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For 2,000 years, the universal library, together with other perennial longings like invisibility cloaks, antigravity shoes and paperless offices, has been a mythical dream that kept receding further into the infinite future.

Personally, I’m still holding out for the flying cars.


On the PC, Onfolio is my favorite app for organizing and storing information, as well as tracking my 100+ RSS feeds.

Additionally, Microsoft announced that it acquired Onfolio Inc., a
Cambridge, Mass.-based company, which offers a tool that lets people
clip and save text and links from the Web. Financial terms weren’t
disclosed. Microsoft says it has incorporated the technology into a new
version of its toolbar, Windows Live Toolbar, which also is due to be
released Wednesday.

I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but they had better not screw it up.

Thanks to Scoble for the heads up.

UPDATE: Never mind, they’ve already screwed it up. :::Sigh:::

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has announced that they will start providing free written opinions to PACER customers. According to the announcement, written opinions are defined as:

“any document issued by a judge or judges of the court sitting
in that capacity, that sets forth a reasoned explanation for a
court’s decision.”

I look forward to hearing from Lexis and Westlaw on this one.

Thanks to Lisa Solomon of Question of Law and The Billable Hour for the heads up this morning on Solosez:

Standard Disclaimer: I have no affiliation whatsoever with this site, but it made me laugh (and now I know where to get a holiday gift for a co-worker).

Somewhere there is a movie in this:

Or, in the words of the competition judge to Adam
Sandler’s title character in the movie, “Billy Madison,” after Billy
Madison had responded to a question with an answer that sounded
superficially reasonable but lacked any substance,

“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic
things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent
response was there anything that could even be considered a rational
thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Deciphering motions like the one presented here wastes valuable chamber staff time, and invites this sort of footnote.

Thanks to the folks at the Legal Writing Prof Blog for this great link.

Apparently it is Microsoft’s fault that he doesn’t proofread the material that he submits to the court:

“Spell-checking on his computer is never going to be the same for Santa Cruz solo practitioner Arthur Dudley.

In an opening brief to San Francisco’s 1st District Court of Appeal, a search-and-replace command by Dudley inexplicably inserted the words “sea sponge” instead of the legal term “sua sponte,” which is Latin for “on its own motion.”

“Spell check did not have sua sponte in it,” said Dudley, who, not noticing the error, shipped the brief to court.”

Thanks to the folks at the Legal Writing Blog for the heads up.

From the front page of the Morning Call, my hometown newspaper on Wednesday March 1st-note the third item on the list:

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