Friday, July 18, 2008

Dance Club With Power Generating Floor

OK, this is more fun than useful - but it IS fun: a dance club with a floor that converts some of the dance energy into electricity!
From the Daily Mail:
"... The brainchild of 35-year-old property developer Andrew Charalambous, aka Dr Earth, Surya has its own wind turbine and solar energy system....
The dancefloor uses the concept of piezoelectricity, where crystals and ceramics create a charge to generate electricity.
'We estimate that if you had loads of clubbers dancing vigorously it would provide 60 percent of the club's energy needs,' said Mr Charalambous." ..."

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

SCRA (Servicemembers Civil Relief Act) Videos

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides some legal protections to servicemembers and their families. These short videos explain the basics, not just for lawyers, but for servicemembers, their families and others affected (e.g. creditors). Let's avoid problems by knowing the law!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Could I Handle the Truth? My First Job as a Lawyer in the Marine Corps

Not me, that is, but Michael J. Bond, writing in June 2008 Washington State Bar News:
"In a gentler era, we were known as "attorneys and counselors." But when I graduated from law school at Gonzaga University in 1978, I don't recall having spent any class time learning about the counseling part of the profession. I quickly learned all about it, though, in my first job as a lawyer: as a judge advocate with the United States Marine Corps.

My first clients were young, scared recruits with second thoughts about their enlistment. In working with them, I discovered that while winning a big case is great fun, helping people navigate life's troubles can be even more rewarding. I later moved to the prosecution side and learned another important lesson.

I once found myself embroiled in an ethically challenging case, eerily similar to the one portrayed in the Jack Nicholson/Tom Cruise movie A Few Good Men. From that experience I learned that the appearance of justice is as important as justice itself. Let me explain...."
Continued in Washington State Bar News
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Video Experimenting ...

Much of the information from "No Family Left Behind" is of general interest to the public, especially servicemembers and their families. The more that the public knows about the law protecting our warriors, the more problems can be avoided up front. Here's a bit of the video I'm developing from the NFLB progrmam: