Exam #1

One exam down, three to go. I thought I did well, I came out of the test with no critical regrets or realizations of things I forgot. I did my best and that’s all I can ask of myself.

I did shoot myself in the foot a little in one regard. In a stroke of utter stupidity, I somehow thought the exam started at 9:30 am instead of 9 am this morning. I show up at 9 am to the courtyard and start eating breakfast that this firm has provided for free. I am enjoying the food and such and wondering where everyone else is – THEY WERE ALREADY TAKING THE EXAM!! At 9:15 I decide to go set up to find everyone typing away and concentrating at the exam. I ran down to the registrar and picked up my exam, starting 20 minutes late. I was definitely flustered for the beginning and may have not been thinking coherently, but I eased in to the test and the late factor spurred me to think fast. I still managed to finish the exam. I could have used the 20 minutes, but it probably would have thinking of things to put instead of writing things I have already thought. It was definitely an idiotic mistake I will not repeat, but I think the damage was minimal. Like I said, I tried my best in the time I left myself and I think I did a good job bringing up multiple points and analyzing them.

Now time to forget about con law and enjoy the afternoon. It’s my birthday, but it doesn’t really feel like it. I’m going to do some exercise and hang out with Talli and David which should be fun. Next, I will need to start studying for antitrust and property exams, on the 18th and 19th respectively.

I hear the weather is supposed to be really nice in Seattle, I could be climbing a mountain or two right now. Oh well, soon enough…

Practice Tests

Basically all I have done today is practice (previously administered) tests for Con Law. I also went to the law school for a root beer float that was tasty. It fit in perfectly with the sunny and warm weather. Check out the satellite photograph above, there isn’t a cloud for hundreds of miles around the bay area.

Arrillaga: Good shoulder and bicep workout at Arrillaga. Tomorrow I’ll do back and possibly leg weights depending on how much I want to study the day before the exam.

And another one…

Another spectacular day at Stanford weatherwise. It’s like somebody took the forecast, brought it to a copy machine, and made 20 copies. Upper 70’s during the day, comfortable at night – this is how it’s supposed to be.

I have essentially completed my paper for privacy class. I edited and bluebooked yesterday and it is set to go. Now its just the three finals on the plate.

The entire morning was spent at a Con Law review session that spanned from 9:30 am to 1 pm. I think it was really helpful – many points were clarified. I’ve got just two more days of studying for it and then Con Law will be forever finished. I’ve also got two days till my birthday. At least the afternoon will be fun. I guess I can view finishing Con Law as the birthday present.

Arrillaga: Yesterday I hit the gym for back weights. Today I ran outdoors for 45 minutes. Tomorrow I will return to Arrillaga for shoulders and bicep weights.

Con Law

Another beautiful spring day in California, another day studying for finals! Unfortunately, this outcome will be repeating itself for the next 10 days. I got some quality studying in for Constitutional law today, so that makes me feel like it was worthwhile. Lots of Supreme Court cases, so I decided to post a picture of the famous SCOTUS building.

Yesterday evening I had a nice workout at Taper. I hit the bench and worked up to 10 reps of 150 pounds. Then, with the help of a spotter, I did 10 reps of 155 and then 6 reps of 165. The purpose is to get used to more weight so the lighter weights seem easy.

After the workout, I checked out the “biggest” party of the year, Sunsplash at Sigma Nu. The party lived up to its “big” characterization, but in a generally negative way. There were WAY to many people packed on those dancefloors. I got claustrophobic very quickly – people pushing, bottlenecks at every door, and generally too many dudes. The party was still fun in its own way. It’s always interesting to check out such an extravaganza.

I am going to head over to Arrillaga for some back weights here pretty soon and then try and make some headway on editing my paper for privacy class so I can turn it in Tuesday and devote my full attention to the three exams.

Lakers = finished

My least favorite team in all of sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, were just eliminated from the playoffs. After leading the series 3-1 and causing me to give up on the Suns, the Lakers took a monumental tumble.

The Phoenix suns torched the Lakers on this, the deciding seventh game, scoring 121 points and blowing them out by 31 points. With the Suns offense rolling on all cylinders, one-man Kobe was not enough to keep up. This game seemed like it was over from the get-go. Phoenix had seven players in double figures in an amazingly balanced offensive attack. Leandro Barbosa continues to show he is for real, shooting 10 for 12 from the field and tallying 26 points. With Phoenix in offensive rhythm, I bet the Clippers are not looking forward to the next match-up.

Meanwhile the real Western Conference Finals is going to be taking place between the Mavs and the Spurs. In a twisted scheduling program designed with TV in mind and not the players, the Spurs have to play just 36 hours after eliminating the Kings. Seems cruel to do that to the defending champs with home-court advantage in the Western Conference.

Otherwise, today involved lots of con law outlining and studying and editing. I am going to head to Taper to hit the bench press pretty soon since Arrillaga is already closed. I ate some tasty chicken which will hopefully spark some energy.

Quick Update

A short post to make up for the fact that I didn’t post yesterday (sorry). Today was another busy day and it seemed like it flew by. Con law exam is less than a week away. I know that no matter what I do, I won’t feel completely prepared for this exam, but I am going to do my best. I have a outline complete for the course, but I need to go over it in detail and make sure I understand the intricacies of each case. I am going to start looking at the practice exams starting tomorrow as well. I also have an outline complete for antitrust class and mostly complete for property (two more property classes left and some stuff to add).

As a testament to the stupidity of some law students, somebody decided to lock their bike along with my bike (which was already locked when they arrived) to the metal bike post. After class this morning, I couldn’t bike home because I had to wait for the owner of the other bike to come. I just walked home and had to walk back this evening to retrieve my bike. Moral of the story: you may be a smart-ass in class, but an idiot in real life!

NHL: The second round is set. Interestingly, seeds 1-4 made the conference semi’s in the eastern conference and seeds 5-8 made it in the western conference. Looks like the local San Jose Sharks will face Edmonton.

NBA: A buzzer beater by Lebron lifted the Cavs over the Wizards today for a 3-2 series lead. They should have won this game because it was in Cleveland. The Wizards are playing tough and I give them credit. The Pistons dispatched the Bucks today in a blow-out and will face the winner of the Cavs-Wizards series. Sadly, Raja Bell will be suspended for game 6 of the Lakers-Suns series after clothes-lining Kobe . This makes the task for Phoenix even more arduous. It would be amazing if they can pull it off in L.A. without a starter.

Arrillaga: Quick workout at the gym today featuring dumbbells for the shoulders and cable cross-over for the pecs. I also ran outdoors today for 45 minutes. It has been awhile since I have done the loop so it was nice to feel the fresh air again.

Privacy Paper Draft

Good news! The draft of my paper for Law, Technology, and Privacy class is now complete. Right now, the title is “How to Protect Location Privacy in a Wireless World.” I am extremely proud of my work on this paper; I spent the better part of the weekend and today working on it. I enjoyed writing it and I think I learned a lot in the process. Now I need to do a thorough job editing the text and bluebook my sources. Afterwards, it should be set to turn in.

Otherwise it’s time to start hitting the books for my other finals. I have nearly complete outlines for the three classes in which I have a finals, but I need to go back through them and make sure I understand the subtle points. The focus is going to slowly shift this week to first test, Constitutional Law, which is on May 11th (unfortunately, my birthday). This is not the most fun time of the year for law students, but it’ll be over in less then 2.5 weeks. At that point, I will truly be able to celebrate :)

The track meet yesterday night at Stanford was amazing. The Ritzenhein vs. Webb duel over 10k lived up to the hype. Those guys ran next to each other the whole race with Webb outkicking Ritz at the end in dramatic fashion. Ritz, Webb, and the fast closing Famiglietti posted some very fast times. It was especially remarkable for Webb, because this was his first 10k ever. I also go to watch my old teammates from rice run in the Women’s 5k. Marissa won the heat and set a school record in the process and Kate ran well to get the regional qualifying mark. Go Owls!

NBA: the mavs are the only team to sweep this year. I’m not sure if they are really good or Memphis is just really bad. The clippers made the conference semi-finals and it looks like they will face their city rival, the Lakers. In the East, Detroit can close their series at home in game 5. Otherwise, it’s a bunch of series that are tied 2-2 that can really go either way. There are definitely going to be some good game 6’s and 7’s in the first round this season.

Arrillaga: Just back weights today. As predicted, the focus on outlining and my paper has reduced the workout time. Unfortunately, this will pattern of reduced exercise time will probably persist until the end of finals. However, I did have a good workout today.