Posts filed under 'Culture'
I recently had occasion to take the Muni Metro K-Ingleside and T-Third Street lines through the point where the one turns into the other. I’ll make a post about that later, but for now you may relax in the knowledge that I call that point the K-T Boundary.
September 8th, 2008
So I posted about Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney a while ago, and I recently found the game on Verizon’s hideously maimed walled-garden of a software site. I decided it’d be worth the $5 or whatever, and you know, it’s pretty fun! It’s definitely a true adventure game–there’s only one way to get through it, which makes the gameplay more like an interactive novella than a role-playing game–but it’s fun for what it is. The replay value is next to zero, though.
However, I’m actually writing about a website I came across earlier today, specifically that of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. You may wonder what to do if you are arrested in Japan, but never fear! There are duty attorneys for times like this!
In truth, the protections that suspects get in Japan are markedly less than the ones in the States (for example, you can be held without charges for 23 days), and people are far less likely to take advantage of them. However, the fact that the organization that offers the duty-attorney service has a cute manga informing prospective clients of the service is just adorable to my Western eyes.
Anyway, this also goes towards explaining how the Phoenix Wright justice system could seem plausible. From the States, it seems ludicrously Draconian to have, for example, trials limited to three days or the insane burden-of-proof provisions you see in the game, but I think it looks slightly more reasonable in Japan. That said, it’s just a game, and I should really just relax.
July 1st, 2008
My friends Joe and Dinah have a new blog! It’s called Bibulo.us, and it’s about cocktails–recipes, history, photos of old books, articles about bars, and the like. I had dinner and drinks with them at Range last night, which was a pleasure as always. We sat at the bar and and chatted with several of the bartenders, including Jeff, as we ate. Dinah gave him the recipe for the classic Aviation, which came out very tasty indeed.
The tagline ("We Plead The 21st") is also quite clever, but then again, that’s exactly what one would expect from these two. Check it out!
June 14th, 2008
I’ve always liked seeing media depictions of things I’m involved with, partly because I find it interesting to see how others view groups I know from the inside and partly because of plain narcissism. Since I’ve started law school, I’ve been viewing legal fiction in a new light. From Phoenix Wright to Atticus Finch, it’s fascinating to see how the profession I’m learning shows up in the media.
With Halloween around the corner, I think it’s just the time to link to Supernatural Law, featuring Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre. The author, Batton Lash, was inspired by the old buildings on Court Street in his native Brooklyn, and decided to start doing a strip about a small law firm that helped clients with supernatural problems: monsters, ghosts, that sort of thing. After runs in the Brooklyn Paper and the National Law Journal, it’s now appearing in comic books and online.
The art has a classic, mid-20th century feel to it, which meshes well with the storytelling and occasional pun. Check it out; I’ve been quite pleased.
October 30th, 2007
So some of you may be aware of the lolcat phenomenon, but do you know of the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats? Adam “Apelad” Korford has been posting them on Flickr for some time, and they are remarkably adorable, easily as much as my own addition to the lolcat oeuvre. Well worth a look.
I have also made a loljurist picture:
September 28th, 2007
I got a rather macabre spam just now:
On further inspection, it turns out they’re referring to dead mortgage leads.
October 19th, 2006
I went to the hardware store today to pick up some more science stuff, and I saw a three-ring binder on a shelf behind the counter labeled "The Archivist’s Cookbook". I thought that was pretty funny.
More soap this weekend, I think.
September 8th, 2006
I saw a reference on the Web a while ago–can’t quite remember where–to “99 Red Balloons,” or “Neunundneunzig Luftballons” if you prefer. I was always struck by the English version’s reference to “99 Decision Street,” and started Googling around for interesting things involving that phrase. Naturally, I found quite a few copies of the song’s lyrics, including a comparison of the German and English versions. I also wish I knew more German, so I could rework the German lyrics to employ the translation of that line, “EntscheidungstraÃŸe Neunundneunzig.” But most of all, I’m glad to be able to report that Decision Street may be found in Vista, California.
August 26th, 2006
I’ve been watching The Show recently, and it’s been very good, but today’s edition is nothing short of classic. It’s a bit of a departure from his other stuff–it’s usually quite joyous and a bit silly, but today he absolutely nails it in his response to the recent attempted terrorist attacks. Definitely worth watching.
August 10th, 2006