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October 6, 2005

inadvertently . . .

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 10:22 pm
alienating the associates?

Bruce MacEwan at Adam Smith Esq explains why BigLaw
associates — even “across the pond” — have such a high
rate of attrition and dissatisfaction. “The fundamental problem
is simple:  It’s taking longer and longer for fewer and fewer
associates to make partner.”  We all knew that, but Bruce
and Bill Henderson developed a correlation analysis based
on last year’s AmLaw associate satisfaction survey.  And:
“What we found is that, across the board, PPP (profits
per partner) is strongly negatively correlated with every
measure of associate satisfaction—at highly statistically
significant levels.”
vampC That’s right: the more partner-vampires suck blood from
their young, the fewer of them survive.   Because associates are
the future of the legal profession, Bruce prays the profession will
find a solution.   I’d like to suggest to BigLaw associates feeling
queasy over their career choice that hoping partners will become
less greedy is foolish.  Start taking stock of your life and values,
and take control of your career, younguns.   If you need more
motivation see prior posts here on Ivan Illy Esq, the Road to L,
and Prof. Schiltz.  If you think alternative billing will save your
bacon, check out “chronomentrophobia“.

the tethered dog
watches the guide dog
enter a deli

complimenting lawyers?
Prof. Marc Galanter of U. Wisconsin Law, wants us to belive that  laughing man small
it is “a badge of status for lawyers to be seen as able to ‘withstand
this firestorm of jokes'” that engulfs us. (St.Louis Post-Dispatch,
Get used to jokes, author tells law students, Oct. 3, 200; via jb2b).
The professor also links the supposed increase in lawyer jokes to
the fact that “the percentage of cases that actually led to a trial fell
precipitously, he said. That cuts laymen – the juries – out of the
picture and adds to a public perception that lawyers control every-
thing.”  I think we came a bit closer to the nub here.  If the rest of
his upcoming book, “Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes & Legal Culture,”
is similarly misguided, I think the f/k/a Gang will resist the urge to
purchase it.  We do, however, agree with him that law students
should just get used to lawyer jokes, and join in on the laughter.
That’s far preferable to the  suggestion of John C. Keeney Jr.,
then president of the D.C. Bar,  that the Bar “all join me in refusing
to laugh at lawyer jokes” (Washington Lawyer, November 2004).
their laughter
is not about me
but would sound
just like that
if it was
Ann Coulter wrote “Harriet Miers went to Southern Methodist University
Law School, which is not ranked at all by the serious law school
reports and ranked No. 52 by US News and World Report.”  This
made Temple U’s Law professor David Hoffman over at PrawfsBlawg
pointerDudeSm Which “serious law school reports” don’t rank SMU?
Could it be that Ann Coulter reads Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports?
Maybe that’s why she apparently has turned on the President.
I must admit, that SMU wasn’t on my East-Coast elitist mind when
I was looking for a law school in the early 1970s.  Does any one know
how SMU was ranked/perceived back then, circa Miers’ matriculation?
Full Professor
putting another syllable
between us
I should have seen it coming, when I named this photo image on my
sibs-now-and-then page twins swingers:
twins swingers
It came in as the #4 result in the Google search for twins swingers>.
I wonder if the querist was actually thinking about Minnesota baseball.
tiny check Here are some other recent search engine results that need to
be added to our Inadvertent Searchee page:

Oct. 4, 2005
(about the New Job Market created by conputers and the internet)
as the #1 and #2 results, out of 79,000, for this query.  Naturally,
it was a haiku about a sumo wrestler that created the connection.
Oct. 1, 2005
empty cookie tins>  We don’t usually bother mentioning 5th place
results in Google Searches.  But, this one was kind of cool, and links
to a dagosan senryu, in a post about the Texas Cookie Monster suing
her neighborly teens:
empty cookie tin —
the hermit
heads to bed
“everythingMovie”  Sept. 29, 2005
everything is eliminated movie>  #1 of 1,390,000 results in this Google
query was our post “everything was eliminated,” about the movie Everything
Is Illuminated.  I still don’t understand how the movie review from the New York
Daily News, captioned “The Novel had depth, but bverything is elminated,” came
came in #2, and my post #1.  Weird algorythms, dude.
September 13, 2005
Is paying tickets online unconstitutional> #1 result out of 226,000 for this (very
strange) Google query was a combination of two posts on the same page, one on
fees for indigent criminal defendants and the other, titled “A Better Fix Than Parking-
Ticket.com?” about an online parking ticket fixing service.   By the way, I don’t
know if you or Harriet found your answer, Mr. President, but I’d say “no”.
heading toward sunset —
the migrating geese
make a left turn
learning from the President?
Well, check out the non sequitur cartoon from Oct. 10, 2005.
“Traffic cop sn”

while we sleep . . .

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 3:48 pm

While the rest of us sleep, eat, and work, Ed Markowski

does all of those, gets in a lot of gardening and ESPN,

and “finds” more haiku and senryu than a dozen other

haijin combined.  Here’s a sample from Haiku Harvest

(Fall/Winter 2005), where you’ll find even more:


branding iron


prairie sunset …
the glow of the cattleman’s
branding iron



morning glories …
the bite & burn
of a double espresso




her kiss
on the cool side of tepid …
indian summer


                                                          coffee cup neg



hunting season
i lower my shotgun
to watch the pheasants       




tomatoes …
the weight of sunlight
on mother’s back 




dad’s grave
all the flowers he wouldn’t let
mother plant




fence painter  ed markowski from Haiku Harvest (Fall/Winter 2005)





  • by dagosan                                               

stained glass window –

a stranger

in autumn twilight









a sheet

where your head once rested —

rainbow from the stained glass





  paint can


“Historic District” sign –

textured asphalt

painted “brick red”



[Oct. 6, 2005]






tiny check  While pols and regulators sleep soundly, our trusty RiskProf

Martin Grace worries that post-Katrina efforts to override explicit

flood exclusions in homeowner policies “may lead to the long-run

destruction of catastrophic insurance markets.”  Martin explains

issues of contract interpretation and regulatory oversight in a

maket where “No one can force a company to provide insurance

in the long-run.” He reminds us: “if we abrogate contracts in favor

of current claimants, then the interests of future claimants are at

risk and we are all future claimants!”





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