GADGET UPDATE: The Oral-B Triumph Toothbrush . . . Do you find that trial judges tend to rule against you whenever you approach for a sidebar? Maybe it's not your stupid legal reasoning but your breath. Try this--
It's the Oral-B Triumph, the only tootbrush with a built-in computer and tiny screen that tracks the time you've spent brushing your teeth. Perfect for lawyers who who have learned to become obsessed with measuring the passage of time.
About $120. No word yet on whether the toothbrush will boot Linux.
TILLERY RESIGNS FROM BOARD . . . In November, I criticized a new legal newsletter, Class Action Law & Strategy, as being more political tract than teaching tool. I also pointed out the oddity that lawyer Stephen Tillery, who seemed to be the subject of an attack in the newsletter's inaugural issue, also sat on its Board of Editors.
Updating the earlier post, I've now learned that Tillery has resigned from the Board of Law Journal Newsletters, which publishes Class Action Law & Strategy. I'm pretty sure of my sources, too: Tillery copied me on his resignation letter.
It's the newsletter's loss. As I wrote before, however, the newsletter was already lost. Its first issue inspired absolutely no confidence that it could bring class-action lawyers news about class actions. Recommended for tort reformers only.
A GAP IN THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNET SCENE . . . Here's what RL had to say about his new weblog, Kiwi Law, in an introductory post--
I started this blawg (law web-log) to fill a gap that I feel exists in the New Zealand internet scene. The American lawyer and law-student community have a fairly active blawging scene that provides entertainment, information and assistance to their peers. Today I know of very few New Zealand blawgs, and none of them are by law students. This is where KiwiLaw comes in.
Good luck to RL in bringing law-related weblogs to New Zealand. Kiwi Law might be the first, but I bet it won't be the last.
WIKIPEDIA UPDATE . . . In "'Tort Reform' at Wikipedia," I was taken to task by commenters for saying I favor the Encyclopedia Britannica over Wikipedia. Said one, "Wikipedia is potentially very reliable on well-established . . . subjects."
Were the commenters right? A study by Science has found that Wikipedia is almost as factually reliable as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Details here. Not that I'm admitting defeat, however. The record will reflect that I was objecting mostly to the Wikipedia's writing style, that is, its flavor of having been written by a "committee of high school gym coaches." The Nature reviewers also complained that Wikipedia entries were often "poorly structured and confused."
I'm probably in the minority on this point too. Who cares about writing style any more? Certainly not the courts, which according to Evan Brown, are citing Wikipedia with ever-increasing frequency in their published decisions. It's one more sign that Wikipedia is here to stay.
My favorite podcast is Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground Podcast. Evan recently finished his 44th podcast. Evan's set a high standard of professionalism for lawyer podcasts - he uses scripts, excellent recording techniques, music, sound effects and creates a professional, polished podcast. He also created podcasts that run about 10 to 15 minutes (or less), a time that many people believe is the "sweet spot" for podcasts. Better yet, the material is great, often humorous and always insightful.
Meanwhile, if you want a more traditional-radio-show-style podcast, there's always Coast to Coast, which the editor of Blawg Review called "best legal podcast" in his set of awards. It's all good, and there's much more in the dueling blawging awards besides podcasts. So read them!