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The Friday Fillip

One of the many marvels of the marriage of electronics and music is the wide (almost wild) variety of instruments that have become possible. We all know the spooky sound of the old theremin and the tinny rattle of the Moog as harpsichord. But have you heard (or even heard of) the Chapman stick? If you haven’t, it’s the duty and the pleasure of this fillip to relieve you of your ignorance.

The thing itself — seen to the left (click on it to enlarge it) — looks essentially like an oversize guitar fretboard or perhaps a sitar in the . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Associated Press Using Twitter, Blog to Cover Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings

The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s confirmation hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to be associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court begin Monday morning. She will be on Capitol Hill undergoing questioning by the senators during the next week.

Of all the news outlets planning coverage, perhaps the most interesting is Associated Press. Their plan is to have live coverage via Twitter feed @AP_Courtside. They will be taking it a step further by taking questions and directions on coverage for their blog from their readers via Twitter, according to their blog post yesterday at Yahoo! . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Publishing, Miscellaneous, Practice of Law, Substantive Law, Technology, Technology: Internet


I am in the lovely City of Calgary today celebrating Stampede, well, working AND celebrating. My office mates are wearing hats and boots and western dress. I crossed a street in downtown cowtown behind a horse at lunch. There are parties, parties, and more parties. It is very cool! Even though I am an Albertan from birth, I didn’t realize what a big deal Stampede is.

Stampede often serves as an excellent analogy for our Alberta politicians. Evidence of this can be found in the Alberta Hansard from March 5, speaking about the budget and the economy:

This is

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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Digitization of Parliament of Canada Publications

A working paper on the digitization of Canadian parliamentary publications was produced in the spring and posted recently to the Parliamentary Internet site:

The aim of the Working Paper (begun in September 2008) is to provide an overview of:

  • which published papers relating to the operations of Parliament have been digitized;
  • by which organization;
  • where the digitized works are housed;
  • who is permitted access &
  • plans for future digitization.

(…) The goal is to help inform the development of a coherent strategy amongst the various stakeholders to digitize, make available and preserve over the long term, the corpus of Canadian

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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Yahoo Search Pad

Yahoo Search has just launched a notepad that’s aimed at helping you do research on the web. It is, in effect, a replacement for the Notebook that Google killed a few weeks ago, and Yahoo hopes it will draw searchers into using their engine.

It’s a fairly simple but smart application: when Yahoo senses from your queries that you’re doing research, it will make Search Pad available in the upper right hand corner of your Yahoo Search window, along with some suggestions as to how your searches might be glossed. Search Pad will automatically capture the bones of your searches, . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Technology

Consumer Advocacy by YouTube – United Breaks Guitars

Frustrated consumers and lawyers alike often threaten to take complaints to the press in an attempt to get satisfaction for an alleged wrong. After all, the “headline risk” of being perceived in a bad light by the public can sometimes be a sobering reality check on whether the entity is not treating a consumer fairly, or whether the complianant is just off base.

Earlier this week, this video was placed on Youtube – was viewed over 150,000 times in its first 2 days – and resulted in United coming to the table to resolve it.

According to the story/song, the . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

From Eagan to Delhi

The venture capital press have announced that

Thomson Reuters, the leading financial news and business information company, has acquired Indlaw Communications Pvt. Ltd., a Delhi-based legal information company, for an undisclosed amount. Indlaw runs a legal, tax and regulatory information database website called

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Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing, Technology

Happy Birthday Slaw

We’re four years old today. Since July 8, 2005, there have been 4,457 posts on which you’ve made 5,869 comments. Over 100 writers have contributed to our enterprise. And we’ve garnered some praise and prizes that give us great pleasure.

Of course, it’s all because of you, our readers. You’re the reason we started and you’re the reason we’re still here. On behalf of all of those who have written for us, let me thank you for reading what we write. Please keep doing it. And tell your friends about us. We’ve got more years to go yet. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

A Great Bargain on Summer Reading: Special 20% Discount on ABA Titles

For a limited time, ABA Publishing is offering a special 20% discount on all ABA titles. Do your shopping before July 24, 2009 as this offer expires on that date. To get this special pricing order online and enter source code PEP9MJPM

The 20% discount applies to all ABA books and you can find a complete listing of them at Non-ABA members get 20% off of list price. ABA Section members get 20% off the special reduced member price of any section they belong to, and 20% off the list price for books from sections they aren’t members . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Marketing, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Reading, Technology

Lexicons / Lexiques

Earlier in the week e-discovery diva and twitterer Peg Duncan sent out a request for “an ‘official’ French translation for ‘redaction’…” (She’d come up with épuration, caviardage and expurgation thus far.) Then, as synchronicity will have it, shortly afterwards I came across the University of Ottawa’s CLTD (Centre for Legal Translation and Documentation) lexicons, which I believe we’ve not pointed to on Slaw before.

The Federal Lexicon / lexique fédéral presents you with a word list in either English or French, each word linked to a collection of uses (word plus context) drawn from federal legislation in the other language, . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information

A Master Index for All Canadian Legal Journal Literature?

A rant / proposal on Canadian legal journal indexes:

As many SLAW readers will know, there are two main products that index Canadian legal journal literature:

– the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL), available in print from Carswell and online on each of Westlaw Canada and LexisNexis Canada (early 1980’s to current but I believe the print purports to include some pre-1980 content).

– the Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature (ICLPL) (print only, from 1960 to current but with a large publishing lag/delay (i.e., I believe the 2005 annual volume was published circa 2008).

[I am intentionally not . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information