Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — October 26, 2015


Is Banned Books Week Still Necessary?

Slate contributor Ruth Graham recently authored an article on Banned Books Week (which took place from September 27th to October 3rd this year), writing that the event is unnecessary in our world today. According to her, “we won” the battle of banned books.

Dear Younger Professional Self… Tackling the Transition from Student to “Young Professional”

Let’s be honest, many of us wish we could be like Marty McFly and travel back in time. We would have all kinds of advice for our younger selves. That is exactly what a group of legal professionals were asked – What would you tell your younger professional self?

Artist-Designed Miniature Libraries Make Literacy Open, Free and Beautiful

In the past several years miniature libraries, or book stations, have risen in popularity. Originally envisioned by Todd Bol, who built one for his front lawn back in 2010, they’ve spread across America and beyond (this author spotted several in Berlin this summer). Now, an Indianapolis-based public art and literacy project, The Public Collection, is improving in Bol’s original intent.

We Were Sued by a Billionaire Political Donor. We Won. Here’s What Happened.

Today we are happy to announce a monumental legal victory for Mother Jones: A judge in Idaho has ruled in our favor on all claims in a defamation case filed by a major Republican donor, Frank VanderSloot, and his company, Melaleuca Inc. In a decision issued Tuesday, the court found that Mother Jones did not defame VanderSloot or Melaleuca because “all of the statements at issue are non-actionable truth or substantial truth.” The court also found that the statements were protected as fair comment under the First Amendment.  This is the culmination of a lengthy, expensive legal saga that began three years ago when the 2012 presidential primaries were in full swing.

The Importance of Self-Care [TEDTalk]

Too busy to take care of yourself? These talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both emotionally and physically.

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of self-congratulation. After all, you put in the hours, cranked through the to-do list; you invested the effort, and got things done. Surely you’re entitled to a little smugness?

12 Windows 10 Install Issues — and What to Do about Them

Having trouble installing and setting up Win10? You aren’t alone. Here are a dozen-plus of the most common problems, along with a few solutions

Thanks, Amazon. Campus Mailrooms Struggle to Keep Up with Boom in Packages for Students.

When Stephen M. Gray started work in the University of Maryland at College Park’s mailroom 29 years ago, he mostly fielded letters to students. Now he sees “anything you’d need to set up house,” and it’s all coming in boxes — hundreds and hundreds of them. In the digital age, the increase in online-shopping habits, particularly among college students, is presenting a new challenge for college mail services.

Going Grammando

There is a great new word that promises to get us out of a not so great metaphor. I’m going to plead its case and hope against hope that the word might get some traction.

How a Law Seminar Inspired a Student to Bring a Case to Europe’s Top Court

The European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that a safe-harbor agreement that allowed Internet companies such as Facebook and Google to store Europeans’ personal information on American servers did not meet the standards of Europe’s privacy laws.  While the case was decided in Europe’s highest court, its start came in a privacy-law seminar at Santa Clara University. Dorothy J. Glancy, a law professor who teaches the seminar, asks students to spend a semester researching and writing a paper on a privacy-law topic that interests them.

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