Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debate eight years after I was watching the Bush vs Kerry debates with my new law school school classmates. This personal essay reflects on how familiar events trigger feelings of nostalgia.
I wrote all of this down so that the next time someone asks me if they should go to law school I can just forward them the link to this article and say “well that depends.” It depends on if you want to have a hell of a lot of fun with a big group of nerds who will stay your friends for a very long time.
Published: October 4, 2012
Written shortly after the retirement of Ken Griffey Jr., this personal essay remembers one of baseball’s most likable stars.
My own prediction is that the circumstances of the end of his career will fade relatively quickly, and he will be enlarged as time passes on. For many of us who watched him hit and catch for twenty-two years he will remain the best baseball player we ever saw. And for much of it the most fun.
Published: June 10, 2010
Length: 530 words Sports
Once Elana Kagan was seated as a Supreme Court Justice it meant every Justice on the court was a graduate of either Yale or Harvard Law School. This essay compares the current Supreme Court’s educational background to previous courts.
I leave it to everyone to draw their own conclusions, but I think it is worth pondering what, if any, legitimacy it gave the Brown v Board decision that four of the nine justices who handed it down were educated at public institutions throughout their lives rather than nine guys from Yale or Harvard.
Published: May 10, 2010
Length: 630 words Legal
Texas A&M took the bold step of leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC. This article examines the decision from the perspective of a graduate both of Texas A&M and the University of Texas.
In other words it is a different product than the one at Texas and Oklahoma. Not necessarily better or worse, but different. And really different was the only option A&M had. They can’t be Texas. And now they no longer have to be Texas-lite. Or Oklahoma-lite. Or not as crappy as Texas Tech.
Published: August 8, 2011
Length: 1,200 words Sports
When Netflix decided to develop its own original programming it signaled the possibility of every auteur’s dream: wide distribution and a business model that could support their art.
Through either your own talent or a combination of your own and others, if you have a great story you can execute technically then you can get your film made. And after you cut an extended five minute trailer your first call can be to Netflix.
Published: March 19, 2011
Length: 950 words Tech
In 2011 British Airways dramatically changed its frequent flier award chart. Much of the online frequent flyer community expressed outrage. This article offers a defense of the change and how to reap value out of the new chart.
There are a number of reasons why I like the new program, but the most important is its difference from all of the other big programs.
Published: November 22, 2011