Andrew Sinclair

October 2003


The Winking Attorney

+ (October 30, 2003)

It’s always nice to be able to a face to a name. That’s why I have my little picture there on the right, and it is why I have my little picture on my posts over on Law School Discussion... more


Harrier Jet Case

+ (October 29, 2003)

There was a comment about the Lexis points that compared them to the famous Harrier Jet case. The story goes like this: Pepsi made a television commercial advertising their Pepsi Points promotion. As consumers collected Pepsi Points, they could turn... more

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Law School Discussion Update

+ (October 27, 2003)

I spent many hours working on Law School Discussion this weekend. I’ve had access to an SQL database on my new server for quite a while, so I thought it was time I finally upgrade a database driven board. The... more


Sushi Memo

+ (October 23, 2003)

A few months ago, a partner at Paul Weiss ate some bad sushi. She gave a paralegal the assignment of researching the sushi restaurants in the area and reporting back. What followed was a formally written three-page memo, complete with... more


Elliott Smith

+ (October 22, 2003)

The music of Elliott Smith means a lot to me. It's a sad day.... more

When you think about Lexis and Westlaw points in dollar terms, it becomes pretty clear that they’re essentially worthless. Nevertheless, a few bucks tend to be worth the effort of a few clicks for the average law student. My calculations... more

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The Value of a Westlaw Point

+ (October 21, 2003)

Westlaw offers a much more limited selection of prizes than Lexis, but it’s harder to calculate the value of a point because many (most?) of the prizes are not readily available at finer online retailers. Nevertheless, I’ve found a good... more

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The Value of a Lexis Point

+ (October 20, 2003)

There are four different types of things that can be purchased with Lexis points: (1) things from Amazon, (2) gift certificates, (3) study guides, (4) other items from Award Cafe. The points have roughly the same value everywhere, but sometimes... more

In a shameless effort to promote use of Lexis and Westlaw amongst law students (so the students will pay a premium for these services later in their professional lives) both companies offer incentives to students in the form of contests... more


Outdoor Gadgets

+ (October 16, 2003)

Speaking of gadgets, Nick Aster has just launched another quality website. Outdoor Escapade is devoted to outdoor gadgets, trip ideas, and trail reviews.... more

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+ (October 15, 2003)

The NY Times ran an article today about people losing interest in their gadgets. This is a plea to those in the article, especially the girl in the picture that is making an “I just don’t care” motion to her... more


Cowboy Up

+ (October 13, 2003)

As I write this there are Red Sox fans in my street hootin’ and hollerin’ in celebration of tonight’s victory. I don’t know if those in other cities have been privy to the “Cowboy Up” phrase that has become an... more


Hosting for Tattoos

+ (October 10, 2003)

Mindfield Media is offering free web hosting for life. The only catch: you have to get a tattoo. This promotion is, of course, working because people like me keep linking to them. (The logos don’t actually say the name of... more


Red Sox Madness

+ (October 9, 2003)

I’ve never lived anywhere as devoted to baseball as Boston, and I’ve lived in a lot of places. Living within five minutes walk of Fenway park has given me a real appreciation for the effect the Red Sox have on... more


Patent Pimp

+ (October 6, 2003)

This is an actual job listing, with certain details omitted. Read carefully: If you are interested this, please e-mail your resume, no later than Friday, October 3, 2003 by 5:00 eastern standard time. This October 3, date only applies to... more


Famous Hands

+ (October 5, 2003)

I've been listening to a lot of Spiritualized® lately in preparation and anticipation of their concert in Boston this Saturday. The tour supports the new Spiritualized® album Amazing Grace. Spiritualized CDs are always innovative in their artwork and packaging. The... more


Most Expensive Zip Codes

+ (October 4, 2003)

Forbes has a ranking of the most expensive zip codes in the United States. (Do they even have zip codes in other countries? Or only the much-less-zippy “postcode”?) The criterion is the median home sale price. Beacon Hill’s 02114 comes... more


F&R Entertainment Law Seminar

+ (October 1, 2003)

I went down to the Fish & Richardson’s “What you need to know about the law & business of Media & Entertainment” seminar this morning (pdf). It was a good review of copyright and trademark with a lot of great... more