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November 28, 2004

mounds of coal

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 5:49 pm

. . . no, they’re not Santa’s gifts for naughty weblog editors.  We’ve got a much better present for you: a pair of haiku from Rebecca Lilly (use our search box to find more):
First snow
the white mounds of coal
beside the closed station
Cold autumn twilight NewRes2 neg small
the garden slope’s stepping stones
edging out of line
. . . from A New Resonance 2 (Red Moon Press, 2001)
credits: “First snow” — Brussels Sprout 9:3
“cold autumn twilight” — Modern Haiku XXXI: 2

finally touching her face –
“are your fingers
always this cold?”

[Nov. 28, 2004]

yin yang one-breath pundit

  • Thanks to a pointer from BenefitsBlog today, I learned that.

    “Web logs are referred to in Chinese as bo ke, which is phonetically similar to the word ‘blog’, but also has a literal meaning of rich or abundant traveler.” (Asia Times article on weblogs in China, July 22, 2004)

    Hmm, why didn’t they come up with terminology that sounds like barfing?  Such elitists!

  • Jerry Lawson echoes Carolyn Elefant’s complaint, in response to proposed changes in Mississippi
    pro bono rules, that “Solos can’t delegate their pro bono obligation to other lawyers, so why should biglaw attorneys have that ability? ”   As I have mentioned on other occasions to Carolyn, she seems to leave her lawyer skills behind when advocating for solos, and instead sounds like the mother of a juvenile delinquent or like a whiny adolescent, for whom it is always unfair when someone else gets to do something they can’t do.  Seems to me:
    • Being a solo is not like being born into a caste from which one can never escape.  Indeed,
      Carolyn’s shtick is mostly as a cheerleader pointing out the advantages of being a solo, as compared to being in a BigLaw firm.  Here in the real world even Good Things have downsides.
    • What would we say if BigLaw partners complained they should not have to be responsible for
      monitoring the behavior of associates, because solos don’t have similar ethical obligations?
    • Or, they shouldn’t have to pay the bar or CLE fees for any employees, since solos don’t have to?
    Do some rules here on Earth affect the poor differently than the rich, and the big differently than the small? Of course, they do. I’d suggest using traditional equal protection analysis to see whether the differences are malicious, undue or unfair before crying foul — and before crying wolf so often no one cares to listen.

  • It just came to my attention that a Google Search today for “yabut generation” yields no results. prof yabut small
    This weblog did, however, come in at #3 and #4 for the quote-mark-less search yabut generation>.
    As the home of Prof. Yabut, we are happy to use the phrase first right here — “yabut generation”.
    However, there are so many generations that deserve the appellation, that it is impossible to choose one.  The But-Boomers.  Brokaw’s Gratest Generation.  Generations Y-But and X-But, etc.

me and my “pal” professor B

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:58 pm

I admit it, I am a weblog free-rider.  I have never left a “tip” at a weblog and don’t expect that

I ever will.    My sentiments about fully-employed lawyers and law professors soliciting handouts

were expressed well earlier this year by MyShingle‘s Carolyn Elefant, in this Comment:

“I don’t like the idea of law bloggers posting ads at their site. — (just like I don’t like

bloggers who pass the hat with “pay pal” requests).  As a business matter, I don’t

know that I’d want to go to an attorney who didn’t have the resources to sustain

a blog site without collecting ad revenues.”

coin plate  Thus, I had to cringe today, when I saw Steve Bainbridge’s post captioned

“A new way to support the blog.”  Prof. B says (like it’s a real treat):

I’ve added a Paypal tip jar to the right side bar as a new way for loyal readers to

support the blog:


My thanks to readers who have supported this blog in the past through my Amazon

Associates programs or by clicking on the ads from my Blogads sponsors. (Please

don’t forget to click on one of my Blogads to encourage my sponsors!)

This new tip jar is at the very top of the righthand margin.  I woulda thought conservatives and

libertarians had more pride than this — not to mention lovers of fancy cars, wines and cigars.  I’d

like to assure Steve that his weblog visitors are smart enough to find him and ask directly how to

leave a tip — they don’t need constant reminders for “impulse charity.”  Also, if law professors really

want to get extra credit for weblogging, they might want to lose the BillBlog [ BlogBoard? ] image.


You may have noticed that I frequently link to posts by Steven Bainbridge.  I want to assure him

and my readers that I have nothing personal against Prof. B.  I do have, however, a limited amount

of time and energy for surfing the weblawg universe, and stopping by his place is quite convenient

 for me, as it gives me

    • Lots of interesting material
    • Lots of things I agree with
    • Lots of things I disagree with
    • Lots of self-righteous religiosity that I believe needs to be countered
    • Quite a bit of inconsistent — “cafeteria” — application of ideologies and principles.

So, before the Thanksgiving weekend is through, I want to say that I am sincerely grateful that Prof.

Bainbridge’s “eclectic” weblog exists and I wish him well.  [E.g., I love the irony that, just yesterday,
Prof. B insinuated that an author of a book on politics took a public position “to sell those books

and keep those speaking engagements coming.”   I couldn’t pay some one to say this kind of stuff!]



donkey  You can find a selection of haiku by Kobayishi Issa featuring beggars here.

Here’s a sampling:

begging actors
play one more song!
spring snow

autumn wind–
a beggar looking
sizes me up



they have kids maybe
bridge beggars
calling fireflies



begging actors–
even the horse’s ass
gets a blessing


begging at my gate
the geese lose


ooh neg

Kobayashi Issa, translated by D.G.Lanoue

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