Sunday, December 14, 2008

12月14日隨即的事情:Sweet & Sour

Exam time means a noticeable decline in both the quality and quantity of UVA Law Blog posts, probably without recovery. Here are some disjointed ramblings of what's been and what's been not so good:

Sweet and Sour Deals:

Harris Teeter is having a sale on Beef Jerky - a big bag (original or terriaki-style) for only $3.97; that's sweet. But HT also increased their prices on their subs a few weeks ago from $2.49 to $2.99 - still cheap - but that's kind of sour. Starbucks on the Corner is giving out coupons for free specialty drinks including their Expresso Truffle as part of their anti-AIDS RED campaign (don't ask me what RED has to do with fighting AIDS) - that's oh-so-sweet; said Starbucks doesn't have any free interwebs - which would be sour - but it's close enough to UVA main grounds that you can pick up their free signal. Also, no free parking, but plenty of bike space; this encourages people to bike, walk, or take the bus! That's sweet!

Sweet and Sour Finals:

It's the beginning of the end, which is sweet - but we still have three more days (four for 1Ls), which is less than ideal, so that's sour. Plus we're a little iffy on our last exam . . . but we've gotten wicked good at Desktop Tower Defense, which is sweet; though suggestions that we endorse to get others not to study (CURVE-PWNT?) are sour . . . and not true!

Sweet and Sour Redskins

The Redskins kick off against the 1-11-1 Cincinatti Bengals today, which is sweet because it should be a cupcake game. However, the Skins will need a lot of outside help to get to the playoffs; for wild card contention they are currently behind Tampa, Dallas, and Atlanta, and, now, Philadelphia. If the Skins don't make the playoffs this year, we're going to lose all faith in humanity which would be sour.
Part II; Sweet and Sour Play: Trailing Baltimore by two touchdowns with about one minute to go in the half at the Baltimore 43, the Washington Redskins face fourth and under two yards and PUNTED THE BALL. The decision - substantively unwise in most circumstances - wasn't even rational given how much time was left in the half and how well the Skins D had been playing up to this point (the two TDs game were a result of turnovers not bad defense). This the type of call that we, as a bright-eyed eight year old playing Tecmo Super Bowl can get right, and yet Zorn gets wrong - why?
Sweet and Sour Politics:

A bunch of insurance companies are clammering for bailout monies when they barely even pay taxes themselves! Sour. But people are finally wising up on how to "fix" the problems with Detroit (overused metonomy alert!), that (could be) sweet! Thomas Friedman writes:
[S]omeone in the mobility business in Denmark and Tel Aviv is already developing a real-world alternative to Detroit’s business model. I don’t know if this alternative to gasoline-powered cars will work, but I do know that it can be done — and Detroit isn’t doing it. And therefore it will be done, and eventually, I bet, it will be done profitably.

And when it is, our bailout of Detroit will be remembered as the equivalent of pouring billions of dollars of taxpayer money into the mail-order-catalogue business on the eve of the birth of eBay. It will be remembered as pouring billions of dollars into the CD music business on the eve of the birth of the iPod and iTunes. It will be remembered as pouring billions of dollars into a book-store chain on the eve of the birth of and the Kindle. It will be remembered as pouring billions of dollars into improving typewriters on the eve of the birth of the PC and the Internet.
To be fair, we still like to buy CDs. Sweeeet.

Apologies to Judge Greg Easterbrook.


Anonymous said...

Redskins loose -- playoffs over -- NOT sweet. Sour would be an overstatement

Rule 12 (f) said...

sad but true.

Rule 12 (f) said...

except i think you meant "understatement", rt?

Anonymous said...

Get your kids inside, lock the doors, and turn of the lights. The Redskins are loose!

4tw said...

Sweet: free excellent candy in the library.

Sour: gaining 17 lbs in 10 days.