 Continue reading ]]> Weird Al to the rescue:

Easy to adapt for any law school.

Bonus points if you can identify the band whose music this plays off.

Mega-bonus points for anyone spotting the first firm to use this at a meeting without irony.

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Social Cost of Fighting Face Recognition http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/social-cost-of-fighting-face-recognition/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/social-cost-of-fighting-face-recognition/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:33:08 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24304 dazzle1It’s large:
Because here is the essence of CV dazzle’s strangeness: The very thing that makes you invisible to computers makes you glaringly obvious to other humans.

via Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face – The Atlantic.

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.ma Meh http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/ma-meh/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/ma-meh/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:20:32 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24299 Continue reading ]]> Dog.ma resolves, but isn’t interesting. Opti.ma is parked, which almost seems appropriate.

Enig.ma doesn’t resolve, which also seems appropriate, and it isn’t available. And neither are mag.ma and dra.ma.

Look.ma exists but is boring.

Ma.ma doesn’t resolve and isn’t available. Nor is Kar.ma.

Nor even meh.ma.

OK, back to work now.

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B+ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/b/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/b/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:33:20 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24293 Continue reading ]]> I really wanted to like this initial effort from Represent.us more than I did.

It’s a good effort, marred by some sophomoric stuff. Actually, I like the straight pitch better:

I wonder how they will play in Kentucky? Although facially neutral, to the extent they work these ads have to hit the incumbent worse than the challenger.

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A Mystery: Miami Property Values Seem Immune to Climate Change Risk http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/a-mystery-miami-property-values-seem-immune-to-climate-change-risk/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/a-mystery-miami-property-values-seem-immune-to-climate-change-risk/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:17:34 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24289 Continue reading ]]> There’s been a lot of news recently about the dire effects climate change can have on Miami, yet not only has the risk not been priced into real estate but values are rising. What’s up? Are climate change deniers that rich, or is something else going on? Is the risk seen as so far out as to be discounted to zero?

It’s flat here, there’s a lot of coastline, and a sea level rise of only a few feet would turn Coral Gables into New Venice. Even a foot and a half — which apparently has a decent change of happening in the next decade or three — would be very bad for Miami Beach, and also for much of South Florida in that it could impact water supplies and swamp power plants.

How then to explain why none of this is priced into the real estate market? Not only are house prices mostly going up after perhaps over-reacting to the the foreclosure crisis, but so too are waterfront land prices, as evidenced by this $100 million/acre sale of the last piece of undeveloped waterfront in downtown (total price for 1.25 acres was $125 million).

Yes, it could be a bubble. Yes, it could be the musical chairs phenomenon where the buyer thinks they can flip it, or develop it, before the music stops. Or it could be that the buyers watch too much Fox News, or have their own climate scientists.

I’d really like to know what’s going on here — if only because I (co)own a house. Any ideas?

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Should This Be Required Viewing Before Law School? http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/should-this-be-required-viewing-before-law-school/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/should-this-be-required-viewing-before-law-school/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:41:05 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24286 “Weird Al” Yankovic – Word Crimes:

Almost all great stuff. I disagree about the Oxford comma — I think it’s essential for legal writing. (I also have some other legal writing tips.) Catchy tune, though.

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Bon 14 Juillet http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/bon-14-juillet/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/bon-14-juillet/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:33:52 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24275 Joyeux anniversaire à la République Française (et à moi).

StormingBastille

Hier

Feu-artifice-Paris-Tour-Eiffel-2013-5sm

Aujourd’hui

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Jotwell Conference Program & Registration http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/jotwell-conference-program-registration/ http://www.discourse.net/2014/07/jotwell-conference-program-registration/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:14:28 +0000 http://www.discourse.net/?p=24272 Continue reading ]]> We’ve posted a program for Jotwell’s 5th anniversary conference on “Legal Scholarship We Like and Why It Matters” and also have opened up registration. The conference will be Nov 7 & 8, 2014 at the University of Miami School of Law.

If you are planning on coming, you can take advantage of the UM rate at local hotels. The main conference hotel is the Sonesta in Coconut Grove, but the UM discount also applies to the other hotels on the list.

In case you are rationing clicks, here’s the program:

JOTWELL 5TH anniversary Conference

Legal Scholarship We Like and Why It Matters

University of Miami School of Law
Nov 7-8, 2014

Register To Attend
“Legal Scholarship We Like and Why It Matters”

Friday Nov 7

1pm Welcome
Dean Patricia White, Welcome
A. Michael Froomkin, A Little About Jotwell

1:15 – 2:00
Raizel Liebler, Jessica de Perio Wittman and Kim Chanbonpin. Collaboration, Knowledge Production, and Legal Scholarship

2:15- 3:00
Patrick Gudridge, Past Present

3:15 – 4:30 Counterpoint
Jeanne Schroeder and David Carlson, Improving Oneself and Ones Clients; Not the World
Neil Buchanan, Legal Scholarship Makes the World a Better Place

4:45 – 5:30 Keynote Address
Margaret Jane Radin, Then and Now: Developing Your Scholarship, Developing Its Audience

5:30- 6:30
Reception, Student Lounge

7:00 ->
Conference Dinner

Sat Nov 8

9:30 – 10:45 Counterpoint:
James Chen, Modeling Law Review Impact Factors as an Exponential Distribution
Patrick Woods, Stop Counting (Or At Least Count Better)

11- 11:45
Benjamin Keele, Taking Lessons from Science to Improve Digital Legal Scholarship
[via remote participation]

12-12:45
Steven L. Winter, When Things Went Terribly, Terribly Wrong Part II

12:45-1:45
LUNCH

1:45 – 2:30
David Millon, Legal Scholarship and the Delaware Judiciary

2:45- 3:30
Frank Pasquale, Reviving Political Economy: A Case Study in Legal Academics’ Dialogue with the Social Sciences

3:45 – 4:30
James Grimmelmann, Scholars, Teachers, and Servants

4:30-4:45
Envoi

 

Accepted papers from scholars unable to attend:

Angela Mae Kupenda, Personal Essay–On the Receiving End of Influence: Helping Craft the Scholarship of My Students and How Their Work Influences Me

All papers will be posted at Jotwell.com

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