Monday, November 26, 2007

Take A Peek

There is an interesting article by Christopher Hitchens over at Slate.com regarding Mitt Romney and how he should be answering questions regarding his Mormon faith instead of dodging them. Hitchens raises some really good points, but this is my personal favorite line:

If candidates can be asked to declare their preference as between briefs and boxers, then we already have a precedent, and Romney can be asked whether, as a true believer should, he wears Mormon underwear.

Sometimes it's good to lighten the mood every once in a while.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Vacation Time

Someone is doing their best to make sure that I don't get in much study time over this Thanksgiving Break.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Oh. No. They. Didn't.

I have just heard the news about the casting for a film version of Jodi Picoult's book My Sister's Keeper (which just so happens to be one of my favorite books).

Elle Fanning as Anna? Dakota Fanning as Kate? Cameron Diaz as Sara?

WHAT THE HELL? Did the casting director even read the book?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Join The Ranks!

I can't tell you how happy it made me to see "i hate carrie underwood" and "carrie underwood hate" show up as keyword searches that landed on my blog.

Apparently I am not alone.

Predicament

I realize that I am a somewhat cynical person. I probably don't take time to "stop and smell the roses" as much as I should. And my sense of humor is a little bit dirty. That's all good and well, but sometimes it puts me in awkward situtations.

Most notably these situations arise when those around me get very excited about something that I do not find excitement-worthy, and I feel like I have to drum up the appropriate level of enthusiasm when really, it's not that big of a deal to me. Similar situations arise when those around me find jokes/emails/videos funny and they want to share them with me, and I don't find them funny and have to fake amusement.

It's somewhat uncomfortable.

Maybe I need to learn how to find joy in the simple pleasures of life, I don't know. All I know is that I find this significantly funnier than emails of cute and cuddly animals in charming situations.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More Wisdom From My State and Local Government Professor

"New Hampshire definitely had minimun contacts. It has f-ing maximum contacts with these people."

English Sucks

Yeah, that's right, English sucks. As evidenced by my glaring typo in the previous post (which I later corrected)—unrational. Seriously, why do we have to make our language so hard? It must be damned near impossible for people to learn English when we use negatives like irrational, unimpressed, nonthreatening, atypical. The prefixes all signal the same thing—that it's the opposite of the root word. So why so many different versions? It's often too hard for me to remember off the top of my head!

The Hard Way

I am slowly but surely learning that I should never make assumptions about the behavior of other people. For instance, when I signed for my package to be left at my front door I should not have assumed that my neighbors would not steal it. And when I left the spare key to the law review room in the law review room with the doors unlocked, I should not have assumed that someone would not come along while I was in class and lock the door behind me.

Seriously. People will do stupid things no matter how irrational they seem to me. So the bottom line is this—assume everyone is an idiot who will deliberately do things to thwart you. It will make life easier.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Movie Review: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

So, quite a while ago I started reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, but I never finished it because lately the only books I seem to finish these days are romance novels. But I was at the movie store this weekend with my friend and the only flick we seemed to agree upon was the movie version of Perfume. "What the heck," I said, "I'll probably never finish the book anyway."

Oh. My. Goodness. There is same jacked up s@%t going on in this movie, mostly at the end. I'm kind of glad I didn't finish the book because it would have taken away from my disbelief while watching the movie.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Why?

Why do the 1Ls who always take the longest to gather up their crap and get out of the classroom always seem to sit in the same classroom seat I sit in for the next class?

Hello? All those people walking into the classroom who are not in your year? All those people standing around with scowls on their faces? THEY'RE WAITING FOR YOU TO MOVE IT, BUDDY.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Lesson Learned

I would like to thank my neighbors (or whoever it was who stole my FedEx package from my front door) for teaching me that I should never, ever, trust a stranger to be a decent person.

By the way, asshole, I'm filing a police report.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Karaoke Queen

Last night after a rousing performance of Trisha Yearwood's "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)," I was invited by the karaoke lady to enter a karaoke contest to win a free trip to Vegas!



...and then I promptly proceeded to butcher Jamie O'Neal's "There Is No Arizona," so I'm not sure if that offer still stands.

The key to successful karaoking is song selection, man. I think I redeemed myself slightly with Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes," even though I'm fairly convinced that half the words on the screen were the wrong lyrics! "Until you come up blue?" What is that? (I'm pretty sure it's "until you come unglued.") And "she'll expose you when she snows you off your feed?" No. Feet, my friend, feet. And I could definitely be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's "Greta Garbo stand off sighs," not "stand up size."

Those don't even make sense!!!

I May Be Too Ethical

So I took the MPRE yesterday. For those of you who aren't well acquainted with that jaunty acronym, it stands for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam. Basically it's an ethics test for lawyers.

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And for the record, enough with the lawyer jokes. As my brilliant friend Queen of Consumption likes to remind people, the law is one of the only professions that holds members accountable to a specific code of ethics. So suck it, doctors.

Ahem. Where was I? Oh yes, the MPRE. So, I'm pretty sure that if I failed that exam, it was because I was too ethical. I'd estimate that 80% of my wrong answers on practice exams were due to me being too cautious, me thinking to myself "I would never do that!" But the questions on the MPRE are not based upon what you should do, they're based upon what you can get away with. There was one question on the actual test that made me think "hell no, you shouldn't do that!" But when I stopped to think it through, I was pretty sure there is no specific rule actually barring such conduct.

Great.