Archive for February, 2007

A Luddite in Cyberspace — Part I

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on February 25, 2007 by castagnera

When I was a kid we played the game of “Life.” For many today life has been reduced to a game… a video game. Given the ever-growing sophistication of computer games, I’m not surprised they are mistaken for reality. The technology has come a long way since we slotted quarters into the “Space Invaders” console at the local pub. Continue reading

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A Luddite in Cyberspace — Part II

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on February 25, 2007 by castagnera

In his 1997 novel, “Idoru,” sci-fi writer William Gibson postulates a pending marriage between a real-life rock star and a virtual vamp. The bride is an “idol-singer” or Idoru. Although Idoru are computer-generated fantasies, “Some of them are enormously popular.” Continue reading

Response to a Luddite in Cyberspace

Posted in blogging, cyberspace, internet, Law, Law and Justice, media, Politics, technology, Uncategorized on February 25, 2007 by castagnera

Here’s what at least one blogger thinks of my views on cyber-societies:

Second Life – Just say no!
Posted Dec 17th 2006 2:01AM by Tateru Nino
Filed under: Odds and Ends, Mixed Reality

Who are the virtual world nay-sayers, and why are they saying no? Does it actually even matter that they are, or is it a good thing?

For one we have Jim Castagnera’s now relatively famous ‘losers’ press-release on Lawfuel, insulting and largely devoid of fact or research. Continue reading

I’m in Danger of Extinction, Too!

Posted in Law on February 24, 2007 by castagnera

“Now great whales travel the rhumb lines
Dodging those deadly harpoons
Spawning their young, as their ancestors done
In the depths of her hidden lagoons

“There’re times I find myself with them
And times I feel as they do
We’re on a similar course, it’s just a different source
But I’m in danger of extinction too.”
— Jimmy Buffett
If the man from Margaritaville identifies with whales, as a lawyer I inevitably identify with sharks. Naturally, my interest was peaked by news last week that the feds broke up a band of poachers, operating out of San Francisco and specializing in Leopard Sharks. The story was all the more curious in its implication of a minister of the Reverand Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. The Reverend Kevin Thompson reportedly recruited parishioners to his poaching enterprise in part by assuring them that capturing and selling the federally-protected baby sharks was “God’s will.” Continue reading

A Billion Here, A Billion There

Posted in Law, Politics on February 17, 2007 by castagnera

Did it bother you as much as it bugged me… seeing the videotape of all those pallets of hard cash being loaded onboard planes bound for Iraq? According to one report I read, 363 tons of crisp, new $100 bills — $12 billion in cold cash — were airlifted to Baghdad in the days immediately after the May 2003 invasion. The video footage surfaced on TV as Paul Bremer, the guy who ran Iraq from May 2003 to June 2004, testified before Congressman Henry Waxman’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Continue reading

Make My Clients Old and Ugly Every Time

Posted in Law on February 11, 2007 by castagnera
Anna Nicole Smith’s sudden death is reminiscent of her case that the U.S. Supreme Court heard a while back. The beautiful Miz Smith married billionaire Texas-oilman Howard Marshall in 1994. He was 89. She was 24. They met in the gentlemen’s club where she was a dancer. Smith survived 14 months of marital bliss. She had been battling for a chunk of his estate ever since then. Continue reading

Truth Mimics Fiction Where DaVinci and Company Are Concerned

Posted in Law on February 5, 2007 by castagnera

            The best-seller and movie The DaVinci Code revolved around a mystery hidden in Leonardo’s masterpieces.  Code is a fun story, if not great fiction or film-making.  For my money, though, real-life art mysteries hold much more interest. Continue reading