Law, politics, pop culture, sports, and a touch of Oregon.
About this site
Comments When you submit a comment, it won't be published until approved. This is to cut down on comment spam. However, I will also edit or block comments that are profane or offensive.
No Legal Advice Although I may from time to time discuss legal issues on this blog, nothing that I post should be construed as legal advice, nor as creating an attorney-client relationship between you and me. In fact, there's a good chance I'm not licensed to practice law wherever you are. If you need legal advice, you should consult an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.
Personal View This blog is neither affiliated with my employer nor hosted by it. It is maintained through TypePad, and I pay the hosting fees. Nothing that is posted here should be construed as anything other than the views of the particular author of the post.
This is a stupid website program that tells you what your ideal profession is based on your name (and it changes depending on whether you use middle initials, etc.). (Via Iowa Law Girl and Edward's Blog.) Anyway, for me, it predicted "Kid's TV Presenter" (whatever that is).
But for my son, it predicted:
Emperor of all the world
Yep, that's about as dead on as it gets, especially since his given name means "Conqueror of Mankind." He's certainly the emperor of the household. . . .
Yet another stupid Internet quiz, this one (like previous ones) plots your political views on a Cartesian grid, with the x-axis corresponding to social permissiveness and the y-axis corresponding to economic permissiveness. It pegs me as 60 percent socially permissive and 68 percent economically permissive, which puts me at the outer edge of "centrist," abutting "capitalist" and "libertarian."
I don't know why these tests keep coming close to identifying me as a libertarian, since I don't feel any particular kinship to the Libertarian Party.
Some other famous people in the same quadrant that I'm in include Thomas Jefferson, the Unabomber (at the extreme end), and pretty close to where I am, Donald Trump! Hey, it beats the opposite quadrant (the socially and economically repressive one), which includes Osama bin Laden, Adolph Hitler, and Darth Vader.
In honor of the announcement of the title of the latest Harry Potter book ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"), I took one of those Harry Potter sorting quizzes to see which House I'd have been put in. Of course, I'm partial to lions, so Gryffindor would have been nice (even if a griffin is only half-lion), but instead, I ended up with:
You are a Ravenclaw!!! You're a smart-ass, pure and simple. You know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING, and you are NEVER wrong. Believe it if you want to, but it's NOT the case. Never has been and never will be. You're just stuck in a fantasy world that even Harry Potter cannot rival. Oh...and you are so uptight...well...you get the picture.
Well, actually, that's probably right. Well-known blogger Prof. Bainbridge has on numerous occasions (including this one) referred to me as a "smart-aleck."
Besides, I'm not a "bloody evil bastard" (Slytherin) -- at least, I hope not; I'm not "a little wild and crazy . . . trouble-maker" (Gryffindor); and I'm a lawyer/law prof, so that rules out being "too damned sweet, pure, and innocent for your own good" (Hufflepuff).
Tung predicted I'd end up at -0.5556 (left/right) and -0.2376 (pragmatic/idealistic) on the political compass survey. Not a bad guess, but I think he underestimated my pragmatic side. It turns out that I'm actually -0.5715 (left/right) and +0.0086 (pragmatic/idealistic). The graph of those results is posted to the left (fittingly).
Turns out "Red" Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, is to the right of me. Even I'm a little surprised...
My result is to the side. It puts me slightly to the right of Prof. Althouse and much more to the left of Prof. Bainbridge.
On the left/right axis, I'm almost dead center (+0.0291 on a -1 to 1 scale); on the pragmatic/idealistic axis, I'm a little farther from center (+0.1949 on a -1 to 1 scale). Based on my nearly constant agreement with her political blog posts, I kind of figured that Prof. Althouse and I would be even closer in results, but I guess she read the questions in a more nitpicky way than I did.
Feel free to take the test and leave your results in the comments. I'm guessing that co-blogger Kevin will end up somewhere around -0.5556 (left/right) and -0.2376 (pragmatic/idealistic).
Kerry:Your score is 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. You believe John Kerry is unfit to be president. While your disapproval stops short of outright hatred, there is nothing he could do or say that could sway your fundamental belief that he is a dangerous, terrorist-coddling, flip-flopping menace who must be stopped.
Bush:Your score is 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. You can't stand George W. Bush. The mere mention of his name makes you cringe, and every time you hear him speak, it makes you want to jump out the window. You will vote for Anyone But Bush.
Hmm, does this test then predict that I will be voting for Ralph Nader? Or would I also score 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 on him as well? Maybe I should just write myself in for President; now that I'm over 35, I meet all the eligibility requirements.