Wednesday, December 20, 2006

off notice

Those who have read this blog over the past semester know that I am not exactly a fan of the Law School Bookmart. In early September, I put the Bookmart on notice for not buying back a book that I bought for a class that got cancelled.

Today, after my evil, evil International Law final, I made my way to the Bookmart to get rid of my ridiculously overpriced (~$120) book that I opened no more than a dozen times all semester. And I walked away with (a) no book, and (b) $37 dollars. While it's not a lot of money, it's more than the $10 I was expecting. And it finally provides some justification for taking that god-awful class.

The Bookmart is now off notice.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

agent mulder would be proud

When the "best possible argument" you can make on an exam is based on a conspiracy theory - as in pretty much stating that the facts suggest that "everyone's out to get my client" - then it may be time to just cut your losses and pack it in.

I knew there was a reason why I shouldn't wear my tinfoil hat to my exams.

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this may seriously cut into my sitting-around time

There's a lot on the agenda, now that the "Eating Mexican Food Cooked by Real Mexicans that Came Over the Border Illegally Last Week" countdown is at 4 days, 15 hours, and about 10 minutes.

-Take Biz Orgs final (hopefully I'll get more than 2.5 hours' sleep before this one)
-Buy birthday card for grandmother
-Write out Christmas Cards
-Mail birthday and Christmas Cards
-Kill Germans any way I can (by shooting Nazis in Call of Duty 2. Come to think of it, the fact that I find this game ridiculously therapeutic is probably a problem requiring serious psychiatric help.)
-Put away laundry that I did last Monday while studying for Con Law final
-Buy cheese curds to take to Texas
-Do dishes that have been sitting in sink since...well, let's just say that carbon dating may be involved to answer that one.
-Clean out moldy food in fridge
-Pay as many January bills as possible
-Watch entire first seasons of "Heroes" and "Friday Night Lights" that I have TiVoed
-Study for International Law final
-Take (and probably fail) International Law final (why, oh why, did I take this class?!?!)
-Shred the dozen piles of mail lying around my living room so they don't catch fire while I'm away
-Turn off TiVo season passes for "General Hospital" and "Angel" so that my TiVo doesn't fill up while I'm gone
-Pack for month-long vacation
-Clean bathroom so that I don't return to find a sink full of spiders this year.
-Find flip flops to wear (1) to the airport in defiance of stupid "take shoes off" regulations that people seem to think really stop terrorism, and (2) for the first three weeks of vacation, until I make it to Richmond...and even then, I can't promise that I'll wear shoes.*
-Pick out DVDs to watch on the plane - preferably ones that will lead to the most disapproving stares from fellow passengers.

But before I get to all that...I think I'm gonna go take a nap.

*Now that I think about it...does anyone know if those airline liquid restrictions are still in place? I'd like to know if I need to somehow become a camel between now and Thursday morning, since I consume about 70oz of liquid during any one flight in order to avoid airsickness.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

you give me fever

I'm trying to figure out why I've been nauseous and been running a fever since last night.

I really hope that the fact that I've been averaging 4 hours of sleep a night because of exams has nothing to do with that. Because if that's the case, then having that strong of an allergic reaction to studying probably isn't a good thing, considering I have 2 more exams and all.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

super-fabulous con law study time

The best part of studying has to be the part where you go through your class notes and read all the ridiculousness that you put there. A few exerpts:

"Art. I ยง9 lists several things that the Cubs cannot do." - Three guesses as to what was occupying the other half of my computer screen that day, and the first two don't count.

"The court is made up of a bunch of old fogeys with colostomy bags and walkers that are really just craving some cottage cheese and reminiscing about Steve Allen." - Now that I think about it, I doubt that the cottage cheese thing is true for every Justice.

"Philadelphia v. New Jersey - why the fuck Philly gotta (a) make so much trash, and (b) send it all to New Jersey? New Jersey lost, because it *is* America's trash heap." - The court can say whatever it wants - we all know this was the real reason for the outcome.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

something to ponder

Which is worse:

Having a reason to celebrate, but no one to celebrate with


Having no reason to celebrate at all...?


Friday, December 08, 2006

let's go to the mall

I had to take the car in for some much-overdue maintenance today, so I decided to take my Con Law books (yes, I do actually study) and camp out in a nearby store until Firestone finished. I hiked over to the Barnes & Noble, because it seemed to be a better option than the nearby mall or the Einstein's Bagels, or the Firestone lobby. (Plus, they have snacks and Starbucks.)

Now here's what I find to be just a wee bit bizarre:

Barnes & Noble advertises that they have available Wi-Fi access (albeit, not free Wi-Fi). Yet, they don't have outlets where one can plug in their laptop when the battery is down to about 15% power.

The mall food court, on the other hand, is not exactly a paradise for those with laptops and bags full of study guides. However, outlets are in abundance.

My best guess is that this is to plug in the floor buffers at night, and since the B&N cafe is so small, they only need the outlet behind the counter. But still...

For anyone that happened to be at West Towne Mall between 2:30 and 4:30, I was the one with the laptop and pile of books in the Food Court. Yeah. Studying. At the mall. And you know what? I felt way more comfortable studying there than I do in the stuffy stress bubble that is the law library. Maybe it's the smell of good old American consumerism, or maybe it's being surrounded by delicious trans fats, but I was surprisingly content - and productive - this afternoon.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

how exactly does this benefit students?

Last spring, the law school decided to get with the times and allow students to take exams on laptops. In addition to allowing students to turn in legible exams, you could run a quick spellcheck before turning in the exam, since it was done through Word.

They tell us this year that we *have* to download new exam software to take the exam. And - bonus - this version of the exam software doesn't include the option to spellcheck work before turning it in. So just like the handwritten exams, you have to sit there and go through line-by-line to make sure that everything is spelled correctly. Anyone that has ever tried to edit anything while it's still on a laptop screen knows that it's enough to drive you insane.

I'm trying to think of the rationale for this, and the only thing I can come up with is that it's not fair to the three kids in the entire law school who don't want to type their exams. The administration can't even use the "just like the real world" justification that seems to be used for everything we do, because even *real* lawyers at least get their secretaries to hit the spellcheck button before printing out their briefs.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

welcome to the maxi pad

I discovered the following sign in the second-floor bathroom during an escape from Professional Responsibilities this afternoon. Words cannot begin to express how disturbing this is, so I jacked one of the signs and copied it here (emphasis added):

Dear Ladies,

SBA has been notified that the small trashcans are missing for disposal of sanitary products. They have informed the school of this situation and hopefully it will soon be taken care of.

In the meantime...please find a responsible alternative for disposal of sanitary products. This may include wrapping it up in toilet paper and throwing it away in the main trashcan. Do not simply toss it on the floor or leave it on top of the toilet paper dispenser.

Please respect yourself and others.

I have to admit...that's one thing that I never thought a school full of twenty-something women would need to be told. I don't know what that says for the quality of person that they let into this school. This confirms my suspicion that some women here are disgusting, self-centered jerks that probably aren't ready to be on their own in the real world.

I will also say this - the trash can is between 5 and 10 feet from the stalls, depending on which stall you use. It's not like the perpetrators were being asked to take their used hygiene products out into the atrium or into a classroom in order to throw them away. They simply had to use a different trash can - but apparently, that is too much to ask.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

a holly jolly exam time

Thanks to the girl sitting next to me in Con Law, I just learned that our exam is at 1:30 in the afternoon, rather than the standard 8:30 in the morning. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about that.

I know most people who read this blog would guess that I would be psyched for such a late start time - that means that I can sleep until 11:00am and not be late for my exam (unlike the time I did that in undergrad and was awakened by a phone call from my professor asking me if I intended to take the exam that was currently being proctored). But the more I think about it, that extra 5 hours gives me 5 more hours to panic, stress-eat, vomit, panic some more, and get hit by a bicyclist on the way to school.

What do you think - is the 1:30 exam a good thing that allows you to be rested, well-fed and sufficiently caffeinated, thus allowing you to perform at your peak? Or is waiting around to take a 1:30 exam just another form of torture sanctioned by the (clears throat) lovely folks in charge of the law school?

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Monday, December 04, 2006

...and yet, so far

After my fun with bird flu last spring, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I didn't get sick at all this semester. In fact, a friend of mine commented about how nice it was that I haven't looked like death for several months straight.

And then the headache came Saturday night...and it hasn't gone away. Rather, it's made itself at home, and brought with it a few friends: fatigue, fever, and nausea. They must be having the world's largest rave in my immune system, because I still feel terrible. Granted, I'm normally about three minutes away from falling asleep in International Boredom class...but today I physically feel my eyes shutting as Professor Spock drones on.

Now that I think about it, I can't think of one logical explanation for why I actually schlepped all the way to class today. Maybe I have some sort of neurological disease that's eaten away the "common sense" portion of my brain.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

why law students suck

Overheard in the Atrium...

"These people in the Judicial Internship Program get 5 credits, and they only have to go to work for 15 hours a week and do nothing during finals. Meanwhile, I spend at least that much time preparing for my 4-credit class during the week, and another 150 hours studying for that class during finals. How is that fair to me?"

I felt like informing this particular gunner that the Judicial Intership Program just requires 25 "work" hours per credit - same as the number of class hours per credit required in all other classes (if not moreso) - and most judges give the interns the freedom to make their own schedule to get those hours. And then I heard the other gunner in this conversation quote Law School Confidential, realized what kind of douchebags I would be dealing with, and decided that presenting the other side of that argument would be pointless.