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Financial Aid / Re: 2L scholarships
« on: May 13, 2009, 08:58:00 AM »
Well, I've been out of school for a few years now with no career going since I've been so indecisive in my graduate work.  The prospect of another year out is a little bothersome as I am ready to be done with school.  Plus, my wife and I want to have kids before too long and having kids while both of us are trying to finish school is much more brutal than I really would like.

Financial Aid / 2L scholarships
« on: May 12, 2009, 02:19:43 PM »
So here is the situation.  Due to life and financial situations I was not able to get my application in until pretty much the last moment.  So funding pretty much went out to everyone and I was left with just loan offers since my app wasn't early enough. 

Say I take the loans for this year, since I don't really have another choice.  Does this screw up my possibilities for funding in 2L and 3L? 

Current Law Students / Re: Beyond Time and Space
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:05:39 PM »
Of all the illusions that beset us, in this world of Maya, perhaps the deadliest are those to which, for lack of better, we give the names of "Time" and "Space": and quite naturally -- since they are prime factors in our every action here below; each undertaking is prefaced by the question -- uttered or unexpressed -- How long? how far? what duration, or extent, intervenes between us and the fulfillment of our desire? Yet that they are illusions, the wise of all ages bear witness: we read in the Bible that "a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day"; the Mohammedan legend tells us of the devotee at the well, met by an Angel, who rapt him into Paradise, where he dwelt for seventy thousand years in bliss, the while a drop of water was falling from his cruse to the ground; and Emerson expresses the same truth in the language of our time -- "The Soul ... abolishes Time and Space.... Time and space are but inverse measures of the force of the soul. The spirit sports with time -- can crowd eternity into an hour, or stretch an hour to Eternity."

And we realize this ourselves, to some extent, though perhaps unconsciously: yet often we are so engrossed either by our own thoughts -- pleasurable or the reverse -- or by the conversation of others -- that we become entirely oblivious of the flight of time, or the distance over which we have passed, while so occupied. Even more is this the case when we are asleep: in dreams we revisit the scenes, and live over again the days, of our childhood -- commune with friends long since passed away, or visit the ends of the earth, with no feelings of surprise or incongruity: yet an hour later, on awakening to what, in our blindness, we call "the realities of life," we bind on again the chains that Veda, Bible, and Koran -- Prophet, Priest, and Sage, concur in assuring us we shall, in due course, know to be as unreal as the mirage of the desert. Pending this perfect enlightenment, it may not be wholly unprofitable to try if we cannot get a partial conception of this great truth -- even if it should be merely from an intellectual standpoint.

Let us consider the habitual performance of a purely mechanical, or automatic action -- such as the daily journey of a commuter on the railway: every day, at the same hour, he enters the same car -- probably takes the same seat -- and meets the same fellow-passengers: they converse on substantially the same topics: at the same stage the conductor takes up his ticket, and the engineer -- alas! -- blows the same fiendish and superfluous whistle. Now it does not require a very vivid imagination on the part of our commuter, to so blend the reminiscences of yesterday and the anticipation of tomorrow, with the experiences of today, that all then may seem synchronous. If it is objected that this illustration is faulty, in that it ignores the element of uncertainty inherent in all human affairs, it might fairly be replied that it only does so to the extent of adopting that working hypothesis that is universally accepted in daily affairs, and without which, no one would look beyond the needs of the present moment. Yet possibly a happier illustration may be found: suppose that I wish to revisit a familiar but far distant place -- as, for instance, Damascus: now, if I go there in my physical body, days and weeks must elapse, before I can reach the immemorial city -- sunset and moon-rise, day and night -- with all the incidents of sleep and waking, pleasure and discomfort, possibly the alterations of sickness and health -- all these must be gone through with, and not by one second can the appointed time be shortened: yet if I go simply in memory and imagination, I have but to will -- and instantly, without an appreciable interval, I wander again past mosque and minaret, amid rose-leaf and almond-bloom that perfume the gardens of the "Eye of the East."

So, too, with the kindred illusion of Space. Thousands of leagues of sea and land must be traversed by "this prison of the senses, sorrow-fraught"; whether in the steamer battling with the Atlantic surfs, or the express shooting through the vineyards of fair France -- or the carriage toiling up the cedar-clad slopes of Lebanon -- every inch of the weary way must be consecutively passed over, and not by one hair's breadth can it be avoided. Yet, going without the encumbrance of the flesh, even as I had no sensation of Time, so I have no perception of distance, between the swirl of the tide of the Hudson, and the plash of the fountains of Abana and Pharpar.
Experiences like these are so familiar, and so apparently meaningless, that some may attach little importance to them, or even be disposed to ignore them altogether. Yet probably this would not prove wise. It may well be that, in Occultism, as in Physical Science, great truths lie just before us -- stare us in the face, as it were: and when they are at last discovered, it is not by elaborate research, but by the application of the most familiar methods. Again -- it was because he had been faithful over a few things, that the good servant was promoted to be ruler over many things. What right have we to expect to attain to higher knowledge, or claim to be entrusted with greater powers, until we have proven ourselves worthy of such preferment by thoroughly using, and profiting by, such as we now have?

Pointing out that our perceptions of things is relative does not make them an illusion.  They still exist.  The fact that perceptions are different in memory and dreams does not change this.  I sleep and when I wake time has still passed.  I walk down the street talking to a friend and distance is still covered.  Change happens at all times, so time and space exist not as illusions but as relative things.

Basically, I am trying to say....

No, just no...

Current Law Students / JAG questions
« on: April 28, 2009, 12:02:44 PM »
I have been considering the possibility of JAG, but am not sure if it would be the right choice, so I thought I would seek out some insight. 

Firstly, from my reading it seems that JAG mostly deals with criminal cases.  I know that this is a pretty big thing and needed on bases, but are you pretty much locked into doing criminal law?  For the most part, I am not really into this part of the law.

Secondly, I am married and very supportive of my wife's education goals.  Entering into active duty and moving around seems like that would squash any aspirations she might have, is this the case or are there ways in which she would be able to pursue her higher education while I serve?

These are my main questions, I have an idea of what the life might be like and I do also know that different branches of the military have different policies.  If anyone has any good information I would appreciate it, or if I need to be more direct and clear, please let me know.


Current Law Students / Re: Law School Has Humbled Me
« on: April 10, 2009, 04:10:21 PM »
...and for the crapshoot that is life.
No, just no.  So full of fail it hurts.   There is no crapshoot, it is as you make it.  So take responsibility.  Unless your professors are out to get you, then something else is going on entirely...

So take it from me: don't bother with a lower-ranked school.  It's just not worth it.  Law school is a very frustrating experience.  It takes luck, hard work, and some good old-fashioned zero-sum strategy.  Good luck.

But it's a crapshoot, so why should one work hard?

Current Law Students / Re: All is One: Zeno Paradoxes
« on: April 03, 2009, 03:59:09 PM »

This sequence also presents a second problem in that it contains no first distance to run, for any possible (finite) first distance could be divided in half, and hence would not be first after all. Hence, the trip cannot even begin. The paradoxical conclusion then would be that travel over any finite distance can neither be completed nor begun, and so all motion must be an illusion. This argument is called the Dichotomy because it involves repeatedly splitting a distance into two parts. It contains some of the same elements as the Achilles and the Tortoise paradox, but with a more apparent conclusion of motionlessness. It is also known as the Race Course paradox. Some, like Aristotle, regard the Dichotomy as really just another version of Achilles and the Tortoise.

newb poster, but I remember this one.  I can't recall the name right now, but the listener to this paradox politely responded to this argument by kicking a stone with his foot.  As the stone moved some feet ahead, he said something like, "Look, it moved."  I remember that from one of my first philosophy classes and I thought it was hilarious.  In situations like this, it is only our mind that gets in the way from accepting the reality of the situation.  That's what I gather anyway.

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