Chadwick C. Busk

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Richard Dreyfuss reads the iTunes EULA

Why are consumer software license agreements so long? We don't know yet, but we have found a way to make them entertaining.<p><i>Update 4:17 p.m. PT: Want to remix these audio files? We've made downloads available. Go to the end of the post.</i><p>This Friday's Reporters' Roundtable is on a topic that vexes us …

San Francisco

Playboy playmate’s alleged 9-month affair with Trump raises serious security concerns

Do Trump’s extramarital affairs pose a national security threat?<p>Four days before the 2016 election, The Wall Street Journal published an explosive story alleging that the National Enquirer paid to hide an alleged affair between Donald Trump and a former Playboy Playmate. It got lost in the noise. …

The executive Steve Jobs hired to develop Apple Stores says reports of a retail apocalypse are 'ridiculous' (AAPL)

When Steve Jobs wanted Apple to develop a line of retail stores, he hired George Blankenship. Under his watch, 165 Apple Stores would open nationwide — including the iconic cube on New York's Fifth Avenue.<p>Despite malls and shopping centers closing in record numbers, Blankenship — who served as …

eCommerce

The ugly truth about America's economy in just four words

The ugliest truth about America's future can be summed up in four words: <b>There is no plan.</b><p>Americans know this, but we haven't really taken it seriously. In 2017, Democrats live in hopes that the meager policy arguments and "plans" Republicans put out into the ether never make it out of Congress. …

New Jersey

Apartment complex demands tenants give Facebook “like” within 5 days | Ars Technica

Tenants are disliking the "Facebook addendum" posted on their doors last week.<p>Remember the Florida apartment complex that got a lot of attention for …

Internet

150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln sliced up one of his most famous speeches

In the winter of 1865, near the close of the Civil War, a haggard-looking Abraham Lincoln took a printed draft of his upcoming second inaugural address and cut it to pieces.<p>He sliced it into 27 segments, and then, using the smelly, animal-bone-based glue of the time, reassembled it on a heavy piece …

War

150 Years of Alice

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>November 25th, 1865 was the date when <i>Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland</i> was presented to the world. An instant success, it …

Plain Language: A Modern Best Practice

I was asked recently, “Isn’t plain language just best practice?” My response was, “Yes, it is.”<p>Plain language principles have represented best …

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing

A new movement strives for simplicity.<p>“Persistence is one of the great characteristics of a pitbull, and I guess owners take after their dogs,” says Annetta Cheek, the co-founder of the D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Plain Language. Cheek, an anthropologist by training who left academia in the …

Higher Education

Plain and simple will boost access to justice

I’ve just finished my first year as an administrative law judge. My title is deputy chief commissioner of Manitoba’s Residential Tenancies …

The Case of the MH370 Wing Segment Keeps Getting Weirder

When a wing section of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion last month, the Malaysian government quickly ascribed the part …

Hillary Clinton under scrutiny at Department of Justice for use of private email

Inspectors general say personal account contained 'hundreds of potentially classified emails'<p>Two government inspectors have asked the Department of Justice to examine whether whether Hillary Clinton misused sensitive information on the private email account she used during her tenure as secretary …

New York Times

Bryan Garner on David Foster Wallace and modern American usage.

<b>Listen to this episode of The Moment with guest Bryan Garner:</b><p>This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman’s guest is Bryan Garner, author, lexicographer, …

David Foster Wallace

How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

U want 2B a better writer?<p>Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even …

Creative Writing

Interview: Steven Pinker on The Sense of Style and what linguistics and cognitive science tell us about better writing

<i>I talked recently with Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct and other books about language and the mind, about his new book, The Sense of</i> …

My Categories-of-Contract-Language Analysis of a Cisco Template Contract - Adams on Contract Drafting

In this post I mentioned that I had asked my students at Notre Dame Law School to analyze the verb structures in the “SOW terms & conditions …

On The Anniversary Of His Death: Why Lawyers Love David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace<p>David Foster Wallace died six years ago today, on September 12, 2008. The author of novels such as <i>Infinite Jest</i>, <i>The Pale King</i>, …

Yes, Contracts Are a Mess. So What Are We Going to Do About It? - Adams on Contract Drafting

A blog post by Tim Cummins of IACCM entitled “Contract Drafting, Communications & Risk” (here) met with quite a bit of approval on Twitter. So I …

Blockchain

"A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting" Is the New Orthodoxy - Adams on Contract Drafting

This week I’ve had the distinct privilege of doing two back-to-back day-long “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, …

Marketing legal review: A checklist of words and phrases to avoid, with some safer alternatives

Over the years I’ve often had occasion to review clients’ press releases, advertisements, and similar materials for potential legal issues. If you …

Contract Drafting, Communications & Risk

Many contracts remain unintelligible to anyone who is not a trained professional. Often this appears to be a deliberate strategy – let’s make reading …

plainlanguage.gov | Arguments in Favor of Plain Language

The American public deserves plain language communication from its government, and it’s the law.<p>A landmark article from 1995 supporting plain …

Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language?

Jargon wherever it appears is the death of good prose and common sense.<p><i>By John Preston</i><p>A few years ago, I was standing in a queue behind two men and …

4 Ways To Never, Ever Use Jargon Again

You can use lots of words that don’t mean anything or you can speak like a real person and be a more effective communicator.<p>Listen up, everyone who’s leveraging a new paradigm to monetize and optimize a business: Andy Craig–not to mention most of the rest of us–wants it to stop.<p>Craig and Dave …

Public Speaking

Does grammar matter? Yes, it does.

The highest compliment I ever paid an editor was to say that she had changed the way I think about commas. That may not sound like much, but it was revolutionary to me. Commas, punctuation, good grammar -- these are precision tools, designed for clarity. If you're a writer, they're all you have.<p>But …