Blog Ipsa Loquitur

Today, Barely Legally has a new look: a theme I designed called Redacre. While I’ve tinkered with and updated the design of the site pretty much constantly since launch day, this is the first major overhaul in this history of the site. If you spot any bugs, please drop me a line.

Also, I used some GPL code in the creation of Redacre, so the theme has been published under the GPL 2 license, and its source code is available on GitHub. For the download link and more information about the theme, see the Code page, where I publish all my nerdings-on about town.

Update I’m doing Octopress now.

Filed on under A Day in the Life

Oh, sure. I’m sick, convalescing in bed, and ESPN doesn’t have the decency to talk about anything but the Penn State child rape thing. They don’t even have anything insightful to say, they just know they need to have talking heads talk about it… headfully.

How hard is it to come up with something intelligent to say about the situation? For instance, I wonder if you can sue folks that know your kid is being sexually assaulted, but who fail to report it. As ever, Legal As She Is Spoke has me covered. Get your fix and find out whether Joe Paterno is liable for forgetting to call the cops.

Because that’s what lawyers focus on, right? The important things, like who’s getting slapped with a lawsuit in all this.

Filed on under The News

I’ll figure out the title later. For now, all you need to know is at Ars:

Copyright troll Righthaven has once again been hit with another big bill. The case, Righthaven v. Leland Wolf, targeted the It Makes Sense Blog for allegedly posting a photograph that appeared in Righthaven client the Denver Post without its permission. The court has found in favor of the defendant and has ordered Righthaven to pony up $32,147 in attorney’s fees and $1,000 in costs.

It turns out that running around filing frivolous copyright infringement lawsuits on the internet isn’t a good idea. Funny thing about that internet thing: people can figure out their rights pretty quickly.

Filed on under The News

Interesting headline in New Scientist: Network Theory Reveals Patterns in Supreme Court Votes. From the article:

The nine members of the US Supreme Court show patterns of common voting that have allowed researchers using network theory to guess how individual justices would have voted in past cases with an accuracy of up to 83 per cent.

The article makes reference to the dangers of casting any single Justice as an ideologue who votes in a single-minded fashion. That kind of cuts off my planned punchline about Constructionism, but I will say this:

When spotted owls are at stake, Justice Antonin Scalia is a stone cold killer. Dude is not effing around. His dissent in Babbitt shows that he’s not a strict constructionist all the time. Sometimes, a man just wants to see some goddamn owls meet their maker.

Filed on under Irreverently Irrelevant

How many tablets and phones have boasted Flash support, only to have reviewers shuffle their feet and mumble “actually, um, well, Flash video stutters a lot and isn’t very good but Adobe is working hard at it, and will have it working great soon.”

Today, Adobe’s throwing in the towel. Good riddance. HTML5 is a better solution for streaming media, and it’s an open platform.

Filed on under The News