TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE

“Paradoxically, the better a metaphor is, the worse this kind of problem threatens to become … a good metaphor may be so compelling that it altogether subverts its referent’s original meaning. No longer recognized as a metaphor, it redefines truth on its own limited terms.” From Bernard J. Hibbitts, “Making Sense of Metaphors, Visuality, Aurality […]

TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY

Imagine a world where judges always wrote and worked with empathy. From R. v. Armitage: [55]            If I could describe Mr. Armitage as a tree, his roots remain hidden beneath the ground.  I can see what he is now.  I can see the trunk.  I can see the leaves.  But much of what […]

TWO HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN

Every time they kick this robot I feel a really vivid emotional reaction, like it’s vulnerable and needs protection. It makes me think about Kate Darling‘s work: “This effect already comes into play when objects are not specifically designed to evoke these feelings. For example, when the United States military began testing a robot that defused landmines […]

TWO HUNDRED AND ONE

From Joseph Alfred v. Walt Disney Co. This matter is before me on the Defendants’ motions to dismiss a complaint sounding in contract, filed by the Plaintiff, Mr. Alfred, pro se. That Complaint is remarkable. It is in my experience a unique example of the pleader’s art. It cites to the epic of Gilgamesh, Woody Guthrie, the […]

ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE

John Frank Weaver‘s Artisanal Attorney: “How is an artisanal attorney different from any other attorney? Like other artisans, I pay close attention to my ingredients and process; I am intimately involved in all stages of creation. Other attorneys print their documents on paper they buy in mass-produced boxes, tens of thousands of sheets at a […]

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX

I don’t have the luxury of writing notes by hand anymore — the time it would take to digitize the volumes of notebooks I’d produce would just be overwhelming. So, I’ve switched to typing in lectures, sacrificing quality for the Command-F function. There’s still something so beautiful about reading someone else’s handwriting though. May I ask […]