You Might Like… Ten Temptations to Amusement on Lawyers, Sloths, Virginity, Hume, Lutefisk, and More.

This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.

Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.

Cracked.com – 7 Brilliant Movie Lawyers (Who Suck at Their Job) – Chris Radomile – Only 7? Surely our readers can come up with another bunch to bulk up the list. This critique goes into some detail about specific mis-lawyering points in the flicks.

New York Times – Can Game Theory Predict When Iran Will Get the Bomb? – Clive Thompson – A piece about the NYU prof and game theorist, the wonderfully named Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, who for decades has been developing a computer program “that predicts the outcome of any situation in which parties can be described as trying to persuade or coerce one another.” Sounds like something that could be useful in law.

Businessweek – Correlation or Causation? – Vali Chandrasekaran – Amusing charts aligning the development of unlikely pairs of phenomena. E.g. “Is Facebook driving the Greek debt crisis?”

Smithsonian Magazine – Scandinavians’ Strange Holiday Lutefisk Tradition – Erica Janik – “Lye-soaked cod drenched in melted butter.” Much as I like me a good piece of cod, I’d have to go with the Scandinavian gravlax tradition by preference.


The Guardian – Why I pulled out of the TS Eliot poetry prize – Alice Oswald – The poet (see her “Sonnet” here) talks about the purpose of poetry and the unsuitability, for her, of hedge funds as sponsors. (Fascinating, for me, to see the hostility in the comments. For a more reasoned critique, see The Economist—unsurprisingly.)

NPR – Extra Virginity: The Sublime And Scandalous World Of Olive Oil – Tom Mueller – An extract from his recent book on “olive oil and olive oil fraud, a story of globalization, deception, and crime in the food industry from ancient times to the present, and a powerful indictment of today’s lax protections against fake and even toxic food products…”

YouTube – The Sloths Are Coming – SlothvilleTV – “Trailer for upcoming documentary filmed at the world’s only sloth orphanage in Costa Rica.” Serious cuteness warning.

Slate Magazine – Recipe cards: a brief history – Katie Arnold-Ratliff – A pleasantly nostalgic piece that tracks very much the same kind of change that library catalogues and cards went through. Slate is collecting scans of your grandmother’s recipe cards, if you’re interested.

New York Times Opinionator – Of Hume and Bondage – Simon Blackburn – I’d present this for the title alone, almost. But if you’re at all interested in philosophy, which is to say in the affairs of life, this defence of Hume makes for worthwhile reading.

Vimeo – HDR skies – Tanguy Louvigny – Colours and contrasts pushed madly, making for very dramatic time-lapse vistas. (I like the way that the tiny cows and sheep dart around in the distance.)

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