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Blogger’s brush with death

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By way of introduction, I first discovered the social media sensation Caitlin Oppermann during the IT module on my LLM (ah - it’s always nice to hark back to those happy days!!) when she was interviewed for an article which appeared in NY Magazine about her rather avant-garde use of social media as a college student.  

She’s an interesting, quirky character (though I’m not sure how much I like her ‘new for 2011’ half shaved head, but hey-ho, each to their own).  She has a huge following and a refreshing ‘edge of your seat’ approach to social media and blogging.  In short, I like her style (hair dos excluded) and I’ve always felt there need to be more bloggers like that. I think there’s a bunch of legal bloggers out there who can learn a lot from Caitlin.Anyhow, I digress… From Caitlin Oppermann’s tumblr blog 27/07/11:A week ago tonight I was hit by a car while riding my bike. When the car hit me, I went over the hood and hit the windshield and my bike was thrown away from the car. I d…

Lawyers + 2012 Olympics = Disaster

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Or so the senior partner would have you believe. What a killjoy. Bast*rd.From Law Society Gazette 21/07/11:City firms have already begun putting action plans in place to deal with the disruption caused by the London 2012 Olympics, the Gazette has learned.London 2012 organisers have written to all firms in the capital warning that capacity on rail and underground services will be stretched unless they take action, with passengers facing delays of up to an hour just to use certain key stations.You WHAT? “Will be stretched”?  You’re kidding me. It’s stretched now; during the Olympics it’s safe to say that London’s transport infrastructure will simply buckle in two and implode.  “Delays of up to an hour”. Christ – sounds like their aiming for an improvement then.  Don’t believe a bit of it.Law firms including Linklaters, Simmons & Simmons and Hogan Lovells are putting together action plans more than a year before the Olympics begin on 27 July, including working from home and staggered…

'appiness for employers

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From Roll on Friday 14/07/11:Scottish firm MacRoberts has joined the twenty-first century and released an app for the iPhone, which allows bosses to find out just how cheaply they can get rid of unwanted employees.Yay.  And what employer doesn’t want that facility?

I’m pleased to announce I’ll soon be adding something similar to the ever-expanding line of Law Actually products and services.   

Called the ‘fire-o-meter’ (Fireometer) “fire-omm-eater”... you get how I’m saying that - it’s frightfully important!!), it will use your smart phone’s camera and facial recognition technology to spy on your employees and measure their productivity.  

There’s a nifty little slider which an iPhone or Android wielding employer can use to set his or her expectation levels for individual employees and if the camera spies them falling below that standard, it will ping you an email alert telling you to get rid.   Windows Phone 7 users will have to carry on waiting for this app.  They’re clearly glut…

How to back up … correctly

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Found via How to Geek 30/05/11.Painfully true. Which reminds me: my old external hard drive which was my primary backing up drive but is now my secondary backing up drive because it went on the blink (slightly) is now my tertiary backing up drive because I bought another external hard drive to become my primary backing up drive after I relegated the previously new primary backing up drive to become the secondary when I got the third.No, that’s not quite right… or is it?Anyway, the one that’s on the blink is now even more on the blink and probably has to be retired all together.  Which means, I need a, what, quaternary drive to…Oh forget it.  I just need to back up again.  Bugger.

Maybe it’s a cultural thing

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Why is it half of US blawgers only seem to blawg about their kids?Maybe it’s a cultural thing.  Or maybe I'm less sympathetic because I'm not a parent?  I don’t know and I don’t really care.All I know is that reading about other people's kids bores me to tears.And I’ve had enough; here comes a clear-out session of my RSS subscriptions!

Drunkards & Hand Sanitizer

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From the Telegraph 20/06/11:A man who drank six bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitiser while being treated in an Australian hospital for alcoholism has sparked calls for the antibacterial gels to be better secured.Well, if alcoholics drink methylated spirits or whatever else they can get their trembling hands on, what’s so surprising about them drinking hand sanitizer? Doctors said in a letter published on Sunday in the Medical Journal of Australia that they were stunned to discover the man had downed six 375-millilitre (12.7-ounce) bottles of hand sanitiser, giving him a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.271 per cent. That's more than five times higher than the 0.05 per cent legal limit for driving in Australia.Dr. Michael Oldmeadow, an internist at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne city, said that although the incident was not the first of its kind, it was the most serious case he had seen and the man is lucky to have survived."It surprised us that he drank this stuff,"…

Laptops in bed and cyber widows

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From the Daily Mail 11/07/11:“How men use technology to avoid intimacy in relationships”Ah, there you go. Thanks for that bullet point, Daily Mail. When I read that, I thought this article was going to be about chaps heading into Ann Summers and coming out with something expensive which vibrates to avoid having to suffer the pains of sex any longer. Turns out your article had so much more in store.My dislike for the Daily Mail aside, this is all very relevant stuff – particularly for under-pressure lawyers who rarely seem to be able to discern where the working day starts and ends. A lot of us are becoming surgically attached to our email (I know I am) and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I also know (more or less) where to draw the line. And if I misjudge it, my girlfriend soon tells me – one way or another.There’s nothing wrong with breaking out the laptop and checking emails after work, but everyone needs to know when enough is enough. Surely it’s not that difficult?Some eveni…

Use of… etc.

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So true!Found via Digg

The week my blog died

Don’t worry: it’s been resuscitated. My traffic levels have dropped through the floor this past week - prompting a full scale inquiry. Ahem.I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of exactly what happened (I can’t be bothered to, quite frankly) but let’s just say there was a fundamental problem with my blog template code which was producing a significant lag on loading and I lacked the knowledge, ability and patience to adequately fix it.So, I’ve had to doctor one of blogger’s new rather awful looking templates.I don’t know: the longer I stay with blogger the more disenchanted I become. I’m happy to move to another provider and pay for something decent and, with that in mind, reactivated my squarespace account which I see I opened in July 2008.If and when I find a way of moving my blog over without my pagerank dropping off a cliff, I might just do it. Maybe I should finally move over to my custom domain (instead of just redirecting) and then export the whole thing over to squarespac…

Path’s become ‘too dangerous for wheelchair’

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Photo courtesy of James McCauleyNot my headline; it’s the witty, attention-grabbing header chosen by the South Gloucestershire Observer dated 07/07/11.  Oh yes!
A woman was injured after falling from a footpath the city council has failed to make safe, despite pledges it would do so.She was rescued from a stream after slipping from the path between Water Lane [appropriately named?!], Tesco supermarket and Calington Road, Brislington.It is not clear how she ended up in the water but four Avon fire and rescue appliances and Great Western Ambulance Service were needed to get her out of the water and onto a spinal board.“It’s not clear how the woman ended up in the water?” How about – she slipped?More to the point, why on earth did it take 4 fire engines and crews to get her out of a stream? Talk about adding insult to injury. Was it not enough that the poor woman suffered the ignominy of going a over t into a stream without the local rag implying she’s the size of a fully grown rhino!
A f…

­Owner’s Workshop Manual for Lawyers

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Oh yes, folks. It’s finally here: an owner’s workshop manual specifically for lawyers.(I know what you’re asking: what took us so long!!)Whether you’re an embittered client, long-suffering spouse or bemused parent struggling to get your head around just why your child had to go and sully the family tree by marrying a lawyer, help is at hand. This book is designed to give you a fighting chance of understanding that rather curious species in modern life - the lawyer.Granted, it might not help you work out what makes a solicitor or barrister tick, but it might just give you pointers on what you can do to make being in their company a touch more bearable.It includes answers all those lawyery-questions you’ve been longing to know, such as:-   Why are weekends just two more days of the working week?-   How can you prevent Jonathan from clockwatching down the pub when he’s so obviously itching to calculate social time in billable units? (N.B. A general workaround is suggested involving a lon…

The problem of free shipping

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I blame Amazon – their super saver delivery is superb!Found here.