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Life in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. B.M.A.T.C., and Etruscan typewriter erasers. Blogged by David Gorsline.

Monday, 23 February 2004


You were designed to make sure that attorneys in
federal cases make reasonable inquiries into
fact or law before submitting pleadings,
motions, or other papers. You were a real
hardass in 1983, when you snuffed out all legal
creativity from federal proceedings and
embarassed well-meaning but overzealous
attorneys. You loosened up a bit in 1993, when
you began allowing plaintiffs to make
allegations in their complaints that are likely
to have evidenciary support after discovery,
and when you allowed a 21 day period for the
erring attorney to withdraw the errant motion.
Sure, you keep everything running on the up and
up, but it's clear that things would be a lot
more fun without you around.

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posted: 10:49:00 PM  

I am such an enabler. I bought Leta a copy of Brandon Bird's Law & Order coloring book, which she loves.

posted: 10:18:08 PM  

Charlize Theron lives up to the hype in the dentistry-as-destiny movie Monster. Beyond her swaggering glare, her apprehensive rictus, what I find remarkable in her portrayal of a fictionalized Aileen Wuornos are the light, feminine touches in her work: the way she ecstatically rolls down the side of a building after an evening with Selby; the way she flirtatiously tugs a mailbox open; the way she tosses her hair forward and back, a no-nonsense fluff that means she's ready for business. Another detail that must be noted is her first conversation with Tom: most of her dialogue is mumbled through a mouthful of white-bread sandwich.

I can't imagine anyone else playing this role.

posted: 9:10:26 PM  

NPR mash-up: Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Astrid Gilberto, and others sing "Fly Me to the Moon," written by Bart Howard, who died on Saturday.

posted: 9:00:55 PM  

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