Archive for March, 2007

Law School Bowling winds down

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

We’ve got just two weeks left of Law School Bowling, so if I’m going to break my career high of 141 — and/or, more importantly, finally get my first turkey — it’s either tonight or next Thursday night. Dammit, I want that turkey.

Anyway, I gotta get going. So, congrats to NIT Pool champion Gary Kirby, but a full, final update will have to wait until later. GOOOO BRENDAN, BEEEEAT BOWLING PINS!!

Oops, I let my domain expire

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

One of my site’s two primary domain names,, expired today. I never received any notice that this was about to occur because my registrar, WorldWebHosters, still had my old USC e-mail address. And I didn’t notice it immediately because I typically access the site at, not So when somebody e-mailed me this morning saying my site had been “hijacked,” and somebody else told me at school this afternoon that the blog had been “down all day,” I didn’t know what they were talking about. It wasn’t until I read Terry’s comment that I figured out what was going on. Visitors who tried to access the site at were greeted by this page:

If you click on the image and view the larger version, you can see the various ads at left, including one for Trojan condoms. Heh. Anyway, I just renewed (and as well, since it was set to expire in June), so everything should be hunky-dory again shortly. I apologize for any inconvenience and/or confusion.

Kirby 12 minutes from NIT pool title

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Gary Kirby is potentially 11 minutes and 52 seconds away from winning the 3rd annual NIT Pool.

West Virginia leads Clemson, 51-38 with 11:52 left in the NIT championship game on ESPN. If the Mountaineers hold on, Kirby will win the pool. If the Tigers stage a comeback and win, Colleen Duggan will be the pool champion.

Kirby is a member of the USC Class of 1987 and a regular Irish Trojan commenter under the nickname “gahrie.” Duggan is a 2005 alumna of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she played Division I basketball, and is now an assistant coach at Trinity College in Hartford. Details here.

Swim across the Atlantic Ocean…

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

How robust are Google’s driving directions? Try typing in New York, NY and Dublin, Ireland. Then check step 23.

(Hat tip: BoingBoing.)

CNN Breaking News

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

The U.S. Senate today passed a war spending bill that would require U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by the end of March 2008, ignoring a veto threat from President Bush.

Visit CNN for the latest.

Bush addresses the media

Thursday, March 29th, 2007


P.S. Also: Karl Rove proves that white men can’t dance.

NDLS drops out of Top 25 in rankings

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

The new U.S. News and World Report law-school rankings have been leaked, and Notre Dame Law School has plummeted from a tie for #22 to a tie for #28. Says Olin Kerr: “The magazine always changes the numbers around enough to make the issue seem newsy, and this year is no exception.” Recent experience seems to back him up. NDLS’s ranking has been ping-ponging up and down since I’ve been here: from #22 to #20 in the 2005 rankings, from #20 to #24 in 2006, from #24 to #22 in 2007, and now from #22 to #28 in the 2008 rankings. What does this mean? Arguably nothing (except perhaps that NDLS fares better in odd years). Everyone always says law-school rankings are meaningless and misleading. Of course, everyone follows them religiously anyway. :)

(Hat tip: Watcher of Rankings.)

[PLEASE NOTE: This post previously also contained discussion of Professor Kelley’s role in the U.S. Attorney firing controversy, as well as his mid-semester departure from NDLS in spring 2005. Because the Kelley controversy and the U.S. News rankings are both proving to be hot topics of discussion, I have now split them into separate posts — and moved prior comments around accordingly — in order to facilitate a clearer, more focused discussion. Also, I’ve bumped this post, which originally appeared at 3:40 PM on Thursday, to the top of the blog for now. Anyway, if you want to talk about the rankings, please comment here; if you want to talk about Professor Kelley, please comment on the other post. Also, in both cases, please try to keep your comments at least somewhat respectful, and keep it constructive and topical rather than personal. I know the blogosphere is a giant bitchfest and Internet anonymity turns people into jerks, but let’s at least try to be civil…]

UPDATE: Dean O’Hara has responded, at some length, to the rankings drop.

A funny guy-to-guy moment

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

The other day, as I was walking from our apartment to the car, I passed one of our neighbors, who was walking back to his apartment. I think his girlfriend was over or something, and the door to his apartment was wide open — and Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass” was blasting on the stereo inside, clearly audible as I walked by. I didn’t think anything of it, until I saw the hilarious look on his face, which clearly conveyed the message, from one guy to another: “Really, I don’t listen to Annie Lennox. Honest.” Heh. Don’t worry, dude, I won’t judge you. I like the Indigo Girls.


Thursday, March 29th, 2007

I think Butter is having a kitty nightmare. She’s lying next to me, all curled up in a little furry ball, and she keeps twitching her whiskers and making distressed noises in her sleep. I suppose I could wake her up, but who knows, maybe her feline subconscious is working out something important. :) Anyway, I think this is the first time I’ve observed one of our cats having a bad dream; it happens to Robbie more frequently. I wonder what constitutes a bad dream for a cat, anyway? Discovering that the food dish is empty? Not being able to find the litter box? Getting unceremoniously and unexpectedly sniffed by the dog’s cold nose?

(Cue my late paternal grandmother, Nana Loy, commenting in her legendarily acerbic, out-of-the-corner-of-her-mouth way on my parents’ announcement that my mom was pregnant with me: “Thank God, now we can stop hearing so much about those G–damned cats.” Hee hee.)

Laettner’s shot, 15 years later

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Today is the 15th anniversary of Christian Laettner’s famous shot lifting Duke over Kentucky in the greatest game in college-basketball history.

Duke sucks, and Christian Laettner can bite me. But that was a great shot (and a great pass). The above link contains a video clip.

That reminds me… Shannon’s baby-daddy, P.J., is a lifelong Duke fan. So when they were visiting us over spring break, and we were playing Scattergories, and I had to come up with a “villain” that starts with the letter “L,” naturally I wrote down “Laettner.” After considerable debate, and subjecting it to the Google test, my answer was grudgingly accepted as legit. Hehe.


Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Tonight’s new episode of South Park, “The Snuke,” is a must-watch for 24 fans. It’ll air again at midnight EST, then tomorrow at 10:00 PM, Friday morning at midnight, Saturday morning at 12:30 AM, Sunday night at 11:30 PM, and Monday morning at 2:30 AM, on Comedy Central.

No basketball tonight… oh, the humanity!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Tonight, for the first time since the Monday after Selection Sunday, there is no college basketball on TV. (There are the WNIT semifinals, but those aren’t televised.) So, what’s a procrastinating law student to do? No games to watch, no pools to update… am I going to be forced to actually do schoolwork this evening?

Thankfully, no, it hasn’t come to that yet. ;) I’ve got a full slate of TV-watching to do tonight, starting at 8:00 PM with the return from a one-week hiatus of the other nuclear-holocaust-related show (aside from 24) that I watch religiously, CBS’s Jericho. It’s an uneven and sometimes maddening series, but the last episode (two weeks ago) was the best since the pilot, IMHO, so I’m excited for tonight’s episode. This being Jericho, I’m sure I’ll be disappointed, and yet there will be enough intrigue and mystery to keep me coming back next week. That’s the joy and frustration of this show.

At 9:00, of course, we find out who got voted off American Idol on Fox. My pick is Chris Sligh, but man, wouldn’t it be nice if it were Sanjaya? … Nothing much is on at 9:30, but then at 10:00, the new episode of South Park on Comedy Central sounds like a can’t-miss, based on the episode description at “Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop in South Park. Meanwhile, Cartman believes he’s uncovered a terrorist plot.” I don’t see how that can possibly not be awesome. :)

P.S. On the other hand… the McDonald’s High School All-American Game, featuring Trojan-to-be O.J. Mayo, is at 8:00 PM on ESPN.

UPDATE: I only watched a few minutes of the game, but apparently Mayo didn’t play very well, and missed a wide-open 3 that would have won the game. Oh, well, whatever, he’ll still be awesome next season.

On a happier note, as I noted above, South Park was indeed hilarious. And Jericho actually churned out its second consecutive genuinely good episode! Amazing! Oh yeah, and Chris Sligh got voted off American Idol, which is what I predicted. So did Jay, so we remain tied for first place in the Idol pool.

Tragedy as NDLS custodian found dead

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Notre Dame Law School custodian Thomas J. Miller, missing since November, has been found dead in Michigan, his body pulled from the St. Joseph River just north of the state line yesterday. “Officials didn’t find any signs of foul play, and don’t know how he got in the river,” according to WSBT. (Hat tip: Sergio.) The South Bend Tribune reports that Miller’s body was “caught up in tree limbs near the river bank.” WNDU adds: “Obviously this is not the news the Miller family wanted to hear, but it does bring some closure to all of the questions they’ve had since he went missing. Miller’s mother says her son was being treated for depression and had been through some ups and downs in the last year.” A watch found on Mr. Miller’s wrist stopped working on November 9, two days after he was reported missing. Miller was 48, and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother.

An awful tragedy. May he rest in peace.

Observer looks at Kelley’s role in U.S. Attorney-gate

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

[PLEASE NOTE: This post was previously attached to the post about NDLS’s ranking, but I’ve separated the two — and moved prior comments around accordingly — in order to facilitate a clearer, more focused discussion.]

Well, it seems the Observer has belatedly discovered that there’s some guy named Bill Kelley who a) used to teach at Notre Dame Law School, b) is now the deputy White House counsel, and c) was involved in the controversial firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. Here’s the article, which ran on the front page of today’s paper, above the fold. Excerpts after the jump.

(NDLS students who don’t care about the U.S. Attorney controversy, but enjoy kvetching about Kelley’s mid-semester departure in 2005, may want to read on, as there are some quotes from Dean O’Hara about that.)


Cover art for new Harry Potter released

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Well, I’m trying to beat Brendan to the punch on his own blog on something Potter-related…

Here’s the American cover art for the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

You can watch the countdown till release date over on Brendan’s left sidebar. Cheers.

UPDATE BY BRENDAN: Thanks, Jay. Here’s a more panoramic version of the cover art, in which you can see Voldemort apparently sneaking up on Harry:

(Hat tip: Mark West.)

Here’s the British version of the cover.

And if anyone wants a more precise countdown, here you go:

That counts down to the release in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-5), since that’s the time zone I’ll be in. As explained here, the first release anywhere will be six hours earlier, at midnight (er, 12:01 AM) British Summer Time (GMT+1):

On 1 February 2007, it was officially announced that Book 7 will be released in English-speaking countries around the world at 00:01 British Summer Time on 21 July 2007. In the U.S., however, the book will be released at 00:01 local time.