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Friday, October 26th, 2007
9:31 am
Consoling Article for the Indians' Fans?
God, I know it is satire, but this article from Sports Pickle is so very true: Study: 96-Percent of Boston Sports Fans Have No Idea How Annoying They Are.
“It’s amazing. The vast majority of these people actually think that they behave just as any other fans do, and that people who have a problem with them are simply jealous,” said the study’s director, Dr. Michael Kreager, a Princeton sociologist. “When in fact, almost all Boston fans have become obnoxious Massholes of the highest order.

Due to an overwhelming inferiority complex stemming from decades of playing second fiddle to New York, the study found that Boston fans are woefully lacking in knowledge of how to respectfully conduct themselves when one of their teams actually wins. But worse, they revel in their boorish behavior and seem to find more enjoyment in flaunting their good fortune in the faces of others than they do in sincerely celebrating and relishing their teams’ achievements.

Can't someone beat the Red Sox or the Patriots? Please?
7:35 am
Bar Results Are In...
And if you didn't see Facebook, AIM, or some other source, I passed the July 2007 Ohio Bar Exam, and so did Stefanie! We become real lawyers November 5th, when we are sworn in by the Ohio Supreme Court!

Oh, and congrats to April B. and Tom E., who you people might also know, who also passed.
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
11:02 am
Dayton and Such
A quick update on my life, and some pictures from Dayton. Actually, I'll do the pictures first. Because I am annoyed with Flickr, and it is on my mind. I want to keep using Flickr, because they seem better, but I am annoyed that they want 25 bucks a year. Is there a better photosharing program? Or should I just delete pics that I don't really care about? I guess I already deleted some, but what do other people do?

1) Anyway, here are pictures from Dayton.

5/3 Field 1

This is the home of the Dayton Dragons, who have sold out EVERY GAME they have ever played. That is amazing to me. I guess this area likes baseball. It is just a Reds low-Single A squad. Very impressive.

Wright Flyer

They are really into the Wright Brothers around here. Did you know Dayton has the most patents per capita in the United States? NCR + Lexis + Wright-Patterson AFB = the local economy.

Kenzie and the Duck

This is my new dog (and Stefanie's always dog) Kenzie. He is watching a duck on the Great Miami River, at Dayton's Riverscape Park, which is like a smaller version of Bicentennial Commons in Cincinnati. It has some cool stuff, including a bike trail that follows the Great Miami River for a while.

2) Stefanie thinks I'm weird, but it takes getting used to having a pet. Kenzie is just a little Shih Tzu, so he is not too much dog, but it is still odd to have this little being that requires care. I haven't had a pet in years, while Stefanie has always had pets, usually multiple. I like having a dog though, even if we have to close the bathroom door when we leave because he attacks toilet paper. Dogs are amusing, and he is an added layer of security, since he barks whenever someone other than Stefanie or I enter.

3) I have a job in Dayton, with a local estate planning lawyer. It is only part-time, but I am hoping to find another job full-time at some point. I assume it will be easier once I have passed the bar (hopefully). The bar results come out on October 26th, so if my away message is despondent or ecstatic, that is why. If you feel like checking it yourself, the Ohio Supreme posts all the people who pass on their website at like 8:00am. Just to make everything nice and public.

Hope everyone is doing well. E-mail me if you're ever wondering what's going on in Dayton, or if you're near the Nati. We're still only 45 minutes north here. Oh, and if you're coming to Cincinnati on a place, and you fly into Dayton because it is cheaper, let me know. I can come get you perhaps.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
1:39 pm
First Post from Dayton
Well, we are moved in to the apartment, and it is looking good. We are pretty much completely unpacked at this point. We have gone shopping a few days in a row for random things, but I think we're pretty stocked on all items at this point, from food to chairs to plastic bags to clean up after Kenzie (a task which our neighbors seem to frequently neglect so far).

We went out to walk around the nearby areas, but there don't seem to be many people around. Even though Centerville is very walkable, it appears that our neighbors stay in their apartments and keep to themselves. One neighbor across the way walks his/her dog by opening the door and letting the dog go out by itself, and then pulling the dog back in when it is done. Kinda sad.

I was sad to see that it appeared that one of the things that sold me on this particular area, a Graeter's connected to a City Barbecue, had burned down partially on Saturday. The article says the fire was caused by "discarded smoking material," which Stefanie and I were not sure about, since it could mean cigarettes or something used for cooking, since it is a barbecue joint. There was a happy ending though:
A fire wall between City Barbeque and the adjacent Graeter's ice cream shop kept the fire from spreading next door, Long said. "Fire walls work," he added.

Graeter's, which sustained some smoke and water damage, is closed temporarily for repairs. "We're hoping to be reopened by the end of the week at the latest," said Rick Kelley, chief performance officer of the ice cream chain.

Well, that's a relief. That plus no one being hurt, of course.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
12:50 am
Sweet Baseball Map
So below there is a sweet map I found at Strangemaps, a very interesting site for map nerds (Dave G., I'm looking your direction ^_^). But this map below probably would interest many people (but probably especially Dave and I). A few comments:

1) I do not understand why the Reds area does not extend into Indiana at all. I'd say all the way to Indianapolis possibly could be considered Reds territory. Cardinals territory definitely does not run up to the former Ohio-Indiana border.

2) If you're wondering why there is a little arm of Reds nation down into Tennessee, there is a Reds farm team in Chattanooga, the Lookouts, whose logo I love.

3) I feel like the Ohio map is pretty accurate, although Central Ohio might be a bit more Reds (but not much). It looks like the traitorous Toledoans (Toledans? Tolediots?) went back to M*ch*g*n, the bastards.

4) Where does that random southern arm of Tribe country come from? Is there a farm team down in that area? I don't know who it should go to, but it seems oddly placed. I really thought West Virginia was mostly Pirates and Reds fans. The original site comments also discussed that issue, and they thought West Virginia was mostly Reds and Pirates also.

5) The White Sox, Marlins, and Devil Rays areas are way too big, while the Braves, Twins, and Mariners areas probably should be bigger.

Anyway, here is the map. Sorry if it is too big. I hope it works.

United Countries of Baseball
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
2:24 pm
Updates and Catching Up
So it was a long, LOOONG summer of preparing for the bar, but that is now over. I completed the 2 and a half days of hell known as the Ohio Bar Exam last Thursday, and now I wait until October. The night before the first day (Monday night), I couldn't sleep, and probably got about 2 hours sleep total. I was amazed at how far adrenalin got me. I got about 5 hours each the other 2 nights, which is clearly closer to what I needed.

It was a difficult summer since I last posted. The bar exam preparation was not particularly fun; I have never studied so much in my life. If you knew my study habits in college or high school, they were not always the best. If Jeff wanted to play FIFA on the Xbox, I was totally there. But I had to buckle down and study hard, because there has never been a single test with so many ramifications. If I don't pass, it isn't the end of the world I supposed (JFK jr. failed thrice before passing, and Hillary Clinton failed once also), but it would be rather inconvenient.

In addition, about a week before the bar, my grandfather had surgery for lung cancer. They think they got it all, and there seems to be nothing in the lymph nodes, so it seems to be good news. It was a bit of an added stressor, but it also helped put things in perspective, and perhaps calmed me a bit before the exam. After the exam, I learned another piece of rough news. My best friend from grade school, Damien, fell down 14 steps at his sister's house and hit his head. He was in a coma for 3 weeks, and they don't know how much lasting injury he suffered. There is a clot on his brain stem, and they are not sure what cognition he will regain. I went to visit him at Drake Hospital, and it was just so sad. I volunteered at Drake in high school, and there are a lot of tragic cases there. None of them were people I knew though. I just saw Damien a few months ago in Mt. Adams, and his dad told me he had just received a promotion and moved into an apartment in downtown Cincy before the injury. I guess he has been showing more and more responsiveness, so that is good. Damien and I went to grade school, high school, and college together, and it is just so strange to see him in his current state. I hope and pray he will be ok.

So it was not an easy summer. I suppose summer hasn't ended yet, but it is getting there. Stefanie and I have found a place in Dayton (Centerville actually), and we are both really excited to be moving. It will be fun to explore a new place, but we're both happy that we'll be close enough to visit Cincinnati whenever we like. Stefanie starts her job towards the end of August, and I am still looking for a job in Dayton. Hopefully something comes up soon. In the middle of all of the stress and sadness, I was able to maintain a positive attitude thanks to good friends and a great fiancee. I often wonder why I am still an optimist, when it is clear there is so much pain in the world, but I don't know how else to do things.

Oh, I started a new blogspot blog, to replace my other one. I will keep this same Livejournal, but my new blog is at "http://daycin.blogspot.com/" if you ever checked my old one. Peace.
Monday, June 11th, 2007
12:23 am
Pictures Post
I know it has been a while for a post, but I figured I needed a break from bar studying, which is terrible by the way. I take comfort that 93% of UC Law kids passed last year. Anyway, here are pictures I uploaded to my Flickr account recently. Included is a particular description I have long promised, a more detailed description of the proposal to Stefanie.

1) I proposed to Stefanie on March 31st, and she did say yes! Yay! But you all already knew that. The ring is white gold and has a larger center diamond, then 2 sapphires, then 2 more diamonds. I think this is close, but not exact.

Stefanie had told me she wanted a proposal on a weekend (hypothetically, of course), which I had already thought of, just because it made more sense. I preferred Saturday, because we would have school on Friday. This particular Saturday we were scheduled to see the Lion King that evening, so I decided early evening would be the best time. I was at Stefanie's house, but I had not yet had a chance to ask her mom's permission. So I went to the car with Stefanie, and then pretended I forgot something. I ran back into the house, and asked her mom's permission, which she gave. Stefanie was going to know where we were going when we drove there, so since she probably already knew where we were going, I had her close her eyes. After trying to throw her off with random turns, I arrived at my chosen location: The Temple of Love at Mt. Storm Park.

The Temple of Love, Mt. Storm Park

I chose here for the nice setting, as well as the closeness to our favorite restaurant where we'd be going to dinner (Ambar India in Clifton, near UC). Plus, it was the site of our first kiss.

So that is the basic story of the proposal. If Stefanie reads this, she will be probably wondering why I didn't get more detailed. Personally, I consider anything beyond this to be private.

Oh, and the Lion King Musical was good, even if the songs are the same. The costumes are particularly cool, especially the giraffes.

Lion King Giraffes

2) I have had many other great pictures recently. Here are some favorites, in no particular order.

Stefanie and I at Hooding
*Stefanie and I at hooding, after 3 long years of law school. UC colors are black and red, and purple is the official law color for striping. I'm a doctor now, so please act accordingly.

I took some pictures at Zoo Babies at the Cincinnati Zoo. Here are my favorites.

The Baby Sumatran Rhino

Baby Red River Hogs

Orangutan 2

Bonobo Having a Good Time

Hope you enjoy the pictures! Peace.
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
4:02 pm
I Guarantee You Will Laugh at this Video
http://sjl.funnyordie.com/v1/view_video.php?viewkey=3efbc24c7d2583be6925 [edited - sorry about the fact that it auto-played; nonetheless, it is still amusing]

Will Ferrell does a low-budget little film called "The Landlord." Honestly, I cannot imagine a person not enjoying at least some part of that. My personal favorite part is when he starts crying. You will have to see watch for yourself.

So just to reiterate, Stefanie and I are really engaged. It wasn't an April Fools Day Prank. We haven't picked a day yet, because we're waiting to see where our jobs take us. This upcoming week is my last week of school ever (probably). I have one exam and one paper to go, and then I am finished. I can't believe law school is nearly over. It feels like just yesterday I started. I already received the books to study for the bar; they weigh 38 pounds! Oh well, almost done with all of it. I'll write a longer update soon, I promise. After all, exams are almost here.

Oh, and this is a good interview with Chad Johnson, a Bengal who has not been arrested. In fact, I would definitely say he is my favorite Bengal, because he works hard, plays hard, and has fun. With all the boring players out there, he is entertaining without being a jerk or an idiot.
Sunday, April 1st, 2007
11:16 am
Not April Fool's Day Prank...
Although I now realize that I posted the last post on April Fool's Day at 1am, it was not an April Fool's Day Prank.  Unless this one is too....

Just kidding, it is for real.  But whoever thought of that, that is a funny idea.  I wonder if many people thought that.
1:13 am
Big News
So in my last post, I mentioned Stefanie and I seeing the Lion King Musical.  That was very good, although I don't quite remember "Be Prepared" being quite so gay-disco-like (many shirtless men in hyena masks dancing to techno).  The big news is that I also proposed to Stefanie, and she said yes!  She sent an e-mail out, but since some people might have been missed, or Stefanie wasn't able to get your address, I am putting the good news here too.

I proposed at Mt. Storm Park in Clifton, and then we ate at Ambar (our favorite restaurant), and then went to The Lion King.  The ring was purchased via Blue Nile, with which I was very happy with the price and selection.  It is a center diamond with 2 sapphires and then 2 little diamonds.  Maybe I can get a picture one of these days.  Anyway, that's my good news.  Have a nice day!  ^_^
Friday, March 30th, 2007
1:43 pm
Quick Update Post
1) So my former boss, Vice-Mayor Jim Tarbell, had a bit of a tussle in Over-the-Rhine recently.
About 7:30 Friday night, Tarbell was heading to Kaldi's Coffee House and Bookstore in Over-the-Rhine, about two blocks from Tarbell's home in the adjacent neighborhood of Pendleton.

"Things were a little bit slow, so we decided to stir it up," Tarbell quipped Saturday.

He was going there to listen to a band, but when he got there, Tarbell, 64, saw a man verbally accosting band members in the street as they were moving their equipment inside. The man was aggressively asking them for money, Tarbell said.
"There were fists flying," Tarbell said.

Tarbell was knocked down and Smith took off.

Tarbell admits he won't win any prize fights.

"I guess not - because he got away," Tarbell joked. "I did get him in the Tarbell Death Grip."

When police arrived, Tarbell jumped in the cruiser and went with police looking for Smith.

About 10 minutes later, they saw him on the street, blocks away.

I can tell you from personal experience, Jim Tarbell is as crazy and awesome as this article makes him seem. He loves Cincinnati, and is a great asset to the community. He is being term-limited out after this year, but I am sure he will keep doing good things for the 'nati.
I Feel Important
This is a picture from last year's Opening Day, with Mayor Mallory and Vice-Mayor Tarbell (plus another guy). Yes, he wears a top hat and tails every year for the Opening Day parade.

2) You know, I often wonder what Michael Jackson could possibly do to top his previous insanities. Well, this is a good answer.
Michael Jackson is in discussions about creating a 50-foot robotic replica of himself to roam the Las Vegas desert, according to reports.

The pop legend is currently understood to be living in the city, as he considers making a comeback after 2004's turbulent child sex case.

It has now been claimed that his plans include an elaborate show in Vegas, which would feature the giant Jacko striding around the desert, firing laser beams.

I challenge you to read that first sentence and not smile. I am still laughing. I know the guy may or may not molest children, but he never ceases to be entirely ridiculous. His music was good back in the day.

Oh, and why are the lasers necessary? A giant robot doesn't draw enough attention?

3) SI.com has a list of celebrity picks for the Final Four this weekend, and I found it interesting that very few people picked Ohio State. In fact, I think I only counted 3. The odd part? OSU was the pick of ALL 3 NASCAR drivers. I have no idea why that would be. Tony Stewart, who is from Indy, went with the Bucks because of the Midwest connection, and because Oden and Conley are from Indy, but that just seems odd. Oh well, we have the NASCAR driver vote.

4) I found this story from France somewhat interesting, as it involves riots in the train station I came into when I went to Paris (Gare du Nord). Two things interest me:

a) I wonder if the rioters were Muslim. I don't have any particular beef with the religion of Islam, but if this disturbance was similar to those riots in the Paris suburbs last year, I think that is relevant.

b) Why is it that we have so many fewer riots in the US than in France? Whatever the issue, it seems like the French riot more. When I went to Paris for the day, as I walked past the Louvre, a school bus pulled up and riot police jumped out and started heading where I had just been (noteI walked all of Paris, from Notre Dame, to the Louvre, to the Eiffel Tower, to the Arc de Triomphe, and then took the Metro back to Notre Dame). Needless to say, I began walking faster.

5) Slate.com has an interesting article discussing the connection between size of mansions and CEO performance.
Using property records, public databases, and search engines, Yermack and Liu were able to identify the primary residences of 488 of the 500 CEOs of the S&P 500. These guys—and they're almost all guys—are living large. The mean residence of a CEO was anything but mean: 6,145 square feet, 12 rooms, 5.37 acres of land, and a market value of $3.1 million. For the 164 in the sample who bought new houses after being named CEO, the mean house was even less mean: 6,635 square feet, 13.1 rooms, 6.13 acres, and a market value of $3.9 million. "Aerial photographs indicate that outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, boathouses, formal gardens, and detached guest houses or servants' quarters are common features of CEOs' homesteads," Yermak and Liu write. CEOs are also engaging in the same sort of financing that the home-buying masses do.

Then the professors examined the returns of the CEOs' stocks, and discovered that the bigger the home, the worse the stock performed.

Personally, that seems somewhat obvious. I would assume the stocks of thrifty but successful CEO's would be doing better than ostentatious CEO's. Obviously, correlation does not equal causation, but which would it be? Do CEO's mentally check out when they get a big house, or do good CEO's not buy the huge (relatively it seems) houses in the first place? Interesting.

6) I had a bit of a stressful situation this week. As the Editor-in-Chief of the Immigration and Nationality Law Review at UC, I helped bring a really cool speaker to UC. His name is Eli Rosenbaum, and he is the head of the Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations. His organization is the group that hunts down former Nazis who have come to the US, and then deports them. Their mission was recently expanded, so now they go after all participants in any genocide or persecution. Since they focus on those immigrants, I thought it seemed like a great topic (and I wrote a paper on it, so it interested me personally). Mr. Rosenbaum told me that he thought, and I had thought of this already, that given his subject matter, the local Jewish community would be particularly interested in the topic of the lecture. So we scheduled the lecture for April 3rd, and I advertised heavily, among all groups of people I thought would be interested.

Well, it just so happens April 3rd is the first full day of Passover. I received some angry/disappointed (rightfully so) phone calls from some individuals, and I was definitely feeling pretty crappy. However, after talking to all of the people responsible for reservations and whatnot, I was able to reschedule the lecture for April 17th. I hope I can get the message out to everybody that the lecture was changed, but I am just glad to be able to change it. Crisis averted. Stefanie helped me with the replanning, as did some other INLR students, and it was all ok. Now I can breathe, and stop feeling like a bad person.

Well, everybody have a good weekend. Stefanie and I are seeing The Lion King show for the Broadway Series in Cincinnati, so I am excited. Go Bucks!

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, March 12th, 2007
1:50 am
Spoilers Below (Bridge to Terebithia edition)
OK, once again, there are spoilers in this post, so if, you know, you're in 5th grade, and haven't read Bridge to Terebithia yet, avoid this post. Even if you're not in 5th grade, you should read the book. It is really good, and is all of 163 large print pages.


OK, now that those idiots, are gone, this Slate article reminded me of one of my favorite children's books of all time. It seems Bridge to Terebithia has been made into a movie from Disney, which makes me gag a little just typing it. And then when I saw previews where there were a whole lot of big, stupid special effects made me a little sicker. But either way, I was intrigued. Someday when I have kids, they will read the book, not see the movie, but whatever. Interesting fact: "Katherine Paterson wrote the 1977 children's classic Bridge to Terabithia after her son David's best friend, Lisa Hill, died at age 8 after being struck by lightning."

I think this book is important especially because of what it teaches to kids, but it can also teach parents. The lesson for kids is easy: death is possible at any time. It is natural, and it sucks. But, to quote the article quoting someone else, "death is always at the back of risk and beauty." For parents, the lesson is harder.
Experts increasingly caution that in shielding our kids from danger, we end up putting them at more serious risk by standing between them and the skills they need to become self-reliant. It's a crucial principle, especially as children's lives and play become more constricted. (How many 10-year-olds do you know who get to roam in the woods?) But the idea of letting kids wander freely is awfully hard to hold onto when you contemplate even the remote possibility of your child's death.

The life of a child is often designed to make them feel special, safe, and prepared for a good college. There is so much structure I wonder how the kids even stand it. How many 10 year olds DO wander the woods these days?

Well, I for one was one of those kids. If you know my mom, you know that she is somewhat of a worrier, and a bit over-protective. But when I was a kid, I wandered the woods near my house every day for entire summers. When I read this article, I was reminded of the fact that despite my mom's worrying, she did let me figure some things out for myself. I would wake up at 8am on weekdays, and eat my Lucky Charms, and have to watch cartoons until I was allowed out of the house at 9am. But then I would be in the nature preserve by my house for the whole day, except maybe for a break for lunch. I don't really remember exactly what I did, but I climbed trees, fought my friends with sticks as if we were ninjas, played games, and caught crawdads. It was glorious. To this day, I appreciate the beauty of every little bit of nature, and without nature (and baseball), I doubt I would have any patience at all.

Today, I would have been enrolled in camps for violin, sports, and academic subjects. It is just sad. Do people even go out into nature these days except to jog or do something that they consider productive? There needs to be some part of life that is not completely structured. Those are the moments when we best learn about our friends, our selves, and life in general. When each of you has kids, try and remember this lesson. And when I have kids, someone remind me of this.
12:18 am
Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!
I have listened to the Vanilla Ice Classic "Ninja Rap" about 10 times since I got it off of iTunes. I am so excited. I see that they are making a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie; I sincerely doubt whatever music they use will not top this song. I consider this the song that made sure Vanilla Ice was NOT a one-hit wonder. Listen to the song, and see how amazing the lyrics are. I think more than 50% of the words are "go" or "ninja."

I have also decided that I need to stop going long period without posting on Livejournal. But what happens is that I will start building up websites, and then I feel like I don't have time to say what I think of each of the topics, and then I just keep putting it off until a month has passed. My new goal is to post once a week, maybe on the same day every week. We'll see. But that is the goal, even once studying for the bar begins, which is around mid-May.

1) I have been receiving a number of rejections from the many random Ohio counties to which I sent resumes. Damn, I won't get to move to Delaware County! But I am more sad about the lack of quality interviews. My first choice would be going back to good old Clermont County, because I love the people. I would work at the public defender or prosecutor, whoever would have me. After Clermont, I think I would like Cincinnati's City Prosecutor, the Hamilton County Prosecutor (which pays crappily supposedly), the Hamilton County PD, Warren County Prosecutor, or Franklin County Prosecutor.

A wild card is the Montgomery County Prosecutor (Dayton); they actually were soliciting resumes, and they pay decently. I am not sure if they are my first choice after Clermont County, or if I would prefer other places. Ryan might work there, and if he was my intern, that would be the greatest day of my life. I'd make him call me "sir" or Mr. Feldhaus or something, and get me coffee. And then I'd have him help me when I freak out because I have no idea how to be a lawyer. But that moment of him calling me sir would be pretty sweet.

Once again, if anyone knows the prosecutor in some county in Ohio, let me know. You will rapidly become my best friend.

2) In some news of the obvious it appears that college students are more self-centered these days. Consider me VERY unsurprised. College students are obnoxious, self-centered idiots usually. But it seems to be happening more these days.
The study asserts that narcissists "are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors."

Twenge, the author of "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled -- and More Miserable Than Ever Before," said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.

The researchers traced the phenomenon back to what they called the "self-esteem movement" that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence had gone too far.

Although I agree self-esteem is a good thing, I think it goes too far. Some kids need to study harder, need to lose some weight, get some exercise, or learn a talent or skill. Specialness is not just something inherent; unless you work at it, you can turn out to be pretty average. Anyone CAN be special, but that doesn't mean they are.

3) This semester, I am taking a class in Sports Law. Although I expected it to be somewhat boring after looking at the topics discussed, it has been pretty cool overall. We have discussed the structure of MLS (the league owns all of the teams, to keep down costs), when athletes can sue other athletes for injuries during games, and the baseball anti-trust exemption. Overall, a lot of interesting stuff. This past week, I brought this article to class to discuss, since we always discuss sports law in the news at the beginning of class.
Now, some high school sporting officials in Washington state are considering tough new rules — including a ban on booing.

Those who support the ban say that too often, spectators are cruel.

"It's the organized effort to try to intimidate or try to make fun of someone that becomes personal in nature that can escalate then into other concerns that we might have," said Mike Colbrese, executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

Colbrese and his colleagues said they have trouble hiring coaches and referees because of the abuse they take. By banning booing from the stands, they believe they can create a more welcoming environment on the court and field.

OK, a more welcoming environment is exactly what I don't want to see. What is the point of playing home games if the home team can try and be jerks to the visitors? I'm not advocating personal insults or profanity, but booing bad calls and chanting air ball at certain players is just plain fun. If there are coaches, refs, orplayers who can't handle that, they need to not play sports.

This reminds me of one of my favorite sports-related stories. One year in college, Kyle and I were visiting my uncle in the middle of nowhere to go hunting or fishing. We needed something to do for the Friday night, so we went to my uncle's high school's basketball game (he is a teacher there, and my cousins go there). We were cheering very loudly, because that is all we know. The fans in front of us turned around and asked us to cheer quieter, even though we were only cheering positive thing for the HOME TEAM! What the hell? The story really doesn't have much to do with booing, but I still am amazed that someone actually expects it to be quiet at a high school basketball game.

Well, anyway, booing is part of sports. A truly great athlete doesn't just ignore boos; he or she thrives on it. Then they wave a finger at the crowd, or give them a "shh." Those are great moves. How else can we show our dislike of Barry Bonds?

And then there is free speech, but that is beside the point to me. This connected to the last article too: it is good for kids to lose every once in a while, and maybe be taunted by fans. It makes them hungry for victory.

4) I found this Slate article pretty interesting. Basically, it asks what the hottest video game console is right now. XBox 360? Nintendo Wii? PS3? None of the above: the PS2. They have some pretty cool games, and I thought it was especially interesting since Dave M. has one now. We played some Guitar Hero just the other day (now THAT is an addictive game).

If I had some money, I would buy a PS2, the GTA games, the Guitar Hero games, Tekken 4, and probably a couple sports games. But I don't, so I'll stick to my DS and Gamecube; I still need to beat Super Princess Peach and Chibi Robo before I get any new system.

5) On a Jesuit-pride note, the NCAA tournament this year has 7 Jesuit schools, an impressive number. I think it is the most I can remember. The schools are Xavier, Boston College, Holy Cross, Gonzaga, Marquette, Creighton, and Georgetown. Pick accordingly. I will tell people that I will be picking one of these teams to go pretty far. The rest, not so much.

6) I wrote another article for UC's paper, this time about street cars. Cincinnati is considering using streetcars to connect downtown, OTR, Mt. Adams, Clifton, Price Hill, Hyde Park, and other inner neighborhoods. Although the ballot issue to build light rail in Cincy failed by about 2 to 1 in Hamilton County overall, it passed in the City of Cincinnati itself. This is a great idea, and a good way to improve public transportation and the ease of living for city residents. I hope I will have a chance to use it someday.

On another note, my articles are quickly becoming my biggest hits on google for my name. Some jerk claimed "chrisfeldhaus.com" though, and I am not happy.

OK, that's it for my catch-up post. I am going to write another post soon, but I want it to stand alone.

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
12:43 am
Finally the Uppance Has Come
Oh Tom Brady, how I have hated you. I might have been able to cheer for the Patriots all those years, but I just hated you for your smarmy good looks, and your complete lack of charm. I hated you beating poor Peyton Manning all those times, and how I cackled when you lost this past year. Of course, I hated you for your choice in college, but there were so many other good reasons to dislike you, that actually took a back seat.

Nonetheless, I endured all of the talk that you are the greatest playoff QB of all-time, while people forget you were gifted many of your wins via chokes on the other side or pathetic rule snafus or kicks by Vinatieri, the real reason the Patriots won all of the Super Bowls. But now the entire world gets to see you for the complete bastard I always assumed you were. Yes, you dumped a hot actress when you knocked her up. What a complete jack-ass. Oh no, Bridget Moynahan wasn't good enough for the golden boy anymore. I feel awful for the fact that the poor child, because it is known publicly that his father is a jerk who ditched his responsibilities.

I knew there was some douche-baggy about you. I am sad it had to occur to some poor, innocent child. I hope the world realizes exactly what this means, and maybe you won't be doing retarded commercials anymore. I think Peyton Manning can always shoot another one...

Current Mood: pissed off
Sunday, February 11th, 2007
4:19 pm
Further Statement
After my last post drew a pretty withering response, I feel I need to clarify a few things.

1) I am aware that the entire story is a rather tragic event. As someone who has experienced the effects of mental illness in my own life, I know people can do some strange and tragic things. But you know what else I know from personal experience? However sad those events are, they are also often quite hilarious, even if I didn't quite think so at the time. Just because I find the idea of attacking someone while wearing a diaper hilarious does not make me a bad person.

After September 11th, I bet there a number of people who would have thought this or this not so much funny as offensive, particularly those who had family from those events, but that does not make them less hilarious. Something can be both tragic and hilarious.

2) I have nothing but the utmost faith in NASA to solve the problem. This was an isolated incident, and anyone who would exploit this tragic/hilarious event as a means of hurting NASA is an idiot. I am sure NASA probably has a pretty good mental health system in place, and there is clearly going to be a problem with self-reporting in this situation, since mental health issues would result in the loss of the chance to go into space, as stated both by Molly and in the article. So to clarify, I do not consider any system "broken;" this was an isolated incident. Even though it probably is not necessary (since this was an isolated incident), NASA appears to be thoroughly reviewing their procedures so it does not happen again.

I also consider myself a strong advocate of space flight and NASA. This incident does not change my support, even if I do consider it hilarious. I wish people paid attention to NASA for good things instead of the bad, but I'm not sure there is any government agency that the media turns its cameras on unless something bad happens (see FEMA, the Army/Army Corps of Engineers, the police, etc.).

3) I remain somewhat bitter towards engineers, particularly Craig (who I don't believe is a NASA employee), from my days at OSU. I had not thought about it in a while (as I said), but the fact is that engineers looked down on non-engineers at Ohio State, and it was extremely vexing. As Diane pointed out to me recently, I really REALLY hate when people think they are better/smarter than someone else by virtue of some trait such as age, race, gender, religion, social class, or college major. You people boo the business majors at graduation! Maybe social science majors and business majors have easier majors, and maybe our math skills aren't as developed, and maybe we were mean to you at one point or another, but the fact remains that engineers are somewhat haughty about their major. Possibly deservedly, since you do create some pretty cool stuff, and you do take hard classes, but engineers definitely do not lack for pride in their major. I had this discussion a number of times with non-engineers at OSU, so I know I am not alone on this.

I was reminded of that when I read that particular article, which I was given as a suggestion by Gmail. I now wish the engineers who created Gmail had not given me that article, since it really didn't illuminate anything and has brought up bad feelings I was pretty sure I was over. In the future, I only ask that engineers use their God-like powers of creation and destruction for good, rather than evil, and that they leave the God-like egos at home.

4) I did not think this was an issue that would cut so deep, since I thought my "commentary" conveyed a light-hearted tone (such as the title), but I sincerely did not mean to hurt the feelings of any of my friends. But I can't lie: this incident is funny to me. It is funny to lots of people. There is no reason to pretend it does not have amusing aspects, even in the midst of the tragedy. I meant my previous post to be a joke, but a joke is not nearly as funny when it hurts a friend's feelings. I am sorry for that. Peace.
Friday, February 9th, 2007
1:45 pm
Revenge of the Non-Nerds
I hadn't thought about this in a while, but I was recently reminded of how much the engineering-types out there (cough Craig M. especially cough) looked down on the social science majors of the world. What reminded me of this? It seems NASA was given a report in 1998 by some psychologists who recommended that there be increased psychological assessment of astronauts, in anticipation of lengthy trips into the far reaches of space. According to this article, NASA was not enthused:
"That was one of the major recommendations made," Dr. Patricia Santy, a Michigan psychiatrist and former NASA flight surgeon on the Challenger mission, told TIME. "NASA was not interested and felt that the general flight surgeon would be able to identify problems on the annual physical exam." The agency relies on the doctors and other health professionals to do the annual physical to pick up on any possible psychological problems, NASA spokesman Lynnette Madison said. If they spot a problem, the astronaut would be referred to the Johnson Space Center Behavioral Health and Performance Center.

But Santy, author of the definitive book on this issue, Choosing the Right Stuff: Psychological Selection of Astronauts and Cosmonauts, said astronauts are high achieving individuals who tend to believe they can cope with any problem and see psychological issues as signs of weakness.

I can just imagine the dialogue here. "They want to use what ridiculous non-science on our astronauts? Psh. Doctors aren't much better than psychologists, but at least they take calculus. Give those losers some money and ignore them, and maybe sarcastically discuss their work and/or intelligence."

So the lesson is this: don't mock social scientists, or one of your astronauts will end up committing attempted murder while wearing a diaper.

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
10:26 pm
The Innocent Shall Suffer ... Big Time
Best terrorist attack ever! It appears that Boston can no longer tell the difference between a bomb and an advertisement for Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Turner Broadcasting said the devices had been in place for two to three weeks in Boston; New York; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A Turner source said the displays were a component of a third-party advertising campaign conducted by a New York advertising firm, Interference Inc., which had no comment on the incident.

How exactly does this go unnoticed for 2 to 3 weeks, and then cause such a scare now?

And there is a picture:
Mooninite Bomb Scare

My favorite part of the picture is that they bleep out the Mooninite's middle finger. Wouldn't want people seeing that, now would we?

My favorite Mooninite quote is the following:
"Alright, when I say your name, you say 'here.' And we will assume 'here' is short for 'here I am...rock you like a hurricane."
Monday, January 29th, 2007
7:59 pm
1) I often wonder what headline writers are thinking, such as in writing the headline to this story. The headline is: "Prolific child molester gets 150 years." Now, I don't know if I'm just being picky with my words, but that headline (it was one of the top stories on CNN.com) seems a bit odd. I thought prolific was generally a positive word, and I searched my Dictionary to find the definition.
1 (of a plant, animal, or person) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring : in captivity, tigers are prolific breeders. See note at fertile .
• (of an artist, author, or composer) producing many works : he was a prolific composer of operas.
• (of a sports player) high-scoring : a prolific home-run hitter.
2 present in large numbers or quantities; plentiful : mahogany was once prolific in the tropical forests.
• (of a river, area, or season of the year) characterized by plentiful wildlife or produce : the prolific rivers and lakes of Franklin County.

So are they saying this guy is the Barry Bonds of child molesters? That seems to be a poor choice of words.

2) OK, so I saw this website a while ago, and I still can't decide if it is a hoax. Basically, it is a list of musicians to keep an eye out for if you are a parent, lest your child become gay. So there a few choices that don't really surprise me so much, given the source:

Village People
Elton John
The Indigo Girls
Boy George

But there are also some choices that I just find baffling:

Frank Sinatra
and my personal favorite...
Ted Nugent

Man, if Ted Nugent knew about this, he'd probably shoot this guy with a flaming arrow and then eat his carcass.

I always feel a tiny bit bad making fun of religious beliefs, even the craziest ones, but honestly, this is just comic gold. I was pretty sure this was a joke, but then I saw the guy's personal statements and whatnot, and he seems to be serious. Any thoughts? Is this a brilliant parody of anti-gay websites, or does this guy seem too weird to be fake?
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
5:04 pm
Catching Up
1) So, time to do a quick catch-up post. First, I had my wisdom teeth out a few weeks ago, and I said I would keep people (at least Dave G.) updated on how bad it was. Basically, it wasn't very bad at all. It seems having the top wisdom teeth out only (especially when they're half in) is generally easy. I was pretty tired from the anesthetic (sp?) the day of the surgery, and I had a little pain, but nothing really bad. I basically was tired, and recovered somewhat quickly.

Stefanie was very nice to me, and I rented a few movies to watch to amuse myself when she was in class. I recommend Cars highly if you haven't seen it. I recommend Idiocracy somewhat, but only if you think American pop culture is making us stupider (is that even the right word?). A Scanner Darkly was decent, but not as good as other Philip K. Dick books turned into movies. Talladega Nights was not as good as I had hoped, and not as good as other Will Farrell movies. Miami Vice was a pretty decent cop movie. Idlewild was not as good as I'd hoped, and involved less singing and more shooting than I expected. Not bad though. Andre 3000 is pretty cool.

2) More currently, I have a moderately easy schedule for this semester. I am taking Criminal Procedure 2, which is basically the procedure from arrest through conviction (Crim Pro 1 is basically Constitutional Law); that is my main substantive course. I am taking a Human Rights Seminar course, which is basically just discussions. I think I might write my paper about the treatment of the internet in places like China and Vietnam, or perhaps Yahoo selling out dissidents in those countries. I am taking Sports Law, which seems better than I expected. The first 2 topics were sports agents and the Olympics, and we discussed the athletes who sued after the 1980 Olympics Boycott and also the Tanya Harding case. As a side note, the whole Tanya Harding story still amazes me. Having someone break your rivals leg is seriously hardcore, and the story is by far the most interesting thing EVER to happen in figure skating. I'm still the editor-in-chief of the Immigration and Nationality Law Review, which really isn't a class, but I get credit for it. Last, I am doing a judicial externship at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Cincinnati, which is pretty cool. I was given cool ID badges and a lanyard, which I enjoy greatly. I also took an oath to uphold and defends the constitution, which seems a lot to ask of an extern. All in all, I will have 1 exam, 2 larger research papers, and 1 journal describing all of my time at the District Judge's Office. Not too bad.

3) I wrote another article for UC's student paper. This time I argue that student loans are not a bad thing, and that Congress should make students pay them back for college.
What would you say if someone came up to you and asked, "How would you like to pay $25,000 and receive $1 million over the course of your lifetime?" You would probably jump at the opportunity, right? With good reason: that is about a 4,000 percent return on your initial investment.

I didn't have a chance to to say what I consider the best plan: a percentage of your future income for a certain number of years. That way, the government receives some money back, but it won't hurt you if you decide to take a lower-paying job to help people. Also, if you become a millionaire, the government is taking a larger portion, since they helped you earn it.

4) I don't know how many people out there remember the famous Milgram study from psychology classes they may have taken, but it was recently replicated. I found this surprising, since it was pretty controversial back in the day. This is the original study:
In the experiment, conducted at Yale University over a period of months in 1961, an authority figure — "the experimenter" — dressed in a white lab coat and instructed participants to administer what they believed were increasingly painful electric shocks to another person.

Although no one was actually receiving shocks, the participants heard a man screaming in pain and protest, eventually pleading to be released from the experiment. When the subjects questioned the experimenter about what was happening, they were told they must continue.

And continue they did: Two-thirds of Milgram's participants delivered shocks as they heard cries of pain, signs of heart trouble, and then finally — and most frightening — nothing at all.

It seems Primetime recreated this study to see whether people would still follow orders, and it seems (surprise surprise) they still did. This was presented as surprising somehow, but it is still interesting and relevant, particularly in light of abuses by seemingly normal American soldiers at places like Abu Ghraib.

Here is the study, including some video.
Friday, January 5th, 2007
2:27 pm
My Newest Job
1) So it seems I am now somewhat of a journalist, or at least an opinion writer. After years of forcing people to hear my opinions, I now wrote one down for the UC News Record. Andrew Warner, who is a local blogger, a journalism student at UC, and (I think the editor-in-chief of the editorial page) asked if I had anything, so I wrote this article, which was in yesterday's News Record.
The fact is that this is a great university in a great city with some very solvable problems. UC students need to stop planning their quick exit after graduation, and start creating jobs in the area by opening businesses. They should advocate for improvements to the city that help students and local residents, such as better public transportation, aggressive crime-fighting tactics and finishing the developments along McMillan. Improving the community is important to everyone, from freshmen to those close to graduation. Cincinnati and UC are tied together; if the city does poorly, your UC degree will be worth less in the future.

Stefanie feels I should have listed UC Law as a quality program at UC, so I will do that here: UC Law is one of the best urban, public law schools in the country, and will only get better as improvements are made to the facilities, bringing them up to par with the high-quality students and faculty.

This takes me back to my days at St. X, writing for "The Blueprint," especially when John S. and I wrote our point/counter-point articles. Back then, I was the liberal one of the 2 of us! Good times.

2) I greatly enjoyed the Borat movie, but I did have some uneasiness about the way they treated some of the people. Sure, the racist frat guys and the people who sold Confederate memorabilia were jerks, but really, it just seemed to show how ridiculously polite Southerners are. I was reading the Slate Movie Club feature, where they discuss movies from this year, and one of the critics linked to a hilarious piece from the New Yorker, mocking the movie a bit. It is written as a list of proposals for features on the DVD set.
The scene where those wacky Pentecostals offer to take Borat into their homes, as Jesus would have done, and as, in fact, per Josh, many of them actually did? And also, didn’t they, like, take up a collection on Sacha/Borat’s behalf or something? Guess they really walk the walk! This moving-in-with-some-Pentecostals would be good, especially if, once in their home, Sacha could mock one of their children for, say, his/her overly prim table manners. That would really go a long way toward puncturing the sanctimonious posturing of the neocons.

That pretty much gets right to the point of things. Even if people believe crazy things, is it really funny to mock people who are nice to you? If yes, why? I laughed at the movie theatre, as did most people there. It is still a pretty funny movie, but I am somewhat uncomfortable with the biases the movie possesses. And, as the article points out, there is a bit of inconsistency in who is intentionally offended and who is not.

3) I just read a great book, Anonymous Lawyer: A Novel. It is a book based on a blog, also called Anonymous Lawyer. The premise of the book and the blog is that the hiring partner at a major Los Angeles law firm decides to write a blog to put down some of his thoughts about his life. The blog and the book are both hilarious. This is the back of the book:
I see you. I see you walking by my office, trying to look like you have a reason to be there. But you don't. I see you sneak by at lunchtime, when you know my secretary will be away. You think I'm naive, but I know what you're doing. But she's my secretary, not yours, and her candy belongs to me, not you. And if I have a say in whether or not you ever become a partner at this firm - and trust me, I do - I'm not going to forget this.

And stop stealing my stapler, too. I shouldn't have to go wandering the halls for a stapler. I'm a partner at a half-billion dollar law firm. Staplers should be lining up at my desk, begging for me to use them. Go back to your office - I need you to count the number of commas in this three-foot-tall stack of paper. I don't want to see you in the hall for at least another sixteen hours. Remember: I can make you or break you. I hold your future in my hands. I decide whether you get a view of the ocean or a view of the dumpster. This isn't a game. Get back to work. My secretary. My stapler. MY CANDY.
*Posted by Anonymous at 1:14 PM

I was pretty amused by the book,and the blog has some great stuff too, but it may be only funny to lawyers/law students. This may or may not be funny to other people:
That's part of the magic more generally when you're a lawyer. We have this vocabulary of legal terminology and specific words that only we understand and can use to shut down and intimidate the common man. Clients can't fight you if they don't know what you're talking about. And associates assume we're all infallible gods, so when we tell them something and they aren't following, the great thing is that they assume it's their fault and beat themselves up until they think they can make sense of it. They're afraid to challenge us, afraid to ask for clarification, afraid to seem dumb.

Is that funny to anyone else?
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