DICTA

April 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

  • It’s not very good poetry, but this sonnet does reflect a particular point of view of the insurance defense lawyer.
  • Who’s bugging you?  Here’s a piece on how to tell if your car, home or phone is bugged.
  • BP says that the spill is stopped and everything is hunky-dory in the gulf. So we can relax, right?  Not so fast, my friend.  This article from the Scientific American paints a not-so-rosy picture.
  • What makes a judge popular among lawyers?  Philip Thomas says it’s effort.
  • James K. Vardaman is notorious as one of the most rabid racists ever to inhabit the office of governor in Mississippi, and later the office of U.S. Senator.  Referred to by his followers as “The Great White Chief,” he was known for quotes such as, “If it is necessary every Negro in the state will be lynched; it will be done to maintain white supremacy.”  Less well-known is his populism, which you can read about online at Vardaman’s Weekly, an archive of his 1919-1923 publication of the same name.  Reading these probably won’t change your opinion of the man, but they do offer a glimpse into the politics of the era.
  • It was the original proof of the theorem that size isn’t everything, but today it’s six inches longer, a little over three inches wider and half an inch lower than its predecessor, and the flower vase has given way to a more masculine persona.  The latest incarnation of VW’s New 2012 Beetle looks mighty familiar.
  • Words are inadequate to describe this jaw-droppingly beautiful video, time lapse photography by Terje Sørgjerd on El Teide, Spain’s highest peak located in the Canary Islands.
  • Interactive 3-D solar system and night sky.
  • What do Max Bodenheim, Sterling Plumpp, Bobby DeLaughter, and Oprah Winfrey all have in common?  You can find out here.

“V” is for …

VW

Vardaman

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