Monthly Archives: April 2009


More on Google Books Project

Click here for an entertaining blog entry at the Fiction Circus from Miracle who interviews Prof. Grimmelman at New York Law about the Google Books Project. The interview covers wide ranging issues including orphan books & a proposed rights auction (proposed by Fiction Circus, that is). Read it and see!


Kudos to Steve Matthews’ Twitter How To

Steve Matthews in his SLAW post, Lawyer Twitter Practices: 29 Dos and Don’ts, lays out the How To for using Twitter to build a law firm practice. Steve does not want to call them “best practices,” but offers pointers based on his own experiences of what works and does not work.

So Twitter gets your foot in the door? A great tool for business development, right? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is a very lawyeresque ‘it depends’. While deriving business value from of Twitter is indeed possible, that value is often indirect in nature and depends greatly on personal approach. Similar to all forms of the online participation, there’s no room for the Injured? Call now! lawyer. Those that can’t drop the advertising and solicitation approach are inviting failure.
It’s these types of lessons that I hope to address in the list below – which tactics will put you offside, and which will add value. The following practices (I’m hesitant to call them ‘best practices’) are tips that either work for me, or methods that seem to consistently work for others.

I recommend following the link if you would like to see how Twitter can build a professional business network. Steve knows what he’s doing! In looking over the comments to Steve’s post, I found and followed a link to another blogger’s post on the topic, which I can also recommend:, Figuring out Twitter. Good pair of posts.


Twitter Job Search?

Twitter job search – click on the title to this post to go — claims that it has posted 159,602 new jobs in the last 30 days. In their “about us” section, they explain the site as a new search engine for social media websites:

Until now, search engines for social media sites merely looked for words.
We’re looking at context.

We use semantic tools to look at what was said.
We then look at what they’ve said before.
We then look at who was saying it.

If we do this right, we can figure out why they’re saying anything at all.

They are certainly building their own buzz. If you click on their “buzz” tab, you see that Twitterers are talking about, and they are harvesting the tweets. If you go to their “browse” tabs, you go to the real search section. They have categories of jobs you can look under (that’s the browse! doh!). Legal is one of the categories with ten sub-categories listed beneath. Of those, three are different types of solicitors (Twitter is international), one is a legal secretary category, one is paralegal, one is senior partner, but none are librarians. In fact, I could not find any category that included librarians in them. Ah, well.

They have an interesting job map in beta. It shows a world map with T pins showing where jobs have popped up in the social media world they have been harvesting, I suppose. The sweep covers the last 72 hours. Pretty interesting tool, though this part does not tell you what the job is. Fun, though.


Students with some firms paid to defer jobs

The Boston Globe today runs a story by Rich Barlow about a number of luckier law graduates at large firms being paid a decent salary to defer their job a year to perform public service.

With his degree from Harvard Law School due in June, Juan Valdivieso makes an attractive prospective hire, and last summer, he scooped up a postgraduation job offer from the white-shoe firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in his native Washington, D.C.

But as the recession deepens, budgets tighten – even at top-notch law firms. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius e-mailed Valdivieso last month that it would have to defer his employment for a year, until the fall of 2010. But the company threw him a lifeline: It would pay him a $60,000 stipend if he spent the year after graduation at an unpaid public service job. The 28-year-old is looking for work in an organization that will indulge his interest either in civil rights or consumer protection.

Paying people to offer help to public service groups may be a noble endeavor, but it also reaps a practical payoff.

The stipend system saves a bundle for such firms as Morgan, Lewis, where starting salaries average around $160,000, according to Harvard’s assistant dean for career services, Mark Weber. It also allows them to hold onto promising future lawyers until a possible economic turnaround next year.

Meanwhile, students add a year of real-life work.

“Clients are, from what I understand, not so excited about having first-year associates without any actual experience working on their case,” said Valdivieso.

Alyssa Minsky, who is graduating next month from Suffolk University Law School, has had her employment deferred with a stipend by Ropes & Gray. A psychology major in college with an interest in healthcare, she is interviewing for jobs in that field.

“I really do think it’s a great opportunity,” she said. “I hope to do healthcare law at the firm, so I think I’ll have real exposure to healthcare issues.”

Law firms have postponed hires in previous recessions, but the public-service stipends are unique, say Weber and James Leipold, executive director of the National Association for Law Placement, a career counseling, recruitment, and development group based in Washington, D.C.

I love the fact that Barlow includes a Suffolk student who got a similar deal in the article following his lead with the Harvard student! I am pretty sure there are more Harvard students getting these deals than Suffolk students. The article is excellent and goes on to discuss how common this is becoming for the lucky few students and firms. There is some discussion of the various options offered to students, as some firms provide a list of approved public service placements. What I found truly fascinating was the comments that follow. These range from frankly envious, to depressed as some students seeking public service placements in the first place see the few jobs they might have had dry up as the financially strapped legal services see opportunities for free placements. There is irony, pathos, and wit in the comments, along with a dollop of self-pity. This is a very tough time to be graduating from law school if you are not already employed or independently wealthy.


Management Lessons


A sales rep, an administration clerk and the boss are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke.

The Genie says, “I usually only grant three wishes, so I’ll give each of you just one.”

“Me first! Me first!” says the admin clerk.”I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone.

In astonishment, “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an Endless supply of pinna coladas and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone.

OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.”

Management lesson: Always let your boss have the first say.



A crow was sitting in a tree, doing nothing all day.

A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”

The crow answered: “Sure, why not.”

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.

All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.


Circo Paradiso : een kreet in het oerwoud


Gisterenmiddag stak er een boekje van Cultuurcentrum Muze in mijn brievenbus. Ook dit jaar kunnen we weer gaan genieten van Circo Paradiso op 29, 30 en 31 mei a.s. Vorig jaar was dit evenement door bepaalde omstandigheden weggevallen, maar dit jaar staan ze er terug met hun alweer zevende editie. Een goede zaak, want in het verleden bracht Circo Paradiso, zeker op zonnige dagen, een massa volk op de been.

We kunnen Circo Paradiso het best omschrijven als een kunstenfestival voor alle leeftijden rond een origineel thema, waaraan meer dan 2000 jongeren, honderden artiesten uit binnen -en buitenland en een hele rits sociaal-culturele organisaties uit de regio deelnemen. Die jongeren zijn lid van Academie Meylandt, volgens mij zelfs met voorsprong de grootste Limburgse kunstacademie. ‘Een kreet in het oerwoud’ draait dit jaar rond het fascinerende regenwoud en de wondere wereld van de jungle.

We kunnen ons in eerste instantie al aan een knappe tentoonstelling rond het thema verwachten en naast de traditionele kermis zijn er ook een aantal parades en optredens en kan je ook bijzonder voedsel en drank ontdekken in een Afrikaans dorpje mét échte ‘insectensnackbar’. Wil je graag naar één van de betalende voorstellingen, dan dien je snel te zijn want een aantal ervan zijn reeds uitverkocht! Als het weer ons niet in de steek laat, dan ga ik zeker een dagje kijken eind volgende maand.


Kid606 – 2004 – How We Shock It

How We Shock It

How We Shock It

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Mayo en Xperimental Jetset, con actuación de Zkweee Crew!!!

La terraza Xperimental Jetset regresa una temporada más. Y a partir de Mayo vuelve su programación


Off to Guyana

GuyanaWe’re all packing now  in preparation for the 7 week outreach in Guyana; (back on the 19th June). Really looking forward to the change of scenery and to see what God has in store for us in this beautiful part of South America.

First of all we are staying in the YWAM Guyana Base which is not really built yet so we will be doing some construction work there as well as working locally in the churches leading youth group services aswell as working in the Hospitals working with the homeless and doing other community improvement projects.

A few weeks later we are moving on to catch the boat and hike to Imbaimadai where we will help again in the community with construction and painting, working with the poor and the sick. As well as travellign to a nearby Amerindian village where we work also.

Towards the end of the trip we will spend a few weeks deep in the jungle, working with tribes who have little contact with the outside world. Please be praying for us in our time here, it will be a fruitful and growing experience but very hard work.

Prayer points:

Protection during transportation, we will be doing a lot of hiking, some boat rides, travelling in very small planes.

Protection from the tropical diseases present there such as various forms of Hepatitis, Malaria, Dengue Fever among others.

Protection from the animals especially when we are travelling and living in the jungle interior of Guyana. There are many highly poisonous snakes aswell as other dangerous animals, of them all the one that scares us the most is this fish the Candiru Vampire Fish which can swim up your urethra and chew at your inside, sucking your blood and eating your tissue until you most likely hermorrhage to death.Candiru

Pray for unity of the team as this time will be testing and stretching to the max.

Guidance from the Holy Spirit in our words and actions, operating in the gifts and fruits of the Spirit so we can make the maximum impact in our time there.

Energy for us all as our days are packed full.



Jungle Jungle. Victory Ford (Price) is a once-hot fashion designer trying to revive her career and avoid the advances of a charismatic billionaire (Andrew McCarthy, Pretty in Pink).

The series explores the chic world of three successful New York women. Wendy Healy (Shields) is a film studio executive trying to balance the demands of work and family. Victory Ford (Price) is a once-hot fashion designer trying to revive her career and avoid the advances of a charismatic billionaire (Andrew McCarthy, Pretty in Pink). Finally, magazine editor Nico Reilly (Raver) is looking to escape her loveless marriage by having an affair with a much younger man (Robert Buckley).

Whether they’re celebrating their successes or struggling with career crises, these three friends share a sisterly bond.

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