Monday, April 30, 2007

Thought I was home free...

...but it wouldn't really be 1L year without a freakout, now would it?

Around 8:30 this evening, my laptop stopped taking a charge. Cue the GIANT FUCKING FREAKOUT.

So, I madly threw everything in a bag and hauled it into the Geek Squad guys at Best Buy. Their conclusion? The cord is fine, and my battery is fine, which means that it's the AC port--in other words, the worst possible thing it could be, since they could have fixed the other crap.

So, in tears (very rare for the Lioness....including this time, I've cried 13 times in my life that I can remember. I'm not a crier.) I called my dad who gets me numbers for the one day fix it places in Austin. So instead of studying for my crim law final tomorrow, I get to traipse around town getting my computer fixed.

Right now, its decided to take a charge again. Who knows how long that will last. In the meantime, if anyone has an extegrity-registered computer that they won't be using at 8:30 am on Wednesday, please shoot me an e-mail. I'd love to have the backup option of borrowing it.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Welcome to the Blawgroll...

Starry.Decisis has been added to the UT blawgroll.

It's still looking a little thin, but soon enough all the little 0L's are bound to start blogs too.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Gone Batty

Between the law school e-mail, the career services e-mail, the SBA e-mail, the general UT e-mail, the parking e-mail, and the public safety e-mail, the University keeps a steady stream of useless crap coming through my inbox. But the "informational" email I got today really takes the cake. The winner of most pointless University correspondence of the year award goes to:

"If you or someone you know touched a bat near the south end of Bellmont (off of San Jacinto St., across from the Alumni Center) on Monday, April 23, 2007, Environmental Health & Safety needs to talk to you. Please call Environmental Health & Safety, 471-XXXX / 471-XXXX or call the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department, 972-XXXX, and report that you touched a bat. Thank You.

Carin [Lastname]
Safety Specialist | Environmental Health & Safety University of Texas at Austin"



Saturday, April 21, 2007

A sign from the tv god

It's not that I watch a lot of tv, usually.

It's just that, when faced with the idea of watching tv, or say, memorizing the Model Penal Code, the tv wins out. I'm also lucky enough to have a tivo, so in my mind, I'm not *actually* being that bad by putting off studying to watch Gilmore Girls reruns, M*A*S*H reruns, or Law and Order: SVU reruns, because, hey, at least I'm skipping all the commercials. Who cares if I just wasted 40 minutes watching that show, really I saved 20 minutes.

But somewhere out there, all my rationalizations fell on deaf ears, and a sign was sent down through my cable box that I need to get to work.

My cable is broken. I just have a black screen. I called the geniuses they're employing over at Time Warner, but after an hour talking to some guy whose incessant sniffing led me to believe he was on a coked out bender, there was still just a black screen. So they're sending someone out...on Friday. Which means I have a whole week without my favorite procrastination device. But don't worry about me, kids. I've already dug out the good old standby: the gameboy. Let's see the cable gods try to break that!

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Retail Therapy (kinda)

Now that Legal Research and Coloring is forever behind me, I realized today that I could probably avoid signing onto Westlaw or Lexis for the rest of the semester and be no worse off. However, as some of you may remember, when I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed first semester 1L, I had grand illusions of raking in the Westlaw points and saving up for a nifty wine fridge.

But, now, 8 months down the road, a litte more cynical, a litte more jaded, and substantially less money in my bank account to spend on actual shopping, instant gratification with some of the lower point items sounded way better.

So I wandered over to the Westlaw rewards catalog, only to find that the best thing my hard fought 3,600 some odd points could get me was the all-in-one breakfast machine thingy that makes coffee and toast in the same machine.

Of course, I don't drink coffee, and I rarely eat toast. Very depressing.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Blame Canada.

Anyone who knows me well could probably tell you two things about me:

1. I really hate(d) Legal Research and Writing.
2. I really, really, really hate the band Rush.

So wouldn't it figure that the same day that I sit down to finish the torture of my final LRW memo, my downstairs neighbor would decide it's a good day to blast Rush's greatest hits album. (Why they were ever hits, or how one could describe any of it as great, is beyond me.)

Clearly, I had to take matters into my own hand before the wretched Canadian corporate rock seeped into my subconscious. So I went to my ipod....I made a quick playlist of the most annoying and un-Rush music I could think of. Then I plugged it into my speakers, turned the speakers over so that they pointed into the floor, turned the volume up and blasted Le Tigre (really annoying indie girl rock), old Nine Inch Nails, and a song from Rent into her ceiling.

At the end of the third song, I paused....

...the silence is golden. ;-)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Love is in the air

Looking for a special way to tell your law school crush that you would like to help them "release their finals tension"?

Try these:
Law and Order SVU Valentine Cards


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Who Says AIM in class isn't useful?

Today I witnessed an amazing testimony to the usefulness of AIM in class.

Student A's laptop was about to die. Student A had a Mac. The closest other Mac user was 7 seats over, and across the aisle. Luckily for the sad Mac user, everyone in that line of seats was on AIM and paying very little attention to class. (It was crim law, after all.)

IM's were quickly sent to everyone in the chain, and the cord passing commenced. The laptop was saved, and no goofing off in class was missed. All hail to the power of AIM.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Never knew I had the power....

So I've gotten a few e-mails today that suggested the recent craptastic weather is my fault, a direct result of this post. While I'm flattered that you all think I have the power to control the weather, I really don't think there's a connection.

Just in case, however, I present "A Second Open Letter to Springtime":

Dear Springtime,

I'm sorry. I was so ungrateful. Who was I to go and request less beautiful weather from 1:45-2:00 on M-W? I honestly thought it might help motivate me to go to Crim Law. But now I see the error of my ways. Nothing could help motivate me to go to crim, other than a giant dose of self-loathing and masochism.

Please forgive me spring. Don't alter your ways. Let the sun shine and the flowers bloom and the birds chirp and all that Snow-Whiteish crap that goes along with this time of year. And I promise, I really do intend to throw away that dead hanging plant on my balcony sometime soon.


Yours Truly,
The Lioness

There. It's out of my hands. But if this actually changes the weather at all sooner than it was supposed to change anyways, expect me to start charging for all such future requests.


Monday, April 02, 2007

They've stopped caring too

In one of my classes today, a girl answered a question with straight jibberish. Not words, just a collection of "um, well, yeah, blah" or something like that. But she did it with convincing intonation, as if she were constructing a real sentence.

The professor looked at her for a minute, and then said "yeah, that's right..." and continued with the lecture. Proof positive that just as you aren't paying attention to your professors, they aren't paying attention to you.


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Happy (belated) birthday!

It was recently pointed out to me that I've been blogging for over a year here. Since March 9, 2006, to be exact. In that year, I've had a few laughs, learned a few things, and likely done some serious liver damage. And through it all, you, my loyal readers have laughed, learned, and been hungover right along with me. So....

Happy birthday to the blog and its readers!

.....nearly a month late, but oh well.