Andrew Sinclair
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I'm a Dad

+ (April 2, 2009)

My daughter Esme was born this afternoon. What a crazy feeling to see her and hear her for the first time. It's just amazing to me that she has never experienced things like color, cold, or night. My wife and... more

I'm on Twitter

+ (June 22, 2008)

I've been trying out twitter for a couple weeks. I didn't think I had anything to say using short frequent text-based messages (not "text messages" because I still get charged for those, but messaged consisting only of text). I think... more

Homebrew Brew

+ (June 7, 2008)

I started brewing my own beer over the last couple months. It's quite an enjoyable process involving simple ingredients, a reasonable amount of effort, and positive results. Much like baking bread, there are very few ingredients but infinite variety in... more

My entry to Apartment Therapy's Fall Colors contest is the first one to be posted! Check it out and vote!... more

Getting Married

+ (September 23, 2007)

I got married on September 2d at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Getting married is a great experience - entirely positive except for the cost - yet well worth the expense. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and I was... more

I Got Engaged

+ (May 19, 2007)

On the scale of things, getting engaged is significant news. I've been together with my fiancée for almost five years now, and it's time for a legal union. Getting married is really evidence of a life-long commitment. I think that... more

NE Snowboard

+ (January 21, 2007)

After over five years in New England, I finally hit the frigid slopes this weekend. It's been a long time since I've been on skis, and since I was renting anyway, I thought I'd try boarding instead. I've actually gone... more

Back from Peru

+ (September 17, 2006)

I'm back from an amazing trip to Peru. I have wanted to visit South America for years, and honed in on Peru several years ago thanks to encouragement from Nick and Thomas. It took quite a while to finally make... more

I saw an amazing Grant Lee Phillips show a couple weeks ago at TT the Bear's (that's a real picture of the show from my cell phone). I went to the show alone, which is something I don't usually do,... more

Stolen Identity

+ (July 5, 2006)

I've finally become a victim of the "Identity Theft" problem we hear so much about. Thankfully, my self-identity remains in my possession and only my credit card number has been compromised. The thief made out with two months of AOL... more

CDs Do Not Swim

+ (May 31, 2005)

It's nice to have a three day weekend, but Tuesday morning after such a holiday can be disastrous. Take mine for example: while I was lazily wasting the weekend away I failed to notice that water from last week's storm... more

Typo Leads to Travel Nightmare

+ (December 23, 2004)

Keeping with my tradition of reporting personal stories of being stuck in the cogs of a malfunctioning bureaucratic machine (ie last year’s electricity outage), I give you: my typo travel disaster: My story begins with my checking in for my... more

I Passed the NY Bar Exam

+ (November 16, 2004)

I found out today that passed the NY bar exam. (If you didn’t know the results were out, click here.) Now that I know I passed both NY and MA, I can say that I’m glad I took two bar... more

I woke up this morning at 6am to the screaming sound of my building’s fire alarm. Since moving in a few months ago, there have been at least five false fire alarms here. A couple of those were of mischievous... more

I Passed the bar Exam

+ (November 4, 2004)

I found out today that I passed the Massachusetts bar exam. You don’t have to be a lawyer to know that the bar exam is a big deal. In Massachusetts, most first-time takers pass the exam. I can’t seem to... more

Moving Day in Boston

+ (August 31, 2004)

Today is (hopefully) the fifth and final day of moving to my new apartment in Cambridge - not more than two miles from my old place in the Fenway. Boston has a something of a holiday around September 1 known... more

Bar Review Starts

+ (May 26, 2004)

Today was the first day of my $2,400 bar review course. For that amount, I get a massive stack of books and a special badge that allows me to go downtown and watch a video for four hours each day.... more

My first published article reaches the printed page this week. You can now read the pdf version online. The article is intended to be an update on third party pop-up advertising litigation that has now become a widespread legal issue.... more

I Graduated from Law School

+ (May 17, 2004)

I graduated from law school yesterday. Whew – that was a lot of work. It’s nice to be finished, but it doesn’t feel like too big of a deal. There’s still a lot of work to be done (for example:... more

Back in Beantown

+ (May 5, 2004)

I’ve been back in Boston for almost a week now seeing lots of friends and eating lots of good food. I’m essentially finished with law school as well, but there’s always little administrative things (and of course the bar) to... more

Lost in Circular Translation

+ (April 15, 2004)

I’ve been a laggard in my adoption of cellular telephone technology. My first complaint against cell phones is that they ring at inappropriate times, but I think I can avoid causing any disturbance. My second complaint is the cost. A... more

Another Cartoon Andrew

+ (March 1, 2004)

At this point, it’s a tradition to create cartoon versions of myself whenever someone makes a fun new tool for doing so. Here’s the latest. This one is probably the most accurate to date. You can compare with my actual... more

I Am Rule 11

+ (February 24, 2004)

According to this quiz, if I were a Fed. R. Civ. P. I would likely be Rule 11. This is just so nerdy it had to be posted. I'm quite happy being Rule 11 though, it's much better than that... more

My Apartment

+ (January 8, 2004)

For the first time in my life, I have my very own apartment. It’s quite comfortable, and it features three of the ugliest lamps I’ve ever seen. I thought I might share these with the world: There’s no internet access... more

My semester abroad is officially underway. I’ll start with some background that can be referred to later when people are confused about what I’m writing about. Here goes: I’m finishing my last semester of law school (I go to Boston... more

Before getting into the travel details, I want to finish up the story with the electricity in Boston being out on only one floor of the apartment (first part of the story). We agreed to assume the debt caused by... more

The new Law School Discussion design is now live for your perusal. I’m still working on a couple of details, but the substantial changes are finished. I’d appreciate your feedback on the new design. Look around for a minute and... more

Electric Disaster

+ (December 31, 2003)

I came home last week to find that the power on one floor of my apartment was not working. I was about to go home for Christmas so I called the landlord to report the problem and left town a... more

Happy New Year’s Eve. I’m still working on the Law School Discussion update. I’m happy to say that the design is done and now I’m working on the forum software. I’m upgrading to the new Simple Machines Forum which looks... more

Finishing and Starting

+ (December 22, 2003)

Well it’s been a long semester – concluding with a relatively long period of neglect for this site (over a week with nothing new!). I took a very full schedule of classes this semester in preparation for my upcoming semester... more


+ (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

Tortfeasor Shirts in the Press

+ (August 30, 2003)

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... more

Tortfeasor Shirts Profitable

+ (June 19, 2003)

I'm happy to announce that is a success. I've sold enough shirts to pay back the site costs and, more importantly, the shirt printing costs. If sales continue at the current rate, there should be more colors and designs... more

Law School Discussion Update

+ (June 16, 2003)

I just finished a medium size update of Law School Discussion, but you wouldn’t know it. I moved the whole site over to a new (much less expensive) host. While in the process I decided to rename the directories of... more

First Day Survived

+ (June 11, 2003)

I survived the first day of my summer job. It was the typical: “there’s the bathroom, here’s your phone, your computer should have been here by now, but it’ll be here soon”, etc. The people are really nice, and the... more

Summer Job Search: Concluded

+ (June 10, 2003)

Tomorrow is the first day of my summer internship. Technically, I’ve been looking for a summer job for over nine months. Of course that’s not all I’ve been doing, there’s always schoolwork, class, exams, the journal, and fun stuff like... more

Tortfeasor Shirts

+ (May 26, 2003)

Today I’m officially launching a project I’ve been working on: The website is just a place to buy tortfeasor t-shirts. Basically I wanted to make up some tortfeasor shirts, but I wanted quality (none of this iron-on stuff). This,... more

New Hampshire Trip

+ (May 11, 2003)

To celebrate the end of the school year, I took a little day trip up to New Hampshire and Maine on Friday. I took some pictures of Portsmith, a small town on the New Hampshire coast (which is less than... more

Leiden Bound

+ (May 7, 2003)

I received the good news today that I have been accepted to BU’s study abroad program at Leiden University in The Netherlands. This means I’ll be closing out my law school studies next spring in the land of tulips, wooden... more

11 Down, a Bunch More to Go

+ (April 28, 2003)

I took my eleventh law school exam today. Number twelve happens tomorrow.... more

Serial Killer or Friendly Guy?

+ (April 14, 2003)

The truth about Andrew Sinclair: (an email from a friend) Ok, before I forget, I have to tell you about this dream I had. Basically, you were this psycho serial killer who was killing law school girls, and for some... more

If I Were a Synth

+ (April 13, 2003)

Another silly "What _____ are you?" quiz. I don't know why I take these, especially because the results of this one only insult me. I was hoping to get the Korg Z1, the synth I actually own, but I got... more

Spring Break Travels

+ (March 8, 2003)

It’s spring break at BU this week, and I’m on a little road trip down and up the East Coast. It’s my “Libraries of the East Tour” because I have to write this paper for Friday. Today’s stop: The Law... more

Paper? What Paper?

+ (March 6, 2003)

I think I have encountered the law student’s second worst nightmare (second only to sleeping though an exam). One of my classmates yesterday asked me how my paper was going… what paper? It turns out that there is a draft... more

Boston Sublet

+ (March 2, 2003)

Once again, our apartment is party available as a Boston Summer Sublet.... more

Fat Pad

+ (February 23, 2003)

The mirror image of my apartment is for sale a couple doors down from me. Asking price: $1 million. Mind you, that’s for the whole three-unit building. Still, that’s a lot of money.... more

Last night was the final night of the Legal Follies show. Musically, I think it was the best of the three nights, but Friday’s (sold out) crowd provided for the most entertaining of the three nights. It was a lot... more

Legal Follies Opener

+ (February 20, 2003)

Tonight is opening night for the “Legal Follies” show. I’ve been practicing guitar for about four days straight, dawn to well after dusk, and trekking through the snow to do so. I was a little surprised to hear that other... more

Interview Poetry

+ (February 13, 2003)

It’s been a busy week. I went home to Seattle for a job interview and a wedding last weekend, and now I’m back in action as an overworked law student. I took a couple hours out last night to check... more

Job Hunting

+ (February 5, 2003)

"U.S. Economy in Worst Hiring Slump in 20 Years" D-oh! Lets hope it ends before my job interview on Friday.... more

Note, Follies, & Crooked Fingers

+ (January 28, 2003)

It’s been a long day of working on footnotes for my “note” for the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology. Writing a 35-page note is a requirement of all of the journals (as far as I know) so that... more


+ (January 19, 2003)

I got a new desk from Ikea this week. I actually bought it in Seattle and shipped it to Boston (since the nearest Ikea to Boston is four hours away in New Jersey). Despite the distance, the price of the... more

New Classes

+ (January 8, 2003)

It was a long day, but I think I’ve finally sorted out my schedule for the semester. I’m going heavy on the Intellectual Property courses because they fit my schedule and I think they’ll be pretty interesting. The final lineup... more

Long Trip Home

+ (January 7, 2003)

I finally made it home last night around 10. My flight out of Cleveland was cancelled so I got stuck there for a while. I spent most of the day catching up on food shopping, laundry, and course selection. The... more

Slippy Planes

+ (January 6, 2003)

When I started this website I was just short of obsessed with updating it daily. Um, those days are over. I'm still here though. I've been traveling for my winter break. I went home to Seattle for Christmas and then... more

Halfway There

+ (December 19, 2002)

I am halfway through law school.... more


+ (December 10, 2002)

Googlism will tell you everything that Google “knows” about a particular topic. Google knows who I am: “Who is Andrew Sinclair?" andrew sinclair is a law student at boston university and he also runs lawschooldiscussion andrew sinclair is still living... more

Santa Lives in Colorado

+ (December 9, 2002)

Apparently, FedEx thinks that Santa Clause has relocated to Snowmass Colorado. At least that’s where they deliver his letters. Santa would have felt right at home in Boston today though. At one point it was 17F. My first exam of... more

Stupidity +

+ (December 8, 2002)

I'm honored to have been quoted on Beyond Stupidity.... more

Six Months

+ (November 25, 2002)

I don't know what happened to the formating yesterday. Does anyone know what I did wrong? Today is my half-birthday. I realize that this is not a big deal for most people. It's not a big deal for me either.... more

Wired? No!

+ (November 16, 2002)

Now wireless...... more

$8 Clicks

+ (November 10, 2002)

I've been working on a draft of a my "note" for the BU Journal of Science and Technology Law all weekend. In the course of my research for the note, which is about FTC regulation of paid listings on search... more

First eBay Sale

+ (October 20, 2002)

My first ever sale on eBay is now at the "please send me the money" stage. I was surprised at the questions people emailed me. It wasn't that they were really strange, but they seemed like slightly unreasonable requests. "I'll... more

Wasted Civilization

+ (October 17, 2002)

A couple times a year, I make the mistake of starting a round of the greatest computer game of all time: Civilization. I don't know what it is about this game that makes it so addicting, but it has it... more

New Computer

+ (October 7, 2002)

I've been on that FedEx website all day - hitting refresh every few minutes. My computer was still last reported in Ohio until... as I was waiting to cross the street at the intersection next to my house - FedEx... more

Waiting for a New Computer

+ (October 6, 2002)

Soon I will be the proud owner of a new Sony SRX87P computer. Though I really don't have the money for it, I figured it will enable me to take better class notes... and it's oh-so-cool looking. I've been tracking... more

2L v. 1L

+ (September 29, 2002)

Given the choice between the stress of last year (first year of law school) and this year, I'd have to say last year was actually easier. This is horrible news for a first year law student, but I'm done with... more

For some reason, my throat has been on fire over the last few days. No matter how much water I drank, I was unable to ease the pain. I did, however, achieve a state of clear piss. Today was my... more


+ (September 18, 2002)

Another stressfull day... with nothing to say.... more

I've been back for a few days, but I never got a chance to report on my trip to San Francisco. It was short, and I probably spent more time traveling than I spent at the actual destination (well, it... more

Smarter Than the Number 10

+ (September 14, 2002)

"On a scale of one to ten, how smart would you say you are?" This and other questions have now been answered. Time to head back to Boston.... more

Off to San Francisco...

+ (September 12, 2002)

Off to San Francisco...... more

Collective Math

+ (September 10, 2002)

The problem: Collective Math. Math should never be a group activity. Today in class, we could not seem to figure out a very simple problem. There are two reasons why math in groups never works: 1) competition: Everyone, of course,... more

New Arts Law Association Website

+ (September 9, 2002)

Announcing the launch of the new Boston University Arts Law Association website! I've been working on this here and there, and I'm really happy with the results. The old site was no more complicated, but somehow lacked style - maybe... more

If I Were a Revolution

+ (September 4, 2002)

If I were a revolution, I would be... These tests are stupid, but I don't have anything better to say tonight.... more

UCSB: Burning Up

+ (September 3, 2002)

According to Kaplan via Newsweek via MSNbc, UC Santa Barbara (my alma mater) is one of this year's "twelve hottest colleges". This information comes to me via the UCSB alumni email newsletter, which I started getting automatically now that they're... more

Cold Words

+ (September 1, 2002)

A lazy day. Cool weather ushers Autumn and Autumn brings the cold. I have a cold.... more

Job Fair Prep

+ (August 28, 2002)

So much to do, so little time. I'm off to New York tonight for a couple interviews tomorrow morning. I haven't researched the firms yet but hopefully I can do that this afternoon. I haven't thought about what I'm going... more

Start of the Semester

+ (August 27, 2002)

Classes have begun and school is off to a busy start. I'm still trying to get a couple books from and other avenues to avoid the insane markups at the "Barnes & Nobel at BU" bookstore. They list used... more

Sports Resources

+ (August 25, 2002)

As of today, I have been to five professional baseball games during my 25 year existence. Today was my first venture into Fenway Park, the historic ball park from which I live only 5 minutes away. It was certainly interesting... more

Pests Take Over

+ (August 21, 2002)

I'm back from my trip. Boston welcomed me with a lost bag, a bat above my front door (inside the building), dried nectarine juice all over the floor, maggots in the kitchen trash, dead plants, guano or some sort of... more

San Francisco hasn't changed much since I lived here (it's only been a year). There are some new buses, and the rents seem to be a lot more reasonable. Otherwise it's the same city. The weather is gloomy and cool... more

Off to San Francisco

+ (August 13, 2002)

I'm off to San Francisco. As advanced as technology is, "anywhere" as in "one can update a website from anywhere" really refers to "anywhere there is a computer". Hopefully there will be some updates, but no promises. My plants are... more


+ (August 12, 2002)

I want to be Amelie.... more


+ (August 10, 2002)

Out of town friends checking out Boston today. We went on the usual Fenway to North End hike getting very tired of walking - but the day must go on.... more

Last Day of Work

+ (August 9, 2002)

Today was the official last day of work at the Legal Services Center. I didn't come close to finishing all the things I wanted to get done, but in the last two days I've managed to form a corporation, sell... more

The End of Summer

+ (August 8, 2002)

Trying to squeeze every last drop of juice from the squishy orange that is summer... Work is keeping me really busy lately, but tomorrow is the last day. That's right, the summer is almost over. Only a couple glorious (work-free)... more

Bat on the Premises

+ (August 4, 2002)

Bat flies into room once, no one notices. Bat flies by again, "what the hell is that". Bat comes in for a third pass, "holy &*%$!". Residents go running... Upon sudden push from couch to hallway, foot slips on new... more

Am I a Bostonian?

+ (July 31, 2002)

I came to the realization today that I have lived in Boston longer than I lived in San Francisco. So does this mean I have to stop telling people I'm from San Francisco? The thought came as I was pondering... more

Job Search Begins

+ (July 30, 2002)

I can't believe it's only Tuesday. This week is going to take an eternity. The deadline for city-specific off-campus job interviews has passed, which means the first "applications" are officially out there now. Wish me luck on getting some jobs!... more

#1 in Google

+ (July 25, 2002)

"Twenty-somethings are going to search engines to check out people they meet at parties." Quite so. Today's New York Time's Article on researching people via the search engines has some interesting stories to tell about the negative aspects of being... more

Another update from work... DSL is still down. I called them yesterday and they let me know that, despite everything working fine for six months, I apparently might not have everything hooked up correctly. "Your DSL modem should have its... more

Finally, my computer is working again. A few months ago my power supply started getting really hot, and the computer would eventually shut down on its own. Recently, "eventually" has been about half-an-hour, which is just enough time to start... more

Weekend Well Spent

+ (June 16, 2002)

Weekends are glorious. I've made full use of this weekend, barbecueing, exploring, cooking, reading, and working on some updates for Not a second has been wasted. Life is so good when you have no obligations.... more

Ben Folds and the Southeast

+ (June 8, 2002)

Just got back from an amazing Ben Folds show. May Ben Folds live forever. About two years ago I was getting interested in the south-eastern U.S. I read Noodling for Catfish and Eric Martin's Luck (I tend not to read... more

South Park Andrew

+ (June 6, 2002)

Fourth day on the job and things are getting pretty interesting. I'm actually doing real legal work for the first time in my life. It's all about MS Word and "find and replace". Now I know why legalese (wherefore, henceforth)... more


+ (June 5, 2002)

Operation A/C is a go.... more

Morrissey once sang, “First day on the job you find… everyone lied.” Actually, it was “First day with the joy” oh no wait, it was “First day with the jar”. Oh who knows what he sang? My point was going... more

Haymarket and Fancy Travel

+ (June 1, 2002)

I went down to Haymarket today and took some pictures. Hence the new Haymarket Photo Gallery. The market is interesting because there are so many different types of people buying so many different kinds of food. It's sad that, in... more


+ (May 27, 2002)

I just got back from a family trip to Vancouver. Despite its size, cultural importance, and proximity to Seattle, Vancouver is surprising forgotten in the emerald city. (I’m referring to Seattle for those that don’t know. Vancouver, with its skyscrapers... more

I finally got a chance to watch The Paper Chase last night. The movie follows a student through his turbulent first year at Harvard Law School. Like most popular films about niche topics, this one has a reputation for being... more

Walking with Rantoul

+ (May 21, 2002)

Today I went for the mother of all walks. I walked all the way from my apartment, which is on the edge of Brookline, to the North End and back (most of the way). I think that comes out to... more

Noise Complaint

+ (May 18, 2002)

This is ridiculous. There were a total of five people here last night (three of whom live here), drinking wine and chatting - no music. I would say that this apartment is below average when it comes to making... more

End of First Year

+ (May 12, 2002)

My first year of law school is officially over. The last exam half easy (essay questions) and half impossible (multiple choice). It doesn’t really matter though, the entire year of work is completed, and our grades will be determined without... more

Lego Andrew

+ (May 5, 2002)

Introducing... Andrew Sinclair - Lego Version: If we all go to Lego-Land in the afterlife (not the theme park, I mean Lego-Land in the metaphysical sense), this is what I will look like. It's going to be hard to play... more

Long Exam Part 3

+ (April 30, 2002)

48 hours is too long for an exam. One last look tomorrow morning - then I'm done with Constitutional Law forever.... more

Long Exam Part 2

+ (April 29, 2002)

I'm halfway through my Constitutional Law take-home exam and frankly, it's torture. I'm not going to get into the details but I find it extremely frustrating. (So much so that I had to stop working on it to update this... more

T = -1 day. Tomorrow I pick up my Constitutional Law exam. It's a take home so I'll be subjected to a grueling 48 hours of eat, sleep, and Constitutional Law. Oh yeah!!! It's "limited open book" so I'll be... more

Just Studying

+ (April 25, 2002)

Through sun, rain, and yes, snow, the studying continues. Due to the fact that I have four major exams coming up, I've nothing interesting to share here.... more

Today was the judging for the BU Arts Law Association's "Samuel Postbrief Photo Contest". This year's theme: "Torts Illustrated". Two of us ran around the school this morning posting flyers for the event. We seem to have prompted a school-wide... more

I found out today that I will be getting a grant for public interest work over the summer. This is great news. I'm going to be working at the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard University. To apply... more

About Andrew Sinclair

+ (May 25, 1977)

I'm a software attorney living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I'm also the founder of the Law School Discussion website and the proprietor of tortfeasor, a t-shirt company. I graduated from Boston University School of Law in May, 2004, where I was... more