Andrew Sinclair

July 2003

It turns out that animal I refer to as “Rare African Death Centipede” has actually been scientifically identified as a House Centepede (warning: the link contains a picture of horrible creature). Apparently they’re not (a) rare, (b) African, (c) harmful,... more

For the third year in a row, an unwelcome bat has entered my abode. I’m getting calmer about the situation, but it’s still rather annoying to have a bat flying in a figure-8 around the room when you’re trying to,... more

law school

No Exam for Me Today

+ (July 30, 2003)

I just dropped off a carload of people at the World Trade Center (Boston) for the event of the year: The Massachusetts Bar Exam. Early reports indicate that some New York test takers sat in the middle of an arena... more

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Job Search Begins (again)

+ (July 27, 2003)

It’s time once again to begin another job search. Hopefully this one will go a little smoother than my last search, which only ended a couple months ago. It’s amazing how long it takes to do simple things like update... more



+ (July 23, 2003)

I’ve seen a lot of new music devices in the last couple years that use creative interfaces to make music. Korg’s touch pad was first, followed by Alesis’ Air FX. Audiopad is an experimental (the I’ve mentioned are fully developed... more

After reading Alice W’s note that the Star Wars Kid is in her personal network, I found that he was in mine as well. I know him though about four different people, and Chewbacca knows him directly. Chewbacca has over... more

Friendster is a lot more fun and interesting than I thought it would be. Someone invited me to join and I was really surprised to see a lot of my friends already enrolled. If you haven’t signed up yet, I’d... more


Symbolic Legal Standards

+ (July 19, 2003)

Yesterday I stated a theory that poor legal writing (in transactions) is the result of negotiation rather than tradition. What if contracts weren’t written with words, but rather, with symbols? At the bottom of this page is the Creative Commons... more

During my first year of law school I was told of a new movement in legal writing. Apparently legal writing contained all sorts of legal jargon, redundancy, and a general lack of clarity. The movement is to fix this by... more

I honestly believe that foosball increases productivity. Who, stereotypically, has foosball tables in their offices? That’s right: programmers. And what do programmers do all day? They stare at computer screens and write arguments. The lawyer’s mind might work slightly differently,... more

Last weekend I wrote and article about applying to law school for law school discussion. I've been getting a lot of emails from people asking for advice, so I thought an article might answer some of the obvious questions ahead... more


Bag and Baggage

+ (July 12, 2003)

I want to welcome visitors from Denise Howell's quality Bag and Baggage site. I want to let you know that I do write on law and law school, and that you can find such writings using the category links on... more

I added some pictures to the entry page of law school discussion about a month ago. I think pictures are a great way to make a website feel more human (if there are actual humans behind it). Those pictures are... more


The Little Dig

+ (July 11, 2003)

I wanted to write something (else) about the consistently annoying road construction going on right outside my apartment. The street wart disappeared the other day, leaving only a stain for remembrance. I refer to the whole project, in conjunction with... more


Are You Average?

+ (July 9, 2003)

Based on an informal glance through my referrer logs, I’d say the average visitor to this website wants to (a) play a mini-putt game (b) on a bus to New York (c) while armed with a super-soaker water gun (d)... more

law school

The Tuition Effect

+ (July 8, 2003)

I got a bill for law school this week. Tuition: $15,260. If you think that’s expensive, you’re right. If you think it sounds reasonable, consider this… that’s for one (1) semester! Does this mean the whole year will cost more... more

Got a nice little color mailer from the Massachusetts Water Resouces Authority the other day: “Tap into Water”. I’ve never been that concerned with tap water, but we’ve all read A Civil Action (or at least seen the movie),... more

Happy 4th of July. I plan on the usual barbeque followed by blowing up Chinese chemicals in the sky, but purely for aesthetic reasons. Meanwhile, popular internet sites today (via blogdex) dissent by pointing out some obvious policy mistakes. First,... more

I have a really good friend named Brian. He’s a great guy, but in a parallel universe, where things ended in “.com” instead of “.org”, I would probably hate him (though I would be justified because, in this parallel universe,... more

I just finished grading my assigned stack of memos for the writing competition for my journal. Experiencing the other side of the grading process gave me a lot of insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the exam... more

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court decided that the doctrine of trespass to the chattels did not apply to spam emails. At first glance, it looked to me like the trespass to the chattels theory had lost a lot of ground... more