May 24, 2013
Friday Fun: Really, IRS?
Hat tip to ATL's Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.13 for SNL's treatment of the IRS scandal. [JH]
May 17, 2013
Friday Fun: How Many Times Has Star Trek's Mister Spock Been Quoted in Court Opinions?
Don't know but this could make a good research project for those law librarians looking to write something for possible tenure-recognition publication during their summer break. For starting purposes, Jacob Gershman cites a couple of instances at From Sacrifice to Rhetorical Device, the Spirit of Spock Lives On (WSJ Law Blog).
What the heck, not all law librarianship scholarly research has to be a grind. This one could be fun and might be publishable for CV purposes in The Green Bag. NB: I didn't check to see if/when the topic might have be covered in a publication.
On a related note, Ilya Somin reports on Matthew Yglesias' Slate article, I Boldly Went Where Every Star Trek Movie and TV Show Has Gone Before, observing in this The Volokh Conspiracy post that "Matthew Yglesias has an interesting article reviewing all of the Star Trek and many of the movies from the original 1960s series to the present. He especially focuses on the series’ ideology and politics, and its 'utopian' vision of the future." [JH]
May 10, 2013
Friday Fun: Time for the Class of 2013 to Dance
For job-seeking 2013 law school grads, here's The Beatles performing I'm Happy Just To Dance With You. [JH]
May 03, 2013
Friday Fun: Baby, just conform this way
From the 2012 Cardozo Law Revue. Good luck Class of 2013 grads. [JH]
April 26, 2013
Friday Fun: The Volokh Conspiracy
Since today's earlier Friday Fun post video now requires a login some may not have, here's another one. I believe this may be the very first law school follies to feature a law prof blog. From the Emory Law Follies 2013. [JH]
Friday Fun: Is Print Paper Dead?
Not yet! [JH]
April 19, 2013
Friday Fun: iHate Law School, Siri
From the 2012 SMU Follies. [JH]
April 12, 2013
Friday Fun: Futurama Ant-Piracy Warning
As a fan of Futurama, I was interested in the article In 'Futurama,' Robots Follow 'Bender's Law,' Not Asimov's. As it turns out, co-executive producer Patric Verrone is a a Harvard- and Boston College-educated lawyer who sells hand-painted Supreme Court justice figurines as a hobby. Who knew? I’ll be picking up my Justice Scalia action figure any day now.
It’s nice to know that Verrone has another source of income as the show (still in production) has been cancelled three times. Since it’s Friday, enjoy Bender’s anti-piracy message. Welcome to the world of tomorrow. [MG]
Friday Fun: Instructional Video for 1-800-NAMELESS Customer Support Call Center Staff
Here's the "top secret" master class training video some of our vendors don't want you to see. [JH]
April 05, 2013
Friday Fun: Our Three Branches of Government
As explained by Schoolhouse Rock! [JH]
March 29, 2013
Friday Fun: I'm just a bill
How a bill becomes a law according to School House Rock! [JH]
March 22, 2013
Friday Fun: The Constitution's Preamble
By School House Rock! [JH]
March 15, 2013
Friday Fun: Preparing the Final Exam for Legal Research Skills
Getting ready to prepare the final exam for testing legal research skill sets? Typical, atypical, extreme (my favorite) and practical approaches are reviewed in this video. [JH]
March 08, 2013
Friday Fun: Beware Getting Hooked on Black Market Legal Research
One would think a fine midwestern city like Bloomington, Indiana wouldn't have much trouble with back alley purveyors of legal research results. Apparently that is not the case. Here's Indiana University Maurer School of Law Library's public service announcement for therapeutic law librarianship. [JH]
March 01, 2013
Friday Fun: The Celluloid Trial's Most Hackneyed Scenes
And the Oscar for curation goes to Bloomberg Law. [JH]
Ever notice how every movie trial has the very same tired elements? From "all rise" to the celebration after a "not guilty" verdict, every celluloid trial looks like every other one you've ever seen. Think we're exaggerating? Then take a look at these scenes from 29 of the "best" courtroom dramas and comedies ever filmed.
February 22, 2013
Friday Fun: "Customers Suck..."
... according to the wisdom of the burger-flipping retail staff known as Beavis and Butt-head. But who are the customers? The users of products and services (the vendor perspective) or the institutional providers of the products and service to the beneficiaries we know as our user population?
This divide in perspective leads to one hellva of a lot of costly consequences. For example, they include asinine end user focus groups and equally asinine look-over-the-shoulder ethnographic studies of practitioner practices. Both are based on the assumption that what practitioners say they want and what they currently do actually provides insight into what they need. Providing practitioners what they say they want based on this sort of expensive to gather evidence is how innovation is killed.
This "customer sucks" perspective when it refers to law librarians as representatives of the folks who write the big checks can also been seen in the conversion of B2B transactions to the retail model. Here the focus is on selling to the individual consumer. However, it will lead to acquiring and renewing print subscriptions as well selling boilerplate licenses to most institutional buyers. Sell a couple of burgers or sell a bunch of bags filled with burgers; want some extra packets of secret sauce, that will be a cost add-on.
So who really sucks? From my perspective, no one as long as the perspective divide can be bridged. (Excluding, of course, the tweakers known as corporate prophets and their market study crews -- perhaps one can deduct their labor costs and associated addiction costs from your negotiations.) There is a far better way to play the predictioneer's game. [JH]
February 15, 2013
Friday Fun: "Everybody is going to love today"
From the YouTube description: "I set my computer to take a picture every 30 seconds to document a normal day of law school." [JH]
February 08, 2013
Friday Fun: "BE QUIET, THIS IS A LIBRARY!"
As a quick follow-up to OREO's "Whisper Fight" in a Library Super Bowl 2013 commercial, here is The Two Ronnies classic "Shouting in the Library" skit. [JH]
February 01, 2013
Friday Fun: "It's a Green Book"
And how often have we heard a patron say "I remember the book was [insert color]"? [JH]
January 25, 2013
Friday Fun: The Corporate Amplication Device of AALL's "Vendor Partners" and Their (But Not Our) Business Plans
If loudness equals power (and it does), how do law library institutional buyers get loud enough to drown out the nonsense of our association's so-called "vendor partners" while AALL officially knees down before the altar of vendor business plans to offer sacrifices as well as to alter, as in to castrate, to spay, their own library, not vendor, member institutions' business plans? Both are something other library associations refuse to do because they neither sacrifice nor try to silence castrate their member insitutional buyers' business plans. They loudly advocate for their institutional buyers and patrons.
Our so-called vendor partners are "whales." So far AALL is nothing more than "whale louse". [JH]