one day down, many more to go

Well, that about wraps up my first official day of classes in law school (I don’t have Monday classes). I’m definitely in for a ride. I spent the weekend figuring out systems of organization, trying out different study spaces, and reading the assignments we discuss this week. The time was well spent. I was able to participate and follow along nicely. I’ll have to keep it up. 🙂

I do have to admit that I have a sweet class schedule, to say nothing about the classes or the professors which I don’t really know yet. No classes on Monday, classes from 2:35pm until 5:40pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Classes from 10:50am until 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. Maybe this is karma smiling on me after all those 8am, Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes during undergrad. I hope this continues next semester as well.

I need to remember to come up with a better story about why I left a sweet, cushy job at Y! for law school. Because I wanted to go to law school to learn something new seems to leave people slack jawed. Same with what I want to do with a law degree. My pat answer is “be a lawyer.” Or at least I’ve used that a few times to silent audiences.
I put my foot in my mouth today when I said I’d spent half my life in California. I’ve only spent 14 years here, not the 18 it would take to make it half my life. Saying I’m originally from the midwest but spent nearly half my life in California brings up age too often. Now my professor thinks I’m the young genius or an old liar. He asked where I was from. My formative life has been spent here in California, so I feel like I’m from here now. I’m a Californian.

Japan’s new found interest in American-style law

Talk about tough. Becoming a lawyer in Japan has been harder than getting into one of the T15 (top 15) law schools in the US. They’re now changing their system to be less selective and not fail 97% of those who take the test.

Japan expecting flood of new lawyers – AP via Y! News

“Japan has roughly 22,000 lawyers – one for every 5,790 people, compared with one for every 268 in the U.S. Under the old bar exam, to be scrapped in 2011, fewer than 1,500 people are allowed to pass every year. In the United States, with about twice Japan’s population, the number is closer to 75,000.”

Wow, there are a lot of lawyers in the U.S. Hard to believe, but I hadn’t seen any actual reports regarding the number of lawyers in the US. I can believe it, considering how litigious we are. Is it a good thing? I’m not sure. I’ll need to think that over some more.

Google Wifi – more information

I’ve been using Google Wifi for a few days now, switching between that and my home wifi connection. It has been fairly consistent and zippy, however there is a substantial degradation of speed when Google VPN is on. There is no way I’ll use Google Wifi without using VPN, for security reasons.

I think Google’s gamble will pay off. I’ve found myself using Google more now than I had before, and I’m a Yahoo! loyalist, having worked there for so long. Google knows my exact location, knows what web sites have been the focus of my time online, and can infer personal traits from that information. When I do a search with Google or use one of their services, they can use that information to serve me ‘relevant’ ads to me. Relavant ads are the holy grail of the advertising business.

I’ll still keep paying SBC/AT&T for my dsl although I dislike their privacy policy and illegal cooperation with the Bush administration for spying. Maybe this time next year, I’ll be able to drop AT&T completely.
Google Calendar is one of those products I found myself trying out. Google needs to provide a feature/tool which will sync my Google Calendar with Outlook. For now, Yahoo! wins hands down because I can fairly easily sync my Y! Calendar with Outlook. I think that ultimately the winner between Y! and Google will create a desktop calendar program which automatically sync. Hopefully, they both create a program which will compete with Outlook.

Law school orientation, day 2

Ok, so now that two days have passed, I am starting to form an opinion that isn’t summarized by excited or nervous.

I did well with my first brief assignment. I did miss a few key points and I was too detailed and included some dicta (points made by a judge which are irrelevant to the decision at hand) in my analysis portion, but I was feeling pretty good because I knew what was going on in the cases and could contribute to the class discussion. I had thought I might feel in over my head but don’t feel that way after today.

I feel like a moron after filling out a short questionnaire for my LARAW (legal analysis, research, and writing) prof. It had scratch outs and sloppy handwriting. It shows how much I’m used to writing by hand.

My classmates are fairly well accomplished. In my small group (30), there are a handful of folks who spent a few years as teachers, a few who had worked for non-profits, several engineers, and even one Ph.D. We were told that the median age for full-time students is 23, but it seems higher, more like 26 or so because only a few are coming straight from undergrad. But then again, we were told that our class ranges from 19 years old to 51. Maybe they stacked other groups with the young uns. We’re all still wondering who the 19 y/o is.

Play ball

Tomorrow, the journey begins. Orientation starts at 1pm, and I’ll be thrown full bore into law school. I’m very excited and thrilled that I’m given the opportunity to pursue a further education. Truthfully, I’m also a little nervous.

Google WiFi, now up and running

I struggle with my wireless router on a daily basis. It is old and my laptop is new, and they hate each other like humans would. As usual, the laptop wouldn’t find the router sitting two feet away but found nine other local wifi routers broadcasting a signal. I was stunned that one of those belongs to Google.

I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, I live in Mountain View, home of Google and their long expected wifi hotspot experiment. But I was. I’m now using it temporarily until I find a good deal on a new router.
I posted a screenshot to Flickr of the first page my browser sees when using their service:

google wifi

They let users sign up for a new account without forcing them to give cell numbers. They’re missing a link to their privacy policy which says a lot to me. I haven’t bothered to search for it, but I’m sure they reserve the right to mine my traffic history to target ads to me. I don’t mind since I don’t use their services much while I’m logged in; there just isn’t much value in that to me yet.

Update:  The free G-wifi is pretty zippy. They provide a free VPN to go with the free wifi access. However turning on the VPN brings the speed to a snails pace.

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