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Sunday, February 29, 2004

As I discovered yesterday, it is nearly impossible to find a telephone number for Amazon. (More here.) Which would be fine, if everything on their website worked as it should. It doesn't, sadly, and it required a google search and two phone calls for me to get my refund. When I did actually get someone on the phone, both individuals I spoke to were very nice, very polite... but didn't seem to have any more information than I did. After I pointed the second customer service representative to the terms and restrictions on the discount I was supposed to get, I had to explain why my purchase qualified, and tell her how much of a refund I was supposed to get... Maybe they should hire me. Ah well. I refuse to be anything less than thrilled by the fact that in a couple of days I will be the happy new owner of this. :-D

Monday, February 23, 2004


You were designed to make sure that attorneys in
federal cases make reasonable inquiries into
fact or law before submitting pleadings,
motions, or other papers. You were a real
hardass in 1983, when you snuffed out all legal
creativity from federal proceedings and
embarassed well-meaning but overzealous
attorneys. You loosened up a bit in 1993, when
you began allowing plaintiffs to make
allegations in their complaints that are likely
to have evidenciary support after discovery,
and when you allowed a 21 day period for the
erring attorney to withdraw the errant motion.
Sure, you keep everything running on the up and
up, but it's clear that things would be a lot
more fun without you around.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Having difficulties with Blogger template for whatever reason. Hence, the new look. Not sure I like it, but it'll do for now until I get around to readjusting. Hmmm... perhaps tomorrow when I'm supposed to do my Marathon Day of Reading... ;-)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

"The humblest of garments, the sock provides designers with the opportunity for wit."

It always makes me kind of happy when journalists write seriously about fashion. Today's Times engages in an exercise of textual interpretation worthy of a federal court opinion, trying to distinguish branché (trendy) from elegant from modern. The conclusion: "to be branché is to be elegant, but to be modern is to be natural." Otherwise stated, mixing and matching may be the trend of the moment, but it isn't really innovative any more.

For quite a few seasons now, runway fashion has basically fallen into two categories. I'll call them eclectic and formalist. Eclectic mixes fabrics, shapes, cultural influences, and whatever else you can think of -- originality through novel uses of existing elements. Formalist focuses on the single piece and the overall silhouette -- the creativity is in the cut and shape, or even in new fabrics or details. This is the movement that brought us the knee-length skirt (freeing us from decades of mini- or ankle-length dilemmas), the two-way zipper (love those), the super-pointy boot. It isn't just about classic lines though -- the clothes by Yohji Yamamoto or Issey Miyake verge on sculpture; they are the ultimate in avant-garde, yet remain firmly rooted in form.

At its best, eclecticism can be quirky, romantic, fun, rebellious, clever, or luxuriant. Colors, textures, and details are everywhere in impossible combinations that somehow manage to work. Too often, though, eclecticism seems to take over, leaving behind the originality and artistry that (oh, you doubters) make clothes interesting. Mixing and (un)matching for its own sake doesn't accomplish anything, at least not once it's already been done the first time. Sometimes, it works. The fall collection from Marc Jacobs is a little '40s, a little 1890s, and a lot pretty and shopping-worthy (all assuming, of course, that one had the requisite funds... sigh.) That gorgeous green-blue color is almost enough to carry the collection on its own. Still, I'd rather have just one of those Narciso Rodriguez coats or dresses. With a simple idea (lines of contrasting trim in the same color as the rest of the garment) and amazingly precise fitting, he's come up with something that seems a lot newer in its classicism than the crazy patchworks everywhere else.

Monday, February 09, 2004

The latest, and hopefully final, installment in the continuing saga of my poor, abused laptop: happy days are here again. Hibernation works (at the price of not being able to use the DSL when I go home for vacations), and AdAware has helped eliminate the weird uncontrollable-multiplying-of-Internet-Explorer-windows problem, which was rather alarming... So, assuming my wireless now works at school, all will be well. Whee!

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Lovely sunny relaxed-work day. Think will take me and my (i-Tunes-equipped) laptop off to get coffee and read some Federal Jurisdiction. In case you're curious, the current playlist (results of this morning's purchases):

Killing Me Softly With His Song -- Roberta Flack [why has it taken me so long?]
Honey and the Moon -- Joseph Arthur [yay! been looking for this]
This Love -- Maroon 5
Harder to Breathe -- Maroon 5
Charm Attack -- Leona Naess [for every bad movie, there is one good song...]
Sleeping With the Lights On -- Teitur [proof that i-Tunes sells -- never heard of the guy until this morning]
Shade of a Shadow -- Teitur
Landslide -- Fleetwood Mac
I'm Kissing You -- Des'ree [and sometimes, for a good movie, there's a good song too.]

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