Archive for March, 2004

Looking for John Kerry football pics? Here you go…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

For those who are finding my website via a Google Image search for a picture of John Kerry throwing a football, welcome! Here’s the post you’re looking for.

While you’re here, please visit my homepage!

Moving up in the world

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Unofficially, Notre Dame has climbed from a tie for #22 to a tie for #20 in the new U.S. News law school rankings. Woohoo!

Hmm… let’s see, of the schools that I got into, Notre Dame is up 2 spots, as is George Washington (also from #22 to #20), Cardozo is up 4 spots (from #57 to #53), Boston U. is up 5 (from #28 to #23), Fordham is down 3 (from #31 to #34) and UConn is down 3 (from #40 to #43). (Old rankings here.)

Boston College, which wait-listed me and never let me in, is way down, from #22 to #29. American University, which did the same, is down from #55 to #56. Michigan and Georgetown, which rejected me outright, are steady at #7 and #14, respectively.

So the schools that accepted me had a net gain of 7 spots in the rankings, while the schools that did not accept me had a net loss of 8 spots. The moral of the story: rejecting Brendan Loy may be hazardous to your health (or your law school’s). Hehe. :)

Baylor, where Chris is going now, has climbed from #51 to #50. Way to go, Bears!

USC is steady at #18. So is UCLA, at #16. (Dammit!)

Hmm… while UConn has dropped from #40 to #43, Duke has climbed from #12 to #10. Let’s hope this isn’t a preview of Saturday’s basketball game!

Not that any of this actually matters, of course…

UPDATE: Wait, did I just say it doesn’t matter? Screw that! Now I can say I’m going to a “top 20 law school”! Which is obviously so much cooler than going to a “top 25 law school”… :)

Self-evident truths: UConn rules, Duke sucks

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

The Hartford Courant reveals:

  • Duke hasn’t beaten UConn since March 22, 1991.
  • UConn has beaten Duke three times in a row.
  • If UConn beats Duke on Saturday in the Final Four, it will even the all-time series between the Huskies and the Blue Devils at 4-4.
  • Also: UConn Coach Jim Calhoun is up for Hall of Fame induction, and there is the possibility that he “could be introduced as part of the Class of 2004 for the Basketball Hall of Fame Monday morning and then win the national championship Monday night. When was the last time you had a day at work to match that?”

    (My lunch break was split in two today — an early slice and a late slice, with a meeting in between. Just in case you were wondering.)

    “Morally wrong”

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNN) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei denounced suicide bombings as “morally wrong” and an “obstacle to peace” Wednesday in an address to the Palestinian parliament.

    He warned Palestinians not to carry out suicide attacks in response to Israel’s March 22 killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas.

    “These bombings are used by the Israeli government as an excuse to continue its aggression and collective punishment against the Palestinian people,” Qorei said.

    They’re not an “excuse,” they’re a reason — not for “aggression” and “punishment,” but for entirely necessary security measures that can easily be interpreted as aggression and punishment. But leaving aside that semantic error, Qorei’s message certainly strikes me as a positive development.

    I must say, I am pleasantly stunned that, fully nine days after Yassin’s death, no major retaliation has yet occurred. [Knock on wood. –ed.]

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    — Missing University of Wisconsin student Audrey Seiler found alive in Dane County, Wisconsin. Suspect being sought.
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    Me and my Mac: a milestone

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

    As of yesterday, my PowerBook is more than half paid for! I’ve paid $1,050 so far, and I have $1,029.53 left to go on my Apple Instant Loan. Woohoo!

    Of course, since I’ve decided to get the AppleCare Protection Plan after all (I can purchase it up to a year after buying the computer, and plan to do so in the next few days), that $1,029.53 is about to become $1,378.53. But the computer itself is still more than half paid for… so yeah.

    UPDATE: Hmm… well actually, the computer alone cost $1,601.00. The rest went toward Final Cut Express, Microsoft Office for Mac, a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, and a video adapter thingy. But whatever.

    Have I mentioned lately that I love my Mac? :)

    Scenarios galore!

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    Here are the complete standings for all 8 scenarios in the women’s pool.

    Here’s the same thing for the men’s.

    Lady Vols survive, again

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    Tennessee — which escaped the Sweet Sixteen because the refs blew the whistle on Baylor when they clearly shouldn’t have (edged Stanford in an Elite Eight thriller — or heartbreaker, if you’re a fan of the #6-seeded Cardinal).

    The women’s Final Four is now set: #1 Tennessee vs. #4 LSU, and #2 UConn vs. #7 Minnesota. The combined seed number of the four women’s teams is 14 (an average seed of 3.5). In the men’s Final Four, that number is 8 (an average seed of 2). It seems the real March Madness is on the women’s side!

    A year off for Mike Williams?

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    An appeals court has agreed to hear the NFL’s appeal of the “Maurice Clarett ruling” on an expedited basis, with a decision likely coming before draft day.

    If the ruling goes against Clarett, USC’s Mike Williams would also be rendered ineligible to enter the draft — which would mean he’d be ineligible to play football anywhere next year, since he’s already hired an agent and thus has sacrificed his amateur status. (One wonders if the NCAA might make an exception, under the circumstances, but I doubt it — the NCAA isn’t the sort of organization that prides itself on making exceptions.)

    Minnesota stuns Duke!

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    #7-seed Minnesota stunned #1-seed Duke in the Mideast Regional Final moments ago, sending the Golden Gophers to the Final Four — and eliminating UConn senior Kristin Vasil from any chance of winning The Living Room Times‘s seventh annual women’s basketball pool.

    The Blue Devils’ loss simplifies the LRT pool scenarios considerably. If UConn wins the national title, Matt Kagan, Conor Sullivan and Danny Pilz will finish tied for the pool championship. If UConn does not win it all, Scott Loomer will win the pool.

    The Devils’ loss also means there will not be duplicate UConn-Duke semifinal matchups in the men’s and women’s tournaments. The men’s teams will meet in the Final Four, and the women’s teams would have as well if the Duke women had won tonight.

    Kerry conundrum of the day

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    Wonkette: “John Kerry: Chintzy bastard or elitist f**k?”

    (As usual with Wonkette links, parental discretion is advised.)

    Meanwhile, over on ScrappleFace, we learn that Kerry is upset about the Pope’s “tragically not nuanced” anti-abortion stance. Funniest part of the story: the assertion that Kerry attends “the Cathedral of Our Lady of Flexible Doctrine.”

    High gas prices make John Kerry sad

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    Dubya & Matt Leinart, sittin’ in a tree…

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    Hmm… maybe President Bush is softening on gay marriage. Heh.

    Don’t worry, Condi, be happy

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

    This seems right to me: “Dr. Rice’s appearance before the Commission is in response to the special circumstances presented by the events of September 11 and the Commission’s unique mandate and should not be viewed as a precedent for future requests for public testimony by White House officials.”

    This occurred to me several days ago as I thought about this executive-privilege dilemma. I said to myself, “Self, 9/11 was clearly an unprecedented event. Why can’t we all simply agree that, under these unprecedented circumstances, it makes sense for Condi to testify, but it won’t set a precedent because the whole thing is unprecedented!” A court can’t really do this (despite the Supreme Court’s best attempts in Bush v. Gore), but legislators and executive-branch officials can, and I think it’s the right call.

    So, do you think Condi will cheer up now?

    Probably not, if she happens to catch a glimpse of this Fark.com Photoshop contest

    Hehehe…

    UPDATE: As long as we’re on the topic of Fark.com, their headline for the Condi-agrees-to-testify story is: “Condoleezza Rice buckles to pressure: Agrees to provide meaningless, unhelpful testimony before irrelevant committee of congressional idiots.”

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