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September 29, 2005

EverNote, An Awesome Note Taking Tool

I recently discovered a new note taking tool called EverNote and I just love it. I'm starting work on a book and needed a way to manage my notes. 3x5 index cards weren't going to cut it this time.

It needed it to be electronic, so I could just cut and paste when it comes time to write the book. But I didn't want to give up the feature of the old index cards where I could create discreet little notes and assign them categories. And being able to keyword search content would also be a big plus.

EverNote met all my needs and more. Plus it's free! Here's what it says on the Web site:

EverNote 1.0 is designed to give users a single place for all types of notes and information and to make them instantly accessible at anytime, in any place. EverNote makes it easy to store and quickly access typed and handwritten memos, webpage excerpts, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms, sketches, documents and more.

You take notes on what appears to be an endless digital roll of paper, thereby keeping all your notes in one place. You can create plain text notes or hand (actually mouse) written notes/drawings. Plus, you can clip Web content (either the whole page or just a highlighted portion) and Evernote automatically inserts a link back to the original content. Or drag and drop other documents into EverNote thereby creating a link to the document on your computer.

Each note can be assigned multiple categories (of your choosing) which you can use to filter the notes. Keyword searching the full text of notes is also available. Additional features include encryption, printing & emailing notes, import/export, locking notes and more.

For users of pen-enabled devices, EverNote Plus is available for purchase. It includes Handwriting Recognition, Shape Correction, Advanced Note Recognition (ANR) and Ink-Note Search.

For more information, see the review of Evernote in SearchEngineWatch.

September 28, 2005

RSS Feeds for Nationwide Amber Alerts and Sex Offender Information

Inter Alia reports that Project Safekids offers a page with nationwide RSS feeds for both Amber Alerts and Sex Offender Information.

Guide to Filing FOIA Requests

House of Representatives has compiled a A Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records (HR Report 109-226).

From section IV, How to Use this Guide:

This report explains how to use the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974. It reflects all changes to the laws made since 1996. Major amendments to the Freedom of Information Act passed in 1974, 1986, and 1996. A major addition to the Privacy Act of 1974 was enacted in 1988.

This Guide is intended to serve as a general introduction to the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. It offers neither a comprehensive explanation of the details of these acts nor an analysis of case law. The Guide will enable those who are unfamiliar with the laws to understand the process and to make a request. In addition, the complete text of each law is included in an appendix.

Source: DCLRC Blawg

Judicial Conference Endorses Citing Unpublished Decisions

From Law.com:
The policy-making body of the federal judiciary [the Judicial Conference] on Tuesday [9-20-05] endorsed a sweeping rule change that will allow lawyers to cite unpublished opinions in federal appeals courts nationwide beginning in 2007. . .

The citation rule change, if ratified by the Supreme Court and untouched by Congress, would end a practice that brought charges of a hidden, unaccountable system of justice against some of the nation's largest and most important appellate courts. The 2nd, 7th, 9th and federal circuits ban citation of unpublished opinions outright, while six other circuits discourage it. . .

She said passage was eased by an amendment introduced at the meeting that would make the change prospective only, meaning that lawyers will be able to cite only those unpublished opinions issued after Jan. 1, 2007. King also stressed that individual circuit courts will be able to set their own rules about the precedential value unpublished opinions can be given.

Source: novalawcity

September 27, 2005

Electronic Wisconsin Coloring Book, Crossword & Word Search

Ready for a little break? Try your hand, or rather, your mouse, at the electronic Wisconsin coloring book from the Wisconsin Legislature. Choose from a variety of state inspired images include a muskie, wood violet, sugar maple, or even the state seal.

Coloring your not cup of tea? Try the crossword puzzle or word search. Your computer must support a java application for all applications.

Free & Fee Based Appellate Court Briefs Online

LLRX.com has compiled an excellent guide to sources of Free and Fee Based Appellate Court Briefs Online.

This guide is an attempt to provide researchers with the ability to quickly find appellate court briefs. Part one lists sites where free copies can be obtained of federal and state appellate court briefs. Part two lists sites where briefs can be obtained for a price.

Noteworthy are the Wisconsin Briefs database, the 7th Circuit Legal Brief System, and the extensive Westlaw Brief Bank.

Banned Books Week Event at DCLRC

From DCLRC Blawg:
The American Civil Liberties Union is teaming up with the Dane County Legal Resource Center (DCLRC) to observe Banned Books Week, which runs the last week of September.

On Wednesday, September 28th they will host bilingual readings of the Bill of Rights and a brief presentation planned for the lunch hour on the steps of the Dane County Courthouse at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (Rain location: Room 315 (DCLRC) inside the Courthouse) In addition, free copies of the Bill of Rights will be available to all.

September 26, 2005

Directory of Wisconsin Blogs

Wow, I had no idea there were so many Wisconsin blogs. Take a look at MKEonline’s 1000 Voices blog directory, a collection of blogs written in, for, or about Wisconsin.

They are even hosting a blog of the week poll. Check out the weekly winners. My favorite is Do Not Eat the Photos, a neat Wisconsin photo blog.

"On, Wisconsin!" Trivia

My last Blue Book post prompted me to do a little digging around in its pages. The State Symbols section is a lot of fun.

Here's what I learned about our state song, "On, Wisconsin!"

The music for “On, Wisconsin!” was composed in 1909 by William T. Purdy with the idea of entering it in a contest for the creation of a new University of Minnesota football song. (“Minnesota” would have replaced “On, Wisconsin” in the opening lines.) Carl Beck persuaded Purdy to dedicate the song to the University of Wisconsin football team instead, and Beck collaborated with the composer by writing the lyrics. The song was introduced at the Madison campus in November 1909. It was later acclaimed by world-famous composer and bandmaster John Philip Sousa as the best college song he had ever heard.

Lyrics more in keeping with the purposes of a state song were subsequently written in 1913 by Judge Charles D. Rosa and J. S. Hubbard, editor of the Beloit Free Press. Rosa and Hubbard were among the delegates from many states convened in 1913 to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie. Inspired by the occasion, they provided new, more solemn words to the already well-known football song.

Although “On, Wisconsin!” was widely recognized as Wisconsin’s song, the state did not officially adopt it until 1959. Representative Harold W. Clemens discovered that Wisconsin was one of only ten states without an official song. He introduced a bill to give the song the status he thought it deserved. On discovering that many different lyrics existed, an official text for the first verse was incorporated in Chapter 170, Laws of 1959, and it is contained in Section 1.10 of the statutes:

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Grand old badger state! We, thy loyal sons and daughters, Hail thee, good and great. On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Champion of the right, ‘Forward’, our motto — God will give thee might!

A couple years ago, I picked up this old sheet music to "On, Wisconsin!" at a flea market. I meant to have it framed, but never did. Someday. (Image from Historic American Sheet Music)

Did you know that Wisconsin also has a state ballad (“Oh Wisconsin, Land of My Dreams”) and a state waltz (“The Wisconsin Waltz”)? And you can even listen to them, along with "On, Wisconsin!" on the LRB web site. How neat is that?

2005-06 Wisconsin Blue Book

The 2005-2006 Wisconsin Blue Book is now available in print. The feature article, "The Wisconsin Court System: Demystifying the Judicial Branch," is worth a look.

The electronic version, however, does not seem to be available yet. I suspect it will be made available soon from the LRB.

Thanks to my UW Law Library colleague, Bill Ebbott, for the tip.

September 24, 2005

Diploma Privileged, A New Wisconsin Blawg

Two Rivers attorney, Donald Chewning, recently dropped me a line letting me know about his new blog about law in Wisconsin entitled, Diploma Privileged. Read what he has to say about it:

Welcome to Diploma Privileged. This site was created to provide for a forum for discussion of Wisconsin legal issues. While there are a handful of good blawgs by Wisconsin lawyers, law librarians and law professors, there are not many (any?) that discuss Wisconsin law in general, and in particular that provide for discussion of decisions of the Wisconsin appellate courts.

This site isn't intended to be a forum for me to rant about my practice. My hope is that this site will attract readers who are interested in keeping up with our appellate courts and legislature. I also intend on keeping tabs on developments in federal courts that will affect Wisconsin practitioners.

September 22, 2005

Getting a Legal Education without a Law School

Earlier this week, The Washington Post ran an interesting story about "law readers"- people who study law in offices or judges' chambers rather than classrooms.

From the article:

Fewer than 150 aspiring lawyers are getting their legal educations in programs that require no law school whatsoever, according to the bars of the states that allow the practice. . .

Despite some challenges, law readers can achieve big things. Marilyn Skoglund, for instance, sits on the Vermont Supreme Court, and Gary Blasi is a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.

"I'm really sort of a bizarre case," Blasi said. "The first time I was ever in a law classroom I was teaching law."

As the only law reader he knows who ended up a professor, Blasi doesn't recommend his route for others interested in teaching law in a university. However, he said there are benefits.

"If I were redesigning the entire legal education system it would definitely provide more of a real-world, mentored experience," Blasi said.

Interesting. Especially Blasi's last comment. Sounds a bit familiar given UW Law School's law-in-action approach to legal education.

It is this law-in-action approach -- in which students learn not only what the law is, but also how the law works-- that helps develop well-educated, thoughtful graduates who are able successfully to bridge the gap between law school and practice. Clinical students receive a rich educational experience, applying the legal theory they have learned in the classroom to help real people outside of the classroom.

Thanks to UW Law Library colleague, Nancy Paul, for sharing this article.

Guide to Local Legal Resources

Paula Seeger of the Dane County Legal Resource Center has compiled a very useful guide to Wisconsin local legal resources. The guide, which appears in the September 21, 2005 issue of the Wisconsin Law Journal, offers tips on locating ordinances, court rules, forms, historical resources and more.

Law Librarian Describes Firm's Experience with West KM

Law Librarian, Carol Bannen, has written about "A New Knowledge Management Tool for Law Firms."

The article, which describes Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren's experience with West KM, appears in the Summer 2005 issue of Class Action, the newsletter of the Wisconsin Association of Legal Administrators.

September 21, 2005

Blog about Madison Common Council Meeting on Smoking Ban

Kristian Knutsen over at The Daily Page has written a massive blog post on yesterday's Madison Common Council meeting regarding the smoking ban issue and changes to the lobbying ordinance.

Source: Dane 101

Wheeler Report Online Supplement Features Press Releases and Articles on WI Legislative Issues

The Wheeler Report has long been an excellent source of information on Wisconsin bills and legislative activities. In addition to the subscription-based "print" edition, which is now fully electronic, a free online supplement is also available.

The supplement features links to press releases from state officials, agencies, and organizations. Newspaper articles on legislative issues are also available.

Wisconsin Legislature Live Web Broadcasts

Wisconsin Legislature In Session features live broadcasts of the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly proceedings. In Session Assembly (video and audio available) - In Session Senate (audio only)

This excellent resource also includes links to related documents, voting records, calendars, and more.

September 20, 2005

Guide to Capturing Internet Research

Tom Mighell, of Inter Alia, has written a useful article on new tools for capturing your Internet research (pdf). The article, which appears in the Texas Bar Journal, offers advice on:

  • Saving searches (Google's My Search History, Yahoo!'s My Web)
  • Sharing bookmarks (del.icio.us)
  • Collecting content (Net Snippets, OnFolio)
  • Desktop search products (Google, Yahoo!, Copernic Desktop Search)

Source: Inter Alia

New Web Address for Milwaukee Common Council's Legislative Information Program

According to the City of Milwaukee Web site, the Common Council's legislative information program (Legistar) has been upgraded and has a new location.

For anyone interested in the business of the Milwaukee Common Council, the legislative information program site is a tremendous resource. It offers detailed information about resolutions, ordinances, and other matters for the council and its committees. It includes legislation status, history, sponsors, full text legislation and related documents. A schedule of meetings and events and a directory of offices and people is also featured.

September 19, 2005

"Desperate Librarians" Pose for Calendar

From JS Online: Inspired by the movie "Calendar Girls," in which the members of a stuffy British women's club pose semi-nude for a charity calendar, six Waupaca-area library administrators have produced "Desperate Librarians," a sexy but tasteful calendar they're selling to raise money for their libraries.

Not sure what to say about this one, so "no comment."

Fall Legislative Schedule

What on the schedule for this fall's legislative session? According to JS Online:

Among the dozens of pieces of legislation are bills that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons; prevent University of Wisconsin System students from receiving emergency contraception; enable doctors and pharmacists to object on moral grounds to performing certain procedures; and create statewide smoking standards for restaurants and other businesses.

New Book - Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture

In the mood for a good laugh? Check out "Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture," a new book by UW Law School's own professor Marc Galanter. From Channel3000:

Galanter says lawyer jokes seem to be oddly American, and his book traces legal history trends back to the 1950s.

"Law was seen as a liberating thing that gave more remedies to individuals ranging from school children to minorities to prisoners who were now able to use the law," Galanter says. "Suddenly, the managers of society were held to account by lawyers."

However, jokes about lawyers gained momentum in the late 1970s, when lawyers were portrayed as greedy sowers of chaos and corruption. Lawyers are also seen as economic predators, Galanter says.

The book is available at the UW Law Library. Or comparison shop at AddAll.

WisBar Creates Guide for Katrina Assistance

The State Bar of Wisconsin has created a page offering guidance on how Wisconsin's legal community can help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Looks for updates to the page as more information becomes available.

September 15, 2005

Yahoo Unveils Instant Search

"[S]ometimes there is one really good answer to your search. And that's what led us to develop Instant Search. . . As you type your search into the Instant Search box, it checks to see if there is a single, relevant answer for your query. If there is, that single result instantly appears on the page, just below the search box in a kind of 'speech bubble'. " (From Yahoo!)

This is a pretty neat little tool, one that just might save you a little time. As advertised, it instantly located "Madison weather" and a map of "975 Bascom Mall, Madison Wi"

It works for Yahoo! Shortcuts also, including sports scores, dictionary definitions, flight tracker, stock quotes, etc.

Free E-Books from Adobe

Adobe Acrobat is offering a handful of free e-books, some full content and some excerpted. The books are available for free download in PDF format.

Selected fiction titles include Dracula, The Princess Diaries, Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Goodbye Summer, and more. Nonfiction titles include The Million Dollar Crossword Dictionary and Tour of Duty.

New Lawyer Shows This Fall

Findlaw's The Practice Paper notes that there are two new lawyer tv series on the schedule this season. The Rocky Mount Telegram offers details:

"Head Cases," starring onetime movie "It" boy Chris O'Donnell ("Batman Forever") as an ambitious corporate attorney whose breakdown lands him in a treatment facility and then in a decidedly unglamorous practice with an "explosive disorder" sufferer, is a pleasant surprise. Sharper and more appropriately funny than you'd expect from a drama with a mental health subtext, it's the TV show equivalent of a patient who's starting to respond well to a thoughtful treatment plan.

And then there's "Just Legal," starring Don Johnson as a burned-out boozer and sole practitioner who suddenly finds himself working alongside a "Doogie Howser"-esque teen genius lawyer (Jay Baruchel from "Million Dollar Baby"). Utterly predictable and overly convinced of its own faded charm, it's the TV show equivalent of . . . Don Johnson.

September 14, 2005

Sources for TV & Radio News Transcripts and Recordings

If you've ever tried to locate one, you know that finding copies of TV and radio news transcripts and recordings can be fairly difficult. These three sources, however, may have just what you need.

Vanderbilt TV News Archive
Contains more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989.

Library of Congress, Recorded Sound Reference Center, Radio, and SONIC (Sound Online Inventory & Catalog)
Among other things, includes NBC Collection (1930s-1980s, including tens of thousands of World War II-related broadcasts), Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) (1942-1998), Office of War Information (OWI) (1942-1945), National Public Radio (NPR) (The cultural programming portions of NPR broadcasts,1971-1992)

Visual and Sound Archives, State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Includes NBC Records, Script and Recording Library (1921-1969) which contains radio scripts, TV scripts, and recordings

JS Political Bloggers Give Blue Book Quiz

Journal Sentinel state political reporters Steven Walters, Stacy Forster and Patrick Marley are blogging about happenings around the capitol at Capitol Bureau: State Politics.

In the back-to-school spirit, they challenged readers to take a 2005-06 Wisconsin Blue Book quiz. Can you identify which legislator wore an Air Force bomber jacket for his official Blue Book photo? Or which legislator'’s official photo looks like he just stepped out of the barbershop quartet regional finals?

LRB Podcast on Federal Preemption of State Law

A new podcast from the Legislative Reference Bureau:

Marc Shovers explains federal preemption of state law. September 12, 2005 ( 5.86MB, 6:24)

An RSS Feed is available for all LRB podcasts.

Google Launches Blog Search

Google has finally created a blog search engine and, by most accounts, it's already highly regarded. Like regular Google, it features a basic and an advanced search.

From Google:

How does Blog Search work?
Blog Search indexes blogs by their site feeds, which will be checked frequently for new content. This means that Blog Search results for a given blog will update with new content much faster than standard web searches. Also, because of the structured data within site feeds, it is possible to find precise posts and date ranges with much greater accuracy.

How do I use Blog Search?
Just type the word(s) you want to search for in the text box and click "Search." That's all there is to it!

If you want more control over your search, click the "Advanced Search" link to the right of the search button. There you'll find options to specify titles, authors, languages and more. Once you get your search results, there will be an additional link that allows you to switch between displaying the results with either the most relevant or recent results at the top.

Can I subscribe to search results?
Yes. At the bottom of each page of search results you can find several links, offering the top 10 or 100 results as either Atom or RSS feeds. Just grab the links from here and subscribe to them in the news aggregator of your choice and you will get updates whenever new posts are made that match your query.

September 13, 2005

Patent Sites for the Occasional User Article in Wisconsin Lawyer

The September issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer is now available on the State Bar web site. It includes an excellent article on Patent Sites for the Occasional User by UW Law Library's own Jenny Zook.

The article offers tips about patents and searching and links to free and fee-based patent Web sites, online tutorials, and patent blogs.

This article is the latest in a series in the Wisconsin Lawyer by members of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin.

Google's Gmail Available without Invitation

You might recall that Gmail, Google's email application, made big news when it launched more than a year ago because of its large storage capability - 2.5GB. However, the only way to get an account was to be invited by another Gmail user.

But now Google has opened it up and anyone can request a free account. But, you'll need a mobile phone capable of text messaging to receive an invitation code. According to Google, this is to help protect users and combat abuse.

Source: Google Friends Newsletter

September 12, 2005

Preliminary Results of Law Library Blogs Survey Shared as Out of the Jungle Guest Blogger

This week, I've been invited to do a guest-blogging stint over at Out of the Jungle. Among other things, I'll be sharing some preliminary results from my survey of the law library blogosphere.

The findings in today's post attempt to shed light on the question: "Who is blogging?"

Guide to Bicameralism in Wisconsin

The Legislative Reference Bureau has created a nice guide to Bicameralism: The Two Houses of the Legislature and How They Differ. The guide, which is available in PDF, provides a short overview and history of bicameralism in Wisconsin.

Attorney General Challenges Confidentiality of Draft Legislation

According the JS Online, "Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager's assertion that two legislators have violated the state's public records law could upend the way legislators and lobbyists make law."

According to the article:

Lautenschlager, a Democrat, filed a civil complaint last week against Zien and Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) after they declined to give her office drafts of a bill that would allow citizens to carry concealed guns. They maintain the drafts can be kept confidential until they formally introduce the bill, but she says the two must make the drafts public because they have already shared an early version of the bill with gun advocates who helped write the legislation.

If Lautenschlager wins, lawmakers may start withholding bill drafts from lobbyists - a move that would create far more work for legislators because lobbyists commonly help write bills.

A reminder: The Wisconsin Legislative Drafting Records from the last two session are available electronically on the UW Law Library Web site. They contain written materials, letters, and memoranda given to or created by the legislative drafting attorney in the process of drafting a bill, resolution, or subsequent amendments. They may provide some insight into the meaning of statutory language.

September 8, 2005

Amazon Introduces Statistical Comparison Features

It seems that Amazon.com has launched some pretty cool features of which I've only recently become aware; Concordance, Statistically Improbable Phrases and Text Stats are available for books in which the full text is available to Amazon.

When available, these features are listed in the "Inside this Book" heading. To see these features in action, take a look at the record for War and Peace. For more information, read the Washington Post article.

The following summaries are excerpted from Amazon:

Concordance is an alphabetized list of the most frequently occurring words in a book. The font size of a word is proportional to the number of times it occurs in the book. Hover your mouse over a word to see how many times it occurs, or click on a word to see a list of book excerpts containing that word.

Statistically Improbable Phrases, or "SIPs", are the most distinctive phrases in the text of books. To identify SIPs, our computers scan the text of all books in the Search Inside! program. If they find a phrase that occurs a large number of times in a particular book relative to all Search Inside! books, that phrase is a SIP in that book.

Text Stats calculates a variety of statistics for each book in the Search Inside!™ program. The Readability calculations estimate how easy it is to read and understand the text of a book.

  • The Fog Index indicates the number of years of formal education required to read and understand a passage of text.
  • The Flesch Index is another indicator of reading ease. The score returned is based on a 100 point scale, with 100 being easiest to read. Scores between 90 and 100 are appropriate for 5th and 6th graders, while a college degree is considered necessary to understand text with a score between 0 and 30.
  • The Flesch-Kincaid Index is a refinement to the Flesch Index that tries to relate the score to a U.S. grade level. For example, text with a Flesch-Kincaid score of 10.1 would be considered suitable for someone with a 10th grade or higher reading level.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Publishes RSS Feeds

I just discovered that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel publishes a bunch of RSS feeds.

In additional to current top headlines, there are also topical feeds for politics, sports, local news, business, technology, traffic, and more.

September 7, 2005

Comparison of Blog Search Engines

The Wall Street Journal Online has a useful article comparing blog search engines.

It includes a handy chart which breakdowns the features and usability of each search engine.

Source: beSpacific

Complete Federal Register Now Available in HeinOnline

HeinOnline has recently completed its retrospective conversion of the Federal Register from volume 1 (1936) through volume 70 (June 2005). New content will be added as it becomes available.

If you haven't already discovered HeinOnline, I highly recommend that you take a look. It's one of the best kept secrets in legal research.

HeinOnline is probably best known for its outstanding collection of law journals, which provides comprehensive coverage from the inception of each publication. In some cases, coverage goes all the way back to the 1800s!

There are also three other major library collections: the aforementioned Federal Register Library, the Treaties and Agreements Library, and the U.S. Supreme Court Library.

HeinOnline is a subscription database, but it is freely available to patrons at many Wisconsin law libraries, including the UW Law Library.

Blogger Sued for Comments Posted by Readers

The Wall Street Journal reports:

In a legal case being watched closely by bloggers, an Internet company has sued the owner of a Web log for comments posted to his site by readers. . .

Bloggers have been buzzing about the lawsuit, swapping links to Mr. Wall's latest dispatches on the case and worrying about their own liability. Legal analysts said the suit could be a test case for determining what protections bloggers have or don't have for allegedly defamatory material posted by others. At issue would be the court's application of the federal Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that, broadly, protects providers of computer services from being held liable for content posted by others.

Source: TVC Alert

September 1, 2005

Office Hour, New Business Law Podcast from UW Law Prof. Gordon Smith

UW Law School Professor Gordon Smith has just created a new weekly podcast called Office Hour.

From Prof. Smith:

Office Hour is a weekly podcast, recorded every Tuesday in the office of Professor Gordon Smith of the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Initiative for Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship. Gordon specializes in corporate and securities law, so you will hear some talk about recent developments in business and law on Office Hour, but the program also contains regular segments on sports, politics, religion, cheese, law school, parenting, travel, movies, music, and life in and around Madison, Wisconsin.

Google to Destroy Info It Can't Index Reports The Onion

Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can't Index announces The Onion.*

"A year ago, Google offered to scan every book on the planet for its Google Print project. Now, they are promising to burn the rest," John Battelle wrote in his widely read "Searchblog." "Thanks to Google Purge, you'll never have to worry that your search has missed some obscure book, because that book will no longer exist. And the same goes for movies, art, and music."

*For those living under a rock and may be unaware (or those that think I live under a rock and am unaware - judging from a past comment, one person at least thought so), The Onion is a farcical newspaper and its stories are not necessarily true.

Source: Out of the Jungle