Posts Tagged ‘internships


7.3.2010 … may do something today I have waited 34 years to do …

events, people: A stitch in time saves nine … whatever … enjoyed the article.  Thanks, Ben, for all you pithy sayings.

Paging disconsolately through the almanac, I was floored by the number of supposedly canny old sayings whose meaning completely escaped me. If the mastiff is gentle, why would you even think of biting him by the lip? Why would the wise man walk, not run, when escaping from fire, a woman or an enemy? I’d run. Why would it be better to eat salt with the philosophers of Greece than sugar with the courtiers of Italy? And what was the scientific basis for the conclusion that monkeys, warm with envious spite, their most obliging friends would bite? Was Franklin simply making this stuff up?

via Essay – Ben Franklin Is a Big Fat Idiot –

economy, work, law, internships, Davidson: Many colleges/universities (including Davidson) are incorporating internships into their curriculum and the marketplace has responded by giving those with internship experiences jobs, or vice versa.  This is an interesting analysis of the internship culture.

The internship culture has grown markedly in the last two decades. A survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2008 found that 50 percent of graduating students had held internships, a striking increase from 17 percent in 1992. Forget burger flipping or ice cream scooping — now even high school students seem anxious to obtain a few weeks of summer experience with “real” employers, fearing that colleges will look askance at applicants without substantive professional experience on the students’ lists of summer activities.

As a result, the big-name internship has become coveted capital — a reality that was showcased in the extreme when the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights recently auctioned media internships to help raise money for its cause. The opportunity to work — unpaid — went for some pretty big amounts: $2,900 at Vanity Fair, $9,000 at the Huffington Post — and an eye-popping $42,500 at Vogue.

But the willingness of many young people to sacrifice pay for experience has led a number of states as well as the federal government to take a close look at the legality of hiring young people to work free. In April, the Obama administration issued a fact sheet listing six criteria aimed at preventing employers from violating the Fair Labor Standards Act with their unpaid internship programs. Among the stipulations: that the training the intern receives must be similar to training that can be obtained in an educational setting, that unpaid interns don’t displace a paid employee, and that the employer does not derive any “benefit” from the intern’s work.

via Students Chafe Under Internship Guidelines –

culture, law: I have no idea if this guy is right, but I love his blend of literature and history to make his argument. 🙂

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” So begins A Tale of Two Cities, the story of English barrister Sydney Carton, swept up in the currents of the French Revolution. Carton makes the ultimate sacrifice for his client, a French aristocrat, when he switches identities with him and loses his own head to the blade of the guillotine. Both the French and the American revolutionaries rejected traditional values based on monarchy and rule by divine right, which they replaced with values based on democracy and self-determination. The legal profession is experiencing its own version of generational conflict. Lawyers and law firms that want to continue to succeed will need to adopt new styles of communication, accommodate alternative career tracks, and expand mentor programs.

In 399 BC, Socrates went on trial for corrupting the youth of Athens and creating generational conflicts in the city. He questioned the established intellectual class of Athens, the statesmen, poets, and artisans, who thought themselves wise. Socrates proved these prominent Athenians were not wise. When his public questioning made them look foolish, they turned against him and created accusations of wrongdoing. A jury of Athenians found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death by ingestion of hemlock. Among the next generation of his students was Plato, who together with Aristotle went on to lay the foundations of Western philosophy, logic, math, and science.

There always have been and will continue to be generational differences. The key to overcoming these differences and creating future success within law firms will come from improved communication, deeper understanding of shared values, and the expansion of mentor programs. These activities improve teamwork and encourage adaptation to change, which are necessary steps to building a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

via Wisconsin Lawyer July 2010: Practice Tips: Generational Conflict in the Legal Profession | State Bar of Wisconsin.

people, bookshelf:  I am interested in what some people are reading, but I really, really, do not care what Eliot Spitzer  is reading. Summer Reading Picks From Dan Pink, Seth Godin, Eliot Spitzer, and More | Fast Company.

Kagan nomination: I agree with Justice Marshall’s son … there was no reason to put his father on trial.

If there is to be a new round of battles on those issues, then I suspect that the victory margin would be far greater since legions of Americans of every stripe regard the resolutions of those issues as achievements that make our union more perfect. If there is to be a new round of battles over my father’s jurisprudence, his vision of the role of the courts or his belief in the 14th Amendment, then I like those odds, too. As Kagan, who clerked for my father in the 1987 Supreme Court term, noted this week, my father revered the high court because “his whole life was about seeing the courts take seriously claims that were not taken seriously anyplace else.”

My father appreciated the talent and dedication of his law clerks. While it is true he often referred to them as knuckleheads, it did not matter whether they agreed on all issues. He was grateful for their service and took pleasure in following their accomplishments over the years.

Two former clerks, Ralph K. Winter and Douglas Ginsburg, were nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan. Those nominations did not prompt the kind of harsh innuendo to which we have been subjected this week.

A debate this week about judicial activism seems to have revealed only one thing: One person’s activism is another’s adherence to constitutional principle. And to my ear, a progressive jurist sounds far more desirable than a regressive one. But the Kagan hearing is not the proper forum to rehash my father’s work.

Elena Kagan is her own person. If she is confirmed, that is precisely how she will serve her country as an associate justice. I have worked closely with her and know well that she has far too much respect for the rule of law and for the Supreme Court to render decisions by seeking to channel anyone else. Her intellect and integrity are impeccable.

via Thurgood Marshall Jr. – Putting my father, Thurgood Marshall, on trial.

twitter, LOL: I thought this one was pretty funny.  Maybe Conan should just tweet for 30 minutes a day …

Conan O’Brien: I don’t care where LeBron James ends up… As long as it’s not at 11pm on TBS.

via Tweets of the Week: LeBron James Edition – Speakeasy – WSJ.

random, blogs:   This one made no sense to me … Am I crazy?  McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Okay, America: Great Moments in American and Brady Bunch History..

BofA: Another nice article … but really, lots of executives travel extensively and “commute” to the best place for their families.

While continuing to live in the Boston area, he has made regular stops in Charlotte, hobnobbed with officials in Washington, visited with clients and employees around the country and made overseas trips to Russia, China and Europe. On multiple occasions, he has started his day in one city and ended it with a function in another.

Moynihan is making an intentional effort to engage with employees, clients, community leaders and increasingly influential regulators, as the bank looks to recover from the nation’s financial crisis, said a person familiar with the situation. His travels also exemplify the new leader’s well-known energy, often shown by early morning meetings and e-mail messages sent during all hours of the day.

via Bank of America’s Moynihan on the road in first 6 months –

people, media: Poor Al (but unfortunately for him, I think everyone always suspected a crack in his holier than thou veneer … guilty until proven innocent) … and once again our media has been scooped by the National Enquirer.

In a piece titled “Al Gore and the Media Protection Racket,” The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord argued that the existence of a police report involving the former vice president was news in itself, and the Tribune should have reported it as such. For the Spectator, it was déjà vu all over again — the magazine was the first publication to name Paula Jones in a 1994 story on then-President Bill Clinton’s sex life.

“And by not publishing what was a verifiable fact — which is to say news — that a police report existed placing one of the most powerful people in the American and global establishment at the scene of a disturbing potential sexual crime, the Tribune signaled on just which side of the power equation it sees itself as sitting,” Lord wrote. “By remaining silent, it was effectively heading off an investigation into Gore’s activities from any manner of other media outlets with more resources at their disposal than those available to a small Oregon paper.”

via Gore story goes mainstream – Keach Hagey –

When he opened his White House bid in Carthage, Tenn., Al Gore proclaimed, “I will take my own values of faith and family to the presidency — to build an America that is not only better off, but better.”

via Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and Questions of Character.

history, technology: OK, so I thought this one was interesting, too …

Preservation scientists at the Library of Congress have discovered that Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from Britain, had trouble breaking free from monarchial rule.

In an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, the famous founder wrote the word “subjects,” when he referred to the American public. He then erased that word and replaced it with “citizens,” a term he used frequently throughout the final draft.

via Declaration of Dependence? Jefferson Made Slip – CBS News.

food, events: I had something similar at Julie’s 25 years ago … I think I am making it tomorrow for the 4th! Yum.

The crisp, buttery shortbread base gets a surprise crunch from ground almonds. The tangy buttermilk custard that fills the shell is perfect complement to the abundance of sweet, plump blueberries scattered over the top. The tart is best served soon after it’s assembled, but it’s so delicious that it’s unlikely that there will be a crumb left over.

via Blueberry and Buttermilk Tart and more delicious recipes, smart cooking tips, and video demonstrations on

advertising, random, billboards: All right, very random … but I saw this  McDonald’s billboard: [Big cup of coffee] “If coffee is Joe, consider this Joseph”  … and although I get that they want me to buy their coffee because it is better … calling it Joseph doesn’t do it for me … so I googled … do you think McDonald’s is taking a religious statement?  I thought that interpretation absurd …

Joe is the slang word for coffe as in “would you like a cup of joe?”

So what mcdonalds have done is basicallly taken the slang term “joe” and discribed it as Joseph…which ties in with the whole religious side of things as Joseph being the Earth Father of Jesus…using the term in that sense they have made the quality of the coffee better…as in the best coffe there is as in the best joseph there is…so to speak!

via What does the Mcdonalds ad, “If coffee is joe, consider this Joseph.” mean? – Yahoo! Answers.

Joseph is the proper form of the name Joe – the impication that the McD product is better or more correct, ie superior.

via What does the Mcdonalds ad, “If coffee is joe, consider this Joseph.” mean? – Yahoo! Answers.

history, technology:  loved this new ability to read an old letter …

“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

The contents of a long-illegible letter written by famed 19th century explorer David Livingstone have finally been deciphered, a British university said Friday, nearly 140 years after he wrote of his despair at ever leaving Africa alive.

Researchers say that the letter – which required state of the art imaging techniques to decipher – helps round out the picture of a man traditionally cast as an intrepid Victorian hero, revealing the self-doubt that tormented the missionary-explorer in one of his darkest hours.

“I am terribly knocked up but this is for your own eye only,” Livingstone wrote to close friend Horace Waller in the newly revealed correspondence. “Doubtful if I live to see you again.”

via David Livingstone Letter Deciphered – CBS News.

food- Southern, Charlotte: Fried pickles at the Penguin … very good

YouTube – Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives: The Penguin.

food, Charlotte: I am amazed that my 16 year old can go in and order sushi with confidence.  These are her favorites:

Koishi Signature – deep fried spicy tuna, avocado, special sauce

Cherry Blossom – tempura shrimp, spicy tuna,avocado in soy paper, special sauce

Super Crunchy – crab, tempura shrimp, avocado, cream cheese, masago, unagi sauce

via Koishi Sushi Bar and Fine Chinese Restaurant – Starters.

twitter:  Ok, I laughed at this tweet … but then I thought when I was a teen, I had no interest in vampires stories and didn’t know if anyone was gay and i certainly didn’t judge someone because they would not have sex with me  … our teens are dealing with a lot.

Dear Confused Teen Girls: someone who sparkles and won’t have sex with you isn’t a vampire; it’s a gay guy.

via Twitter / Barbara Haynes: Dear Confused Teen Girls: ….

doing good: I am not sure anyone can combat junk food … that Pandora’s box was opened 50+ years ago.

Oliver’s program to improve nutritional value of school lunches ultimately deterred children from eating school food, Lansley said, and subsequent school efforts to regulate brown bag lunches only prompted parents to give their kids money to make their own food choices, which often meant picking up chips and other junk food at shops outside of school.

via Did Jamie Oliver’s School Lunch Program Make Kids Eat Junk Food? – TIME NewsFeed.

LOL, great headlines, media: Once again got me with the title … The article is pretty funny … but i am beginning to wonder about Time’s NewsFeed … quite a few of the articles that get my attention are because of references to sex.

It was bound to happen. Sex is popular. Snuggies are popular. Why not put the two together?

What is Snuggie sutra you say? It’s sex positions, much like Kama Sutra, except that it incorporates the Snuggie, that loveable, wearable plush blanket with sleeves. Or, as the authors say, “it’s an illustrated guide to sexual positions that are both erotic and warm.”

Speaking of sex: Did you know astronauts aren’t allowed to have any? And, King Tut’s penis is missing…whaaaa?!

Read more:

via Snuggie + Sex = Snuggie Sutra? – TIME NewsFeed.

people, vocabulary:  Always need to be up on the local South African term for marijuana … “dagga.”  Followup .. charges dropped against Paris.

“She was found in possession of some amount of dagga,” the officer told the AP, using the local term for marijuana. “We don’t know how much. It’s a high profile person, only the top cops are dealing with it.”

via World Cup: Paris Hilton Busted For Pot in South Africa? – TIME NewsFeed.

apps: The US Government has some interesting apps.

More Information About Apps

Government apps provide information when you’re on the go. Find instant notification of recalls to the status of veterans benefits. is working hard to make government easy, convenient, and accessible.

via Learn More About Apps:


sayings, LOL:  Ok, so my jaw dropped when I read this one.  “He wasn’t a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in” …

As politicians and columnists across the country debate the life and legacy of the late Sen. Robert Byrd, the West Virginian’s membership in the Ku Klux Klan has been a sticking point for many. Today’s KKK, though, says Byrd did nothing to warrant such ire.

“He wasn’t a Klansman long enough to get his sheet broke in,” said Travis Pierce, national membership director for the Ku Klux Klan, LLC, one of several groups that uses the KKK name. “It’s much ado about nothing.”

via Robert Byrd: KKK Says Late Senator ‘Wasn’t A Klansman Long Enough To Get His Sheet Broke In’.

Charlotte:  When I moved here 25 years ago, it was always noted that Charlotte had no major university, no law school, no med school, no decent restaurants, no nightlife …  it has come a long way, and continues to develop.

Mark Billings believes it’s possible to establish a four-year medical school in Charlotte as soon as 2015. And the president of Presbyterian Hospital is calling for creation of an alliance of hospital, business and community leaders to make that happen.

“I think if we get everyone in the same room, a lot of the barriers will be eliminated,” he says.

But the biggest barrier may be the one between Billings’ hospital and its chief rival, Carolinas HealthCare System.

Carolinas HealthCare already is working with the UNC System to establish a satellite campus of the UNC School of Medicine in Charlotte. That branch on the Carolinas Medical Center campus would eventually grow to 100 students, with those future physicians completing their final two years of education here.

via Charlotte hospitals have different medical-school agendas – Charlotte Business Journal.

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