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My website [Dec. 6th, 2011|10:06 pm]
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

OK, for those of you not paying attention to fb or g+, I created a website for a class project and I plan to keep it going even after the class grade. I created it for you, the user to use. It is basically done. Now I sit on it to see what else I need to do. I'm handing it in by Friday.
Any thoughts or idea, use the comment page. :D Yes, the last step is done. The website is live. http://zanrosin.weebly.com/index.html
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Happy New Year everyone! [Sep. 28th, 2011|02:35 pm]
[Current Location |bryn mawr, pa]
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]

To those of you who do not understand what the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) is, here are two sites:



To me, Rosh Hashanah is time to reflect and see how I can improve myself and those around me.  We all live in this boat called earth that floats around the galaxy (is the galaxy song running through your head yet?).  Because of that, I have a habit of saying to people "I’m sorry" when I think I do something wrong, which some people see as a weakness.  Saying "I'm sorry" is not weakness but a strength.  It takes a strong person to admit a wrong, even when you do not or cannot understand what you may have done wrong.  To me, soothing over ruffled feathers is more important than being right in a discussion, especially where you can always talk about those issues later when things are calmer. 

I have been the head of too many organizations and have dealt with too many people who can take thing wrong with just a look.  I have tried to fix those wrongs but some things, as I have learned, are not fixable.  Yet, as part of human nature, I have also done wrong to some people, mostly unintentionally. 

Yes, I am supposed to be seeking forgiveness but to me, saying “I’m sorry” is the first step, the next step is yours.  So, to all my friends that I might have done wrong to, “I’m sorry”.  Hopefully this will be viewed  as a positive first step to all. 

Warm wishes for a sweet year filled with prosperity, peace and happiness!

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Public Urged to Stay Off Roadways in Eastern PA [Sep. 8th, 2011|03:12 pm]
[Current Mood |grumpygrumpy]

You know it is bad if my Township is posting this about Pennsylvania:

Public Urged to Stay Off Roadways in Eastern PA

Posted Date:
9/8/2011 2:51 PM

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are strongly urging motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel
in eastern Pennsylvania, including the area from Harrisburg north to the New York border, east to the New Jersey border and south to the
Maryland border.

Currently Interstate 80 is closed in both directions from Exits 232 to 236 and Interstate 81 is closed in both
directions between Exits 90 and 100. Also, hundreds of secondary roads are closed.

Many roads that are open are experiencing extremely high traffic, resulting in gridlock in many regions. In
addition to flooding, mud slides and downed trees continue to pose safety risks along roadways in the rain-drenched regions.

For your safety as well as the safety of other motorists and emergency responders, motorists are urged to avoid
unnecessary travel until conditions improve.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by calling 511 or by visiting www.511PA.com.
511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban
interstates and access to more than 500 traffic cameras.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews.

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It is the end of the east coast as we know it, and I feel fine.... [Aug. 26th, 2011|08:41 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

This was a comment that one of my co-workers found at work attached to an article about the earthquake and upcoming Hurricane.  I had to post this.  I was too amused reading it.  Thoughts?

"According to the WeatherWatch Channel, the destabilization caused by the VA earthquake in conjunction with the low pressure bands of Irene's eyewall could actually forment a once in one thousand year condition known as "Quasi Fricture Omniosis." What is QFO? In layman's terms, it mean that the entire Eastern Seaboard is at risk of coastline implosion - not erosion, implosion. When implosion occurs, the entire land mass will disconnect from the mainland and quickly be sucked into the ocean. According to Dr. Charles Jardosian of the Woolters Institute in Woods Hole, this is actually the phenomenom that presaged the Ice Age"
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My goodbye email to Drexel LRC [Jun. 30th, 2011|07:30 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Hi everyone -
Let me know your thoughts.  I want to post this today before 5pm.  
I took out my email and fb names since this is going as a public post.



Hi Everyone -

Thank you all for the fun, laughter, ribbing, support and friendship over the past years. I have gained so much from my time here, both professionally and personally.  It has been quite an experience watching the library grow and seeing where it will be going.  I wish you the best of luck with this. 
If you want to stay in touch email me at xxxx@gmail.com and/or FB under xxxxx.  See you all as we bump into each other on the streets of Philly and/or at conferences.

Take care,

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Legal Funnies [Jun. 8th, 2011|09:05 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

I want to know how the Judge kept his face straight hearing these:

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS:     He said , 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY:  And why did that upset you?
WITNESS:     My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY:  What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS:     Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY:  Are you sexually active?
WITNESS:     No , I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS:     I forget..
ATTORNEY:  You forget?  Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY:  Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo?
WITNESS:     We both do.
ATTORNEY:  Voodoo?
WITNESS:     We do..
ATTORNEY:  You do?
WITNESS:     Yes , voodoo.
ATTORNEY:  Now doctor , isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep , he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS:  Did you actually pass the bar exam?

ATTORNEY:  The youngest son , the 20-year-old , how old is he?
WITNESS:      He's 20 , much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY:  Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS:     Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY:  So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS:     Getting laid
ATTORNEY:  She had three children , right?
WITNESS:     Yes.
ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?
ATTORNEY:   Were there any girls?
WITNESS:      Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS:     By death..
ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS:     Take a guess.

ATTORNEY:  Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS:     He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY:  Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS:     Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.

ATTORNEY:  Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS:  No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY:  Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS:     All of them... The live ones put up too much of a fight.

ATTORNEY:  ALL your responses MUST be oral , OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS:     Oral...

ATTORNEY:  Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS:     The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY:  And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS:     If not , he was by the time I finished.

ATTORNEY:  Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS:     Are you qualified to ask that question?

And last:

ATTORNEY:  Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS:     No..
ATTORNEY:  So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS:     No.
ATTORNEY:  How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS:     Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY:  I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS:     Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
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Memorial service for Philadelphia's First Civil War Casualty - this Saturday (today) at 1 PM [Apr. 23rd, 2011|09:50 am]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

This was passed to me from a friend and this is for anyone that is interested. 

Personally:  The civil war has always fascinated me as a war that should have never happened and the controversy behind why it did.  Like everyone else, I have all heard the various reasons why it did happen. Today, there are still people that get upset over the flags being flown and what they represent to them. Yes, the confederate flag is a symbol but it also mean different things to different people:  Some, southern pride, some hatred of those that are not them, and others suppression.  In some ways, the country is still divided over the philosophy behind the war. People need to learn from the war and let the hatred go.  We are one country united under one flag and should stay that way.  Do not let these soldiers too die for naught.



Philadelphia's First Civil War Casualty
All are welcome to attend a memorial service to commemorate the sacrifice of Philadelphia's first military casualty of the American Civil War at Palmer Cemetery in Fishtown section of Philadelphia. The General Meade Society has joined forces with other historical and civic organizations to sponsor this event. Light refreshments will be offered after the service.

NOTE: Parking will be made available on Palmer Street between Belgrade and Memphis Streets.

On this day, April 19, in 1861, Philadelphia suffered its first military casualty of the American Civil War. A 26-year-old German immigrant named George Leisenring (who also appears as John Lichtenhahn in contemporary records of the day) was mortally wounded in Baltimore, Maryland, and died a few days later at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

Leisenring was a member of the Washington Brigade, which included the Washington Guards, a group of volunteers commanded by Colonel William F. Small. Small's volunteer force, composed in part of German immigrants, had been organized as a militia regiment in January of 1861. They along with the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, by train, only to encounter an enraged mob of "secessionists" or pro-Confederate residents of the city. Some of the mob boarded the railroad car in which George Leisenring was an occupant, and the young resident of Philadelphia received "two stab wounds," one in his back and another by a knife which was also "plunged into his side." He and four Massachusetts soldiers would die, while some 25 others were wounded during the assault.

Samuel Bates, in his multi-volume work, The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, first published in 1869, states how those soldiers attacked
during the Baltimore Riots were "recruited in Philadelphia, in the districts of Northern Liberties and Kensington, and at least one-half of
its members were German." Leisenring served as a private in Company C, commanded by Captain Henry Ungerer of the 2nd Regiment of the Washington Brigade, according to Frank Taylor, Civil War soldier, author, and artist, in his work, Philadelphia in the Civil War: 1861-1865, published in 1913.  Leisenring was first buried in the Union Wesleyan and Harmony Burial Ground located in Kensington. The bodies buried there were later re-interred at Fernwood Cemetery, Delaware County. Regrettably, the exact whereabouts of Leisenring's grave is not known.  During this 150th sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, which begins this month, it should be remembered that Philadelphia from the beginning paid a price, as it has done in all wars, for both freedom and liberty. George Leisenring was no exception. He is someone to be remembered with honor for his sacrifice, which is the more remarkable since he gave his life in the defense of his adopted country.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania holds one of the largest collections of Civil War-era documents in the region. Learn more about
HSP's collection and the start of the Civil War by watching the 3-minute video below.


Civil War Commemoration at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The General Meade Society's mission is to promote and preserve the memory of Union Major General George Gordon Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac and architect of the Union victory at Gettysburg. The society currently boasts hundreds of members throughout the country, all of whom share a common interest in General Meade's multifaceted life and career. Activities include: administering the Meade school scholarship, tours of Meade-related sites in Philadelphia, living history presentations, historical symposiums, supporting battlefield preservation, conducting graveside services honoring war heroes and the adoption of the Meade Monument and HQ site in Gettysburg, PA.
Learn more about our organization by visiting: http://www.generalmeadesociety.org


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PSA commentary on my posts [Apr. 20th, 2011|07:07 pm]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

OK, I rarely have to put my foot down but today I had to PSA two friends having a religion debate because one misunderstood the other.  It happens.  I do not mind a good debate on my posts.  It makes things more interesting. 
It is OK to post question on something I post or something someone else comment since that is how we learn from each other.  Someone can post the wrong facts and someone else can correct them.  I have been wrong and I expect to be wrong on things in the future.  Hopefully someone will correct me. 
It is not OK for anyone to point fingers and say YOUR BELIEFS ARE WRONG. I will not put up with that since my beliefs (and everyone else's beliefs) are personal. I have too many friends that range from the very religious to what’s the point of religion. I get along with all of them since their beliefs are not why I am friends with them.  The person they are is what matters to me. So everyone play nice on my posts.
End of this PSA.

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My views on Ravencon [Apr. 11th, 2011|10:04 am]
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Had a great time at Ravencon even though school wise and personal time wise, I really did not have the time.  I really needed the time away to relax and just be me.  For a while I was and I miss that.  The drive down in the rain was long (since I drove it all) and I was exhausted by the time Mary and I arrived. Yeah, tired, starved, sore and a bit cranky but I still had fun Friday night seeing everyone.  
Saturday was fun.  Posted my homework throughout the course of the day, caught up with friends, schmoozed and caused trouble (as usual), and I even introduced Browncoat: Redemption, to an crowd of nonbrowncoats.  Yeah, an entire room of people that were not Browncoats since they were all upstairs drinking already.  It is always fun getting up and talking about why the Browncoats are still so active and what we do.  Besides Aiming to Misbehave, we fund-raise.  Yes, we are an active, charity driven group with behavioral issues. :)
Sat night I was up late partying then having discussions with people over the fate of the cons and writers.  Yeah, I SMOF'd.  I had a headache by the end since there was too much going through my mushy brain and people not understanding that I can only do what I can do.  I do understand the situations of the cons and the writers.  I hear it from all sides.  I do not need to be on the lists to know what is going on.  If more people would just sit and listen like I did, and put their egos aside, these discussions would still not be going on.  Yes, I heard these years ago as "what ifs", now they are reality.  It is sad that these same issues are still out there.  The problem is that these issues are hurting the writers and the cons.
Sunday I sat through the copyright panel.  The panelists were pretty good but the crowd was a bit clueless.  They needed a more Q&A with the crowd then just lecturing to them.  But then when you are dealing with the public that has no idea how copyright works, I guess it is hard how to feel them out.  More panels like this are needed so the public can learn about copyright.  There should have been handouts also on the basics of copyrights or at least websites for them to go to. There are plenty out there that have public access (not legal fee paid).  I use a lot of them for reference points.
Ravencon has done a great job of balancing the literary with the rest.  Their literary is not just all books, it is the new tech stuff writers are facing and what people need to know, writing panels for writers along with the usual chestnuts which leaves the other panels open to run the hard science, media, concerts throughout the day, etc... The panel lineup is really well done.  I can see why people keep coming back.  I will probably be back.
Sunday is always a tough day saying good-bye to everyone, the new friends and old.  With my life, I know I will not see most of them, even the local ones, until Balticon in May.  Most of the social things I wanted to get done were.  For me personally, things are OK.  I am OK.
The drive home was longer than expected since there was a detour through Harrisburg.  It is fine since Mary was able to drive a chunk of it on the way home (the weather was clear)
This morning mom called with the - I did not know you were home, can you do, I need you now... sigh, back to reality where my life is not part of what she needs now.  This is going to be a long week.
I am glad I went.  I do not regret it overall.  It just always seems that when I take some time for myself, there is always a price to pay with the family.  Between homework and family, this will be a long week.  I am glad I had some time away.  I needed it.
And yes, for those wondering, stress and illness of two weeks ago are amazing animals at helping me lose weight. Yes, I have lost more. No idea how much but I am down a pants size and still going.   It is fun to be back in clothes that I have not been able to wear the last few years.  I just hope I can balance out the weight loss soon.  Those wondering, no, I am going to be taking a summer course, that is part of the reason why.  sigh.  School is just going to take a bit longer.

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Wiki, Plagiarism and Legal Briefs [Apr. 8th, 2011|07:04 am]

Wiki, plagiarism and stupidity strike again.  The lawyers plagiarized  wiki in their legal briefs?  What!!!  WIKI!!!!  The judge even said “Finally, the court reminds counsel that Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of legal authority in the United States District Courts.”  WIKI IS NOT GOOD LEGAL AUTHORITY ANYWHERE!   Do some real research instead of using Wiki.  You are lawyers!



Appellate Practice

Judge Warns Defense Lawyers in Pitino Extortion Case: Don’t Crib Law Discussion from Wikipedia

Posted Apr 7, 2011 8:02 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

A federal judge has issued a legal writing warning to lawyers who sought a new trial for a woman convicted of trying to extort money from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

The defense should not have copied its discussion of ineffective assistance from Wikipedia, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson of Louisville wrote in a February opinion (PDF). His concerns are outlined in footnote 4 of his opinion denying a new trial for the defendant, Karen Sypher, Legal Blog Watch reports.

“The court notes here that defense counsel appears to have cobbled much of his statement of the law governing ineffective assistance of counsel claims by cutting and pasting, without citation, from the Wikipedia website,” Simpson wrote.

“The court reminds counsel that such cutting and pasting, without attribution, is plagiarism. The court also brings to counsel’s attention Rule 8.4 of the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct, which states that it is professional misconduct for an attorney to ‘engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.' …

“Finally, the court reminds counsel that Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of legal authority in the United States District Courts.”

Sypher reported to federal prison Wednesday to begin serving an 87-month sentence, Wave3.com reports. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court refused to postpone Sypher’s prison sentence while her appeals are resolved, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Legal Blog Watch credits Legal Writing Prof Blog for noting the footnote.

Alexandria, Va., lawyer David Nolan filed the motion discussing ineffective assistance, according to Pacer documents. A phone number listed on court documents was apparently forwarded to the voice mail for a private number. He did not immediately respond to a phone message and an email.

Updated at 9:10 a.m. to add information about the lawyer.


(and as a side note, FB will not let me post this on their site - what?  anyone want to explain that one to me? 
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