May 2007 Archives

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Our Long National Nightmare Is Over


It took me a whole lot longer than I was expecting, but as of 8:45 p.m. ET, I have finally finished playing every single song in my music library. For those of you too lazy to click on the link, I’ve been listening to every single song in my iTunes library in alphabetical order (more or less) since January 1. It looks like I originally thought that I might get done in mid-March. Heheh.

Let’s run the numbers:

  • 7,598 tracks
  • 24 days, 19 hours, 57 minutes, 14 seconds of total playing time
  • Average track length was 4 minutes, 42 seconds
  • 149 days of calendar time
  • 51 tracks per day (on average)
  • 3 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds listening per day (on average)
  • First song played: “?Y Tu Que Has Hecho?”, The Buena Vista Social Club
  • Last song played: “Zyphormius”, Marumari

I’m never doing this again.

This link takes you to a photograph of the most secret baseball field in the world.

My only question is when they play, is it aliens v. humans or are they allowed to mix it up?

links for 2007-05-26

Bit-by-bit, inch-by-inch, I’m slowly becoming engulfed by a creeping tide of Web 2.0-ism. After all, I’ve got,, Vox, MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, LinkedIn, and Flickr accounts (and no doubt that I’ve forgotten some). Do I use them all? Uh, no—but that’s not really the point here, is it?

I’ve given up on having a single IM account because too many of my friends use incompatible services. And now I find myself twittering along with the rest of the digerati.

As an aside, that’s an absurd number of different log-ins—but on the other hand, sometimes segregation of services is a good thing.

I feel a bit like Locutus of Web 2.0—You Will Be Assimilated.

The really sad thing is that I still don’t know what Web 2.0 means—if it means anything at all.

links for 2007-05-21

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Coming up For Air


I have to admit that finishing law school has been rather anticlimactic.

I think that part of that is that instead of finishing up with an in-class final, the last two assignments I finished were a take-home exam and a paper. So instead of being triumphant at school with friends, I rather finished my law school career sitting at home, clicking on ‘send’.

In addition, I managed to only have one day off between ending my academic career (until further notice) and the start of the bar review course (that would have been today). And that I just spent eight hours learning criminal law and criminal procedure—or at least enough to pass the bar.

While it seems like just yesterday I was starting school, it’s been a long, strange trip. I have to admit that I had no idea what I was getting into when I started—and I think that most people who go through law school would say the same. At the same time, I’m glad that I went through it, and I think that I’m probably better off for having done it. I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve done some things that I wouldn’t have thought I was capable of.

Having said that, I have to say that law school is very good at producing people who are going to be lawyers. Not so good at producing people who are good at other things, though. And if you’re going to go through law school just because you don’t know what else to do after you graduate, well, don’t.

So what’s next for me?

Well, my immediate future is dominated by two things—the bar exam and preparing for it. And then? I have a job for the twelve months starting in September. It’s not in New York (close enough to visit), but that’s OK with me—I think that after 11 years in the big bad city, it might be time for me to take a bit of a break from the bustling metropolis. After that? well, look at it this way: life is a series of crossroads, some larger than others. And the one coming up is gonna be a pretty big one.

In other news, I have exactly 500 songs left in the great countdown; it’s taken me somewhat longer than I was expecting, but I’m in the Vs, and the end is finally in sight….

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The good people over at Something Awful have come up with a contest to make grindhouse-style movie posters for various famous movies.

My favorite, though, is the poster for Robocop; it’s arguably better than the real poster.

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Anyone Wanna Go Phishing?

You know, it might not be a legitimate email when it starts off

Dear Customer, elfofcamelot.

You are receiving this message, due to you protection, Our Online Technical Security…

Oh, and there’s the small matter of not actually being a customer of the bank that allegedly sent the email…

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