Partner Seeking Help On E-Discovery – or – Why it is a Good Idea to Learn Something About E-Discovery Before You Commit Malpractice

This semester here at Michigan State University College of Law, I am team teaching E-Discovery together with my colleague Adam Candeub. For a number of reasons, I enjoyed this video as it highlights the real gap in knowledge that exists between the tech infused Lawyer for the 21st Century and everyone else. The future belongs to the former and the time to acquire those skills is now!

Family Tree of Languages Has Roots in Anatolia, Biologists Say {via NY Times}

(1) Kinda amazing – the NY Times decided to have the public chew on a dendrogram – pretty damn cool 🙂

(2) Among other reasons, I also post this because this topic is of great import to the ungoing study of the origins of Western Civilization and Western Legal Thought.  In particular, this is part of an important active conversation in the legal academy community – (see e.g.  Rob Kar’s  paper  On the Origins of Western Law and Western Civilization (in the Indus Valley).  Also, check out – The Early Eastern Origins of Western Law and Western Civilization: New Arguments for a Changed Understanding of Our Earliest Legal and Cultural Origins – Part I, Part II and Part III.   They are a real tour de force!

6,000 Pages Tell the World’s History [via GE Data Visualization]

“It’s true. We’ve scanned 6,000 pages of GE’s annual reports to build this interactive visualization. But why? What’s the point? Not only does this provide a rich history of how GE has always been at work building, moving, powering and curing the world, but it is a true reflection of how the economy, U.S. and the world as a whole has progressed from 1892 until 2011. By diving deep into key terms, users can uncover interesting stories about innovation over the last century. Explore for yourself!

About this data: The data in this visualization is sourced from all of GE’s annual reports from 1892 until 2011.”

You Had Me at Hello: How Phrasing Affects Memorability [via]

From the Abstract: “Understanding the ways in which information achieves widespread public awareness is a research question of significant interest. We consider whether, and how, the way in which the information is phrased — the choice of words and sentence structure — can affect this process. To this end, we develop an analysis framework and build a corpus of movie quotes, annotated with memorability information, in which we are able to control for both the speaker and the setting of the quotes. We find significant differences between memorable and non-memorable quotes in several key dimensions. One is lexical distinctiveness: in aggregate, memorable quotes use less common word choices, but at the same time are built upon a scaffolding of common syntactic patterns; another is that memorable quotes tend to be more general in ways that make them easy to apply in new contexts. We also show how the concept of “memorable language” can be extended across domains.”