Archive for April, 2010

Friday Funny: My Brain is Full

This week’s Friday Funny comes to you a day early. Tomorrow I will take my last final of the first quarter of Practice Court, then will make the trek home, so I won’t have time to post this, and it’s more appropriate right now, anyway. I’m pretty sure that most, if not all, of my classmates can identify with this guy right about now. I hope you enjoy.

Gary Larson is a genius.

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Friday Funny: The Return

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Friday Funny. Too long.

Those zany folks at the Cheezburger Network are relentless, what with their Failblogging and Failbooking; they’re always coming up with new sites to showcase inane funny stuff. My latest favorite is the site Hacked IRL, a site featuring sarcastic graffiti. Today’s addition to the Friday Funny logs comes from the site.

If you watch House, M.D. at all, you know that it used to be that at least once an episode, someone would toss out the suggestion that the disease they were searching for was lupus. If I recall correctly, it was almost always Dr. Foreman, and he was always wrong. Maybe once it wasn’t actually lupus. I can’t remember.

The more I look at this image, though, the more it appears Photoshopped and not actual graffiti. Oh well, still funny. That just means I have to bring you another image from the site, though. Oh boy! Hope your Friday is as funny as mine is.

Quick Thoughts on The Last Lecture

Yesterday Prof. Osler gave his Last Lecture (unofficial, since he’s teaching the summer quarter) in Room 127 at the law school. It was open to the public; many non-law folks came (including my good friends Keith and Brooke) and I think they caught a glimpse of Prof. Osler’s magic.

Some other thoughts:

  • “Slow Jamming The Rule Against Perpetuities” – Quite possibly the best lecture title of all time. I will refrain from making any legal-acronym-to-musical-style jokes.
  • Nick Chu’s introduction was right on point. He acknowledged Prof. Osler’s achievements but then focused on the fact that Osler challenges us to do the same thing.
  • How incredibly fitting that these seven “constitution moments” weren’t the amazing achievements; instead they were humbling, moving, and inspiring.
  • My only disappointment: No panda suit.
  • My only real disappointment was the inability to give him a standing ovation at the end, since he left during an excellent rendition of “Lean on Me.”

I really was disappointed that I we didn’t get to give him a standing ovation. It would have happened, and I’m almost certain it would have lasted for several minutes. It occurred to me, though, that he probably figured this, didn’t want it, and that’s why he left the way he did. As I realized this, my disappointment turned into resigned satisfaction.

For the man who taught me more about living a life of humility than any preacher, it was a fitting exit.

Origins of a Name

People ask me all the time why this blog is called “Magnificent Vista.” Ok, they really don’t. In fact, I’m not sure anyone’s ever asked me that. I’m sure that most people don’t really even think about it, given the fact that the background to the title banner is a pretty magnificent vista. The truth is, the name comes from an episode of my all-time favorite television show, The West Wing. I’m not exactly sure why, but it struck me as a good name for a blog. There’s something that I can’t articulate in the scene that hits home with me. I can’t describe it. I’ll let the scene speak for itself.

Sam: I got this from the U.S. Coast Guard, I got this from the National Weather Service. They use satellites. They use… technology.
[Thunder]
Toby: This is the same satellite technology that we use to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles, right?
Sam: Yeah.
Toby: …Alright then.

Now We Know Their Secret

I’ve always wondered how the Detroit Red Wings have remained so good for so long. Of course, we all know they are part of the secret cabal of Sport consisting of the Yankees, the Lakers, and Manchester United which conspires to keep the rest of the sporting world underneath their collective thumbs. But now we have another reason for why the Santa Suits are so dominant… Ninjas.