Tweet-sized Tuesdays #8

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 20, 2009 in Tweet-sized Tuesdays

L&O:SVU marathons are a huge impediment to studying :beatup: Also somehow got ahead in reading. <weird>. Plus still waiting on @#$% grades…

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In the words of Mark Twain…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 19, 2009 in NotFail

…”Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” :)

I’m not sure if it’s wishful thinking or if folks just happened to read ImNobody’s entry on blawgs dying around mid-October (hopefully the latter), but my unexplained absence over the weekend prompted at least one person to think I pulled the plug on law:/dev/null.

No way — there’s a reason this place exists, and therapists’ prices are still too high for an alternative ;)

My favorite animal since I was kid... and coincidentally my University's mascot :)

My favorite animal since I was kid, and coincidentally the NCCU mascot

Today was actually Fall Break for the N.C. Central University School of Law, so this weekend was spent disconnected from the world as much as possible.

On Friday a group of friends and I played poker at my apartment (I actually won something for a change), Saturday was spent in Greenville attending the Homecoming festivities at East Carolina University (a place I never attended but frequently visit based solely on its reputation for parties), then on Sunday made a trip to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh — where, in addition to being reminded why I love North Carolina, I happened to stumble upon the new centerpiece for my dining room table :D

I also decided I was going to introduce a new category on the blog: !Fail (which had to be written out as NotFail since WordPress doesn’t like the ‘!’ :beatup: ).

We all know every 1L goes through less-than-fun times, and I noticed by the numerous entries in the Fail category that I complain (a lot) even though law school hasn’t been bad at all so far (I’d even say it’s almost been fun). Then on Friday we got our grades back on those CivPro midterms and… I actually did pretty doggone good too.1

So a little celebration was in order, and in tribute to the Boolean ! operator I gave myself the gift of a new category. It’s also why the normal Fall Break festivities didn’t include any updates here at the blog ;) Hopefully none of you missed me too much, though if you did you have my appreciation :*

I’m heading back to read for tomorrow’s classes, gotta keep up the pace from now until finals — have a great night folks! :D

  1. Notably present among the top performers: Madame Prosecutor. Notably absent: the Unnamed Gunner. []

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Thank you blawgers!

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 15, 2009 in Randomness

My Legal Reasoning & Analysis class makes me want to gouge my eyes out sometimes. The professors are nice, but what they’re teaching us seems completely and totally pointless (in my admittedly naïve opinion).

So I just wanted to post a big THANK YOU to my fellow blawgers out there — your well-written and routinely updated content has enabled me to procrastinate for about 2 hours now ;)

But alas the break is over, and I’m off to head back to this pointless (and ungraded!) LRA assignment I have to turn in at 8am… :beatup:

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Longest. Day. Evah…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 14, 2009 in Student Government

Wednesdays are always long days on my class schedule, but I feel like today in particular just draaaagggggggggggggggggggeeeeeeeddddddddd on.  So despite my very best efforts to come up with something witty or worthwhile for the blog tonight… this is all I’ve got at the moment :beatup:

On a non-law note, if you happen to attend one of the 16 institutions in the University of North Carolina and want to know how the process for setting student fee rates works, I wrote a note on Facebook for my SG friends at N.C. State.  Feel free to check it out too :)

Hopefully I’ll have something more entertaining tomorrow.  Good night everybody!

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Tweet-sized Tuesdays #7

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 13, 2009 in Tweet-sized Tuesdays

Best mile & 400m in my life @ PT this AM… I hurt :beatup: Caught up in Property + CivPro (Asahi Metal is an ugly case). Reading torts til bed! :)

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About those midterms…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 12, 2009 in Fail

A couple keen observers noticed that my last three entries completely avoided any reference at all to my final two midterm exams in Torts and Property.  The omission was intentional — I discovered on Friday that the N.C. Central School of Law is apparently one of relatively few law schools that even have midterms (which just seems strange to me) so I didn’t want to dwell on the topic in deference to my non-NCCU readers :*

But then we had CivPro this morning…

Now remember I mentioned a few days ago that I thought things turned out better than expected in CivPro. And although I got [K]O’d in Contracts, I also felt pretty good about Property and at least so-so in Torts (I n00b-ishly didn’t watch the clock and ran out of time on the essay, but blazed through the multiples).

And then Mean Dean Green1 took all that confidence — both from myself and other students in the class — and dashed it across the cold, jagged rocks of reality.  He noted we will be having a “debriefing session” on Friday.  That translates to “extra class,” which triggered alarm bells in my mind since a midterm that generally turned out well could just use a snippet of pre-existing class time for review.

He also noted at several points that we would be “kicking it up a notch.” And if that didn’t adequately convey the point, he also noted that “y’all are not where you need to be.”

::cue the little siren GIF from the Drudge Report::

So to satisfy my own morbid curiosity, after class I went to his office hours and inquired about the class grades. He wasn’t willing to divulge much information, except to note that “the class average on the multiples was failing. And the essays I’ve read so far are much, much worse.” :beatup:

I’m going to be pulling out the little bit of hair I have left on my head waiting to get my paper back on Thursday…

Off to study Contracts and Property for tomorrow, and hoping those midterms turned out better.  Have a great night everybody! :)

  1. An appellation that, as previously noted, really doesn’t fit the man at all. []

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TDot’s Tips #2: Go to class

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 11, 2009 in TDot's Tips

One of my friends from the NC State CSC Department sent me an email noting that my TDot’s Tips category included #3, #5 and #7 — no even numbers at all — and therefore my sequencing wasn’t very computer science-y.

First, to my former comrades at NCSU who think I’ve sold out since going to law school: (i) I promise it wasn’t intentional, and (ii) I was never that good at computer science anyway :P

But thanks for the email, since it provides a convenient segue to throw in another tip ;)


Seriously, going to class is A Big Dealâ„¢.

I don’t mean just physically showing up. Cut off Facebook, lose the laptop, grab some notebook paper, a pen, and a caffeinated drink of some kind (I prefer Diet Mountain Dew myself), and actually mentally go to class.

Actively listen. Engage in discussion. Physically write down notes.

If you’re a kinesthetic learner like me, writing down the notes will burn the information into your brain better than typing them on a laptop (or doing nothing at all because a 2L somewhere gave you their briefs and outlines).

If you’re a visual learner, your mind will benefit from seeing the people talking and the words on your notebook pages when you’re done.

And for the aural learners out there, you’ll practically be able to replay the conversations in your head at exam time (I’m jealous, it’s true :beatup: ).

I know I’m up for a Captain Obvious Award by even writing about this stuff, but I’ve been surprised at the quantity of classmates who have shown up to class physically but then spent the entire time checking Facebook or news or blogs or NCAA scores… and then were totally freaking out when midterms rolled around.

I’m not trying to imply I’m a stellar student by any means — I’ve got 2 weeks to wait until midterm grades come back — but if I’m going to do poorly at something, at the very least I’m going to make the best effort I can to avoid it first :)

Anyhow, those are my snippets of wisdom for the day.  Off to read CivPro and Torts for tomorrow as I start the last 7-week sprint of the fall semester!  Have a great night everybody :D



Someone was thirsty

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 10, 2009 in Randomness

This story didn’t come up in time to make yesterday’s Friday Drive-by, but since it’s about my state I figured I’d pass it on :)

ALE agents seize 929 gallons of moonshine

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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 :)



Getting [K]O’d

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 8, 2009 in Fail


Had my Ks midterm at 8:30 this morning (that’s “Contracts” for my non-law readers who’ve been trying to understand my Facebook status ;))…  I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and finals.

It’s not that I didn’t know the material, I just didn’t know it well enough to be comfortable. And since law professors like to ask tricky questions, not being comfortable meant I started second-guessing myself and overanalyzing them.

For a 50-minute midterm, we’re “strongly recommended” to spend no more than 25 minutes on the set of multiple choice questions and then the rest on the essay.  The multiples took me 40 minutes. And my essay response had more holes than Swiss cheese because I didn’t have enough time to finish typing even though I knew the issues inside and out.

A word of advice: do the essay first if you know that material better :beatup:

I'm flattered, but I don't see the resemblance... >_<

I'm flattered, but I don't see the resemblance... >_<

And study more…

On a totally non-law-related note, after exams I headed to Chapel Hill for the monthly UNC Board of Governors meeting and got compared to Jason Statham in The Transporter. I had no clue who he was and had never seen the movie (or apparently any of his other films).  When I wiki’d him once I got home, I confess I can’t see the resemblance — maybe they were referring to the thinning hair?  You be the judge.

Heading back to Torts and Property outlines, have the last two midterms tomorrow.  Good night everybody! :D

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