小北的不老歌

What’s happening this week

I was appalled to find out that I finished both seasons of Heroes in just one weekend. What to watch this weekend will be another challenge. Finally all grades from the last semester are out this week, and I managed to pass the course that I needed to pass and did well in others. When my prior life as a math nerd started bugging me I made a quick calculation and realized that it is mathematically impossible for me to graduate with a summa cum laude, but that I sort of knew after the first semester of my 1L year. But then it is also mathematically impossible for my grades to dip below a magna, so I am happy with the early verdict–like the projected result that CNN does with elections.

The math nerd in me had also been playing with the idea of coming up with some sort of sentencing guideline to be used with the Qing criminal code. Wouldn’t it be nice, I thought, to have a mathematical formula that summarizes all the seemingly incoherent, highly fact-based Qing penal statutes? Something like: the base offense level of premeditated murder is 10, if a senior relative is the victim, add 2 points, etc, and 12 points gets you immediate decapitation, but if you are the only child of an elderly parent, subtract 8 points, and 4 points gets you 100 beating with the heavy bamboo. But so far my efforts have led nowhere.

When I was bored I went down to the Law Review office in sub-3. I have always loved the wooden block attached to one of the library cards there. The block has a metal printing plate nailed to it, and etched in the plate is a picture of the law quad. It was probably used to print law review publications before the age of computers, and is now retired to the humble status of a library-card-attachment. I asked the managing editor whether I could have it, she said ok, and that made me a very happy man.

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The perfect souvenir, to commemorate my law school and law review days. Someone drilled a hole in it to attach the library card.

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A scan made from the printing block. This is a view of the Law Quad from across State Street, probably from the top floor of the Michigan Union.

The block itself will probably be framed and displayed in my living room, once I have a living room.

Comment (1)

  1. Shanshan

    Wow, that must be an antique. May I have a copy of the printed scan? 🙂

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