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I'm not insecure, but I am a little neurotic, egotistical, and really competitive.  I have a feeling I will be in good company in the fall.

wow. by the looks of this site you're also lame...which will be a great distraction for your peers.

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   Sorry Lenovo Lovers
on: May 03, 2008, 03:47:11 AM
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I am looking for a laptop that still runs Windows XP and I want to convince myself to buy a Lenovo T61 but there is a problem.  Virtually every review on every site is terrible for this product.  The average rating is typically 1 out of 5 stars.  People complain of the cheap plastic outside, poor screen, the "blue screen of death" right out of the box, poor customer service, and much more.  I am having a hard time finding even one positive review for every 5 or 6 bad ones.  Everyone hates it.  It seems like every LSDer loves to brag about this product but after reading 100 reviews, I don't even want to be in the same room as one of these things.  Looks like Apple + bootcamp for me.



a new consumer report just came out rating lap tops. you should check it out (apple does exceptionally well). having said that i use a macbook. absolutely love it. and you certainly don't need to run bootcamp on the thing.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Best T3 and T4 Law Schools
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:00:18 AM »
Considering that we occasionally debate this topic, I figured we might as well just have a topic for what everyone thinks of as the best law schools that are perpetually ranked in the T3 and T4, or pretty close to it. Give reasons if you want, don't if you don't. Let's have some fun. I'll start:

In nothing besides alphabetical order:

Albany, Arkansas-Fayetteville, Franklin Pierce, North Dakota, Ole Miss (probably the best on my list), Stetson, Syracuse, and Texas Tech.

University of Arkansas and University of Mississippi are at a different category away from Tier 3 and especially Tier 4, because of their frequent appearance at the top 100 and their low cost. 

dude, are you presently attending FSU law school?  what is that saying about stones and glass houses?

Hence why I figure them to be two of the better, yet lower ranked schools.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New US News Rankings...
« on: April 29, 2009, 11:49:34 AM »
I'll admit I was wrong in terms of GW dropping to 28, but GW is still better than most of those schools that moved ahead of it.  Anyone in law school and the legal community knows that it's a fact that IUB isn't even close to GW in terms of job placement and the same can be said for Iowa, etc....

Come next year, GW will simply adjust admissions to work within the new US News methodology and things will magically go back to how they once were.  In the long-run, I honestly think that the change will hurt US News because the more topsy-turvy the rankings become from year-to-year, the less people are going to give them weight.

i'm not sure what this means. Iowa has a sterling reputation. you can make fun of the locale (and i imagine students there have a sense of humor about this) but it is an incredible school that has tremendous respect, particularly in academic circles, so no, i don't agree with this assessment. IA has a pretty high placement rate for graduates. if you are talking vault 100, i reiterate my point that yours is actually the shallow assessment of school value. as for IUB, i have no clue so i have no comment. by the way i have no dog in the fight, i go to UW Wisconsin and we fell a couple points....again. oh and i'm staying in WI, in Madison actually, working at a firm here making 125k (starting). that is actually a great salary because the cost of living around here is much lower than, say Chicago. and because i am going to school for free (veteran's preference) UW is simply the best school for me. i wouldn't have gone to Harvard if they had accepted me (i didn't even bother, not in their range...not even close) because it didn't make sense. i wanted to live in WI, and the best school to attend when everything was factored in, was UW. full stop. see? a compelling case for why those arguments about placement (again, where? UW places most of its students as well, including clerkships with SCOTUS) and ranking (again, within reason, a non-T14 school, but still T1 school in the region you want to live is far more significant than being 18th or 40th) are shallow and stupid. the arguments dude, not you.

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New US News Rankings...
« on: April 27, 2009, 12:39:53 PM »
Dude....why do you even want BIGLAW (whatever the hell that means anyway)? The golden age of big firms is a thing of the past friend-o. And you cannot care so much about the f-ing (supremely lame) rankings and then pretend to not care. You made your bed when you started the argument, now have the dignity/decency to sleep in it.

I really don't care lol.  It's not going to affect anything in my life.  While Biglaw will definitely change, it's not over and never will be.  Things will turn around in 2010 and eventually some lucky law students down the road will reap the benefits of current, small summer classes.

It's a cycle.  Crappy economy or not, plenty of folks are still getting their $160k salaries. 

you talk as if 160k is worth the time these galleys make you work. that is not a lot of cake, especially when you live in LA, NYC or Chicago. and i think firms will change permanently as a result of this downturn. it is simply becoming harder and harder to justify the stratospheric per hour fees when you can get the same quality work from mid-size firms in smaller markets, or abroad for that matter. your blind adherence to 1. the significance of rankings and 2. the importance of BIGLAW tells me you are wedded to conventional wisdom. not a way to get ahead in a saturated market. but good luck!


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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New US News Rankings...
« on: April 27, 2009, 12:37:57 PM »
Dude....why do you even want BIGLAW (whatever the hell that means anyway)? The golden age of big firms is a thing of the past friend-o. And you cannot care so much about the f-ing (supremely lame) rankings and then pretend to not care. You made your bed when you started the argument, now have the dignity/decency to sleep in it.

I really don't care lol.  It's not going to affect anything in my life.  While Biglaw will definitely change, it's not over and never will be.  Things will turn around in 2010 and eventually some lucky law students down the road will reap the benefits of current, small summer classes.

It's a cycle.  Crappy economy or not, plenty of folks are still getting their $160k salaries. 

you talk as if 160k is worth the time these galleys make you work. that is not a lot of cake, especially when you live in LA, NYC or Chicago. and i think firms will change permanently as a result of this downturn. it is simply becoming harder and harder to justify the stratospheric per hour fees when you can get the same quality work from mid-size firms in smaller markets, or abroad for that matter. your blind adherence to 1. the significance of rankings and 2. the importance of BIGLAW tells me you are wedded to conventional wisdom. not a way to get ahead in a saturated market. but good luck!

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: New US News Rankings...
« on: April 26, 2009, 11:46:59 PM »
Dude....why do you even want BIGLAW (whatever the hell that means anyway)? The golden age of big firms is a thing of the past friend-o. And you cannot care so much about the f-ing (supremely lame) rankings and then pretend to not care. You made your bed when you started the argument, now have the dignity/decency to sleep in it.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WlqW6UCeaY

It's pretty gut-wrenching, especially as a vet to see my commander in chief and president bowing to some two bit, a-hole monarch. We poked fun at every Bushy misstep. Where is the media onslaught now?

Bush was given a lot of leeway for about 2 years.  Even with the election issues, the media treated him with general respect and, 9 months into the presidency, 9/11 happened and he had the highest approval ratings of any president for decades prior.  The whole country rallied behind him, the whole country wanted blood, and the whole country supported the first war to go after the terrorists. 

It wasn't until 3-4 years into the presidency, and really not until 5-6 years well into his second term, that the media really started to attack him on a much more consistent basis as being the complete buffoon that he was. 

Thought I should give you a little bit of a recent history lesson. 

1. I'm not sure where you discern a pro-Bush posture in my point
2. To say that the media are in any way objective when it comes to Obama is lunacy. You state that the press was respectful of Bush. I would wholeheartedly agree. Just as I would agree that the level of vitriol at the end of his administration was bandwangonesque and deeply disappointing. If, and it's a big if at this point, Iraq turns out to be a stable country (not a democracy, that was folly from the beginning) history will treat Bush far better than the last two years of his presidency. Obama is finding out a lot of the things Bush had to deal with. A lot of things that you and me will never know. It made me think of the show trial we just had with the CEO of AIG. Speaking of perspective. Most Americans have none. When it comes to Obama however, you are dealing with wholesale abandonment of even a shred of journalistic integrity. Bush for example would never have gotten away with appointing one guy with tax trouble to head Treasury (much less the 10 or so horrific missteps made by the current administration). The whole "sea gulls must have been awed at the sight of the inaugural" comment portended the sychophantish approach the news outlets would take towards with administration. This is particularly galling given the "never again" mea culpas we heard when the press was adjudged guilty for being asleep at the switch during the ramp up to the war in Iraq.
3. I digress. My whole point is that if you are objective (and I would argue that most people on this board are not at all) you would have to admit that the start of this administration has been a disappointment. Arguments that he had so much to deal with are legitimate but incomplete. Something is amiss. I think he needs to put on his big boy pants and start firing some of his staff. Clearly a number of them simply aren't up to the task.
4. If you bring up the point "well Bush did (insert whatever horrorshow bit here)" you are missing the argument. No one is saying Bush "did it right".
5. Isn't Julie a terrific snooze? She is so commonplace you don't even notice her, it's like breathing. Such a sorry, sorry girl.

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Probably because he doesn't care one bit what am talk radio says.

your argument is counter-factual. then why did they go after limbaugh personally? that was another loser. why would POTUS care about a fat, drug-addled private citizen with small-penis syndrome? but they did. they also feel it's necessary to apologize for this. this leads me to believe that the pres is either a. really sensitive to criticism or b. getting really, really bad advice. since he's from chicago, i vote for b. you can make these mistakes for a while (having bad advisors) but if you wait too long, people start to question your judgment. part of the reason he got a pass on the experience bit during the election is because his people made a legitimate argument that having the right person in office was more important that experience, all a good leader needs to do is surround himself with the right advisors. i say "well?". what is he waiting for?

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Okay.  He bowed.  Let's move on.

sounds grand. now if we could only get that jackanape gibbs on the same page everything would be gravy. why would you keep handing this stuff on a platter to am talk radio by denying the obvious? just sayin man....just sayin.

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