When Searching for a Satirical Legal Document, Don’t Use the Words Satirical and Legal

Turns out, funny legal documents are a thing.

Until I read this funny parody of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) on NewYorker.com, I had never considered the possibility that satirical legal document humor could be a thing. Perhaps that’s because while jokes about lawyers are funny, legal documents aren’t — except to lawyers or people forced to sign documents written by them.

Quote from parody NDA:

FINALLY, Contractor agrees never to disclose to anybody, including and ESPECIALLY himself/herself, that he/she has only taken this job because signing an N.D.A. made it seem more important than it probably is, and deep down he/she is a little disappointed about where he/she is at this point in his/her life.

Wondering if there were other examples of this kind of legal document humor, I did a Google search and found that Google was incapable of finding anything that has “legal” and “satire” in the same sentence that was legal satire. Despite spending billions on artificial intelligence, Google couldn’t guess that I was using legal and parody in the same sentence to see if I could find parodies about legal documents.

So I stopped looking.

Then, a few days later, just like when you wake up in the morning after not being able to solve a crossword puzzle word the night before and suddenly you know the word, I thought to myself, just use the word “funny” instead of parody. It worked.

Turns out, funny legal documents are a thing.

Pinboard Acquires Delicious (Yes, it Still Exists)

I saw a link to this via Andy Baio (http://waxy.org/). Way, way, long ago, I wrote several posts about the bookmarking service called Delicious. Just proves, if you hang around long enough, things you live through become ancient history.

Yes, way, way, long ago (as in 16 or so years ago), I blogged a lot about Delicious (or, at first, del.icio.us). (Like when Yahoo shuttered it.) For several years, I used the RSS feed of Delicious to post links like this. I have thousands of links bookmarked on two accounts at Delicious. I haven’t looked at it for years.

Delicious used to be a big deal. The Washington Post website even had a “bookmark this with delicious) attached to every article (17 years ago).

Here’s a post on the Pinboard.in Blog.

Pinboard Acquires Delicious

Quote:

Pinboard has acquired Delicious. Here’s what you need to know

If you’re a Pinboard user, nothing will change. Sad!

If you’re a Delicious user, you will have to find another place to save your bookmarks. The site will stay online. but on June 15, I will put Delicious into read-only mode. You won’t be able to save new bookmarks after that date, or use the API.

Users will have an opportunity to migrate their bookmarks to a Pinboard account, which costs $11/year. Those who prefer to bookmark elsewhere will be able to export their data once I fix the export link, which was disabled some months ago for peformance reasons.

Please note that there is no time pressure for moving off Delicious. You won’t be able to save new bookmarks after June 15, but everything else will continue to work, or break in familiar ways.

As for the ultimate fate of the site, I’ll have more to say about that soon. Delicious has over a billion bookmarks and is a fascinating piece of web history. Even Yahoo, for whom mismanagement is usually effortless, had to work hard to keep Delicious down. I bought it in part so it wouldn’t disappear from the web.

This is the fifth time Delicious has been sold. Founded in 2003, the site received funding from Union Square Ventures in 2005, and sold to Yahoo later that year for somewhere between $15-$30M.

In December of 2010, Yahoo announced it was ‘sunsetting’ Delicious, an adventure I wrote about at length. The site was sold to the YouTube founders in 2011. They subsequently sold it to Science, Inc. in 2014. Science sold it to Delicious Media in 2016, and last month Delicious Media sold it to me.

Do not attempt to compete with Pinboard.

—maciej on June 01, 2017

Nashville, an Observation

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(Updated: See at bottom) I am merely an observer of these things, okay, but….

Tonight, the Nashville/Davidson County Commission has the chance to both de-criminalize the possession of a small amount of marijuana and reject an ATT/Comcast anti-Google Fiber effort. (Note: For those who are stumbling upon this post, I live in Nashville.)

While I’m merely an observer, let me observe this: When  national media refer to Nashville as the “it city,” this is what they are talking about. (If both measures pass, that is.)

Oh, and another mere observation.

Other than people who work for ATT and Comcast and their families, I can’t think of two companies that people complain about more.

Most civilians, however, love the Google.

“We have Google fiber” is definitely has ‘it city’ cred.

BONUS: I am more than an observer of this. It’s a list of the 50 best bicycle cities in the U.S. Know what city isn’t included? Nashville. There are at least 50 cities (and lots more) that have better bicycle paths and infrastructure and support than Nashville.

That is how a city loses its “it city” cred.

(Updated, 10:30 p.m.)

Nashville/Davidson County Metro Council just voted 35-3 to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. You read that correctly: 35-3. While I’m sure our whacky state legislature will try to override it, this is one of those measures that obviously has legs.

Earlier in the meeting, the council voted by a voice vote to reject Comcast’s and ATTs transparent efforts to squash Google Fiber.

Both Comcast and ATT (neither of which had plans for gigabyte internet when Google Fiber announced their plans) warned Metro they were going to sue if they lost tonight.

While I’m not a lawyer, I do know that both ATT and Comcast exist in their current conglomerated fashions because the Department of Justice were promised in all sorts of ways that their two mergers wouldn’t be harmful to competition.

I’m sure there will be plenty of fodder in those two DOJ decisions — with lots of promises that will not be helpful in their efforts to kill Google Fiber.

But that’s just a guess by someone who is merely passing this along.

Last note: This is the first time in the nearly 40 years I’ve lived in Nashville that I’ve actually watched a Metro Council meeting.

Ralph Stanley, RIP

Ralph Stanley, RIP

Ralph Stanley died yesterday at the age of 89.

Already a legend in bluegrass for creating the “high lonesome sound,”  it was not until his haunting version of O Death in the film O Brother Where Art Thou in 2000 at age 73 that Stanley became known to a wider audience.

The first time Ralph Stanley’s name appeared on this blog was January 15, 2002, 14 years ago.

May he rest in peace.

This is RexBlog, not Rex Block

Typically, I think it’s amusing when I discover something named Rex. This isn’t one of those times.

Typically, I think it’s amusing when I discover something named Rex. (Like hotels, for instance.) This isn’t one of those times.

It doesn’t sound good. (However, it does sound like a great name for an ad-blocking app.)

News Item (via: CNBC) | Hurricane Joaquin and Rex Block to Bring Life-Threatening Floods

Explainer | [via: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (PDF)]

In meteorology, blocking happens when centers of high pressure and low pressure set up over a region in such a way that they prevent other weather systems from moving through. While the block is in place other systems are forced to go around it.

Blocks can remain in place for several days, resulting in monotonous weather for locations under the block.

The “rex block” is named after Dr. Daniel F. Rex, who discovered and analyzed the pattern in 1950. Dr. Rex was a Commander in the Office of Naval Aerology and one of the founding members of today’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

Rex blocks are characterized by a high pressure system located immediately north of a low pressure system. These systems are usually analyzed aloft, around heights of ten to twenty thousand feet above the ground.

Air circulates clockwise around the east and south sides of the high to the north, and then turns to the south to go around the west and south sides of the counterclockwise-turning low to the south. Because the flow of the air is basically north-south, there is very little eastward progression of the system.

Rex Block Weather

Unsettled, stormy weather is usually found near the low pressure while dry conditions are typical with the high pressure. Strong, particularly persistent rex blocks can cause flooding in the southern part of the block and short-term drought in the north.

(Thanks: Lewis)