February 14, 2008

The morning fisheye view is so clear-eyed.

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But last night, I had my night vision:

The BQE

Are you thinking, Althouse, what were you doing that led you into that nightmarish perspective? The answer is: I was walking home after explaining the Eleventh Amendment.

24 comments:

Chip Ahoy said...

*looks up 11th ammendment*

Oh, that one.

Chip Ahoy said...

Do you like the way I amended the word amendment?

Alan said...

Yup, trying to explain the 11th Amendment would do that. It's got a through-the-looking-glass history.

George said...

Professor, I think you were flattening lard with your red enamel rolling pin when the fishhead broke the window, rubber eye erect and precisely detailed.

Simon said...

Ann, how do students generally cope with sovereign immunity? There are some twists and turns in the doctrine - I've asked you before about a particularly difficult wrinkle that I still don't understand - but conceptually it doesn't seem nearly as complex as those who bemoan the court's recent jurisprudence suggest (John Noonan's book on the subject, for example, strikes me as inventing difficulties that I just don't think hold water), and that anecdotally, students find it.

Ann Althouse said...

How do students "cope" with it? They learn the doctrine and absorb the critiques. It's not too emotional.

Simon said...

Well, what I mean is, do they find it particularly difficult relative to the rest of the course? I don't mean their emotional state about it. The question's prompted by the fact that some students I've talked to have indicated they thought it was a really, really difficult doctrine -- and if the doctrine was as byzantine as Noonan (again, for example, I don't mean to pick on him) makes it out to be, it wouldn't be hard to see why. Maybe I just found it easier because I had the benefit of The Alden Trilogy. ;)

Speaking of which, there was an interesting case on sovereign immunity in the 9th cir last week.

Eric Muller said...

This made me laugh, Ann. I just forwarded a link to this post to my Con Law 1Ls, who very recently had to endure a lecture from me on the 11th Amendment.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Eric!

Simon, making things sound byzantine is a way of making an argument. It's so weird and complicated it must be wrong. This motivates people who don't like the doctrine to make it seem as nonsensical as possible, which I hurts students at least 2 ways.

chuck b. said...

When will we see some of the hundreds of self-portraits you've no doubt taken with it by now?

Also, animals and flowers.

Ann Althouse said...

It's been hard to find flowers. Self-portraits? I need to get a remote control or these will be pictures of me with a huge nose.

Bissage said...

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

Link1. Link2.

ricpic said...

The City

Boiling copper kettle burnishing the night,
Throwing clouds of steam into the sky.
Where did all that tumult go to the next day?
As it waits ignition by the fiery eye.

A. Adams said...

The fish-eye lens is perfect! Your posts about politics are all distorted. And now your pictures are, too!

Eli Blake said...
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Eli Blake said...

The liberal observer:

The southern tip of Manhattan is all too recognizable at the upper right of that picture (though I've not been to New York since I was too young to remember, I can recognize the southern tip of Manhattan for the same reason as any other American can.)

Meanwhile, Mr. 'Dead or Alive' and his Taliban allies are not only at large and apparently very much alive, they are reconsituting their power in Afghanistan and have effective control over large parts of Pakistan, while our army is bogged down a thousand miles away chasing the couple of hundred terrorists they've sent to Iraq to keep our army tied down.

ZPS said...

School shootings, House contempt charges, a historical whirlwind of a primary season, Valentine's Day, the winner of the Westminster Dog Show is a Beagle, the terrorist leader of Hezbollah is dead...and all Althouse can seem to do is enjoy her camera lens, Rush Limbaugh, and Season 7 of American Idol.

Love,
Max--I mean, ZPS

Bissage said...

Eli; ZPS,

Life is good!

titushuh said...

How about a fisheye vlog?


We haven't seen you on camera lately?

Are you hiding?

What's the 11th amendment?

I don't know much about law. Will you teach me professor? Sometimes I may be a bad student though and need to be punished by staying late and cleaning your classroom.

I do know quite a bit about hog though. If you ever need a "guest speaker" to come to your class and identify and describe hogs from all the countries I would be honored.

I will bring my old slides.

Eclecticity said...

Awe Some Shot!

Ms. A: Is Su Su's Yum Yum still there in Brooklyn Heights? It was a favorite of ours when we lived there in the 80's.

caplight said...

Ann

Do you feel safe walking the streets of NYC at night, Brooklyn though it may be?

Ann Althouse said...

Brooklyn Heights feels very safe.

Mr. Forward said...

Here you go Eli, engram can get you up to speed.

"Virtually all of the suicide bombers were in Iraq killing many hundreds of innocent civilians every month, whereas virtually none were in Afghanistan. Yet, to these ultra-liberal and mentally inflexible editors, al Qaeda was not in Iraq but was instead in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's downright creepy that any rational person could think along these lines. It is certainly true that al Qaeda's top leadership is in Pakistan. It is also true that our top leadership is in Washington D.C. But our soldiers are in Iraq, and that's where al Qaeda's soldiers are, too. Anyone who has the slightest curiosity about who the suicide bombers of Iraq are would know this."

http://engram-backtalk.blogspot.com/index.html

PatCA said...

Your photos are a great ad for Brooklyn and NYC! I want to go!