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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Of Willie Nelson, Manic Expression, Au Revoir, and Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

Turn out the lights
The party's over
They say that
All good things must end
Call it tonight
The party's over
And tomorrow starts
The same old thing again

                                                    - Willie Nelson (as interpreted by Dandy Don Meredith)

It's three days short of a month since I first posted something as a guest, and having now whined to Dan Markel about everything on my plate between now and early November, I am going to say thank you, thank you to my gracious hosts, this has been too much fun to count as work, and au revoir (not goodbye).

Several things I have learned:

- Never again make a joke about Richard Posner not having ever had an unpublished thought  until you yourself have been a manic expressive on line for a month.

- Do not debate in the comments with anonymous posters.

- Don't take it personally.

- There is something called Trackback Spam, and it's not pretty.

- You can challenge yourself intellectually in this medium.

Dan has also been kind enough to let me say (not as though these things compete) that Alan Childress, of Tulane and visiting this year at GW, another co-editor with whom we are currently in top secret free agency negotiations, and I will be launching the Legal Profession Blog as part of the Law Professor Blogs network some time in October.  We hope to dig into the issues that touch on an academic view of the profession, including law firm economics, ethics, the profession's view of the academy, and the globalization of the profession.   The only question Paul Caron has had is whether we will be able to post enough to keep it active.  I don't know.  I am completely out of ideas, but that may reflect the fact I taught the first session of Secured Transactions and Business Enterprises today, and am so tired I can barely type.  Alan is probably going to have to carry us.

Thank you also to new cyber-friends Vladeck, Secunda, Gowder, Horwitz, the ubiquitous Anon, FMLTX whoever you are, and everybody else.  The views reflected here are not necessarily those of PrawfsBlawg, or sometimes even the author, ten minutes after he posted them.  Take it away, the pride of the Demon Deacons, the urbane and dashing Bobby Chesney.

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on August 22, 2006 at 07:37 PM in Blogging, Lipshaw | Permalink


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The point of this comment is a blatant promotional announcement; see below. Otherwise, to quote Bill Murray from Stripes:

What the...? A surprise party!
I'll kill you. Whose idea was this?
All right, everybody's coming
to my place. This is ridiculous.

More importantly, our double secret probation negotiations are complete, and I'd like to announce that Mike Frisch of the Georgetown Law Center will be joining Alan Childress and me when the Legal Profession Blog begins in a couple months. Mike is currently Ethics Counsel to the Georgetown Law Center and previously served as Senior Assistant Bar Counsel to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Mike teaches American Legal Profession, Ethics and Professional Identity, and Professional Responsibility at Georgetown. So we WILL have somebody on the blog who knows what he is talking about.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Aug 24, 2006 2:52:17 PM

Good luck Jeff, with all of it!

Posted by: Bobby Chesney | Aug 23, 2006 9:45:40 PM

I echo Paul Secunda's and Frank Pasquale's sentiments, and add a resounding huzzah and hear hear (thumping fists on table) for good measure.

You really are a natural at this, and I particularly enjoyed your posts on the legal academy and how Kant relates to _everything_.

Posted by: Belle Lettre | Aug 23, 2006 7:50:14 PM

Great series of posts...and please be sure to blog about more than the profession at the legal profession blog!

Posted by: Frank | Aug 23, 2006 10:26:35 AM

Though I've not commented, I've enjoyed your posts - both the range and passion. I wonder, do you plan to continue blogging solo? And if so, where?

Posted by: a-train | Aug 23, 2006 8:59:58 AM

Jeff: you'd better start that new blog soon! I need my fix of cyber-kantianism.

Posted by: Paul Gowder | Aug 23, 2006 12:33:33 AM

Jeff: Don't let anyone else tell you differently (not even in the comments): you are a natural at this medium. I and everyone else associated with the Law Professors Blog Network are thrilled to have you aboard. Don't be a stranger (cyber or otherwise). Best, Paul

Posted by: Paul Secunda | Aug 22, 2006 8:38:56 PM

Your point about not debating in the comments section is probably the number one lesson to be learned for a new blogger. It can be a draining and fruitless effort. Best to be tactical -- plant a post, and get outta there.

Nice work!

Posted by: Geoff | Aug 22, 2006 8:26:42 PM

Jeff, thanks again for your provocative and wide-ranging posts. Look forward to the launch!

Posted by: Dan Markel | Aug 22, 2006 8:19:47 PM

Jeff, I enjoyed your posts and look forward to your future musings. Just remember that the UCC can be a jealous mistress.

Posted by: tim zinnecker | Aug 22, 2006 7:59:12 PM

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