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Fireworks – Related Darwin Awards

The Library wishes you a fun, happy, and safe Independence Day.

For examples of how NOT to celebrate safely, check out the Darwin Awards website. Like many sites, they have a search box at the bottom of their homepage. The Advanced Search link describes how to search the site using Boolean connectors like “AND.”

Enter the term “fireworks” into the search box for some cautionary tales!

Holiday Gifts Worth Celebrating!

The holiday season is always full of gifts!

Some people may spend the Holiday in Handcuffs (I haven’t seen that movie, but just the idea of Clarissa/Sabrina and A.C. Slater together makes me miss the 1990s), but we had a better holiday, adding some excellent resources to the Library & Technology Center collection this past month.

Given finals and the short December month at Coastal, there are fewer additions than normal, but we’ve nevertheless got some excellent ones worth highlighting.

1) Typography for Lawyers: Essential Tools for Polished & Persuasive Documents.
For some of us, the title is enough to sell this one. For most of you, it is more likely to cause your eyes to glaze over. Trust me when I say this one is worth a look. A slim softcover volume of only 170 pages (plus sample documents and an appendix), Typography for Lawyers addresses some of the most common issues faced by those attempting to craft great legal documents. All sorts of questions on formatting and usage are discussed and simple, straight-forward answers are provided whenever possible. Although it was originally tabbed to be sent into the General Collection, after review by library staff and students, it has been deemed of sufficient importance to be moved into the Reference Collection so it will always be on hand.

If all that wasn’t enough to convince you it is worth a look, take note of the fact that Bryan Garner has lent his name to the effort and written the foreword. You may know that name, but if not try typing it into our library catalog. You may recognize some of the results, like Garner’s Dictionary of Legal UsageReading Law: the Interpretation of Legal Texts (with Scalia), Classic Essays on Legal Advocacy, and a little book called Black’s Law Dictionary.

2) Phake: the Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines
The library’s own Jamie Marie Keller has actually read this book already, and was kind enough to provide us with this review:
Phake by Roger Bate (Economist with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research) discusses the dangers of unregulated consumer medical drug markets. The book includes empirical studies of the safety of drug quality in Africa, India, China, and the Middle East. While the book focuses on counterfeit drugs and substandard laboratories, it does not differentiate between drugs that are counterfeit simply because they are not created by the corporation that holds the patent on the medication and other counterfeit medicines. Bate praises the efforts of the FDA to regulate the drug market in the United States and encourages other countries to develop similar agencies.

3) Covenants Not to Compete: a State-by-State Survey
Current through the end of 2011, this state-by-state survey includes everything from Abandonment of Customers to Writing Requirement. The first volume of this three-volume set lists the most common questions and on which pages the answer for each state can be found. Each state section provides ample citations to primary sources as well as a cumulative history on each portion.

4) All the Missing Souls: a Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals
For this review, we turn to Martin Wenick of American Diplomacy (via Amazon.com):
All the Missing Souls clearly fills a gap in literature on the administration of international justice, and it is must reading for those interested in emerging themselves profoundly in this field. His direct personal involvement in working to create international tribunals to bring to justice individuals responsible for the worst of the ‘atrocity crimes’ of recent decades demonstrates that perseverance and tenacity can make a difference on the international scene.

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Trick or Treat or Where is Your Permit?

Are you planning to wear a mask with your Halloween costume?  Be sure you don’t need a permit!  At the Stupid Laws & Dumb Laws blog they have a list of Halloween specific laws that might affect you depending on where you plan to celebrate.  Click the link and see if they found a law that might affect you.

Note the disclaimer at the bottom of their page.  “The laws listed here are for entertainment purposes only. We have tried to cite specific references when available but, we make no guarantees on the validity of these laws and as such: the laws and regulations including the interpretation and commentary we have provided are for entertainment only.”  If you really want to see if your town or city has a law that might restrict your candy-collecting fun you should check out Municode.  A helpful tip: Start with the index if you can.  Happy Halloween! 

Checking the Accuracy of a Tweet

last weekend I saw this tweet: Mental Floss Tweet: A motorcyclist injured when he collided with a panther is suing the state of Florida. (via @TheWeek)

Of course I had to know more! I went to the source cited (@TheWeek) and scrolled down to find what they referenced. I found no reference to the tweet on their twitter page. On their website, I searched Florida Panther. The first result was an article titled A Little Warning Would Have Been Nice. The article has a link to an article from WPTV giving me the details I need to find the case.

But case filings are not available online from the Broward County Clerk of Court. so I’ll have to wait until the case is decided. Most likely it will show up in the Florida Law Weekly Supplement, which is available form our subscription database page. If you’ve never used Florida Law Weekly (FLW) or Florida Law Weekly Supplement (FLWS), it can be a bit confusing. At the top of the screen, select which you want; FLW has Florida Supreme Court and District Court of Appeals opinions while FLWS has Florida Circuit Court and County Court opinions. At the top of the page, select which you want. From the next page, below the publication names, select search FLW or FLW Supplement. This will bring you to an advanced search page. A pretty neat way to find cases not normally found in Westlaw or Lexis.

Watch out for wireless parking meters!

A resident of Santa Monica, California alleges in a recent lawsuit against the city that newly installed wireless parking meters are causing her to experience numerous health problems. Some of her claimed ailments include ringing of the ears, tightness in her neck and back, and an ear infection. She has sued the city for a whopping 1.7 billion dollars! The next time you are feeling a little tightness in the neck or your ear is ringing you better check to see if there are any wireless parking meters around.

Famous Legal Case in Various Formats

It all started because I was looking for a funny t-shirt.  Okay, well a t-shirt I think is funny – most lawyers would get the Palsgraf reference anyway.  For those of you who haven’t gotten that far in Torts (or who blocked out all memory of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad Co.) maybe this Lego reinactment will ring a bell (or a scale, whatever). 

Or maybe seeing it recreated by Peeps is better?  If you don’t like proximate cause, they have one on multiple tortfeasors – Summers v. Tice.

The Beavis and Butthead version doesn’t really explain the case, but is kind of funny.  To really get the case – go to one of the Library’s databases CVN and sign up (it’s free!) to get the edited case, the holding, and an audio you can listen to of the language of the case itself.

Jack Daniels goes soft?

Jack Daniels is an American whiskey known as hard alcohol. It was founded in 1875 and is currently the best selling whiskey in the world.  Every bar has a bottle of Jack on its shelf (as well as many homes). You would think the venerable company would take a hard line when they see their beloved trademark being misrepresented as a book cover for a local author. Apparently not.  Jack Daniels attorney Christy Susman wrote what some are calling the nicest cease and desist letter ever. In the letter Ms. Susman actually wishes the pilfering author the best of luck in his future writing efforts in addition to asking (nicely) that the book cover is changed for future printings. But the kicker is when Ms. Susman actually offers to help defray the costs of book cover changes. Just goes to show that a nice letter goes a long way. You can read the letter in its entirety here:

School Starts Soon! You Better Have Fun While You Can.

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to let us know on our Facebook page!

If you want to know the weather report this weekend, take a look  here and plan accordingly. There is lots to do this weekend and here are just a few ideas:

Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th, & Sunday August 5th

  • LEND ME A TENOR The Limelight Theatre stages Ken Ludwig’s musical farce about two rival opera singers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. http://limelight-theatre.org/
Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th
  • GOD’S FAVORITE Amelia Community Theatre stages the Neil Simon comedy at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3 and 4, 9-11 and 16-18, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 at 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749.
  • Pot Goes the Musical!  Players by the Sea sets the dangers of marijuana to music.“Reefer Madness The Musical” is staged at 8 p.m. on July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. General admission is $25. 249-0289. http://www.playersbythesea.org/performances/reefer-madness
Friday, August 3rd
  • Like comedy? Go check out Mad Cowford Improv Comedy! Show starts at 8:15 and the cost is only $5.  Get there easrly since this is their six year anniversary show and it is always popular!

Saturday, August 4th

Sunday August 5th

  • LOUDERPALOOZA 2012: AMMO, FFN, BOOGER, POOR RICHARDS, TOE IN THE TRIGGER, POWERBALL, XGEEZER, THE PINZ, SICKSICKSICKS and SHATTERMAT The noise starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012 Markets

Beaches Green Market
Beaches: Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Farmers Market of San Marco
San Marco/Southbank: Parking Lot – Elizabeth Swaim United Memorial Methodist Church
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Fernandina Farmers Market
Fernandina/Amelia: Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mandarin Farmers Market
Mandarin: San Jose / Old St. Augustine Rd
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Riverside Art Market (RAM)
Downtown Jacksonville: Under Fuller Warren Bridge
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Old City Farmers Market
St. Augustine: St. Augustine Amphitheater
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 Markets

Avondale Farmers Market
Riverside/Avondale: Historic Avondale at the corner of St. Johns and Talbot
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jacksonville Farmers Market
Downtown: Jacksonville Farmers Market
All Day
Website, ExperienceJax

What Librarians Do for Fun

Or at least what I did for fun in library school! It’s called Book Cart Drill Team. I know, you’re saying what? Check out this video, Steel City Kings Book Cart Drill Team. It’s the team I was on a few years ago.

For more videos, search Google for “book cart drill team” site:youtube.com (The quotes are for searching the phrase. The site operator tells Google to search only youtube.com. For other operators, see the Google Guide Search Operators page.)