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Meta Discussion / PSA: The entire LSAT board needs a Valium
« on: June 28, 2007, 01:38:37 PM »
I swear.  It gets a little less tolerable with each successive cycle; by the next iteration of the exam, the collective blood pressure of the test takers on this board will be so high that it may actually cause some kind of virtual stroke. 

Take it down a notch, kids! 

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General Off-Topic Board / Shakespeare game
« on: June 27, 2007, 02:40:12 PM »
Okay, something in one of blue's threads reminded me of this joke I knew in college. 

Here's the setup:
A theater company with a serious Shakespeare fetish decides to perform a full season of the Bard's plays, six in total.  Sadly, they have a nearly nonexistant promotional budget.  They contact a PR firm about snappy ways to advertise and promote the plays without busting the bank.  After reviewing their budget and the list of shows, the PR people decide that the only option is to make a single billboard.  Unfortunately, they can't even afford a large enough sign to fit the full names of the plays.  These are the shortened versions that the firm came up with.

1. Wet - A Midsummer Night's Dream (TTT)
2. Dry - Twelfth Night (TTT)
3. Abortion - Love's Labours Lost (apriori)
4. 6" - Much Ado About Nothing (TTT)
5. 9" - As You Like It (TTT)
6. 12" - The Taming of the Shrew (GraphiteDirigible)

Each of those terms represents one of Shakespeare's plays.  What are they?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Yay for the no-longer-1Ls!!!
« on: May 03, 2007, 05:13:57 PM »
Just wanted to give a shout out to all of my friends who just finished 1L!  Whee!

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General Off-Topic Board / Holy crap
« on: January 01, 2007, 03:30:47 PM »
I'm speechless.  I just saw a television commercial advertising "pay nothing for a year" options for cosmetic surgery. 

"Would you like to have your breasts augmented and pay nothing for a year? Call 1-800-560-LUNA!"
"Want a tummy tuck?  Call 1-800-560-LUNA and pay nothing for one year!"

Is anyone else apalled?  Maybe I just don't watch enough television.

(http://www.lunacosmeticsurgery.com/)

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General Off-Topic Board / The plural of addendum is addenda...
« on: December 06, 2006, 01:13:15 PM »
...and other persnickety language issues.  I need a distraction right now, so I bring you...

The KVETCH ABOUT BAD GRAMMAR thread!

*  "The reason is because..." makes no sense.  The reason is.  Period.
*  (this one isn't grammar per se, and I suspect I won't find much support here, but) I really really really hate O RLY.  Gah! 
*  Come to think of it, most internet acronyms are pretty wretched
*  There is a difference between "there" and "their" and "they're"
*  Not to mention "your" and "you're"

Look, I don't mean to give anyone a hard time about the occasional mistake.  I've been known to misplace a comma now and again, and I certainly take creative liberties with the English language that would make a linguistic purist cringe.  Still and all, the rampant abuse of language (on this board and in general) makes me so sad.  I die a little on the inside every time someone uses "your" instead of "you're". 

So join me!  Add your own pet peeves.  What fun we'll have!

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I generally refrain from posting this sort of thing on LSD, but I think that this deserves attention.  My apologies if it's already been posted.

Last night a UCLA student was tasered by campus police during a verbal altercation.  There are differing accounts of the events - I have my personal biases and suspicions, but in as neutral an account as I can muster:
The student refused to show his ID to library staff during a regular sweep.  They told him he'd have to leave.  He may or may not have refused.  They left to summon the police.  (Here's where the stories really diverge.)  The campus police claim that he still refused to leave and was resisting them.  Eyewitnesses and the student himself claim that he already had his backpack on and was headed for the door.  There is no dispute over the fact that the police then tasered him and he fell to the floor.  He was shocked several more times.

The story is ugly enough on its face.  The fact that the student involved is a Muslim man will make the aftermath even messier, both for the broader community as well as, undoubtedly, for the players personally involved.  Regardless of what factors motivated the incident and whether there was ethnic or religious bias, this seems to have been a shocking escalation of force.  Truly unnecessary. 
 
Footage from a student's camera phone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3CdNgoC0cE
I warn that the video is of really poor quality, but it hit me in a way that simply reading the stories did not.

The UCLA campus paper article:
http://dailybruin.com/news/articles.asp?id=38958

The LA Times article:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cellcamera16nov16,0,4794591.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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General Off-Topic Board / Jolie out
« on: October 06, 2006, 01:15:32 PM »
Hey kids,

I believe that the time has come to follow in many others' footsteps and gracefully bow out of LSDdom.  Signing on has become more compulsive than anything - I don't bite my nails, but I scan this board about a few dozen times a day.  I think my time here was waning anyway, but there was some personal off-topic *&^% posted a few days ago that pounded in the proverbial nail.   

Anywho.  Best of luck this cycle to the new applicants.  There are a few of y'all I wouldn't mind keeping tabs on, and I think you mostly know who you are.  I'll keep checking PMs for a little while if anyone wants to send RL contact info.  And who knows -- maybe I'll be back.  But for now...it's been grand.

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That is all.

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Non-Traditional Students / a momentary lapse of zen (aka Panicking!)
« on: June 01, 2006, 01:34:03 PM »
All of a sudden I'm experiencing uber-anxiety over all of this law school stuff.  Considering that I usually operate on an "it'll all work out somehow, hippie" basis, this is terribly out of character.
 
The thing is, I've spent years researching, planning, soul-searching... I'm certain that this is the path I want to follow.  I'm comfortable in the knowledge that I'll be working a few slavish Biglaw years to catch up financially.  I don't think my nerves are about law school itself.
 
I think some of this is being stirred up by the options that have suddenly opened up.  I feel really fortunate to have some choices, but I also have to accept now that I'm CHOOSING to go to Michigan and incur a metric assload of debt (on top of what I also owe) instead of going to Cardozo for free.  I already borrowed to go back to grad school once, and while that was the best decision ever in terms of personal and professional development, let's just say it didn't work out so well in the money department.  Anyway, I seriously feel as though I'm going to have a stroke at the thought of signing on the dotted line. 

Soooo...I dunno.  I'm not really looking for advice or answers here.  I feel pretty strongly that our individual circumstances are all so different that it's nigh impossible to advise one another in any meaningful way.  I suppose I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing similar feelings.  Anyone else in the grip of a "what the #*$& am I doing?" episode?   ???  Speak up!

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Acceptances / In at Michigan off the waitlist!!
« on: May 10, 2006, 01:21:37 PM »
Wheee!
 ;D ;D ;D

I just got the (unofficial) notice from Sarah Zearfoss.  I'm beaming!

Of course, now the plot has thickened...

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