Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Subtle changes to notice on N&B

In December, Armen threw out the possibility that N&B may seek future advertising revenue in order to maintain the quality of the site. To our surprise, the response was overwhelmingly positive (as seen in comments to the post).

Beginning today, N&B is launching a new paid advertisement service intended to pair our sponsors with relevant web links. You will now see Google-powered "web clips" embedded at the bottom of each future post. Anyone who uses Gmail should already be familiar with this form of advertisement.

On behalf of the entire N&B production staff, I would like to express my hope that this change will improve your experience with our site.

I'd also like to ask that you please be patient as we work through the kinks and embark in this new and exciting direction!

- The N&B Editorial Committee

[Web Clip] US News and World Report - See our recently released 2009 rankings! Where does your law school rank?

For more of today's April Fools' Day gags, click here [warning: link is for EXTREME procrastinators only - may zap countless hours from your day].



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably a good idea to put in the ads to offset the HUGE overhead of a free blog. ADBLOCK.

4/01/2008 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have GOT to be kidding me. Maintain the quality of the site? I'm pretty sure this is even Blogger's default template! I sincerely hope you meant that you'll use the few bucks that the Google Ads might bring in to buy some beer. Maybe if you're lucky and some kind of scandalous discussion-worthy thing happens, you can afford Stella or something... Maintain the quality of the site! Ha!

4/01/2008 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one will be boycotting this corporate pulpit unless a substantial portion is donated and dedicated to LRAP funding.

4/01/2008 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha ha! Perfect.

4/01/2008 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, April Fool's?

4/01/2008 8:35 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

A for effort TJ, but it's no San Serriffe or Spaghetti Trees.

4/01/2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol @ 12:51!!!

4/01/2008 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Leiter imply that Boalt lies?

"This year--to take the most notorious example that has already attracted widespread attention--the University of California at Berkeley claimed an astounding 99% of its students employed at graduation, a fact to which Professor Lindgren of Northwestern has already called attention. In prior years, Berkeley has reported (going backwards by year) 97.2% employed at graduation, 74.4%, 89.8%, 88.7%, 96.8%, and 93.2% . Berkeley is a state school, subject to open record requirements. Have you assigned a reporter for your magazine to investigate anomalous data reporting by schools? The integrity of the enterprise surely demands an occasional follow-up investigation."


4/01/2008 10:47 AM  
Blogger tj said...

I think it'd be tough to replicate either of those in the internet age, Armen. Instead, I found inspiration in the famous Taco Liberty Bell prank in the late 90's. Pretty hilarious stuff there.

4/01/2008 10:50 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

Ah yes that's another good one.

10:47, I thought about writing a post responding to that accusation but I've just had enough rankings talk. I did leave a couple of comments to Prof. Lindgren's original post questioning his conclusion. I'm still wondering why he used "odds of employment" instead of straight percentages.

4/01/2008 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:35am should have gone to U Chicago, I bet they're the life of the party. . .

4/01/2008 11:12 AM  
Blogger Tom Fletcher said...

One site will not give in to this frenetic updating and revamping!


Sigh. I hope no one derives an impression regarding Boalt from its journal.

4/01/2008 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to distract from this important discussion, but what's the deal with barbri books? I got an e-mail about paying for shipping. I thought you could pick them up at boalt, but the only pick-up location I see is in San Francisco.

4/01/2008 11:50 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

I was a fan of this morning's email regarding the "special meeting" of the L&E workshop:

Reminder of Special Meeting of Law and Economics Workshop
"Foucault and the Fed"
Tuesday, 1 April 08, 12--2:00pm, Room 914 Simon Tower

By raising interest rates, the Fed causes working people to lose their homes and jobs. Thirty years ago Michael Foucault observed that the Fed diffuses class conflict by characterizing interest rate increases as bond price decreases. Subsequently he proved that the Federal Reserve Board is socially constructed, not genetic. The Law and Economics Program invites Boalt students and faculty to a roundtable discussion of Foucault's contribution to central banking. Contributors with prepared remarks include:

Jesse Fried, "Truth in Lending - Suing your bank for not expressing an executive's compensation package as a single number."

Andrew Guzman, "Banking Trades: Why the European Central Bank Should Set Monetary Policy for the United States."

Dan Rubinfeld, "Should Microsoft acquire the Federal Reserve Bank?"

Aaron Edlin. "Recursion, fixed points, and the Bellman equation - essential techniques for formalizing circular arguments."

Eric Talley, "Theory of 'Fraud on the Market': Demystifying the Theologicisation of Deconstructive Paridoxology through the Lens of an Autonomising Invisible Hand (or Foot)."

The meeting will conclude with a personal narrative by Bob Cooter entitled "Growing up near Washington in a house with a single-car garage."

A free lunch will be available for those who have already eaten.

Robert Cooter

4/01/2008 11:55 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Similar to the L&E email reproduced above, a Boaltie shares this link by email.

4/01/2008 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, Talley has way too much time on his hands.

4/01/2008 12:59 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Well. I thought it was pretty funny. And he could be using that spare time to do other, less funny things!

4/01/2008 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Foucault email really did leave me out on the patio laughing out loud to myself.

4/01/2008 4:13 PM  
Anonymous cl said...

sadly most everyone i know deleted it before reading it (which says something about Boalt email spam.. but that's a different, and far more boring, thread).

nonetheless, bravo to whoever wrote it! I too was chuckling quite loudly in the middle of zeb.

oh. wait. is it whomever?

4/01/2008 9:48 PM  
Blogger Armen said...


4/01/2008 11:27 PM  
Blogger Callagy said...

No, it's "whoever wrote it" because whoever is in the nominative in this clause, not the accusative, despite being the object of the sentence. Consider that my contribution to the nitpicking grammar post.

4/02/2008 6:06 AM  

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