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A Day in the Life of Blogging

Wake up

Check email

Check blog – see if co-bloggers have posted anything and read comments to posts

Check site meter stats – see how many people visited and who’s linking to the blog

Check Technorati – see who’s linking to the blog

Check out blogs linking to the blog

Check The Truth Laid Bear – see the latest ranking of the blog

Check other blogs for ideas for blog posts

Check news sites for ideas for blog posts

computer-addict4.jpgWrite blog post

Check email

Check blog

Check site meter

Lunch

Check blog

Check email

Check site meter

Check blogs and news websites

Write blog post

Check Technorati again

Check email again

Check site meter again

Dinner

Check blog

Check other blogs

Think of ideas for tomorrow’s blog posts

Check email

Check Technorati

Check out blogs linking to the blog

Check site meter

Bedtime

Repeat the above for life . . . .

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Naked celebrities make the best magazine covers

newyorker-thumb.jpg The American Society of Magazine Editors has chosen the best magazine covers of the past 40 years. In first place is the Rolling Stone cover featuring a nude John Lennon In second place is the Vanity Fair cover featuring a nude Demi Moore. I think I’m seeing a trend here — for great magazine covers, take pictures of nude celebrities! (Nude Dixie Chicks, however, were only #27).

And since you’re wondering, the classic New Yorker cover came in fourth overall.

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Fund on Miers

A number of prominent conservative pundits – among them George Will, Bill Kristol, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Michele Malkin, and Charles Krauthammer – have publicly opposed the Harriet Miers nomination. However, the nomination has been supported by some social conservatives including Hugh Hewitt and James Dobson. In today’s WSJ, John Fund suggests one reason why some social conservatives might be supporting Miers:

On Oct. 3, the day the Miers nomination was announced, Mr. Dobson and other religious conservatives held a conference call to discuss the nomination. One of the people on the call took extensive notes, which I have obtained. According to the notes, two of Ms. Miers’s close friends–both sitting judges–said during the call that she would vote to overturn Roe.

If this is accurate, how does it change the calculus? (And how can we gauge its accuracy?)

Perhaps this information brings conservatives on board. If Roe is a trump card, perhaps a guaranteed no-on-Roe overrides concerns about her views in other areas, or about her lack of a paper trail, or even about her SMU sheepskin. On the other hand, perhaps this information only serves to drive away moderate supporters. Does Harry Reid still support her candidacy now?

And is it possible that Dobson has managed to torpedo Miers’ candidacy by his earlier declaration that “I know something secret,” which (perhaps) brought Fund in to investigate in the first place?

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The Two Towers

Dan S. has already given good advice on what to say at the AALS. (A partial dissent by Paul Horwitz posits that brilliance is overrated). The web already contains a plethora of good advice, from sources like Brian Leiter (here) and Gordon Smith (here). My goal in this post is more limited. I hope to strike the right amount of terror into candidates’ hearts as they contemplate the destructive force weilded by The Two Towers.

Since time immemorial, the meat market has been held in Middle Earth, a location dominated by two towers: The Wardman Tower, which is inhabited by Saruman the White, and the Park Tower, which is inhabited by the Dark Lord Sauron. The approximate walking time from the base of one tower to the base of another tower is four to six minutes. The approximate mad-dash time from one to the other is about three minutes. Rumors persist of particularly desprate and speedy candidates who have clocked in at under two minutes, but attempting such velocity is not recommended.

Given the geography, if you are a meat market candidate, you should bear in mind a few quick navigation tips regarding the two towers:

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Exponential Growth of Blogospheric Proportions

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The blogosphere is big . . . and it’s getting bigger. According to today’s post by David Sifry of Technorati, who periodically issues reports tracking the growth of the blogosphere:

  • As of October 2005, Technorati is now tracking 19.6 Million weblogs
  • The total number of weblogs tracked continues to double about every 5

    months

  • The blogosphere is now over 30 times as big as it was 3 years ago, with no

    signs of letup in growth

  • About 70,000 new weblogs are created every day
  • About a new weblog is created each second
  • 2% – 8% of new weblogs per day are fake or spam weblogs
  • Between 700,000 and 1.3 Million posts are made each day
  • About 33,000 posts are created per hour, or 9.2 posts per second
  • An additional 5.8% of posts (or about 50,000 posts/day) seen each day are

    from spam or fake blogs, on average

Sifry says that a big growth area for blogs is China. Also note his estimate that between 2% to 8% of new blogs are splogs, which are the fake spam blogs I just posted about.

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Splogs

splog5.jpgWhat’s a “splog” you might ask? It’s the newest kid on the block, the ugly offspring spawned when spam and blogs mate. As one blogger describes them:

Splogging is a term coined by Mark Cuban to describe blogs with no added value, existing solely to trick people into visiting and exposing them to advertising. Splogs are often encountered in two ways: by searching for a key word on a search engine, or receiving it as a fradulent hit through your RSS aggregator. More often than not, they’re automated, linking to countless blogs and other websites, using keywords selected solely to attract more eyeballs and click-throughs for their advertising. And automation means that splogs are being created at a dizzying pace, to the point that when you do a search for almost any term, you’re bound to get a bunch of hits that are nothing but money-hungry splogs.

Yes, the person who coined the term “splog” is Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team.

Splogs are used to increase the page ranking of a website in Google. It is a way to game the Google system, to get one’s website to appear higher up on the result list for particular searches. Splogs work by generating a lot of links. They are not real blogs; instead, their content is generated by randomly grabbing chunks of text from other blogs. And they are easy to create, given that Google’s Blogger service allows anybody to create a blog for free. They are often constructed automatically by computer programs. Here’s an image of part of what appears to be a splog:

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Thus far, the best article I’ve been able to find about splogs is one by Online Media Daily. According to the article:

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Law Teaching Interview Advice

lawprofessor5.jpgThe AALS law teaching interview season will be commencing soon, and since a number of our readers will be interviewing for law teaching jobs, here are a few quick words of advice.

First, keep in mind that your interview lasts only for 30 minutes, and the law professors interviewing you will be interviewing dozens of people. They will be cooped up in a stuffy room all day, meeting one bright-eyed candidate after the next. Only a few of these scores of people will be invited back to the law school for a full all-day interview. This means that at the end of the day, your 30 minutes needs to be memorable. You need to make an impression on them. But what kind of impression?

Here’s the ideal impression, in my opinion, that you should create:

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When Your Cell Phone Can Recognize You

cellphone2b.jpgIn Finland, scientists are developing a cell phone that can recognize who you are by the way you walk. According to one article:

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a prototype of a cell phone that uses motion sensors to record a user’s walking pattern of movement, or gait. The device then periodically checks to see that it is still in the possession of its legitimate owner, by measuring the current stride and comparing it against that stored in its memory.

If the phone suspects it has fallen into the wrong hands, it will prompt the user for a password if they attempt to make calls or access its memory.

As for accuracy:

Ailisto says, using the simple motion sensing gait method, the prototype phone correctly identified when it was being carried by someone other than its owner 98% of the time. It also only triggered accidentally, when it was with its rightful owner, 4% of the time.