Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Champagne Primer

Before you head off to buy some bubbly for your New Year's Eve party, be sure to check out this guide to Champagne, from Epicurious. It has all the information you'll need to make a good selection!

From The Internet Public Library

The 10 Most Influential Internet Moments of the Decade

The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and honor excellence on the Internet. Recently, they published their list of the Most Influential Internet Moments of the Decade. From the expansion of Craigslist to the launch of Wikipedia and Twitter, the list is impressive.

From Law Librarian Blog

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Celebrity of Sotomayor

Here is an interesting article about the celebrity of the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The article comments on the relatively high-profile life of Justice Sonya Sotomayor since joining the Court (as contrasted with the low-key lives of her colleagues) and what role constant media attention plays in our views of Supreme Court Justices' private lives.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Great Seal of the United States

We've all seen the Great Seal of the United States, but how many of us know the history or meaning behind this national symbol? To help us out, the State Department Bureau of Public Affairs has put together this pamphlet (pdf), full of information.

From The Internet Public Library

Monday, December 28, 2009

Time's Person of the Year 2009: Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve has been named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine. Check out the full article here.

From beSpacific

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The 3/50 Project

Looking to do your part to boost the local economy? Check out The 3/50 Project, which urges consumers to focus on buying goods from your 3 favorite local, independently-owned businesses. An interesting idea to keep in mind, especially during the holidays!

From beSpacific

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Top 2009 TV Moments

As 2009 comes to a close, TV Guide has put together its Top 23 TV moments of the year...the good and the bad.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Climate Change

Last week, world leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss the ever-growing problem of climate change. For more information on how climate change may effect U.S. ecosystems, check out this study (pdf) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

From beSpacific

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blogs for Book Lovers

Have some extra time over winter break and want to pick up a new book? Check out these blogs for book lovers for some great reading suggestions!

From Law Librarian Blog

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers

The Library of Congress has a new collection of historical documents from the Wright Brothers, Ohio natives and aviation pioneers. Browse the Library's online collection for more information about this innovative duo.

From The Internet Public Library

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Gift Guide for Lawyers

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the lawyers in your life? Look no further than this gift guide, created with attorneys in mind.

From Reid My Blog!

How to Play Dreidel

We're right in the middle of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusulem in the second century, BCE. Dreidel is a popular Hanukkah game, played with a spinning top. For more about this game, and to see the rules, check out this website!

From The Internet Public Library

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Wikipedia Debate

It's probably fair to assume that nearly every law student at Moritz has used Wikipedia at least a few times during their time in law school -- either while preparing for class or studying for an exam. But what is the proper place of Wikipedia in legal scholarship or in court documents? Here are several articles that discuss the place of Wikipedia in our legal system: The first, from the American Bar Association, looks at jurors who use Wikipedia (and Facebook) during trials. The second is a soon-to-be-published work that argues that, in some circumstances, citations to Wikipedia may be appropriate. The last piece takes the opposite view, arguing that a citation to Wikipedia should never be used. What do you think?

From Due Process: The Georgetown Law Library Blog

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas in Washington

While many law students are finishing up exams and starting to think about the upcoming winter holidays, the White House is also getting a Christmas make-over. Check out this article from the Washington Post, which describes the decorations that adorn each room of the White House. Also take a look at this picture of the annual White House gingerbread house, which this year features First Lady Michelle Obama's vegetable garden and First Dog Bo!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Best of Britain

If you're heading to Oxford next semester, you may want to check out TimeOut's "Best of Britain" website. It offers an extensive list of activities and helpful hints for traveling all around England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.