Posts Tagged ‘people’
Monday, May 25th, 2015
DC reporting in, #15: The SCOTUS
Back in April – we’re still in April here, nevermind that May is almost over – I had a rather SCOTUS – Supreme Court of the United States – intensive week. Now, the SCOTUS is located right next to the Library of Congress, to the extent that you can actually see the front steps of the SCOTUS building from the far end of the Kluge Center, including the protesters outside in front of (and on) them.
There were rather a lot of protesters there on the last Tuesday in April, as the oral arguments of Obergefell v. Hodges were being held on that day. I’ve pondered long and hard which photographs to include here, but decided in the end that, nevermind my personal sympathies, I would in fact give you images depicting both sides, as I am – in a limited and invariably subjective fashion – want to and am reporting on what life in DC is like, and simply ignoring half of the protesters would of course to some extent entirely negate that ambition.
And then, on the last Wednesday in April, some fellow Klugians and I met up in front of the Supreme Court at 7am, in order to get into the line to actually go and hear an oral argument. We were by no means the first people in line (see big photo), but were, on the contrary, lucky to get in, as admissions stopped just two people behind us, the actual court room being then at capacity. The case we got the hear was Glossip v. Gross (transcripts and audio recordings of which are available on the SCOTUS website), and while the case was also a morally controversial one it was really interesting to get to observe the different styles and personalities of the 9 different justices (or as much as one can observe those during an oral argument, anyway). N and I also stayed for a chunk of Mata v. Lynch, but not having read up on it quite enough beforehand and not being able to quite hear everything (we were seated in the back row) I got tangled up in the Sua Sponte details of a 5th Circuit Court ruling and as N seemed equally lost we decided to make our seats available to some other folks waiting and to head back to the LoC.
I wish we’d gone to more hearings and done this sooner, as, like I wrote, it was truly fascinating – and made me vividly remember that I do actually hold a BAequiv. in Public Law (Öffentliches Recht).
Oral arguments seem to fall somewhere between a really really tough oral exam and a horse-and-pony-show (judging from my sample of 1.5 of them, so really, what do I know … very little) (although I have of course read and listened to others).
|Obergefell v. Hodges|
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
DC Reporting in, #14: K&S in DC!
To decrease the backlog a bit here’s another report from DC, right on the heels of yesterday’s one! Also connected to it, so … for, you see, right after FKO and our CN Tower adventures K & S spent a week in DC, visiting museums, going to concerts, and doing tons of other cool stuff (some of which I got to participate in! :-)). I did library things during the daytime, obviously, but we did manage to meet up quite a bit on weekday evenings and on the weekend, and our adventures included good food, cycling down the Mall, a great Mouths of Babes house concert, a cool dinner in Alexandria with S & P (who I got to meet there for the first time!), and a visit to Mount Vernon.
Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Concert photography dude, I want your job!
Well, not as a full-time job, as I really quite like mine, but I would definitely be interested in a, IDK, kind of part-time weekend work practical thingy where one gets to take photographs at concerts with proper cameras, instead of with a tiny wee little iPhone camera. :-)
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
This gift I bring you in my arms
So I am back from Latvia and Estonia where I had a really good time and a great EASLCE conference, and I think I might also have taken some good photographs, but basically when looking at my schedule I don’t really see any open time slots when I might actually get to go look through the photographs I took to select some to post here. Basically it’s all pretty much work-work-work until, oh, the end of July? Oral exams and block seminar this week and weekend, a deadline for the revisions on an article, and of course DFDF is coming up, which is creating a lot of work at the moment, and then I am giving a paper in Bochum, and then in Würzburg two weeks after that, and BA theses are coming in and need reading and grading, and there are the weekly classes of course, and … EEK! And given that I still haven’t managed to get through the photos I took on Lanzarote in January, erm, maybe photos from Latvia and Estonia will follow some time in … August? Certainly in album form, I might go in and pick out the odd one or two before them, as I have been with my photos from Lanzarote. It’s so much easier to decide which photos to post when I’ve only had an hour or so out in the local woods to shoot a couple, the richness of motives and possibilities lurking on my SD cards after this multi-day photo-intensive trip is actually quite overwhelming.
But yeah, A+++, would go/do again!
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Out of the rain II
This is the second of the photos that I took of this perspective in the Abbey on top of Le Mont Saint Michel that I really like – the first one is “Out of the Rain” I. I think this photo works best when it is seen in a bigger size, so click on it to see it in a larger version. (I think I will get a printed version of it, too, to hang somewhere – I’ve not done that with one of my photos in a long time, but I think this one would look nice on a wall … .
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
’cause I taught it last week – TDLaSM: The Rainy Day
The Rainy Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.
My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.
Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.