The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



23wired1_2 The New York Times' Escapes section features MY Treo 650 on the cover today.... and this wonderful pix o' my dog Mookie (oh yeah, I'm in it too...) on page F7. Click here for the full story, "Can You Hear Me Now? Avoiding the Weekend Disconnect," which is about how those of us who live in small towns deal with spotty cell phone reception.

I'm so happy that I sound mildly intelligent and that I didn't get quoted saying anything that could outrage the handful of anti-cell phone citizens in our pastoral little town. Don't want no smelly eggs on my windows :)

It certainly was an odd sensation being on the other end of a phone call with a reporter, (the absolutely delightful Amy Gunderson) and a photographer's camera. (Thanks to Douglas Healey for such a nice photo of Mookie et moi. and of course, image courtesy of NYT) 

On to the mail bag:

First we hear from LTN's John Bringardner, who found this interesting article from e.week about how Google is looking into the ability to offer search tools that will let you search phone messages for key words, etc. And we thot EDD was tough already!

The fabulous Laura Owens, of Cisco, was recently quoted in this ABA Journal story about Cisco's efforts to practice what it preaches about incorporating tech into its law dept. operations. (Her incredible LTN article, "Change or Die," is also cited. (You can read it here). But the online version fails to include the fabulous photo of Laura, which, when viewed in black and white (sometimes better than color) looks like a young Lauren Bacall! Check it out here:

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They can certainly hear me already! One of my favorite people, the Editor 'n Chef of Blawg Review (who remains tantalizingly anonymous) forwards not one but two fun items:

Amp_1 1. Apparently, he has not been to a Yankees game with me. For some reason he thinks I'm not loud enough to thoroughly annoy everyone around me. (Boy is he wrong :) He suggests I might enjoy some further amplification with this little device. It's a wearable amplifier. Oh yeah, like I need THAT! :) 

2. He also found a very interesting article from USA Today, of course, on my favorite topic. (Baseball, of course). It's about offbeat baseball stats. Caveat: this is probably very interesting only to the truly obsessed, like me.

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While I have no doubt that Google, and the other search companies can do this (I'm referring to the searching of telephone calls you mentioned in your post) I'm just not entirely sure how practical it is. And where would they get the phone calls from? Do you mean the phone call I make to my credit card company or my bank is going to be available on Google? Certainly not, there's private info there! So, which phone calls are they wanting to make available? The dangers of such software are inevitable, and I don't how I (being a normal person who uses Google every day) can really use it. The ONLY thing I can think is that if they are recording radio station interviews, or media interviews, THAT should be searchable. That's the only thing I think that is actually worth while. I'm not sure about phone calls though.

Posted by: Mobile Phones | May 31, 2007 8:20:48 AM

He he, went to go see that wait band amp gadget. Now, I couldn't imagine thousands of screaming fans at a game with those on. Imagine the noise! But maybe for some games, like football or whatever, could put these things to use. The ref or linesmen could use them. But, definitely not the fans. Not the fans! Come to think of it, though, they probably shout louder than this thing can go (and, I am guessing the same is true for you!)

Some guys are using these at the shops to sell their products... it's a bit of a mess when guys are using it across from each other... what a noise!

Posted by: Mobile Phones | Jun 13, 2007 7:36:14 AM

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