The principle here is sort of like “Time flies when you’re having fun,” but simpler. The basic notion, says MIT researcher Richard Larson, is that time goes by if you are doing something — anything — that occupies you; even if that something is stabbing your finger onto plastic bubbles. “Occupied time” just feels shorter than “unoccupied time.” People doing nothing in a line typically overestimate their wait by about 36 percent. Presumably, these Milanese bus passengers will now wait much more happily.
Need something to do right now? Pop some virtual bubble wrap.
This is genius.
We should have these in law school.
The UPS Foundation today joined a growing number of corporate leaders in providing financial support to those organizations that align with the company’s non-discrimination policy. Under this policy, the Boy Scouts of America is no longer eligible for grants from the UPS Foundation because of the BSA’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. http://www.glaad.org/blog/boy-scouts-america-no-longer-eligible-grant-funding-ups-foundation
Way to go, UPS!
“ There’s a little stage. Children are gathered around. Up pops a little mouse puppet. Hello! Baby Mouse. He’s lost. He’s trying to find his way home through the woods. And he misses his mom. He’s getting hungry. Then suddenly, from behind a bush, out pops an alligator! And eats him. ‘Baby Mouse is not alive anymore,’ the narrator concludes. ”
Lulu Miller on how children think about death (and puppet shows). Read all about it.
This has nothing to do with law, but it’s a fascinating idea.
“ Finally, there can be no doubt that these acts, if the allegations of the letter were false, would be viewed at common law as a mortal sin, and that having permitted the letter to remain in conduit, Mrs. Jensen’s last conscious moments on this earth were spent with knowledge that the letter was still in the conduit and that she would, by failing to retrieve it, ratify this mortal sin; that she would have known that she would therefore have no chance of absolution, and that on the day of judgment, she would be condemned to eternal torment and damnation. ”
Evidence, State v. Jensen (2008)
Because I am a lowly summer law clerk, I work part time. I like this a lot, mainly because I can do summer school and volunteering and maybe even have a life if I stop sleeping. As it got closer and closer to 4, my happiness started leaking everywhere— I actually smiled about my assignments. “That sounds exciting!” I said, high from Friday afternoon euphoria, about writing a scolding letter. “It’s really not,” said my sad superior. She has to work till 6.
It’s the weekend! Hope you’re going to have a blast too. Happy June!
“ When a question has reached the point of a contested trial, however, its whole context is changed. Victory, and not accommodation, is the objective of the parties. The adversary atmosphere and the delays of litigation naturally repel evidence, especially testimony and things under the control of disinterested persons, so that the litigants have available for use only the partisan and coerced residue after people with ingenuity have made themselves anonymous. That residue is culled by the parties with a view not so much to establishing the whole truth as to winning the case. And the evidence which survives this attrition (and the exclusionary rules of evidence described below) is communicated to the trier of fact in an emotion-charged setting. ”
Evidence- Cases and Materials by Roger Park & Co.
From today’s NY Times review of John Sutherland’s “Lives of the Novelists.”
And this is why I am not a novelist. But wouldn’t it be great to have that much character? You could really open up people’s eyes to a side of life they’ve never had to think about, because they’ve never lived it.
Today the Atlantic Wire writes about Tumblr getting sued by Perfect 10:
A week after its fifth birthday, Tumblr got hit with a grownup copyright infringement lawsuit—and a gnarly one at that.. The plaintiff is porn company Perfect 10, and they sound utterly unapologetic in the case’s paperwork. Tumblr, Perfect 10 claims, enabled the “rampant and unremedied uploading, display and distribution of Perfect 10’s copyrighted photographs.”
Tumblr ought to think about controlling its porn content. While the site’s front-facing image is a haven for hipsters to drool over pictures of fixed gear bicycles and arty landscapes, there’s a massive pornographic Tumblr underbelly, and it’s likely that instances of copyright infringement aren’t limited only to Perfect 10’s images alone.