Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Octopus Grigori Variety-Pak

Yesterday, at work, I was in the stall in the bathroom and heard someone at the urinal tapping out a message on a blackberry -- while he was peeing.



Obama drives left, like Ginobili. What's up with the tucked-in t-shirt? And tight sweatpants? I think his recent spate of basketball playing in Indiana and North Carolina is helpful. I'm glad he played with the Tar Heels and not with f*cking Duke. (I'd be willing to wager that Hillary Clinton is a Duke fan.)

A fascinating article by Wendy Doniger on Indo-European language and mythology in the London Review of Books.

On a summary judgment motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56 in federal court, it's well-established that the non-moving party bears the burden of showing the absence of any issues of material fact. Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1985). In the boilerplate language mindlessly recited by courts and lawyers in summary judgment briefs and opinions, there's invariably this line from Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586 (1986): "When the moving party has carried its burden under Rule 56(c), its opponent must do more than simply show that there is some metaphysical doubt as to the material facts." (Emphasis added.) It just hit me the other day how weird this "metaphysical doubt" language is, sitting there in thousands upon thousands of briefs and opinions. It seems obvious that one of Justice Powell's law clerks, perhaps an undergraduate fan of Descartes back at Swarthmore or Cornell, decided it would be fun to bring questions of metaphysical doubt into the standards for summary judgment under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. What is a metaphysical doubt? Shouldn't the entire process of legal analysis succumb to metaphysical doubt?

I was walking back from the grocery store the other day and thought of something I thought would be good band name: Bad Parking Job. I don't know if I like it so much anymore.

The administration and the military appear to be ramping up the preparations for an attack on Iran, but NPR was running a call-in show tonight on what? Answer: the "controversial" Vanity Fair photos of Miley Cyrus. The economy is going to hell, there's rice-rationing at Costco, millions are starving around the world, and we're about to be plunged into another war in the Middle East, but the biggest news in the entire world is stuff Obama's pastor is saying. God bless the Fourth Estate. Hillary's happy about the developments in Iran: this gets the total obliteration started.

2 comments:

Kris said...

Great video.

toddy said...

Hilarious band name.
However, I think the band name medium has been superseded by a new dinner table/ bar stool brainstorm: the Blog Name.

So maybe "Bad Parking job" would be a great blog name.