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Legal Skills Prof Blog

From the current edition of <i>Law Practice Today: the Monthly Webzine of the ABA Law Practice Division</i>. An excerpt:<p>According to the American Bar …

Eight Things You Can Discard to Downsize Your Life

How much stuff do we really need to lead a normal life? Not as much as you might think. In 2009 I moved into a 200-square-foot cottage. The rent and …

Minimalism

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?

With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past …

Libraries are cool again

American libraries, the argument goes, are in crisis. They've had their funding cut, been forced to fire staff members, and close branches across the country. But, as <i>Pacific Standard</i> explains, that perception isn't entirely accurate. In the face of negative headlines, American public libraries have …

US lawmakers call for stronger power grid security after sniper attack

A military-style attack on a electrical substation in California last April nearly shut down power in the state, and raised serious questions about the security of US infrastructure. Now a group of lawmakers are asking industry groups whether the US power grid needs its security improved to keep …

Reporter

Nicholas Felton knows a thing or two about data visualization. Not only did he create the Facebook Timeline, but he rose to fame on the back of his …

iPhone

Watch out, shady landlords: Renters have new ally in Congress

Rep. Mark Takano’s not just a lawmaker looking at housing schemes exploiting his constituents. He’s a renter, too<p>In November, I told you about Wall Street’s latest scheme, the mass purchase of over 200,000 homes and the push to become America’s biggest landlord. Blackstone, the largest player in …

Eat This Much, your personal diet assistant

Eat This Much automatically creates custom meal plans for your diet goals. Perfect for weight loss, bodybuilding, Vegan, Paleo, Atkins and more!

If you manage your time terribly, you’ll get more done

I’m terrible at doing what people tell me I should do, but I still get things done. I’m not sure why this is, but here is my best guess:<p><b>I manage my desires more than my time.</b><p>In high school, I never seemed to find time to do homework I didn’t want to do. It got so bad that in 1969 my high school …

Mark Twain

Amazon mulling price hike for Amazon Prime shipping and streaming service | Ars Technica

Could add $20 to $40 per year to the current $79-a-year price.<p>Amazon has just reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013. According to The …

The Prince of Patchin Place

Now remembered largely for his funky punctuation, E. E. Cummings was for decades one of America’s most celebrated, controversial, and popular poets—the dashing, impecunious prince of Greenwich Village. In an adaptation from her new biography of Cummings, Susan Cheever recalls one winter night in …

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese

If you ever wanted to learn Chinese but never thought you could do it, here is a great opportunity! London-based entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh is developing a book, <i>Chineasy</i>, that makes it rather simple to learn basic Chinese words and phrases.<p>The visual system uses playful illustrations to …

Fun-Da-Mental

Des Hommes et des Chatons

The Thin End of the Whip

The life of Catherine Robbe-Grillet makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a Disney movie. In 1951, she became the mistress of the writer—and accomplished sadist—Alain Robbe-Grillet, whom she later married. Today, an 83-year-old widow, she is France’s most famous dominatrix. Visiting the 17th-century …

The Empire Battles Cottages in 'Wars on Kinkade' Mashup

The saccharine legacy of <b>Thomas Kinkade</b>, whose paintings of warmly lit cottages you might recognize if you've ever been to the living room of a retired schoolmarm, has finally been made fit for modern tastes, and all it took was the full force of the Galactic Empire. In a mashup entitled "Wars on …

apple slab pie

In one of my favorite October traditions, we picked too many apples a few weekends ago. As in maybe perhaps 25 pounds more than we needed? It’s hard …

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

Employment

The Tale of Two Cornbreads

<i>Beth Kirby of Local Milk carries her Southern heritage -- and the ingredients, dishes, and recipes that come with it -- with her wherever she goes. Every other Monday, that place is here.</i><p><i>Today: Two quick cornbreads -- one vegetarian, one not -- good enough to keep the Southern tradition alive.</i><p>This …

No-Sew Baby Owl Costume

Whooo do you want to snuggle? Keep your little one close for a night of trick-or-treating in this baby carrier-friendly owl costume.<p>89<p>522

Tutorial: Blue Statement Necklace

Kathie of CuriousAndCatcat posted a simple tutorial for building a statement necklace with polymer clay. She uses acrylic paint to colour her white …

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?<p>But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?<p>Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

Beer

Photographer Captures New Yorkers Kissing for Past 30 Years

For thirty years, photographer Matt Weber has been capturing candid scenes of romantic passion on the streets of New York City. His <i>Urban Romance</i> collection reveals the numerous tender moments of love that take place between adoring couples throughout the bustling city. Their affection ranges from …

Photography