Sunday, March 21, 2004

Join the Franco Castalone Preservation Society

Franco Castalone, the pseudonymous author of the LitiGator weblog, has announced his intention to pack it in.

He must be stopped.

Frequenters of Castalone's site will know him as a thoughtful commentator whose insight and level-headedness would be sorely missed. He is also the author of the only known legal weblog to have posted photographs of attractive women bestriding a pink tank.

It would be one thing if Castalone lacked the time to continue in light of competing professional demands, or if, after many months of blogging, he had finally grown exhausted by the project of thinking up new things to say. But that isn't his reason. Here's his reason:

[T]he technical problems with Radio have proven to be intolerable. For the second time in a month, we have found that new postings and/or edited postings have not been posted to the site for several days after they were created. There is no reason that a user should have to accept such a poor level of service.
Help save the Castalone phenomenon from extinction. Send an e-mail to Franco Castalone and tell him there are other blogging services that may be more reliable. Who knows? Radio may even deliver your message.
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.