Friday, November 29, 2002

A HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW, everyone will have a George Foreman Grill. (It's almost that way now) Indeed, the generic name for "grill" will be "George Foreman," and people will comparison shop George Foremans (As in, "I just love my Britney Spears Jr. Fat-Reducing George Foreman. It's the best George Foreman on the market!"). The fact that George Foreman was a boxer will be a trivia question. In Britain, by then officially an international park serving American and Chinese tourists, locals will develop clever abbreviations to the delight of Futuro-Anglophiles everywhere: "I have to use the W.C., can you watch the G.F.?" And back in the U.S., "George Foreman" will even be made into a verb, replacing "grilling" -- as in, "C'mon over, we'll George Foreman up some steaks, have some beers, and watch the futuristic ninja-sport that is popular in the future."

I hope I live to see that day.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

MY OP-ED on the recent "speech code" controversy at Harvard Law School is up. Thanks to Jurist for providing me yet another forum in which to yammer on.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

NOW THIS is a law school I like.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

SOMETIMES LAW STUDENTS can make me very sad indeed. I recently came across the so-called "RAP Rap" (thanks to Randy Kozel for alerting me to its existence). 31 U. Toledo L. Rev. 55, 68-69 (1999). Imagine an environment -- first-year law school -- in which some poor 1L, shackled to a library carrel and a property casebook, is so deprived of human companionship he produces something like this:

The Rule Against Perpetuities
Can really put you on your knees
A life in being plus 21
Is the time for vestedness to begun
If you ain't got it by that time
Gotta move on and do the next rhyme
The offending language, strike it out
It don't matter none if you cry and pout
Your contingent remainder, where did it go?
You see it was void ab initio
Executory interests are fair game too
And, I think you know just what to do
Apply the steps, go 1-2-3
And see what interest is left to "B"
A life in being plus 21
Is the time for vestedness to begun
If you ain't got it by that time
You just move on and do the next rhyme
The offending language gets struck out
It really don't help if you scream and shout
Your executory interest, where does it go
You say it was void ab initio
You might get a chance to "wait and see"
But this is a rule of property --
Uncompromisingly lethal rule
Defeats intent no matter how cool

Kidding of course. I greatly appreciate the "RAP Rap", revealing my own warped sensibilities. Kudos to the juristic Eminem who penned these lyrics -- David Pelten, wherever you are, props. I'm definitely going to find a way to cite to this somewhere in my note, 116 Harv. L. Rev. (forthcoming June 2003).

Monday, November 11, 2002

HARRY POTTER GETS FLIPPED in Slate. Strains of my Elvish Propaganda post (now timely again with Two Towers roughly a month away), and I might as well plug my ever-childish Britney Spears Meets Harry Potter dialogue -- a page I developed soley to see how much traffic it would generate (a lot) -- which is no doubt becoming less entertaining by the minute as Britney falls off the radar screen of public consciousness.