Saturday, December 24, 2005

monkey karate

Thursday, December 22, 2005


Now he'll work on his biceps instead

TAIPEI - A Taiwanese man injured his penis badly while trying to lift a 16-kg weight with it.
Doctors said the 48-year-old man, identified by the Taiwanese media as Mr Hsueh, tore tissues
in his scrotum by 'overloading' his penis. They spent 30 minutes stitching up the tissues before
putting him under observation, the United Daily News reported yesterday.

It said he had been using his penis to lift weights and was undertaking qigong exercises to
boost his virility. However, this was apparently the first time he had tried lifting a 16-kg weight.
When he did so, he felt an excruciating pain and found his penis bruised and swollen. His wife
rushed him to hospital, where he received five stitches. Urological surgeon Chen Kuan-yung
dismissed suggestions that lifting weights can help enlarge the penis, and said people should
not believe in methods that have no scientific or medical basis.

Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists and the Dominate Prevailing Force in the martial arts political arena


Monday, December 19, 2005

Some funny links

Some interesting links...

Thursday, December 15, 2005

about the lsat


"psychometrics [test design], it is widely acknowledged that test-taking speed and reasoning ability are separate abilities with little or no correlation to each other." That is, a person's abilities, respectively, to reason well and to reason quickly aren't very related.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Why civpro is hard, and important

Civil Procedure
I’m hoping my colleagues will forgive me for saying that Procedure is the most important course in lawschool. Almost everyone who enters lawschool has ideas about when or whether a person should be able to recover because of a tort like negligence or libel, or because of a breach of contract, or because of a violation of civil liberties, but almost nobody comes to lawschool with any sense of what a system of procedure looks like or ought to look like. From the beginnings of Procedure, which involves pleadings (complaint and answer) to the end of procedure, which involves looking at appeals and res judicata (the finality of judgments), the details of our procedural system come as news to students. In the beginning, Procedure is almost counterintuitive, but by the end of the course everyone acquires a new set of intuitions, and there’s no going back. Show me a student who has taken about half a semester of Procedure, and I’ll show you a student who has left innocence behind. If you are that student, it is still possible that you’ll decide not to become a lawyer (although you probably won’t decide that), but even if you abandon the road to becoming a lawyer, you have already crossed the Rubicon and you will never see the world with the same eyes again. You have looked at questions that you didn’t even know to ask, and now you’ll always see them, and you’ll have lots of answers for your nonlawyer friends when you talk about well-known cases at parties or other social occasions. You are not who you were when you started lawschool.


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

law school myths

Here is a discussion about some famous law school myths...
what a bastard

THis is funny...not a bar exam, but still...


Not really an urban legend, but funny nonetheless

A funny story for ya'all. At least I think so.

Between 1992 - 1997 I was a graduate student in physical chemistry at Kansas State University. Most of the time I was paid as a research assistant, but for a few semesters I worked as a teaching assistant. Most of the time I taught a Chemistry 1 lab course. It was a pretty cool job, but over time I got really tired of students cheating on exams. So I decided to teach them a lesson.

I was in charge of 3 sections of ~25 students each and the 2nd proctor for the exam had similar numbers. All told, there were well over 100 students in the room. It was the first exam of the semester, so there was no way that anyone would recognize if an 'extra' student showed up for this test. The 'extra', in this case, was my wife. I had her sit on the aisle and take an exam like everyone else. She had had some chemistry in college so was able to work on the problems for a while with only a little difficulty. The cheat sheet that I had prepared for her helped a bit too.

About 15 minutes into the period, I approached her and told her in a firm voice to "Get up". Being the terrific actress that she is, she gave me a stunned look and said "What?"

"GET UP" I said a little louder. I had everyone's attention at this point.

Now she looked a bit worried. "What?!?" she asked again.

"GET OUT" I yelled, snatching her exam and the cheat sheet.

My wife attempted to stand up, but the folding desk held her down - but only briefly. A second attempt to stand broke the desk and the wood top clattered to the floor. Lots of stunned looks around the room. Her composure broke on her way out of the room. Witnesses in the back told me later that she had tears in her eyes as she was approaching the back of the room. The door in the back was a little sticky. She had to hit the panic bar a few times before it popped open. Again, according to later accounts from nearby students, a few 'sobs' were audible as she tried to get the door in the back of the room to open.

As I had hoped, the exam room remained SILENT for the remainder of the period... as well as the rest of the course. I mean, you could literally hear a pin drop in there. The other proctor, who was in on the joke, and I examined her progress on the confiscated exam. To our surprise, she had solved the first three problems correctly and was well on her way to solving the fourth. For a final effect, I tore up the exam at the front of the room and tossed it into the trash.

A variety of students made comments to me over the course of that period and the rest of the semseter.
"You be able to tell *I* didn't cheat on this exam" and
"What kind of idiot sits on the aisle and cheats with a cheat sheet?" [The kind that doesn't mind getting caught, perhaps?] were my favorites.

I waited until the Final Exam to let the students in on the joke. Before I handed out the exam, I made an announcement: "OK everyone, just so you know, the person I kicked out at the beginning of the semester was my wife. Good luck!"

Lots of bewildered looks, and quite a few angry glares. The real stunner for me came when one student told me "I can't believe that you are such a bas**** that you would kick your own wife out for cheating." Smiling, I just took their exam and checked to make sure that they had spelled their name correctly.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

bar exam horror stories

Feeding the rumor mill...

1. Use the word "she" as the only pronoun when there is ambiguity. Most bar graders are women. Women lawyers. Need I say more?

2. Take it in San Diego. Northern California is bad because you are competing against Boalt, Stanford and other such ABA gods.

Here's a funny story...

The group that took the bar exam before me recounted someone having their breakdown during the exam. As the story goes -- half way through the last day of the exam, this person jumped up and hollered "I am a covenant, I'm running with the land." and jogged up and down the aisle before running out of the room.

For me -- the single biggest breath of air I took was after I turned in the last exam and was walking out of the room. It was then I realized I had been holding my breathe for 2 1/2 days!!

Beverly Jones Kimes, Tarkio, Missouri

This is funny but not bar related.arson