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Taser Tantrums & Police Brutality

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From ABC Local 30/08/10:Marin County man has filed suit against the Marin County Sheriff's Department for an incident in which he says law enforcement officers went too far. Peter McFarland was Tased  inside his own home as his wife watched, begging officers to stop.(BTW - is it tased or tasered? - no, i don’t know either)
On June 29, 2009 McFarland and his wife Pearl were returning home from a charity fundraiser just before midnight. McFarland injured himself as he stumbled and fell down the long steps to his front door."Mainly it was to my knee and the front of my leg, my shin," McFarland said.His wife called paramedics, who helped him into the house and treated him. As the paramedics were leaving, two sheriff's deputies arrived."All of a sudden, they just showed up, they came in here ... like a gunfight was going on," McFarland said.What happened in the following minutes was captured on a camera mounted on the deputy's Taser.The deputy tells McFar…

Is Digg recovering?

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I’ve been a huge Digg fan over the last 4 – 5 years or so and have been pained by the ‘version 4’ debacle that very nearly buried Digg for good recently.  Although I’ve read from a couple of sources today that they’ve lost over 25% of their US traffic since the infamous 25th August launch (and even more in the UK), I don’t think Digg’s down and out just yet.Happily, for the first time since the launch of Digg 4.0 (or whatever they called it) I actually found a whole bunch of genuinely interesting links on each page today – just like the old days!  Much better than the odd nugget of interest per 2 – 3 pages as has been the case recently.So is Digg fighting back?  Who knows.  But thank God there’s still an alternative to Reddit!

Commonwealth Games 2010–The Preparations

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From the Telegraph 23/09/10:Indian government officials claimed that Tuesday's collapse of a footbridge near the Commonwealth Games Stadium, which left 27 people injured, could have been caused by the failure of components supplied by a British company.Oh really? And what about *that* ceiling – did the Brits supply that as well? 
­Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit (are you freaking kidding me?!?) attempted to play down the seriousness of the bridge collapse. "These minor glitches do happen," she said. "Something maybe dripping, some tile may collapse, it doesn't mean the entire Games are bad."[The aptly-named] Dikshit said the authorities had decided not to rebuild the bridge and would instead create a new path for the spectators to enter the venue. She confirmed that compensation payments would be made to those hurt in the bridge collapse.However, the minister's stance is at odds with the majority opinion in India, with some commentators calling the …

Pigeon Thrashes Rural Broadband in speed test

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From BBC News 16/09/10: Broadband is the most modern of communication means, while carrier pigeons date back to Roman times.But on Thursday, a race between the two highlighted the low speeds of rural broadband in the UK; the pigeon won.Ten USB key-laden pigeons were released from a Yorkshire farm at the same time a five-minute video upload was begun.An hour and a quarter later, the pigeons had reached their destination in Skegness 120km away, while only 24% of a 300MB file had uploaded.Campaigners say the stunt was being carried out to illustrate that broadband in some parts of the UK is still "not fit for purpose".The pigeons are expected to complete a 120km journey to Skegness in around two hours, but Tref Davies, who is organising the stunt to give publicity to the campaign for better rural broadband, said the broadband connection will take significantly longer to tranfer [sic] the 300MB file."The farm we are using has a connection of around 100 to 200 Kbps (kilobits…

The Blawggies 2010 - The Afterparty

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So, the blawggies 2010 has been and gone and it’s time to take stock. When I casually suggested resurrecting the blawggies, I’d no idea what kind of adventure we were in for. Doing things democratically and letting the ‘sphere vote for the winners was always going to be an interesting decision.  It wasn’t pretty at times – believe me – but it was a useful experience.The blawggies were always meant to be about celebrating all that’s good in the ‘sphere, accentuating the positive and marking the contribution that individual blawggers make to the common cause. God knows what will happen next year, if the blawgosphere hasn’t imploded by then, but for now, blawggers everywhere should savour this moment of camaraderie. 

Andro, Minxy and I managed the organisational duties between us quite well, I thought – particularly given the barrage of spam, abuse and dubious voting practices we endured. Crucially, though, the blawggies had a great response – and that’s what really mattered. What’s more…

Blawggies 2010–The Results

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Yep, the votes have been checked and double-checked and here are the results of the winner and runner-up in each category:Best Newcomer1. Your Law Student2. Ups and GownsBest Design1. Barmaid2. Aimless WandererBest Blawging Regular1. Law Actually2. Travis the TroutBest supporting role1. Legally Ginge2. AnyaBest Legal Commentary1. Pink Tape2. The IPKatTriumph over Adversity1. Lawminx2. Aimless WandererBlawg of the Year1. Android's Reminiscences & Marilyn Stowe Family Law and Divorce Blog2. Pupillage and how to get itServices to Blawging1. Law Actually2. Android's Reminiscences
Well done to everyone!
Award badges are available for display on your blawgs – just email Andro, Minxy or I if you’re interested.

A Law Actually Interview with… BabyBarista

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The legendary babybarista is next up to face the questions.  How did BabyBarista come about?  Did you just wake up one morning and think, “I’ll start a legal blog today”?
I’d dreamt of writing a novel but struggled to imagine how it might come about. I’d written or co-written a bunch of law books but it was a pretty big jump to think about fiction. The next step was through co-writing a motivational book entitled ‘Why Lawyers Should Surf’ (xpl Publishing, 2007) with Dr Michelle Tempest which suggested the possibility of lawyers looking for inspiration outside of law and used surfing and the power of the ocean as metaphors for living the day to day. When this was done I very much wanted to sit down and write a legal thriller. But instead what popped out was a legal comedy about a fictional young barrister doing pupillage. I called him BabyBarista which was a play on words based on his first impression being that his coffee-making skills were probably as important to that year as a…

I need to ask my WHAT?!?

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So, there I was browsing Productive Geek earlier (actually via Digg – I’m not a huge fan of so-called productivity websites) reading all about tips on avoiding eye-strain when using computers.  All was going well until I reached the latter part of the article when I spotted this gem:So, let me get this straight: as a wearer of lenses, I need to ask my obstetrician if they’re a good fit?Geez Louise.  What kind of lenses are these? 
I won’t even begin to ask how you insert them!  Thanks, Productive Geek.

A Law Actually Interview with… Lisa Hutch – (The Trials)

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Most members of the UK blawgosphere probably aren’t too familiar with Lisa’s blawg, but I’ve been following her for a couple of years or so now.  It’s nice to get an alternative perspective from the blawgosphere and, being Canadian, Lisa provides a very welcome breath of fresh air.UK blawgers who have typically eschewed the US blawgosphere (for whatever reason) should definitely take a look at Lisa’s blawg - as there are undoubtedly more similarities than differences to the UK approach to blawgging.As a bonus, UK lawyers who are ‘getting on in years’ will no doubt be tickled by the fact that Canada still have ‘articles’ as part of the entry route to becoming a lawyer and clearly haven’t succumbed to the pressure to attach to modern, plain (and very dull) labels to esteemed conventions. Good on them!Rest assured, there’s not a single reference to a ‘training contract’ in sight!Anyway, let’s get to the questions:How did you get into blawging?
When I made the decision to go to law school,…