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Efficient Social Networking

These days it is nearly impossible to walk into a room full of people that doesn’t include at least one Facebook user. More and more people are using the variety of social networking tools out there, like blogs, RSS readers, Twitter, and sites like Facebook.  It is a great idea to be part of those things—make yourself more available not just to friends, but possible employers and clients.  It can be a little overwhelming at times, though.  LLRX.com is featuring an article by Nicole Black on ways to social network more efficiently.  It has advice on the best feed readers, the best Firefox add-ons, and the easiest ways to keep up with Twitter. Are you the best networker that you can be?  Go take a look!

The End of Exams

Today is the last day of exams, and many of you are already finished.  Exams are always a very stressful time for students, but you are not alone.  Some professors get nervous as well, as explained by Prof. Jay Wexler on PrawfsBlawg.  In any case, no matter how stressful finals are, they will all be over after today, and you will all have some well deserved time off.  Good luck on those last few finals, and congratulations to those who are already done!

Egg Nog from the Supreme Court

A few years ago, the Green Bag sent subscribers a card with the following description and recipe. We reprint it in the spirit of the season –

Harlan Fiske Stone and his wife Agnes Harvey Stone hosted a new Year’s Eve reception every year (save one) that he served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice was a respectable oenophile, but he had no objections to egg nog in its season, and the Stones habitually attended several egg nog parties hosted by various government officials on December 31.

Preserved for posterity in the papers he deposited in the Library of Congress is what appears to be the Stone’s own egg no recipe. It is reprinted – without warranty – below. Harry Parker we have been unable to identify. One unconfirmed suggestion is that Parker may have been a messenger for Justice Felix Frankfurter. In any event, Chief Justice Stone was a great lover of good food and drink, as well as of the law. We are sure he would be pleased that his legacy includes the former as well as the latter.

Egg Nog – Harry Parker (by way of Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone)
Ingredients:
12 eggs
1 gallon milk
Ground nutmeg
1 lb sugar
1 quart whiskey
½ pint brandy
1/8 pint rum

1) Separate egg yolks from whites
2) Cream yolks of eggs and sugar together
3) Add whiskey, brandy and rum. Beat well
4) Add milk, stir well
5) Add nutmeg to taste
6) Beat whites of eggs very light
7) Add the beaten whites of eggs and stir in well

Notes: If put in cold place will keep for 30 days. Never use all cream. Cream contains large percentage of fat. If made of all cream the egg nog will become rancid. Be sure to add whiskey, brandy and rum before adding milk.

The ABA Journal’s Third Annual Blawg 100

A few months ago we encouraged you to nominate your favorite law-related blog for the ABA Journal’s list of the top 100 blawgs. That list is now available, and all that remains to be decided is which is the best blawg in each of the ten categories the Journal collects.  Registered members of the ABA Journal can vote for their favorites online.  There are also two blawgs on the list with Maurer connections.  Prof. Henderson’s blog, Empirical Legal Studies, is on the list for best Legal Theory blawg, and alumni Dan Harris has a blawg listed in the Geo category, the China Law Blog.  Go take a look, and maybe vote for your favorite blawgs!

Move Over, Fantasy Football

Fantasy sports are a long beloved past time, but there is no reason to limit yourself to sports any more.  Legal blogger Josh Blackman has started a fantasy United States Supreme Court league, FantasySCOTUS.net. You sign up and then are awarded points based on correct predictions about the outcome of cases, what the split was, and which justices were for or against.  Apparently, by popular demand, people will soon be able to join leagues for their particular school or firm.  Go take a look!