This interview, which can be accessed here, provides some fascinating observations on emerging markets and their impact on the world economy. Ms. Woodall notes that emerging markets now represent one-half of world output and world energy consumption. She states:

The integration of China, India and other emerging economies are providing the biggest economic boost in world history, bigger than the industrial revolution. The first decade of 21st century will see the fastest growth ever in average world income.

An extensive series of articles from the September 16, 2006 issue of The Economist, titled A Survey of the World Economy and focusing on emerging markets, can be accessed from this page (lengthy PDF file).… Read the full article

Low Brow Lawyer Gossip!

Yes, it astounds me that there can even be such a thing. When I graduated from law school all those many years ago, if you had been able to explain to me what the Internet would be, and what a blog would be, and told me that someday there would be a blog devoted solely to lawyer gossip (things like what law students have been selected as Supreme Court clerks, lawyer weddings, lawyer sex, lawyers coming out of the closet, summer associate faux pas, interview faux pas, judges’ vacation haunts, rich lawyers, ugly lawyers, obnoxious lawyers, and more, seemingly ad infinitum … ), I would have thought you were barking, drooling mad.

Sadly, I would have been wrong. There is such a thing, at a blog called Above The Law, A Legal Tabloid. Jump at your own risk.… Read the full article

Geeks on the Beach

by Lee Gesmer on September 6, 2006

Geeks on the Beach

Ok, my family is a little geeky, I admit it.  We watch documentaries together more than we watch family friendly movies.  What do I discuss with my beautiful wife and exceptional 12 year old daughter as we walk along the beaches of Cape Cod?  They both love astronomy, and every year I remind my lovely daughter that there are more stars in the Universe than grains of sand on all the beaches of Earth. However, I’ve always had a nagging doubt about this – is it true? It seems just, well, inconceivable.

This year, upon returning to civilization (and a computer) I googled “are there more stars in the Universe than grains of sand on all the beaches of earth?” It turns out that scientists think about this stuff too. The first hit is an authoritative appearing article from North American Skies which reads –

In my astronomy classes I have often used the claim that there are “more stars in the heavens than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth.”

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An Update on Google Book Search

by Lee Gesmer on August 14, 2006

University of California joins in.

The University of California is joining Google’s book-scanning project, throwing the weight of another 100 academic libraries behind an ambitious venture that’s under legal attack for alleged copyright infringement.

Link here for full story. For an earlier and in depth discussion of this issue click here.… Read the full article