Thought I'd see what he looks like when he's not adapting Kafka, which I enjoyed enough. The stencil technique here gives it an unusual-yet-familiar uThought I'd see what he looks like when he's not adapting Kafka, which I enjoyed enough. The stencil technique here gives it an unusual-yet-familiar urban look. It's not exactly "wordless" as advertised though; more like "without dialog." There are no speech balloons to hide behind, but significant elements of the plot (such as it is) are revealed in text on newspapers, marquees, screens, and the like. This still renders it textually spare. For the cautious I'll also note that it's about PG-13 for "sexual situations" and some inevitable violence. Overall enjoyable, though hardly essential or revolutionary....more
Presents the arguments for and against the proposition that searches conducted in objectively reasonable reliance on binding appellate precedent are nPresents the arguments for and against the proposition that searches conducted in objectively reasonable reliance on binding appellate precedent are not subject to the exclusionary rule.
It's a bit difficult to review, in the literary sense, a legal argument transcript: there is no coherent narrative structure due to the expected interruptions from the court (naturally excluding Thomas), and generally there is a certain amount of background knowledge simply presumed on the basis of the filings and briefs, and that fact that all of the relevant audience has law degrees, if not Juris Doctor post-grads. We, the public, are not properly the target demographic.
That said, even without a formal degree in law, let alone fourth-amendment Constitutional Law, it seemed possible to follow the arguments, and I think, on the basis of the Justices' questions, I even had an advance glimmer of how Kerr lost before reading the resulting opinion. For the reasons aforementioned, however, I leave this unrated....more
A useful, brief introduction to infrared (IR) remote control signals at the physical level, with information on the best IR receivers to use for varioA useful, brief introduction to infrared (IR) remote control signals at the physical level, with information on the best IR receivers to use for various encoding schemes & environments....more
I read this is draft form, so it will certainly have changed a bit by the time of formal publication, though I expect that will mostly be a matter ofI read this is draft form, so it will certainly have changed a bit by the time of formal publication, though I expect that will mostly be a matter of formatting and footnotes rather than substance. It makes a somewhat clear and (to me) rather convincing case that recent Supreme Court jurisprudence on the matter of cross-enforcement—when agents of a State enforce federal law, or Federal agents invoke state law, among other things—and suggests how and why the model should change, in both cases largely as a result of the late incorporation of the fourth amendment of the U.S. Constitution to apply against the several sovereign states and the law-enforcement personnel who act at and below the state level. Those without some legal background, however, may find the arguments hard to follow: while I have no law degree, I read court decisions, law blogs, and review articles almost for fun, and even I found a few sections a bit confusing. Avast, here be jargon, yarr....more
If you're into Vance's style of SF, and particularly if you enjoy the sort of hard-bitten protagonists of The Demon Princes or Cugel's Saga, and donIf you're into Vance's style of SF, and particularly if you enjoy the sort of hard-bitten protagonists of The Demon Princes or Cugel's Saga, and don't mind the slightly dated feel of the "future" as envisioned from the 1950s, then this will be right up your alley. And if, like me, you enjoy a bit of literary criticism, then the introduction by Steven Godersky will provide some useful analysis of the evolution of Vance's heroic tropes in context.
I must, however, drop one star for "Crusade to Maxus." I have no real qualm in the present era of increasing authoritarianism with illustrative stories set in fascistic slave states; the quantity of Solzhenitsyn, Arendt, Reich and Fromm on my shelves should be evidence enough of that. Nevertheless, while it may have seemed suitably transgressive or predictive at the time of writing, the (view spoiler)[depiction of the "overmen" seems a bit too filled with obvious Jewish dog-whistles, and thus (hide spoiler)] lands as at least insensitive, if not outright antisemitic, to my more modern, perhaps too-sensitively tuned ears.
On the other hand, "Three-Legged Joe" was a perfectly timed, dryly comedic delight. I still recommend the whole package to those who fit the aforementioned criteria....more
It's not graphically violent in the sense in which that term is generally used, yet it does strike me as unusually redolent of violence for a childrenIt's not graphically violent in the sense in which that term is generally used, yet it does strike me as unusually redolent of violence for a children's book. It's not the sort of place where I would expect to encounter the exclamation, "Death to all tyrants," even though I heartily agree with the sentiment. Quite an odd little book, and I'm not at all sure how to rate it....more
This was rather tedious, bordering on the worst excesses of Christopher Tolkien. The titular story itself is a young and as yet quite unpolished attemThis was rather tedious, bordering on the worst excesses of Christopher Tolkien. The titular story itself is a young and as yet quite unpolished attempt to do for The Kalevala what he did later and far better for such works as Gawain and Beowulf—but one does not become good at it without passing through the awkward learning stage, and that is what we have here.
A brighter point of interest is the editor's essay on the story and its relationship to what became, over time, the never-finished lynch-pin of The Silmarillion: the Narn i Chîn Húrin—eventually completed (sort of) by Christopher and published as The Children of Húrin, which IMO is the best editorial work by the younger Tolkien in all his extensive oeuvre—and to a lesser extent the related tale of Beren and Lúthien (which I have yet to read in the new edition though it forms a focal point in both the Silmarillion and The Lays of Beleriand, where The Lay of Leithian is paired with the Narn). In short, the Finnish Kullervo is the direct progenitor of the tragic Túrin Turambar, made somewhat more coherent and transplanted from Kaleva to Middle-Earth.
Also of passing interest are the two (nearly identical) presentations on the Kalevala prepared by the professor for academics in his early career, while this story was still his primary obsession. Those who are positively obsessed with access to the mind and methods of the author will perhaps find this more interesting than pedantic, but I myself cannot give it very high marks, especially after slogging through the redundancy: this is the bulk of the page count, and disappointing for all that.
I'm glad I read it, but I kinda had to force myself to finish it, and I'm also glad I didn't buy it, because I'll certainly never need to read it again....more
Legal opinions can be dry AF, and this one certainly does need to go in depth into some fairly technical issues that may not be of interest to many whLegal opinions can be dry AF, and this one certainly does need to go in depth into some fairly technical issues that may not be of interest to many who aren't somehow "fans" of gerrymandering cases. However, in setting up the background, Justice Todd delves into the history of the founding of Pennsylvania and the resultant history of its Charters and Constitutions, which was a digression that I found both informative and entertaining, as well as surprising in that I was raised there and had never before known half of the story. And, on top of that, I happen to agree with the Opinion, not like my opinion of the Opinion has any bearing on the force of the Opinion, nor on your opinion, but that is my opinion, and I am entitled to that opinion, in my opinion....more