Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Weekend Update

A few things have caught my eye, but been too busy to post, so here they are collectively.

-- Big ups to Daniel Redman ('08) for his recent article in Slate.

-- Insurance companies have an antitrust exemption? Let's see, by eliminating the exemption they'll have to actually compete with each other, stop colluding, risk losing geographic market power, which would lead to overall decline in premiums and an increase in legal work for litigation associates. And the down side is?

-- Birther Queen/Attention Whore Orly Taitz serves as a bright shining example to those awaiting their bar results that all that anxiety was for naught. (i.e., if she's a member of the Bar, how did you ever doubt yourself?) Conversely, she'll pile on to the anxiety for those who don't quite make it this time around. (i.e., but SHE passed?) Someone should remind her: when a judge imposes sanctions sua sponte, that's usually not an indication that the judge is out to get you, but that you're THAT crazy (and yes, there is a line that can be crossed after which it's no longer about the legal arguments you put forth but you personally).

-- Speaking of attention whores, did we need a squad of detectives to figure out that a guy whose lifelong dream is to be on a reality show (are there people like that? I thought everyone does a reality show as sort of a stepping stone to something more legitimate, like that Bachelor guy who does college football now), who called the TV stations first, emergency responders second, and who pitched a show to TLC recently would fake something as spectacular as a kid flying away on a balloon? I'm pissed off that they wasted precious resources, at the same time, this family is clearly in need of a good therapist. Relatedly, WIN!.

-- Top Chef predictions? (And I mean predictions only, no spoilers for you Dish/DirectTV people who watch on East coast time. After 24 hours, feel free to spoil though). Personally: Jen recovers and wins quickfire. Bryan wins the main. And Robin finally goes home, though I wouldn't weep if Mike I. got tossed either.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, armen, looks like you took off a week from posting and then tom compensate threw some random stuff out there on a wednesday and called it "weekend update." amirite?

10/21/2009 7:44 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Tellyawhat, shoot me an e-mail, and I'll tell you all about the strange happenings this past week, and why I called it Weekend Update.

10/21/2009 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Restaurant Wars!

10/21/2009 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i did not like the new restaurant wars format. it was better when they had to build their own, design it, name it, and all that.

10/22/2009 7:49 AM  
Blogger tj said...

Wait a minute.

Obama wasn't born in america? Then how is he allowed to be president?

10/22/2009 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was actually quite glad they dropped the decor part of Restaurant Wars. That always seemed stupid to me--in real life, you know they'd just hire a consultant, tell the consultant about the food and some general ideas, and the consultant would do everything for them. Just as it's not Top Sommelier, it's also not Top Interior Decorator.

They did have to name it, at least.

10/22/2009 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Kevin, hope he wins!

10/22/2009 1:38 PM  
Blogger Armen said...


And concur re Kevin.

10/22/2009 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other food related news,
Blue Bottle finally has a cafe in Oakland!

10/22/2009 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we should get a thread on spring courses. I could use some suggestions on extremely easy courses. How is law and film?

10/22/2009 3:13 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I thought the Bachelor guy was a football commentator before. No? He's also the guy from Sliders' brother.

10/25/2009 12:08 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

And now I'm embarrassed on two levels.

10/25/2009 12:09 AM  

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