The New York City marathon happens this Sunday. We know many lawyers who will be running it, and we wish them luck.
The marathon did not impose a minimum age until 1981 (16, raised to 18 in 1988). Pegged to the upcoming marathon, the New York Times had a fascinating article earlier this week about child marathoners, focusing on Wesley Paul, Scott Black (pictured), and Howie Breinan:
The adventures of Paul, Black and Breinan offer a glimpse into a forgotten aspect of the running boom of the late 1970s. Preternaturally self-disciplined, they were among about 75 children (ages 8 to 13) who tackled the early years of the New York City Marathon in a time of novelty and naïveté….
With no conclusive study, physicians still debate risks to children who compete in marathons, like muscular-skeletal injuries, stunted growth, burnout, parental pressures and the ability to handle heat stress.
Another risk: going on to become a securities lawyer. Two out of the three child marathoners profiled by the Times now practice in that field.
We touched base with Black and Paul to ask about possible connections between their running and legal careers.
We asked Scott Black (Columbia / NYU Law) if there are any attributes cultivated by or helpful to distance running that translate into legal practice. He ticked off several: “Endurance, discipline, focus, and probably a general Type-A analness.”
A New Jersey judge held Monday that a former couple must share possession of a six-year-old, pedigreed pug they bought for $1,500 when they were engaged and living together.
The ruling, which allows Doreen Houseman and Eric Dare to spend alternating, five-week stretches with the dog, is the aftermath of a groundbreaking appellate decision last March that pets have a subjective value that transcends their monetary costs.
In Houseman v. Dare, FM, 08-667-07, Gloucester County Superior Court Judge John Tomasello had denied Houseman's request for possession on the ground that pets, like furniture or cars, lack the unique value -- such as for heirlooms or works of art -- that is essential to specific performance.
That was wrong as a matter of law, the appeals court found, remanding the case for a look at whether Houseman had an oral agreement with Dare letting her keep the pug, called Dexter, and at the equities implicated by her request for possession.
During a July 29 hearing, Tomasello found neither party had an exclusive right to Dexter but he did not decide at that point whether to disturb Dare's sole possession. Instead, he asked for briefs and set a Sept. 21 hearing date.
At Monday's hearing, Tomasello ruled from the bench and did not issue a written opinion.
Houseman's counsel, Oradell solo Gina Calogero, says that in giving both parties equal time with Dexter, Tomasello emphasized he was awarding joint possession, not custody. "He was adamant about that," she says.
She is pleased with the five-week rotations because they will have the effect of alternating the holidays from year to year. Tomasello ordered the rotations to begin Friday, with Dare dropping off Dexter with Houseman, who has not seen him since 2007, says Calogero.
Tomasello also held that whichever party has the dog at a given time will be responsible for all expenses, including veterinarian bills and, in the event of death, the cost of cremation, she adds.
Some of you may enjoy this (of course, others may not):
Spell Checker Poem
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The Access Group, a nonprofit graduate loan company, sponsored a law student video contest on What Inspired Me to Go to Law School. A panel of celebrity judges watched the 113 entries and selected ten finalists, which were posted on YouTube, with the winner of the $10,000 law school scholarship determined by votes on YouTube: Branigan Robertson(Chapman):
The winners of $1,500 law school scholarships were
Many of us teach at law schools which have recently undergone, or
will soon undergo, the septennial American Bar Association accreditation
I’m sure that many of you have had to read the ABA Self-Evaluation
Questionnaire, given to all law schools as part of this process.
When I did, I was brought up short by Question III (6):
Describe how the law school
ensures successful completion of not fewer than 58,000 minutes of instruction
time . . .
You may have had the same immediate reaction that I did:
“58,000 minutes? Who can even count that high anymore?”
But then I began to realize that this is serious, and I
wondered: if our Dean was required to take an oath, could he swear that
each and every one of our graduates got 58,000 minutes or more of actual
education? I know that I could not swear such an oath.
So I began to think about how law schools can do this, and I soon
realized that this issue is related to another problem raised by ABA rules that
we have been discussing for years: Class attendance policies. I
know that these have been a pain for a lot of us—they certainly have been for
me. All the distributing and collecting of attendance sheets, students
signing for each other when one misses class—you know the drill.
Yet upon reflection, I think we can address these two issues
together. Through the wonders of modern technology, we can set things up
so that we are in compliance with both these ABA standards. Here’s what I
For all students entering Fall 2010 and thereafter, all ABA
accredited law schoolsshould require
implantation of a radio receiver/microchip on the side of each student’s skull at the beginning
of law school. No school will grant a
diploma until the microchip registers over 58,000 minutes in proximity to a
radio beacon which each faculty member will turn
on in every classroom only
when class is in session.
This way, we get the 58,000 minutes, plus, we have by definition
ensured regular attendance under ABA Standards. Two birds with one stone.
There are naturally a few technical complexities. Our
computer guru told us a few years ago that we couldn’t really limit wireless
computing capability to classrooms—radio signals go through walls.
Therefore, educational institutions would probably need to line all of the
classroom walls and doors with a nano-sheet of lead particles, to prevent
students from activating their chips by sitting in the hallway outside of
Removal of the microchip and handing it to another student to get
credit for a class one doesn’t attend will be an honor code violation requiring
immediate expulsion of both students. We need to lobby Congress to ensure
that cutting off the side of your skull to do the same thing will be
specifically excluded from coverage under national health care reform.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? And we can do it all with
currently available technology! After all, it is even today illegal to be
a cat wandering the streets of Little Rock without an implanted microchip.
But wait, there’s even more goodness coming down the pike
Note that the ABA Standard requires not just 58,000 minutes, but
“successful completion of not fewer than 58,000 minutes of instruction time.”
How do we judge “successful” completion of each minute?
I’ll bet that a lot of law schools—including mine—are out of
compliance with this part of the standard. Right now, I have only one
tool for judging success of each minute for each student, and it’s rather
blunt—I can wake up anyone who seems to be falling asleep. But I’ll bet
that many of you were like me in law school—able to zone out into a trance
without appearing to the teacher to be asleep. So I’m not utterly
convinced that I can swear to the successful completion of each minute by each
student, even when they are present.
Never fear though. Technology will soon provide us with an
answer even for this: Within about 5 years, microchips will be available
(at a reasonable cost) that can record the presence of higher brain
functions. Any student whose brain wave function is not sufficiently
close to other students’ brain wave functions will obviously not be
concentrating on the subject matter, and will not get credit for each minute in
which her/his brain wave function does not match. Research has shown that
brain-wave shapes cannot be faked, no matter how good the student is at lying
This will require a slight expansion of the implanted device, to
allow for radio transmission of the brain wave function. It will also
require a significant expansion of computing power on law school networks, as
our servers will be doing real time analysis of dozens of brain waves in each
Once we can determine that all students are actually concentrating
on learning the subject we will know that they are successfully completely each
and every one of the 58,000 minutes of the law school course. Thus we
know we will be teaching effectively. Then we can give up on all sorts of
assessment nonsense such as visiting each others’ classes and student evals of
There’s the third bird.
Along with ABA accreditation, what more could anyone want?
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We’ve all heard the expression “clothes make the man.”But do clothes also make the
professor?Especially if the
professor looks young enough to be a student, or is female, or a person of
color, or LGBT, or some combination of the above?And am I the only one, at the start of yet another school
year, thinking about this?
Janet Metzger uses a technique called Four-Square Breathing, and says that students like this one because it can be done anywhere, anytime one feels the need to regulate excitement or anxiety. In addition, there is information at the bottom of the email on how to receive more techniques and tips like this.
The goal of this exerciseis to feel excitement for your presentation but reduce anxiety by breathing consciously in order to disperse excess adrenaline. Here's how:
Variation 1: Inhale and exhale through the nose to a slow count of 4, pausing between inhale and exhale, also to a count of 4.
Variation 2: Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth with lips gently pursed, as if you were blowing on a candle flame without blowing it out.
1. Breathe in through nose to a slow count of 4
2. Pause for 4
3. Exhale completely through nose or pursed lips to a 4-count.
4. Rest for 4 counts without inhaling.
Repeat several times.
You can learn more about addressing anxiety issues before presentations on Janet Metzger's website at
How academics dress for a lecture doesn't affect how students perceive them — at least in the long run.
That was the conclusion of a study at North Hennepin Community
College that measured students' perception of an instructor based on
what type of clothing she wore to her lectures.
Yasmine L. Konheim-Kalkstein, who holds a doctorate in educational
psychology, grouped four sections of an introductory psychology course
she taught last fall into two "casual" classes and two "formal"
classes, each of which were held at different times and on different
On the first day of the study, Ms. Konheim-Kalkstein wore jeans, a
drab-colored T-shirt, and gray sneakers to the casual class, and black
pants, a button-up, black-and-white-striped shirt, and a small heel to
the formal class. Students were surveyed about their initial
impressions of her approachability, her ability to teach, her age, and
her teaching style.
Dressing casually "felt very awkward at first, but I got over it
very quickly," she says. "As soon as you start lecturing you forget
For the next four weeks, she continued the routine, but often wore
the same shirt — either a button-up blouse or a plain T-shirt — with
both her casual and formal outfits. Students were surveyed again at the
end of four weeks.
The data showed that Ms. Konheim-Kalkstein's clothing made a small
difference in perceptions of her on the first day of class, with those
students in the "formal" classes finding her more qualified and
approachable than did those in the informal classes. But four weeks
into the semester, wearing less-formal clothes had about the same
effect on student perceptions as wearing formal clothes.
Ms. Konheim-Kalkstein says she still prefers teaching in formal
clothing, but now she feels more comfortable wearing casual clothes in
lectures as well. She says she'd like to do further research that takes
into account gender differences, as well as the environmental context
of the college or university.
"I work at a college where professors wear a variety of things," she
says, "Some wear suits and ties and others wear shorts, so regardless
of which class I was dressing for, I didn't really stand out."
That would not be true at every institution, Ms. Konheim-Kalkstein
observes. "My husband is going to start teaching at West Point," she
says. "If he showed up in sneakers, I think he would have a much
stronger reaction there from his students."
Above the Law Ed. note: Welcome to the latest installment of "Notes from the Breadline," a column by a laid-off lawyer in New York. Prior columns are collected here. You can reach Roxana St. Thomas by email (at email@example.com), follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook.
We've all heard the statistics about attorney layoffs, unemployment, and the sad state of the economy. But do the hard numbers tell the full story of life in the breadline? Inspired by the Harper's Index, today I offer you the Notes from the Breadline Index.
Months in the breadline: 6
Estimated number of jobs applied for: 266
Estimated number of responses received to job inquiries: 23
Follow-up phone calls returned: 2
Soup recipes developed: 4
Meals consisting primarily of soup: 87
Approximate hours spent online trolling for potential jobs: 745
Average number of times, per day, email inbox checked for responses to job inquiries: 28
Percentage of times inbox check followed by fleeting thought that email has stopped working: 8
Number of evil cats currently freeloading off meager household income: 2
Number of times I have seriously considered the employability of cats: 3
Half-knitted scarves finished now that I have "time on my hands": 0
Oh wait this isn't vintage, this company exists today. Sociological Images (which is increasingly my go-to place for great break-downs of visual sexism) has a great breakdown of their not-so-funny marketing claims.
until now, my favorite evaluations have included "Drinks too much Diet
Coke" (not true any more) and (from an 11-year-old sitting with her mom
in my class, when asked how I compared to other professors) "I don't
know; I'm only 11 years old."
But today, having turned in my
grades for one of my courses, I was treated to a new all-time fave.
The question in our evaluation form is how available the instructor is
to his or her students. The student's evaluation of my availability?
"She's married, dude. Don't be a tool."
It is 2008, during a break between quarters, and once again I have
announced to the administrative staffers in my department that I am really going to clean up my office this quarter. They smile obligingly at my good intentions, but I know what they are thinking.
I have been at this university for more than 17 years, during which
I have amassed numerous piles of this and that. When our campus moved
to its permanent location, in 2000 (an opportunity to start anew), I
remember seeing all of the boxes outside my new office and feeling
overwhelmed: How had I accumulated so much stuff? And how would I even
begin to unpack and organize it? The staff members then (the same ones
as now) saw my frustration and got me started.
But now they know me too well, and I am on my own. Yet I think I am
more highly motivated this time. One of our university's beloved
professors suddenly died last quarter, and I have seen staff members
gradually clean out her office. Knowing how much time that effort is
taking, and how much more organized she was than me, I suspect that
when my time comes, the staff might just do a limited burn of my office
and be done with it. Another motivation: My office is starting to rival
the condition of the office next to mine, although its occupant keeps
the mess hidden behind eternally drawn shades.
So with a lighter teaching load this quarter, I set out. First I
made a list, identifying only 26 areas in my office that needed some
attention. Then, as any good teacher would, I developed my outcomes.
Which tasks, once accomplished, would have the biggest impact? I
decided to tackle a bookcase that I had brought in years ago to handle
some of the overgrowth, and then to conquer the file drawers, since
doing so would provide me with space to move items off of the floor.
The bookcase looked easy, as it didn't have any books on it. I
guessed that 30 minutes would be all the time I would need to clear it
out. But as I would soon learn, my estimates were never even
half-right. In this first venture I also began to realize how the times
have changed. On top of the bookcase I had 20 videos from a movie class
that I occasionally teach. I now have those videos in DVD format, too,
sometimes two or three copies of each. I decided to box up the videos
"just in case I need them" and moved my DVD's to the top of the
bookcase, creating free space in their prior locations. That domino
strategy energized me, and I went on to organize graduate-student
reports and general whatnot. It felt good to see the trash can fill up
with 2001 film catalogs.
But then I came across Guilt Box No. 1, which contained a manuscript
I had written many, many years ago. It had been rejected by publishers,
at which point I had put it on the shelf "for later." One side of my
head gruffly said, "You don't need this guilt. This is a topic you no
longer care about. You would need to do a whole updated lit review.
Toss it." But the other side countered with, "What a great manuscript
that was! What did those reviewers know, anyway?" It wasn't easy, but
ultimately I ran to the shredder down the hall and threw my guilt away before I could change my mind.
With that first task completed, I looked at my overflowing trash can
and then around my office. No one but me would notice a difference, and
even I had to look hard to do so. But this was only day No. 1. I had 25
more cleaning sessions to go and I was envisioning the aura of proper
feng shui that would one day envelop my office.
One year later.It is the break between quarters and, once again, I have announced to staff members in my department that I am really
going to clean my office. I had gotten all the way to the fourth task
on last year's list when other things quietly shoved the rest of the
list aside. I even lost the list.
At most universities, instructors set aside a few hours each week
for students to drop by for conversation. Stanford Open Office Hours is
a public version of that tradition, an experiment that will bring
conversations with some of Stanford's most interesting people to
Anyone is welcome to watch the videos online for free. To comment or
ask questions, however, viewers must have a Facebook registration and
be logged in.
Forget about dancing around the May Pole, we have law and order to uphold. According to Wikipedia (so it must be true), on Law Day, one is "meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society." It goes on:
In contrast, most countries celebrate May Day on the same date, as it is designated Labour Day or International Workers Day. Law Day, U.S.A., along with Loyalty Day, was created to counterbalance these celebrations, which were perceived as communist. On February 5, 1958, President Eisenhower recognized the first Law Day when he proclaimed that henceforth May 1 of each year would be Law Day. He stated “In a very real sense, the world no longer has a choice between force and law. If civilization is to survive it must choose the rule of law.”"
If you haven't already made plans, don't panic. The ABA's got you covered, complete with suggestions for what to bring to your local "Reflection on the Law" picnic:
Justice Breyer during the oral arguments in Safford United School District v. Redding, the school strip-search case:
seems to me like a logical thing when an adolescent child has some
pills or something, they know people are looking for them, they will
stick them in their underwear....
my experience when I was 8 or 10 or 12 years old, you know, we did take
our clothes off once a day, we changed for gym, OK? And in my
experience, too, people did sometimes stick things in my underwear.
Breyer quickly added:
not my underwear. Whatever. Whatever. I was the one who did it? I don't
know. I mean, I don't think it's beyond human experience, not beyond
has periodically ranked "party schools," announced Friday it would
issue such reviews annually, potentially setting up a challenge with Princeton Review,
whose guidebook is best known for its party school rankings. The
differing methodologies of the two operations result in different
"winners" of the competition that most administrators would prefer to
lose. Playboy does include learning as one factor in its rankings. The
other four factors are: athletics, campus life, availability of sex,
and a "bikini index," based on weather, female-to-male student ratio,
and cheerleaders. The resulting top five for Playboy: University of
Miami, University of Texas at Austin, San Diego State University,
University of Florida and University of Arizona. The Princeton Review
bases its selections on student surveys covering the use of alcohol and
drugs, hours of study a day and the popularity of the Greek system. The
Princeton Review's current top five are: University of Florida,
University of Mississippi, Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia
University and Ohio University.
Earlier this month, we asked for submissions for Above the Law's first annual Law Revue Video contest. The nominees came pouring in from across the country.
Your faithful ATL editors / judges spent hours -- or was it days? --
reviewing the many submissions. We've learned that there is a lot of
creative talent hidden away in law libraries. We've also learned that
"pitch" is a precious and rare commodity, vital to prevent blood from
streaming out of your audience's ears.
We've selected six finalists for you to enjoy. We'll ask you to vote
for the best of them, to determine the winner of ATL's first ever Law
Revue contest -- in our next post.
First, we'll subject you to the suffering give you
a taste of the entire range of submissions, with some of the best (and
worst) of those that didn't make the top six. Join the ATL editors in
an exploration of everything that is beautiful and oh-so-terrible when
law students take comedy into their own hands -- after the jump.
It's good to know that everything can be ranked. The top 50 "most influential" rabbis are here. The top 25 "most vibrant" synagogues are here. Losers will surely lick their wounds and gear up for next year.
Taking advantage of a little-used loophole in NCAA regulations,
Brooklyn Law School has just announced that it will be fielding a
Division 1 basketball squad, starting only 18 months from now. The
team, tentatively called the Barristers, is expected to play in the
mid-size Colonial Athletic Association. I think this is pretty big
news. Admitting a class of 3-5 talented basketball players who have
reasonable LSAT's and - perhaps most problematically - have not played
four years of college ball, is going to be a brutal task each year.
There are a ton of costs that are going to be associated with this
move. To name a few: renting stadium space (early indicators are that
they'll play at Levien Gym at Columbia); hiring a basketball coaching
staff; investing in both staff and software for recruiting; and paying
for scholarships. I worry that the school will tilt towards admitting
college juniors with one or two years of basketball under their belt.
And even with all of this, you have to wonder: will Brooklyn Law be
able to win?
There is an upside of course - otherwise Dean Joan Wexler wouldn't
be doing this. Reputation. A stand-alone law school always has to
battle the fact that there is no brand outside of the law
school itself. Imagine the press that will accrue if Brooklyn can even
break into the final 64 one year. The story - law school team busts into brackets
- would capture a huge amount of press. And I guess we can assume this
team is going to be playing some seriously smart ball. These are grad students after all!
But maybe this solves a bit of a mystery. Many of us wondered why
Tony Sebok left Brooklyn and headed across the river to Cardozo this
year. He may have worried that this commitment to Division 1
basketball would drown the law school financially. By the way, have you
heard anyting about an NYU merger?
Blackboard, the leading course management company, is today
announcing an application for the iPhone -- a device that has quickly
become popular with many students. The new system will allow iPhone
users to interact with their Blackboard pages anyplace they carry their
phones. In a statement, Michael L. Chasen, president and CEO of
Blackboard, said the application would "help students more deeply
engage in the educational experience by creating learning opportunities
that are not bound by time or place.”
In the past few years, a new type of "scholarly" conference has
sprung up. Held at exciting resort destinations, such as Las Vegas,
these conferences offer attendees the chance to both present and
publish papers at one event. Some even allow you to present a paper in
absentia, so long as you have paid the conference-registration fee.
At first glance these conferences may appear legitimate, yet an
analysis of their materials and Web sites reveals numerous red flags.
I found one group that sends out a series of garish, unsolicited
e-mail messages to publicize its Las Vegas conference and associated
journals. Everyone who goes to the meeting must pay a presenter fee,
even merely to attend. In 2008 that minimum fee was $325. The name of
the journal in which presenters will publish their papers is already
preprinted on the online conference registration form. Participants are
instructed not to e-mail the organizers before the event for any
reason, even if they have a scheduling conflict for presenting their
Valentine's Day has come and gone, but the question psychologist
Fiona Travis raises is a perpetual one: Would someone have to be crazy
to marry a lawyer? "It's not that lawyers lack relationship-building
skills," she writes in a post at the blog Lawyer Avenue.
"But, overworked, overburdened and squeezed by time -- and now, the
worst downturn in two decades -- lawyers do exhibit communication and
intimacy breakdowns peculiar to their education, their professional
training and work environment."
And that is one of the nicer things she has to say about lawyers as marriage prospects. Consider:
"The same traits that bring lawyers success in the workplace also
interfere with their achieving meaningful, intimate relationships in
"When one combines the lawyer personality with the lessons learned
in law school, the combination makes for great courtroom drama … but is
also counter-productive in an intimate interaction with one’s spouse."
"Individual lawyers may not have all the characteristics, but --
when they’re honest -- they will recognize that they possess such
marriage-straining attributes as ambition, narcissism, skepticism,
defensiveness, perfectionism and the need to be in control."
"A disproportionate number of people who are less emotionally astute gravitate into the legal profession."
She's convinced me: Lawyers make lousy lovers. If anyone reading
this is considering marriage to a lawyer, turn and run now. Travis
makes this abundantly clear. That is her point, right?
No matter how good you are at your work, your colleagues won't keep you if they don't like you
Question (from "Barton"): I am on the tenure track at a small
college where a student filed a complaint against me full of false
accusations. If I file a defamation suit against the student, would
that be held against me by a tenure committee?
Question (from "Gretchen"): I just passed (barely) my
third-year review, so my job is secure for the next couple of years,
until the tenure vote. I discovered that two malicious colleagues
campaigned against me, and I think it's because they don't like my
subject area. I know I have the teaching record and publications to get
tenure when I come up, so what can I do to get revenge against them?
Question (from "Coriolanus"): Don't you think we should do
away with the whole tenure drama? I worked with some colleagues at Big
Kazoo U whose bootlicking hypocritical stances just turned me away from
teaching. There is so little grace and dignity left in the process when
colleagues are ready to sell their souls for advancement. Talk about
academic honesty. And these are the very people who can't stop whining
about the greedy corporate CEO's. The university milieu is so full of
false pretenses (from the hiring process to tenure) that I wonder how
some have survived it for more than 10 years.
It’s not like professors to think that they are so well compensated
that it’s not worth hoping for a $10,000 bonus. But out of more than
2,000 faculty members at Texas A&M University’s main campus, only
about 300 have agreed to vie for a bonus being offered for their
teaching — and all they would need to do is have a survey distributed
to their students.
The reason for passing on a chance at $10,000 is that many
professors are frustrated by the way the money is being distributed:
based solely on student evaluations. Numerous studies have questioned
the reliability of student evaluations in measuring actual learning;
several of these have noted the tendency of many students to reward
professors who give them higher grades. Further complicating the debate
is a sense some have that the university is endorsing a consumerist
approach to higher education. The chancellor of the A&M system,
Michael D. McKinney, told the Bryan-College Station Eagle:
“This is customer satisfaction.... It has to do with students having
the opportunity to recognize good teachers and reward them with some
Somewhere out on The Edge of the American West, a professor sends a note to one of his young charges who has contacted him about the semester’s work:
You don’t need to apologize for emailing me two hours after class
about an assignment not due until [much later]. It shows that you’re on
top of things, and professors love stupids who are on top of things.
It turns out that the entry for “parapraxis” (as Freud himself preferred to call this sort of thing) in one of the online reference works gives another academic example:
An oft-told example is the story of the young university lecturer
who invites her doctoral supervisor, a very eminent psychoanalyst, to
give a guest lecture in the department where she has taken her first
job. At the end of the distinguished lecture, the junior colleague
stands up and says “I’d like to spank the speaker”, betraying some
repressed frustration, or possibly unconscious sado-masochistic desire.
For some reason this calls to mind Adorno’s remark that nothing is
true in psychoanalysis except for the exaggerations. (Unless I’m
When I include multiple-choice questions in my exams, I like to sprinkle
into the mix a few just-for-kicks questions to give my students a
mental breather. I’m enjoying the responses and thought I would share a
If the South Carolina School of Law faculty had a theme song, which of the following would it be?
(1) "Insensitive Stone Age Guys," Geoff Bartley
(2) "Everything Reminds Me of My Therapist," Nancy Tucker
(3) "I Can See Your Aura And It's Ugly," Mark Graham
(4) "I’m Interested in Apathy," TISM
(5) "Shiny Happy People," R.E.M
** Happily, answer choice (5) was the most popular selection, with
(2) as a distant runner-up. Here’s another (in our grim economic
times, I deemed it wise to seek some career advice in the event of the
If Professor Susan Kuo were RIF’d (alternatively stated as "laid
off," "fired," "terminated," or "sh*tcanned") from the faculty, what
song title presents the best alternative career for her?
(1) "(Workin’ at the) Carwash," Rose Royce
(2) "Paperback Writer," The Beatles
(3) "Frontier Psychiatrist," The Avalanches
(4) "Bright Future in Sales," Fountains of Wayne
(5) "Cocaine Traffickin’," Ghostface Killah
** Over half of the class chose (2) for me, but (4) and (5) tied for second place. Good to know that I’ve options.
How does it work?
For a long period of time, we have been training our system to
recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system,
typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type
from another. When all features, words and sentences, are statistically
analyzed, Typealyzer is able to guess which personality type the text
Enter a blog (BETA)
Note: writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person´s self-perceived personality.
The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to
difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for
something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle
connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.
They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and
imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing
and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as
arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to
understand what they are talking about.
Readers, when listing items in a series, do you use the “serial comma,” aka the comma before the conjunction? The Chicago Manual of Style says you should. The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage says you should not.
Consider these two sentences:
”The shirts come in blue, yellow, and green.” (Chicago rule)
“The shirts come in blue, yellow and green.” (New York Times rule.)
It seems that law review editors allow an
author to follow either rule. Which rule do you follow? Click below
to indicate your comma preferences. Or use the comments to talk about