Saturday, August 19, 2006

"Web Roundup" of Advice for New Law Students

With First Year Orientation about to begin, Ernster has been busy prowling the Web for some online practical advice for new law students. 1L’s might want to check out a posting on CALI’s Pre-Law Blog--a “Web Roundup” of advice for new law students gathered from a variety of professor and law student blogs. Podcast interviews of law professors provide additional words of wisdom as you start out. CALI’s Pre-Law Blog is maintained by a law student who also works for CALI (the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), a consortium of law schools that develops interactive computer-based lessons keyed to law school courses. For more about CALI lessons (and free access for Hofstra law students), see Ernster’s post for November 26, 2005, or ask at the Law Library Reference Desk.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, August 18, 2006

Hooray for Pluto

Despite being an underDOG (pun somewhat intended), I am rooting for Pluto to keep its planetary status. Next week, the International Astronomical Union, which oversees astronomical rules and conventions, will vote on a proposed new definition of "planet." This proposed new definition would expand the number of planets from 9 to 12, allowing Pluto to keep its godly planetary status.

Check back here after next week's meeting to find out if you have to learn a new mnemonic to remember the planets. (My mnemonic is "Mary's Violet Eyes Make Jack Stay Up Nights Pining." What's yours?)

Register your vote by posting a comment. I'll report the results. For background on the controversy and proposed definition go to .

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Irregular Webcomic

Not quite sure what to think about this site except that it is different. Irregular Webcomic is a web-only strip comic from Australia done entirely with photographs, usually of Legos figures or minatures. These are some of the early "strips", but in time the author, an engineer, attempts to explain conservative vector fields, trepanation, the Carnot heat engine, or in this case, the CIA World Factbook. Offbeat and geeky funny.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 14, 2006

New Searchable Directory of LexisNexis Sources

LexisNexis has provided a new online tool to search its directory for a source before you even sign on to their service. "Source Locator" is a "powerful new tool for retrieving targeted information about the more than 36,000 LexisNexis sources". After your search you not only get a list of all sources that meet your criteria, but detailed information about each source.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Govt releases detailed 9/11 information

Almost five years after September 11th, 2001:

"The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week released full transcripts of the air traffic control recordings from the four flights hijacked on September 11, 2001, and meticulous Flight Path Studies for three of the flights, in response to a Freedom of Information request by the National Security Archive. The studies provide the most detailed technical information available to date related to the hijackings, and the transcripts of the aircraft-to-ground communications are the first complete government disclosure of each flight's air traffic control recordings".

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat