June 25th, 2007

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Read to me

I've been on quite an audiobook kick over the past few of months. First I downloaded every single book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and went through them one by one with only a few skips. That added up to around 30 books and God only knows how many countless hours. It's a completely difference experience hearing a book read to you and reading it yourself. Everything seems to slow down and the pacing is completely different.

After finishing Discworld I went on to Goodkind's Sword of Truth and just finished the last book avaliable, Phantom, yesterday. It was even more apparent with these how different an experience it is to listen than to read. Goodkind has this tendancy to have his characters delivery long, extended speeches on things. VERY LONG speeches. Since this had never really occurred to me before, I assume it's because whenever I got bogged down in one while reading I would speed up a little or maybe just pay less attention. Hearing it on the audiobooks was almost a surreal experience. There would be a scene in the middle of combat and then poof, take out around 60 minutes worth of real time so that a character can expound upon the meaning and philosophy of life. It got to be moderately infuriating after a while. More than a few times I wanted to shriek at the character to stop yakking and start hacking.

Currently, I'm working on downloading all of Jordan's Wheel of Time. I used to absolutely love that series. I followed it religiously and was even on a MUD (Multi-user dungeon for you kids out there) based on it. I swam in the minutae of the series and was practically a walking encyclopedia. I abandoned it after the downturn in the series during book 7-8. I figured I would get back to it one day when he finally finished it. Since then, it's grown to 11 books, with two more to follow, and I've found that Jordan's got a (most likely) terminal illness. Since he might never get the chance to wrap things up, I figured I might as well find out what I've missed in those intervening three books. In order to do that, I'll have to start from the beginning as a refresher and audiobooks seem to be the way to go.

In summary, I <3 audiobooks.
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Judge awarded 10 million dollars for lost pants


If you actually believed that subject line, you must have about as much faith in our courts as I do. It really wouldn't have surprised me much if they did give that asshole some sort of cash payout. Luckily, however, reason has won out and he walked away with nothing. Actually, he walked away with less than nothing since he was ordered to pay the court costs of the dry cleaners he was harassing.

Here's the update:

Dry cleaner wins in missing-pants case

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge on Monday ruled in favor of a dry cleaner that was sued for $54 million over a missing pair of pants in a case that garnered international attention and renewed calls for litigation reform.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled that the Korean immigrant owners of Custom Cleaners did not violate the city's Consumer Protection Act by failing to live up to Roy L. Pearson's expectations of the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" sign that was once placed in the store window.

"Plaintiff Roy L. Pearson, Jr. takes nothing from the defendants, and defendants Soo Chung, Jin Nam Chung and Ki Y. Chung are awarded the costs of this action against the plaintiff Roy L. Pearson, Jr.," the ruling read.

Pearson, an administrative law judge, originally sought $67 million from the Chungs after he claimed they lost a pair of suit trousers and later tried to return a pair that he said was not his. He arrived at the figure by adding up years of law violations and almost $2 million in common law claims. Pearson later dropped demands for damages related to the pants and focused his claims on signs in the shop, which have since been removed.

Chris Manning, the Chungs' attorney, countered that no reasonable person would interpret the signs to be an unconditional promise of satisfaction.

The two-day trial earlier this month drew a standing-room-only crowd, including many Korean and international media outlets covering the story. It even overshadowed the drunken driving trial of former Mayor Marion Barry.

The Chungs also said the trial had taken an enormous financial and emotional toll on them and exposed them to widespread ridicule.

The law gets more and more fucked up every year. It's gotten so convoluted that it's no longer possible to do anything without a lawyer involved and lawyers are expensive. That certainly wasn't the intent, I'm sure, but it's become such a morass that it almost dosen't matter who wins the case. Even if you're 'in the right' you still lose due to the time, money, and stress of having to defend yourself. Sometimes I think there should be some sort of criminal sanction for filing idiotic lawsuits. This country has more lawyers per capita than any other industrialized nation and they're all out there trying to make a buck by suing anyone and everyone they can. Maybe if we legislate criminal sanctions for the person suing, we should also be able to execute their lawyer.
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I don't wanna grow up 'cause I'm a Toys 'R Us kid....

I'm starting to think that I should just camp out at the store. It might save me some gas and they're nice and air conditioned. By that, I'm sure you can guess where I went today. I ended up snatching up more games, this time with the hopes of reselling them on ebay and half.com. I'm not sure that the profit margin will be huge, but I should make at the very minimum around $5 per item and I picked up 7. While $35 dosen't seem worth the effort I've gone through, that's just the lowest possible amount of profit. I figure it could go as high as 2 to 2 and a half times that and it's practically found money. I had wanted to go anyway to pick up a couple other discounted items only avaliable starting today so why the heck not. If anyone actually wants to buy a copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, let me know :P.

I had 13 DS games at the start of last week. 7 days later my collection has ballooned up to 23, though not all are in hand yet, and might yet grow. God only knows how much time I'm going to sink into it once the initial afterglow of ownership passes.
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Attention new people

There's been a lot of shuffling of the friends list with people being added after my entries on various communities. I was hoping that I could ask everyone who's new to reading this LJ to comment and maybe offer up a little summary of themselves. I'm not looking for an epic or opus, just a few tidbits that might help me start to figure out who is who.