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Category “Big Thoughts”

Life Before Death

David Foster Wallace gave this commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005. You will not regret watching all nine minutes. True fact.

Jonathan The Zombie

She just can’t understand his genius.

The Proper Use of Paper Towels

Next year: Toilet Paper. From TEDxConcordiaUPortland.

“Life is not a sequence of waiting for things to be done.”

Ze Frank proclaims “An Invocation for Beginnings.” This man is a master! Give us more, Ze.

Share. Understand. Honor.

Best wishes to all our service members. Welcome home.

Can 99% Be Wrong?

#OccupyWallStreet

What if law schools opened their own law firms?

Here’s a great idea. Freshly minted law graduates are unable to find jobs because they lack real “experience.” Generally they have to serve in some lesser capacity to gain that experience before being considered ready to practice.

Brooklyn Law School Professor Bradley Borden and University of Maryland School of Law Professor Robert Rhee have proposed a way for those students to get ahead and be more marketable. The two have written an article for the South Carolina Law Review titled, “The Law School Firm.” That’s right, have law schools create their own law offices, work for clients and employ the students.

The National Law Journal has a great overview of the proposal. I think this idea could apply to a lot of professional schools as well: Commercial art schools, industrial training schools, agricultural schools. Heck, medical schools have been doing this for years — why not other occupations?

Happy Fourth of July

Marvin Gaye sings his version of the US national anthem at the 1983 NBA All Stars game. It’s unlike any version you may have heard before but it is truly an American original. Have a great holiday everybody!

Vroom, Vroom!

An electrified 1972 Datsun shuts down even the fastest cars at the drag races. A great tale of new technology blowing away its competition.

Robert Reich Connects the Dots on The Economy

And it makes sense to me. To have a strong recovery we need a strong middle class. This video gives you an idea how and why middle class Americans have lost their way. From MoveOn.org.