Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Today's Pet Writing Peeve

Please, for the love of God:

Jones failed to attend the July 6, 2002, meeting.
nor, worse still,
Jones failed to attend the July 6, 2002 meeting.
but rather
Jones failed to attend the meeting of July 6, 2002.
and thereafter
Jones failed to attend the July 6 meeting.
Thank you for your attention.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

No, We're Not Defunct

Just resting, filled as we are with blogging ennui (New Year's resolutions notwithstanding).

We do have our day job, you see, as well as other pursuits. And we're not under any contractual obligations to blog, so we're free to succumb to ennui when it besets us.

But we'll get over it at some point and rejoin the fray. We can already feel it coming.
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.