A Brief Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who expressed concern. The official diagnosis is chronic sleep deprivation, causing anxiety, poor concentration, fatigue, and depression.…

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Dear Diary

My soul has been broken for so long I've forgotten what it feels like to be alive. That white hot electric shine of meeting each moment knowing, with full certainty, who I am and how to meet the next challenge barreling down on me. The quiet serenity of confidence in…

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Free Legal Advice

Number One: Know your own Terms of Service. Number Two: Don't fuck with me. Number Three: When shopping for a Ventrilo server, think twice about Darkstar, LLC. Bonus Number Four: Learn how to spell "do."…

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Projects

As you may have heard from the twitters, I have some projects going. Here are some brief descriptions of them. No photos, yet, because I'm writing this on my phone and don't have any handy. Project #1: Exercise Yesterday, I went to a high intensity training facility. It's not a…

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New Apartment Redux

Remember my new apartment? I got mostly moved in: [pano file="https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wopsr-content/uploads/pano/apartment/apartment.htm"] There are still some boxes. I need a piece of furniture. I think they used to call them "credenzas." "Credenzae?" I only need one.…

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Christmas Tree: An Epilogue

I just received this photo from my mother, showing the method presently in use for the removal of her tree. …

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Health Care "Reform" - 2011

The following provisions of the Affordable Health Care for America Act take effect beginning January 1, 2011: Numerous and extensive changes to the Medicare rules, including payment cuts to providers and facilities. Pregnant women receiving Medicaid must not smoke or stop smoking by January 1, 2011, in order to remain…

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My Mother is an Addict

My mother has an addiction. Each year, she must see how far the laws of physics will stretch. She will not be satisfied unless she manages to push them further than the previous year. Her obsession is with Christmas trees. Every year of my life (except last year, when we…

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Thought of You

I rather enjoyed this. Thought of You from Ryan Woodward on Vimeo.…

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Knitting Harry Potter Scarves

I have knitted several of these. The one pictured is my personal Ravenclaw, in blue and bronze. The films use blue and silver for Ravenclaw, but every True Ravenclaw knows the colors are really blue and bronze. The finished scarf is about 10′ long. One day, I'll take better…

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Are TSA Screenings Custodial?

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), requires that law enforcement officers read certain warnings to suspects before subjecting them to custodial interrogation. Failure to do so renders the defendant's statements elicited thereby inadmissible in court. One of the key factors in determining whether Miranda applies to a particular…

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The Autumnal Unpleasantness

This will in all likelihood be my only commentary on The Autumnal Unpleasantness. If you don't know what that is, try and keep it that way. First this tweet: [quotetweet tweetid=29220245128] And also, this DM I sent to Trey: And that remains the sum of my evaluation of the…

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New Apartment

{qtvr https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wopsr-content/uploads/2010/10/DSC_1541-Panorama.mov 450 300} I move in December 3. The bedroom is above, and is open on the large living area.…

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Electricity is a Mystery

A few months ago, Gus posted a link to an image purporting to be a scan from a children's science textbook:Gus was skeptical of the image's authenticity. Obviously the image had been altered to show a gun in the girl's hand rather than what the hairdryer that was probably…

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How I Got Here

Last time, I told you that I got myself a lovely job with Ardiwa, the American Retirement and Disability Insurance and Welfare Administration*. Here's the story of how I got it. Since being admitted to the bar in Key Midwestern Swing State, I practiced general law out of my mother's…

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On the Thing Into Which I Have Gotten Myself

Right then. So. I got a job. And I'd bet someone is wondering what kind of job it is. So I will tell you. First, keep in mind a few things. I have a law degree, which was very expensive. I owe approximately $100k on it still. I have a…

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Health Care "Reform" - Six Months After Enactment

The Affordable Health Care for America Act became law six months ago today. The following provisions take effect beginning today: Start of prohibition on lifetime limits on essential health benefits; Start of prohibition on rescinding coverage except in instances of fraud; Start of requirement that companies allow dependents up to…

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Farewell, Unemployment

Obviously I have been neglecting WoPSR.net for a while. My unemployment following admission to the bar is entirely to blame for that. It's not that I had nothing to say during that time. I just had nothing interesting to say that couldn't be said in 140 or fewer characters…

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A Request

I have an opinion on the whole "Cordoba House" issue, but it isn't well informed. I'd like it to be. Therefore, I'm requesting reading material or other evidence on, among other issues, the nature of Islam and of this project. I also want a translation suggestion for the Koran (or…

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What is "Legal"

This is a brief follow-up to the previous post. There are some misleading headlines out there about the Librarian of Congress' new DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions announced today. Here's an example: iPhone jailbreaking (and all cell phone unlocking) made legal There is confusion about what the word "legal" means. "Legal" in…

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