Tortfeasor Shirts in the Press

Tortfeasor shirts get their first printed press mention this month as the September edition of The National Jurist magazine hits law schools. (Actually, I think the affiliated preLaw magazine was out first, which also contains a mention.) Thanks to both magazines for the support. Tortfeasor shirts have been selling well since school started. Remember, I disclaim all responsibility for any professors calling on you as a result of seeing the shirt.
Have a look at page 10 of The National Jurist:

Urinal Style

Men know that they’ve entered the wrong bathroom when confronted with plush couches and fancy chandeliers. (Or so we’ve heard.) Women must encounter a similar shock, followed quickly by disgust, when confronted with that row of vertical toilets: the urinals.
There is a lot of room for creativity in designing a urinal. Though one usually encounters the standard issue American Standard (hence the name I guess), now and then we’re treated to a sleeker, more aerodynamic receptacle. It’s no surprise that someone has created a database of the more interesting stand-up toilets, so I now turn your attention to (via MoFa)

3L Shirt

I had an idea to produce a new t-shirt for law school… but I’m a couple days late with the idea. Thus I give you only a mock-up. Current 2Ls will find this useful around this time next year.

Transcript Market Variances

I just paid $7.50 for a transcript that may or may not arrive by the time I need it next week. My law school (Boston University) can deliver ten official transcripts in one day for free (which makes me wonder why they even offer “unofficial” transcripts, which are no easier to obtain). My undergraduate university (UC Santa Barbara) can deliver official transcripts for about $6 each. One must either print and mail a request form or order online through a third-party for-profit company that charges an additional fee.
The law school has about 900 students. UCSB has about 20,000 (I think). I’m surprised that UCSB can’t develop a more efficient system to accommodate transcript requests. Then again, I paid about $4,000 per year to attend UCSB. BU charges around $28,000.

Ahmer’s Chilean Adventure Begins

I just got back from a nice long trip home to Seattle. I’m sure there are lots of interesting things to report, but I can’t be bothered to remember them right now.
In going through my emails (I checked the main accounts while away, but there is quite a buildup on my “secondary” accounts), I was alerted to an amazing and inspiring story. It seems a friend of mine has decided to move to Chile for no apparent reason (other than a sense of adventure)!

[T]he conception of this seemingly lunatic idea can be traced back to one evening at Zam Zam on Haight St. A night soaked with Gin & T’s and an intriguing conversation with a strange cat named Emily led the pathway to our future.”

Brilliant. You can read all about it on Ahmer and Laura’s website.

How to Hold a Nintendo Controller

Speaking of Nintendo controllers, it has been brought to my attention that I have been holding the controller the wrong way for all these years. I was grasping the controller with both hands and using my thumbs to operate the buttons. Silly me. It appears from the picture on the back of the box that you are supposed to gently cradle the control and forget about trying to press the red buttons – they will only slow you down.

Nintendo Phone

Cell phone design has come a long way since those big Zach Morris style boxes. They have all sorts of crazy smooth angles now, but as they get smaller and sleeker, the keypad and screen get needlessly complicated. How about going back to a design classic: the 8-bit Nintendo controller? It’s just the right size to fit in your hand. It’s simple, clean, and durable (remember all those times you threw the controller at the wall after Mario fell in the lava?). Plus, it’s retro. You’ll be at least as cool as the guy with the Atari shirt. The charger could be that Nintendo robot that came with the earliest sets. Here’s what it might look like:

BU to Type Law School Exams

Based on what I hear from friends at other law schools (and a certain discussion board), taking an exam a laptop is no unusual thing. BU has been a late adopter, but this year my laptop will replace my roommate’s bulky, loud, typewriter as my implement of exam destruction.
Unfortunately, the exam system requires a floppy drive, which I will have to buy and lug around (my computer has no drives, and I haven’t needed one until now). The school has a great, secure, wireless network already in place. How about software that constantly uploads (and backs-up) one’s exam? Or are there no competing exam software makers to drive this kind of innovation?
I’d argue that special software is not even needed (that we could all just promise not to use certain features), but apparently law students cannot be trusted. Are we trusted upon graduation?
Well, I’ll buy the drive, use the software, and be happy that at least some of my law school exams are prepared the way 99% of documents are created these days: by computer.