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April 28, 2005

Straight Talk About Reggie Miller

This seems exactly right to me: "Was Reggie Miller a great player? Absolutely. Did he have a great career? No question about it. Was he terrifying at the end of games? You betcha. Then again, so was Andrew Toney ... and he wasn't a superstar, either."

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Bear Wanders Through Milwaukee

Yesterday, a bear that may have been sighted earlier north of Milwaukee proper was found in a suburb west of Milwaukee proper.  The bear was caught and released into the woods (probably with my raccoon from a few weeks ago).  I don't know why the bear didn't come to the fashionable North Shore.

Posted by Christine Hurt in Miscellany | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

April 27, 2005

Law Student Buys Professor's Blog

Oscar Madison asks for my advice, but it's too late for that, Oscar. The Rising Jurist is calling the shots now.

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Exploding Frogs?

"More than 1,000 toads have puffed up and exploded in a Hamburg pond in recent weeks, and scientists still have no explanation for what's causing the combustion."

I have no response to that.

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Napoleon Dynamite Trivia

Things that make me go hmmm: "'Napoleon Dynamite' was a pseudonym used by Elvis Costello in the credits of his 1986 album Blood and Chocolate. Executive producer Jeremy Coon has stated that the similarity is a coincidence and that the producers were unaware of Costello's usage of the name until the film was in production."

Posted by Gordon Smith in Art & Culture | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

April 26, 2005

Venture Capital Surplus?

Bill Burnam wonders where there is too much venture capital chasing too few deals. He provides some interesting numbers on venture capital under management compared to Nasdaq valuations, and concludes that a slight oversupply will correct itself in the next few years. If you are interested in venture capital, this is well worth a read.

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The "Pulled" Term Sheet

Fred Wilson has an informative post describing circumstances under which a venture capitalist will "pull" a termsheet from an entrepreneur.

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Triple Five: Partnership Fiduciary Law

Larry Ribstein has an extended discussion of a new opinion in the Triple Five case, which appears as a case study in my casebook. This line from the new opinion is particularly interesting to me: "We agree with the district court's conclusion that Minnesota partnership law prevents partners from contracting away their fiduciary obligations." Delaware recently amended its LLC statute to allow for the elimination of fiduciary duty, and Delaware lawyers and judges are anxious to see what this might produce. I am, too.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Business Organizations | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Kaimi on U.S. News Rankings

My co-blogger Kaimi Wenger makes "The Uneasy Case for the US News Law School Rankings" over at Prawfsblawg (the blawg with the worst name since Venturpreneur). I enjoyed reading his comparison of U.S. News to Brian Leiter's rankings. Kaimi observes: "Leiter's top 5 (6, actually) are all accounted for within the first 6 spots of the US News list.  In the top 15 (16, actually, because of ties), there is a single school on Leiter's list not on the US News list, USC.  Skip down to the top 18, and again every school listed in the Leiter 18 is accounted for in the US News 18."

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April 25, 2005

"My wife's excited--she loves cheese"

Former BYU defensive standout Brady Poppinga's reaction on being drafted by the Green Bay Packers.

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