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  • The Evolution of Bicycles: A Patent History

    …The next major development in bicycling technologies comes in the 1860s, when the first attempts are made at adding a driving mechanism. This would be the start of the pedal bicycles that we see traveling along streets and sidewalks all over the world. These models began utilizing rotary cranks which were attached to front wheel pedals to power…

    3 readers - Steve Brachmann/ IPWatchdog.com
  • "The three Sundays rule dated back to the Victorian era."

    …"It was felt to allow enough time for any new evidence to come to light, the convict to make his peace with his or her God and also to not prolong the inevitable wait to die." The legal process was quick, and so was the execution itself: "On the stroke of 8am they would enter the condemned cell, strap the prisoner's arms behind his back and lead…

    10 readers - Althouse
  • Bonaparte and the FBI

    … I was just reminded of this tidbit I learned several years ago: The immediate predecessor to the FBI, called the Bureau of Investigation, was founded by then-Attorney General Charles Bonaparte, who was Napoleon’s grand-nephew. (I say this not to speak ill of either the FBI or Bonaparte — one can’t choose one’s relatives — but just because it’s…

    2 readers - Eugene Volokh/ The Volokh Conspiracy
  • KWAA Celebrates Silver Conference : 2014

    …July 24 – 26, 2014 The Future is Now:  Building on our 25 Years The Kansas Women Attorneys Association celebrated our Silver Anniversary in style! Bethany College and the city of Lindsborg joined in our celebration by providing us with 25th Anniversary coffee mugs, tying silver ribbons around the downtown trees, and having the Mayor…

    5 readers - Law Office Of Walden & Pfannenstiel
  • "I say that Hitler ought to have the peace prize," said Gertrude Stein in 1934.

    …She reasoned "because he is removing all elements of contest and struggle from Germany. By driving out the Jews and the democratic and Left elements, he is driving out everything that conduces to activity. That means peace." That quote appears in a May 6, 1934 NYT article so beautifully written that I searched the Times website to find more by its…

    7 readers - Ann Althouse/ Althouse
  • A Patent History of Filmmaking

    …The history of film is a long one that, by some accounts, extends as far back as the early 1700s and the discovery by German physicist Johann Heinrich Schulze that silver salts react to light exposure by becoming darker in color. By the late 1800s, celluloid film had appeared and the ability to record motion pictures through a camera had become…

  • 60 years ago today: The rock 'n' roll era begins.

    … On July 19, 1954, Sun Records released the Elvis Presley record "That's All Right." During an uneventful recording session at Sun Studios on the evening of July 5, 1954, Presley, [Scotty] Moore, and [Bill] Black were taking a break between recordings when Presley started fooling around with an up-tempo version of Arthur Crudup's song "That's…

    7 readers - Ann Althouse/ Althouse
  • Flashback Friday: New York’s Top 50 Law Firms, Circa 1991

    …In our two most recent Flashback Friday posts, we looked at associate compensation in the 1990s. Today we'll take a break from that topic and mix it up a bit. (We'll return to cover associate comp in the remaining batch of legal markets at some point in the future.) Last week we looked at associate pay in New York in the 1990s. Let's stay…

    2 readers - Above the Law
  • 100 Years Later: Patents of the World War I Era

    …June 28, 2014, marked the one-hundred year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the precipitating event which catapulted the globe into World War I. Across the world, events to commemorate the First World War Centenary will take place between now and 2018, the centennial anniversary of the war’s end…

    7 readers - Steve Brachmann/ IPWatchdog.com
  • Happy common-law birthday!

    … An odd fact: Under the common law, as reported by Blackstone’s Commentaries: [F]ull age in male or female is twenty one years, which age is completed on the day preceding the anniversary of a person’s birth. And here is the explanation from Edward Christian, who edited the 1803 edition of Blackstone, If he is born on the 1st of January…

    6 readers - Eugene Volokh/ The Volokh Conspiracy
  • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. Movie review

    … Gore Vidal was one of the most important American public intellectuals from the late 1940s until the early 20th century. If you’re not familiar with him, then I highly recommend that you view the new biographical movie Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia, which is available as video on demand. The kind of person who reads the VC and other…

    10 readers - David Kopel/ The Volokh Conspiracy
  • [By Ivan Perkins:] The coup-free state

    … the commanders’ silent response, Nixon faced his humiliating trial with stoic resignation, not Machiavellian machinations. This was a rare event in American history — a leading politician or military commander insinuating the possibility of a coup.  But why is this so rare?  And why have we never experienced a coup d’état, or even a coup attempt…

    10 readers - Eugene Volokh/ The Volokh Conspiracy
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