Solstice Evening Posts

Happy Solstice, everyone! Are you as ready as I am for the days to get longer again? Well, it’s still going to be a while, so you might as well get caught up on blog posts from my RSS reader:

Tanning leather is a toxic endeavor and also quite fatal for animals, but a new alternative bio-based leather promises to be more environmentally friendly. Richard Wool, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware has been working on an eco-leather alternative made from natural fibers and oils. Flax or cotton is […]

I am pretty excited about this; I hope it really is environmentally-friendly as well as cruelty-free. And would durable be too much to ask? I totally do the non-leather shoe thing (and purses and stuff, but that’s not as big of a deal), but they aren’t as high quality (on the other hand, they aren’t as expensive, either, so I can afford more of them).

  • New on SSRN: Legal Education in Crisis, and Why Law Libraries are Doomed, Out of the Jungle
  • The dual crises facing legal education—the economic crisis affecting both the job market and the pool of law school applicants, and the crisis of confidence in the ability of law schools and the ABA accreditation process to meet the needs of lawyers or society at large—have undermined the case for not only the autonomy, but the very existence, of law school libraries as we have known them.

    Oh, well, this isn’t depressing at all!

    Vampires, of course, feed on something that we desperately need but also can’t imagine being a source of food. You have metaphorical vampires in your life. These are people that feed on negativity, on shooting down ideas and most of…

    I guess I wasn’t the only one struck by Seth’s post:

  • Keep Calm and Carry Garlic, 3 Geeks and a Law Blog

This is the time of year when we reflect on all that has happened over the past 12 months; the successes, the failures, the moments of epiphany, the stumbles, the growth and change, basically everything that makes us human. That is why I was so struck by the timing and subject of Seth Godin’s recent post about vampires (and he’s not talking about Team Edward or reviewing the latest True Blood episode). Seth explains that these metaphorical vampires are “people that feed on negativity, on shooting down ideas and most of all, on extinguishing your desire to make things better.” What is so striking to me is that Seth says that these vampires cannot be cured; they cannot be shown the error of their ways. Trying to change their minds and get them on board is a waste of time. Seth explains that all we can do for these people is pity them.

… So we added to our list of services which have closed this year. Services like Xtranormal and Google Reader, just to name a couple.

So what do you do when your favorite web service shuts down? There are four basic steps that can help.

Imagine, if you will, a Venn Diagram. One circle is the unholy mess that is the current state of legal education.  One is the systematic failures surrounding issues of Access to Justice.  And the third circle is the Reinvent/Innovate/New Law world of individuals attempting to make the practice of law more efficient using technological solutions.

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