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Archive for April, 2011

The Friday Fillip: The Best (Halloween) April Fool’s Day Hoax Ever

On October 30, 1938 — okay, the day before Halloween — Orson Welles broadcast to the US his rather creative version of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. As most of you likely know, after starting his regular radio program with a sententious (and somewhat boring) reading of the first part of the 1898 novel, Welles’s Mercury Theater on the Air players interrupted with a series of mock news reports that eventually told of an invasion from Mars. Panic ensued in many parts of America. Gotcha!

Thanks to the miracle of the internet, you can listen to the hour-long . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Future

Since the IPad was introduced it has commonly been acknowledged that the IPad and its brethren are transitional devices, a stepping stone to the next transformation in computing. I believe that time has come a bit sooner than expected. Forget the IPad, the Blackberry, the Android, I want a Pomegranate! The question is not, what does it do? The question is what does it not do? Have a look for yourself: Pomegranate . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology, Technology: Internet, Technology: Office Technology

Introducing Gmail Motion

Google has introduced a brand-new feature called Gmail Motion, which allows you to control e-mail through your body’s movements. I can only begin to imagine how the body language of an aggravated counsel will easily degenerate into uncivil communications, and possibly profanities.

You can read more about Gmail Motion on the official Google blog. Movement specialist, Lorraine Klayman, M.Sc., has a YouTube video explaining the feature further, as does Paralanguage expert, Dr. Dennis Tooley, Ph.D. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology: Internet

The Toughest Challenge for Lawyers: Learning to Be an Entrepreneur

Most lawyers would agree that there are three qualities needed to run a successful practice: excellent legal skills, great client service and the ability to find and retain clients. In other words: ability, hard work and an entrepreneurial mind-set. It is the latter that can be the most challenging for younger lawyers as they receive little or no training in business development.

Most law schools and bar admission programs provide no business training as this is seen as outside the scope of educating students about the law. Nor is it typically part of the articling experience at law firms. Once . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law