November 17, 2006

Loose norms.

This morning I exiled myself at Espresso Royale -- no computer, just a pad and pen. I needed to get some writing done. Much as I like to write on the computer, I had to cut myself off from any temptations. But there are always the temptations of the visual world. Like that truck out there:



Because vice matters.


But pay attention. Pay attention. Hmmmm.... Staring at an old page of the notes I took back at the conference... Even with the help of that cappuccino...What do these old notes even mean?

Tabletop

WWSD. It must mean what would Scalia do, right?

But what's this other thing?

Puzzling old notes

Well, the norms of my note taking are loose.

19 comments:

Simon said...

WWSD. That is precisely the right question. If only I could persuade you to ask it in Carhart... ;)

Icepick said...

Well, the norms of my note taking are loose.

Yes, but excellent doodles!

SWBarns said...

WWSD -- What would Scalia DRIVE?

I'm thinking a '73 Cadillac El-Dorado convertable with a personalized license plate that reads: CAVOLO.

George said...

If they play baccarat at Expresso Royale, bet on the "faintly piratical"-looking British man smoking Morlands. He'll have a scar on one cheek and a comma of hair across his forehead. He knows how to treat a lady law professor...and that's like no lady at all.

Simon said...

SWBarns said...
"WWSD -- What would Scalia DRIVE?"

According to Justice Blackmun, one should be less concerned with finding out than staying out of his way:

"[Scalia's] opinions are energetically argumentative ... He [also] drives that way, as all New Yorkers should. Consider this passage in a letter that Justice Harry Blackman received some years ago and read with great delight to a large audience. The writer had recently met Justice Scalia at a seminar in France. And he wrote to Justice Blackman, 'Your junior Justice was a pleasant colleague, though a madman behind the wheel of a car. A true Italian driver.' The French were terrified."

Icepick said...

The French were terrified.

One more reason to like Scalia!

Edward said...

The right conclusion to draw from your notepad is that the conference must have been terribly boring.

Why else would you draw such an elaborate doodle, and why else such brief and cryptic notes?

Edward said...

The important question is not who is scared of Scalia, but rather why Scalia himself is so scared and of what.

Scalia’s aggressiveness is clearly a disguise for childish fear of the rapidly changing world that surrounds him.

Simon said...

Edward,
Well, gee - thanks for that tuppenny psychoanalysis... I'm now having to suppress the desire to launch into a long-winded, somewhat emotional (and quite possibly faintly undignified) defense of my Sensei, but I don't want to bore, and I really doubt that you're open to persuasion on the point anyway. Suffice to say, I have a higher opinion of him, and his jurisprudence, than do you.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

WWSD: Writing's work! Start doodling.

Derve said...

lol Ruth Anne. Do you suppose the df is for dumb ---- umpiring?

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Derve: I saw that as "distinguished from" umpiring. Remember [now] Chief Justice Roberts using that umpiring analogy at his confirmation hearings?

Ann Althouse said...

"df" in my notes means "different" or "difficult." Probably was about the difficulty of judges "umpiring abortion" -- a phrase Scalia once used (as if abortion is a sport!).

Bleepless said...

It is amply clear that the drawing is an extraterrestrial.

Simon said...

"'umpiring abortion' -- a phrase Scalia once used (as if abortion is a sport!)"

Antonin Scalia regards abortion as a sport to be umpired;

Nick Mason recorded an album called "Fictitious Sports";

Mason's production company produced music for the film "White of the Eye";

David Keith, star of "White of the Eye" was in the 1983 movie "Independence Day" with Kathleen Quinlan;

Kathleen Quinlan starred in "Apollo 13" as Tom Hanks' wife;

Apollo 13 also starred Kevin Bacon!

Do I win?

:p

SWBarns said...

Simon, that's why his license plate translates to "I don't give a damn." I'm sure there must be a hand gesture that goes along with ti but for the life of me I can't think what it is.

"'umpiring abortion' -- a phrase Scalia once used (as if abortion is a sport!)" --I think that calia intented that as a crack against the S. Ct. interfering in what he considers a legislative function.

Simon said...

"'umpiring abortion' ... I think that Scalia intented that as a crack against the S. Ct. interfering in what he considers a legislative function."

Yes... I think we all got that part. ;)

Joe Baby said...

Look at the couple in the first picture.

But what will we tell our spouses?

stephenb said...

SWBarns said...

WWSD -- What would Scalia DRIVE?

I'm thinking a '73 Cadillac El-Dorado convertable with a personalized license plate that reads: CAVOLO.


Actually, he drives a 5-series BMW. The license playe reads: SCALIAJ

Verification word: abhag (Nancy Pelosi's nickname at the gym)