Thanksgiving Day Eve

Brooklyn law profs talking about Domino’s Brooklyn-style pizza – may or may not be something that ought to be regulated (kind of like how in France, Champagne is only the stuff made in the Champagne region; anything else is sparkling wine). At the least I would agree with the profs: the ads for the Domino Brooklyn-style pizza doesn’t exactly move past Brooklyn stereotypes — which isn’t fair to Brooklyn.

Dahlia Lithwick commenting on Slate about this sexy ad in a Massachusetts legal magazine. The debate is whether this ad is that demeaning toward women (ad wherein scantilly-clad sexy lady’s smooching what appears to be a pretty boy lawyer – promoting custom tailors for lawyers – yeah, right). Personally, if such ads were to show up in the ABA Journal or even the NYS Bar Assoc’s publication – well, maybe more people would read the stuff. Sex sells, unfortunately; James Bond certainly knows it. But is it discrimination? Uh, well… don’t know. Got to think about it more. At least the man on the ad looks mighty nice, except not as scantilly-clad – so, equal opportunity would be nice.

Anyway, hope my linking to legalish articles doesn’t mean I’m violating professional ethics in any way – this isn’t meant to advertise my lawyer services or even to hold myself out as an expert in any way. Geez, I wonder if changes in the ethics code would affect whole websites like Findlaw – where lawyers abound – or even someone like Dahlia Lithwick (who’s more journalist these days than lawyer)… Heh…


Was Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame a real colonel?
The Mars Global Surveyor may have met its end.
The idea of college presidents blogging… well, it’s kind of weird to think about, to say the least.

Just don’t buy it

We were in Barnes and Noble seeking to buy a book, any book. We had a 10% coupon, but after 2 hours, we just couldn’t get ourselves to buy anything.

Nowadays people don’t buy books or magazines to learn things – it’s more like joining a club for self-affirmation. Book titles are now so imperative: Make 7 figures in 7 years, Impeach Bush, Take back America, Expose Liberals Gone Wild, I hate Ann Coulter, Why we want you to be rich. Other how to books don’t really have any practical advice you couldn’t figure out yourself – for example, the Automatic Millionaire, or Suzie Orman – if you can’t follow their advice for wealth, you might as well make them rich. The worst are cookbooks that are entirely impossible for the average home cook to pull off, but are a nice fantasy anyway. The Nobu cookbooks are the most obvious offender –unless you happen to be a sushi master that apprenticed for at least 7 years in Japan, the books are just going to sit on your coffee table. Magazines are even worst – pick the most esoteric pastime, and someone will have a magazine for it.

I’ve got half a dozen books on computer programming, project management, and an anthology of ethnic Chinese writers of English in Hong Kong on deck as well as 3 wedding planning books, so I that’s what I’m going try to get through that this week for my birthday and Thanksgiving. And maybe a game of Civilization IV or two….

Lupa is on deck for tonight — let’s see if Mario Batali comes through again.