Saturday, December 13, 2014

Last Sequential Date of the Century

Yes, today is 12/13/14, at least for those of us writing our dates in the preferred American format. And it will be the last sequential date of the 21st century, with the next one not arriving until 01/02/2103, 89 years from now.  Most law students will not be around to see that one, so enjoy a break from exam outlines exploring our popular fascination with calendar dates and other number sequences.

A good place to start is an article by Jessica Contrera in the Washington Post, covering the sequential date as a recent social phenomenon--the sequential date as "cool." Other types of special calendar dates are featured on  And for those interested in number sequences as intriguing mathematical tools, Victoria Jaggard's recent article at the Smithsonian Magazine site covers some of the basics. It even includes a quick and easy way to convert kilometer road signs into miles using the "Fibonacci sequence."  But, of course, I really liked the cats holding the 1897 calendar best. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, December 12, 2014

Study (or napping) area suggestions

Hang in there, you are almost finished with the semester.

As you know, one of my many areas of expertise is napping - which requires quiet.  So, if you require quiet for napping, studying or anything else, go down the stairs by Room 104 and check out the lower level of the Library.

Also, just a reminder, check out the Library's list of available Study Guides.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New Uses for Old iPhones

Are you getting a new iPhone for the holidays? has a list of interesting ways to repurpose your old iPhone, using apps and/or the tech that already comes with your current iPhone.  Download a free app like Presence and turn your old iPhone into a high-quality security camera and motion detector.

Read about more ways to get more life out of your old iPhone here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Lexis Case Law Games for Exam Preparation

Lexis Advance provides Case Law Game which is designed to help law students spot and analyze issues in preparation for exams. This free fun tool allows students to compete against their friends and compare scores against other law schools.  It includes games for 1L's and upper level courses.  Click here to play.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat