Erin Go Bragh, y’all

Some reading material while you’re enjoying your morning Irish Coffee.

  • From the “This is why I’m glad I don’t eat animals” division: Mark Bittman, NYT, Why Don’t Farm Animals Get the Respect Pets Do? – Don’t read this while you’re eating.
  • From the “Photography/Lawsuits (or Photography lawsuits)” division: Guy Adams, The Independent, “Ansel Adams, the ‘lost negatives’ and a $200m lawsuit.”

    The affair stretches back a decade, to the day when Mr Norsigian, a construction worker and amateur antiques buff, purchased the glass negatives from which the pictures were taken at a garage sale in Fresno, California. He paid the princely sum of $45, beating the seller down from an initial asking price of $75, and several years later decided to hire an attorney to investigate their provenance.

    In July, that attorney, Arnold Peter, presented his findings. The 65 pictures weren’t just valuable, he claimed. They were, in fact, the early work of Ansel Adams. The photographs were taken between 1919 and 1937 and rescued from a house fire in 1930.

    Bonus: it involves copyright!

  • Kristen E. Murray, Let Them Use Laptops: Debunking the Assumptions Underlying the Debate Over Laptops in the Classroom (HT Law Librarian Blog)

    What has troubled me about this debate is that both sides make arguments based on untested assumptions about student laptop use and without taking account of existing knowledge about today’s law student learners. Thus, I decided to survey law students about how they use their laptops to support their learning. The results, when combined with knowledge about how today’s law students learn, show that many of our assumptions are incorrect and that laptops provide a tremendous opportunity to enhance student learning in an age of changing classroom dynamics.

    I have to say, though, I love that one of the assumptions she lists is “Because They Are Digital Natives, Law Students Make Informed Choices About Laptops and Learning”.

  • From the “Public Access/Happy Sunshine Week” division: Joe Hodnicki, Law Librarian Blog, “Blog Addresses How to Acquire Access to Public Records.”  What a cool idea: a “useful, searchable repository for record ideas and tips that will help you get story ideas and suggestions for acquiring records.”
  • From the “Social Media” division: Zena Applebaum, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, “Why I love Quora.” 3 Geeks mentioned Quora the other day, and I had never heard of it. I thought then that I would check it out, but that I was already trying to follow/use too many other social media/2.0 type things that really weren’t doing me any good (Google Wave, anyone?). Now I may rethink that:

    It’s a giant online Q&A site about everything you could ever imagine. People ask questions and other people respond with their answers, or opinions. The Q&A audience, can then rank answers, comment on answers and collaborate to make each Q&A page the best it can be. … Quora is like the love child of Wikipedia and Ask Jeeves.

  • From the, “It’s March 17” division: Janie Paulson, JDs Rising, Erin Go Bragh! St. Patrick’s Day post on how the Irish Brehon Laws influenced the American Legal System.


    May your blessings outnumber
    The shamrocks that grow,
    And may trouble avoid you
    Wherever you go.
    ~Irish Blessing (according to


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