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(Non-)Friday Drive-by: Surveying the blawgpocalypse…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 17, 2010 in Friday Drive-by

I’m a huge fan of the other blawgers out there on the internet, and particularly enjoy them when I need to avoid doing pointless classwork ;)

Even though I don’t comment as often as I should on those folks’ entries, I still talk with several of them frequently on Facebook and Twitter — and even became “real world” friends with a couple :)

So as I stumble across blawgs I haven’t read yet, they get thrown onto the blogroll for y’all to enjoy. And since I try to read all of them regularly I update the link list with one or more tildes (“~”) if something hasn’t been updated in awhile: ~ means a blog has been inactive for at least a month, ~~ for blogs that haven’t been updated in 3+ months, and ~~~ for the ones that are pretty much totally deactivated (no post in 6+ months, or password-protected, or shut down).

But given my sporadic and lengthy disappearances over the past two months, it’s been awhile since I had a chance to catch up on the blawgosphere…

…and an awful lot of them have disappeared since then :(

About 15% of my blogroll now falls into “~~~” territory. The most high-profile is probably i don’t wear skinny jeans, a now-2L at NYU who blended his law school life experience with a truly impeccable wit.1

Together with Jansen and the Hoomster, idwsj rounded out my “Big 3” — the first law blogs I ever read, and the ones I still check almost compulsively. I saw one of his last posts speculating about the future of his blog, but I didn’t realize he had gone through with deleting it until my Top Sites screen in Safari showed a blank WordPress page :beatup:

idwsj isn’t the only one. Take a look at the September 2009 Top 10 law student blogs from Bitter Lawyer and a similar May 2010 Top 10 blog list from ClearAdmit:

And then there’s the other 40%ish of the 149 entries in the blogroll who are in the ~ and ~~ range. Some of the folks who still write regularly have also pondered throwing in the towel, or scaled back due to drama.

I don’t know what’s brought on the mass extinction, but if any of you happen to read this entry: your blawgs are among the highlights of my day, so I’d really appreciate if you didn’t disappear on me :*

Off to dinner with some of my NCCU Law colleagues, then back to study Evidence for the night. Have a great night y’all! :D

  1. To this day idwsj’s blog was/is the only law blog I’ve read where I literally LOL’d in the middle of class :beatup: []

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Friday Drive-by #12 (or, “w00t for #4!!”)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on May 7, 2010 in Friday Drive-by

A few weeks ago I mentioned to y’all that law:/dev/null was among 25 nominees in ClearAdmit‘s “Best of Blogging” competition. The folks at Clear Admit basically took the huge pantheon of law student blogs, trimmed the list down to their Top 25, then sent everyone a ballot to vote for their favorites.

Well the votes are in, the results were announced on Tuesday, and…

…we’re #4! :D

That’s pretty doggone good as far as I’m concerned, considering the top 3 winners happened to be the exact same folks as the “Big 3” I mentioned in that earlier entry :) We also snagged #1 in the “Best Representation of Academics” category!

All in all, not bad for a contest where my initial nomination was a surprise :spin:

Many thanks again to the folks over at ClearAdmit, as well as to everyone in the Top 25 who included me on their ballot :) And an even bigger *THANK YOU* to all of you readers who keep reading and supporting law:/dev/null :D

Here are the final vote results. All of you should check out all of these blogs :)

TOP 10:

  1. idwsj @ http://idwsj.wordpress.com/
  2. Dennis Jansen @ http://www.dennis-jansen.com/
  3. Huma Rashid @ http://humarashid.com/
  4. TDot @ http://www.lawdevnull.com/
  5. Ricky Nelson @ http://legallyquestionablecontent.wordpress.com/
  6. Mariel @ http://freshthoughtsoup.wordpress.com/
  7. Cat & SB @ http://similarlysituated.blogspot.com/
  8. Reckless @ http://lastcallforrecklessness.blogspot.com/
  9. I’m Nobody @ http://butnothanks.blogspot.com/
  10. Ivy Lea @ http://ivy-lea.blogspot.com/

Most Entertaining Applicant Blog:
Ricky Nelson @ http://legallyquestionablecontent.wordpress.com/

Best School Selection Advice:
Ricky Nelson @ http://legallyquestionablecontent.wordpress.com/

Best Resource for Applicants:
Dennis Jansen @ http://www.dennis-jansen.com/

Best Job/Internship Advice:
Huma Rashid @ http://humarashid.com/

Best Representation of Academics:
TDot @ http://www.lawdevnull.com/

Best Representation of Student Life:
idwsj @ http://idwsj.wordpress.com/

Best Single Post:
idwsj @ Law School: A Life of 1,000 Acquaintances and One Friend

Have fun reading folks! And have a great night! :D

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Friday Drive-by #11 (or, “It’s an honor just to be nominated”)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Apr 16, 2010 in Friday Drive-by

Amid all the craziness trying to get caught up — with exams starting next week too! :surprised: — I totally overlooked an email from the folks over at ClearAdmit back on Monday. Turns out law:/dev/null is one of their Top 25 nominees for the “Best of Blogging 2009-2010” Award!

The nomination was a total surprise, particularly given the far more talented writing of many other nominees (not to mention my frequent and arbitrary disappearances :beatup: ).

But now I’ve got a better understanding of where Oscar nominees are coming from when they say it’s an honor just to be nominated. To have this blog included in the same list as my own “Big 3” (Jansen, TRPLS, and idwsj) is a big honor in my book :D

So to the folks over at ClearAdmit, many many thanks! And also *THANK YOU* to all of you readers who keep coming back… and thus encourage me to keep writing1 :angel:

I’d encourage all of you to check out the other blogs in the Top 25 — I even found some new entries to the blogroll in this list :)

Have fun reading y’all :) And a great night! :D

  1. Which means if you don’t like what I write, stop visiting :P []

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Friday Drive-by #10

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 27, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

Between the Thanksgiving holiday and final exam prep, I was a little worried there wouldn’t be much to peruse this week. I was wrong :D

  • In law school you have to love the little things. Like blogging :) (Fresh Thought Soup)
  • Maybe it’s just my naïveté, but I always figured it was too @#$%ing cold for this sort of thing to happen in Minnesota (No. 634)
  • To the pre-Ls: you too will find yourself employing this game plan on finals (Write and Wrong)
  • Always protect your BlackBerry (quasi-blaWg)
  • idwsj on why there’s -0- point in trying to go through law school alone (i don’t wear skinny jeans)
  • Sounds like I’ll have some fun stuff to look forward to next year (Reasonably Prudent Law Student)
  • This is why I sit in the back on the perimeter (Law Ingenue)
  • Here’s a Black Friday deal you won’t want to miss… :beatup: ((In)Sanity Soufflé)
  • Speaking of Black Friday, more than a few classmates did this today… at a different type of ABC Store (Courtoons)

I’m off to engage in some thoroughly unproductive gambling at our bi-weekly poker nights. Have a great post-Thanksgiving weekend folks! :D

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Friday (Non)Drive-by #9

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 20, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

I feel like I’m slacking off with the Friday Drive-by, but there isn’t one this week. I’m currently on the way to Boone for the November business meeting of the UNC Association of Student Governments, and after tonight’s business meeting the Student Body President of Appalachian State University is hosting a bonfire and related festivities so I’m not going to have time to cobble an entry together.

Hopefully none of you are heartbroken ;)

Have a great night folks! :D

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Friday Drive-by #8

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 13, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

You can tell it’s getting near finals when a good chunk of the folks you regularly rely on for impeccably-written divergences from LRA have been MIA :)

There’s still plenty of good stuff out in the blawgosphere this week though — here’s a few links for your enjoyment:

Enjoy the weekend everybody :D

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Friday Drive-by #7

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Nov 6, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

I try to have something witty to preface these entries, but I’m still a stuffy-nosed mess and the brain is only operating at about half-capacity :beatup:

Lots of good entries among the blawgers this past week though, so here’s a few of the ones I liked:

Enjoy the weekend everybody :D

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Friday (Non)Drive-by #6

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 30, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

One of tonight's poker hands: the table wins with a straight flush

One of tonight's poker hands: the table wins with a straight flush

No Drive-by this week — I just got back earlier this afternoon from my trip out west (stopping in at Winston-Salem State University‘s Homecoming on my way back from WCU).

Then I headed over to the N.C. Central School of Law to grab my books for the weekend, then came home to host some friends and fellow 1Ls at my bi-weekly poker night.

And I’m currently not losing money, so I’m staying focused to make sure that trend continues ;)

Have a great night folks! :D

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Friday Drive-by #5

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 23, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

North Carolina’s schizophrenic weather decided to bless us with high-70s temperatures after a frigid week in the low-50s, so I’m currently enjoying the evening air out on the the deck finally throwing together this week’s Friday Drive-by.  Here are a handful of sites I used to kill time this past week :)

Enjoy the weekend everybody :D

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Friday Drive-by #4

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 9, 2009 in Friday Drive-by

Midterms are done… now for the race to the semester’s finish line a mere 7 weeks away :beatup:

Here are a handful of links that provided much-needed relief from studying this past week :D

Enjoy the weekend everybody :)

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