Archive for January, 2007
After reading and several times re-reading it, I am constrained to conclude that Judge Farris’s 8-page opinion [in Brewster Kahle v. A.-G. U.S.] for the 9th Circuit panel is simply indefensible. I had the strong impression at oral argument that the panel had not understood (or perhaps even read) the briefs we or the government had submitted, and was in any event not particularly interested in the real issues in the case. By my lights, the opinion confirms this.
C. Sprigman, “9th Circuit rejects constitutional challenge to copyright laws in Kahle v. Gonzales” Public Knowledge
The suit . . . [more]
Eoin O’Dell a Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, has launched a new blog cearta.ie (Irish for rights, as Eoin says). I like a blog that uses the teaser: “Either the High Court is wrong, or I am.” Welcome, Eoin, to the world of law bloging. . . . [more]
It’s been a while since I’ve needed to use this wonderful web tool. It’s one of those sites that I would expect most legal researchers to know about but there are surely some who don’t. It’s a gem and I don’t think it’s been highlighted on Slaw before.
Use the “customized search” option to further narrow your search. You can even select a park or a location by longitude and latitude.
It was -25 and clear during the hour that I was born. . . . [more]
Eggs, today. Cooking and eating them, that is. And in particular the eternal struggle to boil the perfect egg (I leave aside the challenging business of poaching an egg properly.) And for the way to win that struggle I can do no better than to point you to khymos.org, a site on “molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking.” The formula for boiling an egg is clear:
There’s hardly anything more to say on the subject, you might think. Well, for me, whose mathematics education approached (but never reached) zero, it’s important to explore some of the variables rather more . . . [more]
News from the biblioblogosphere!
See: 10 Blogs to Read in 2007.
Citizendium, the “expert-led, public participatory, wiki-based project to sum up human knowledge” is now open for business. They have roughly a thousand articles on tap at this point and will presumably increase that count regularly over time. There’s nothing on law, yet, that I could see, so the field’s wide open, people. They need editors and authors; signing up is easy.
University of Ottawa’s uOttawa Centre for e-Learning and the Bellanet International Secretariat have created a nice animation showing how to use the “peer assist” technique in solving a problem. I was expecting it to involve electronic media to allow people to work together; however, in this case it describes bringing together a group of people face to face with a mediator to help in solving one problem. It also describes a rotating peer assist, wherein more than one problem needs solving so several groups of people are brought together and the mediator and person with the problem rotate through the . . . [more]
The sites are those included in the 1999-2006 annual lists issued by the Best of Free Reference Web Sites Committee of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of American Library Association (wow – I wonder what the committee president’s business card looks like!).
No excuse for any of us, with web access to Les locutions latines et le droit positif québécois by Wallace Schwab, which is a brilliantly unconventional use of the Soquij and Canlii databases, to mine how Latin is still deployed in our law.
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My next door neighbour at Heenan Blaikie, Ryan Teschner lent me this morning a history of the Queen’s Law School at 50 – “Let Right Be Done”:
A History of the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University by Professor Mark D. Walters
I was very pleased to see 3 pages about the early days of computerized legal research in Common Law Canada, which all started at KingstonThe story of Datum/Soquij is for another day..
The Genesis of Quicklaw
In October 1972, it was reported that a sense of manic chaos reigned in the house at 140 Beverly Street, just one . . . [more]
Sounds like a surreal double-play in baseball (“Tinker to Evers to Chance“) but it’s simply the path of influence as charted by Mike Love using an application called Touchgraph. I’m fascinated by tools that visualize data, and moreso by those that reveal the relationships among parts. Mike Love’s Genealogy of Influence charts the ways in which 500 seminal thinkers have influenced each other over time; and the dynamic nature of the table lets you bring any particular thinker to the fore — as figure, with the others as ground. This sort of dynamic charting has been around for . . . [more]