National Eagle Scout Association. Perhaps my greatest life accomplishment was the achievement of Eagle Scout status in 1961. I thought about this recently when I saw a rerun of a movie where the phrase "Eagle Scout" was used as a pejorative by a politician's chief of staff. Just a movie, I know; but, it occurred to me that the values and aspirations of Scouting somehow have fallen out of fashion. Perhaps, in our current political climate, we all might benefit from a restoration of the luster of the award. Living up to the Eagle Scout Oath is difficult. However, as a lifetime goal, it is something to be pursued. I am proud to be a life member of N.E.S.A. Let's hope our politicians figure out what is really important, and pursue it with dignity and purpose.
(say Scout�s name)
reaffirm my allegiance
to the three promises of the Scout Oath.
I will do my best to do my duty to God
And my country and to obey the Scout Law.
I will help other people at all times
And keep myself physically strong,
Mentally awake, and morally straight.
I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself
The obligations and responsibilities
Of the rank of Eagle Scout.
I will at all times do my best
To assist other Scouts climbing the Eagle Trail,
Especially those of my own Troop, Team and Post.
I will help build America on the solid foundation
Of clean living, honest work and reverence to God.
I promise to make my training an example,
My rank and my influence
Count strongly for better Scouting
And for better citizenship in my family,
Church, community and country
And with my contacts with all people.
I realize that the Eagle rank
Is not the end but the beginning
To this I pledge my sacred honor!
I've been getting some questions about my short interviews at the Florida Bar Tech Show, and this photo, shot by one of the exhibitors shows my setup. It is pretty simple, really. Just get a standard monopod at your local store and screw on a selfie stick phone holder. I use my Google Nexus 6P; but, any phone with a decent camera will do. Get a photo app with a stabilization function, and set it to the stable setting. This reduces or eliminates camera shake. Then, put the contraption in front of anyone or anything and record. Once completed, you will need to learn how to transfer your videos to YouTube or similar software, and the rest is easy. Video publishing for the masses. If I can do it, anyone can.
Amazon app adds virtual Dash buttons for slightly faster Prime ordering. Okay, Amazon. Just stop it. It is way too easy to buy stuff online. SWMBO and her minions already have cornered the market on cardboard, as Amazon boxes appear on our doorstep every day. I need a ladder to climb over them to get the key in the door. All they have to do is say: "Alexa, I want one of everything", and the floodgates open up. Now, Amazon wants to create little tiles that you click and items are automatically sent to your home. Card companies and Smartphone carriers and manufacturers have created wireless systems that buy stuff if you pass by a terminal. What next? Let's create a resistance movement. We need to slow down the drain on our wallets. I suggest we go back to a cash only economic system. No more credit cards, no more wireless terminals, and no more Amazon. Hey. I feel better already. But, my wallet is getting heavy.
77 Android Apps Secretly Killing Your Battery Life & Costing You Money. This list of more than 70 Android Apps that eat data and battery up to 4 times faster than normal apps is a study in why you should keep your gaming on your notebook, or desktop. Almost all of them are time wasting games, and, some of them, if I catch you downloading or playing them, you are a former friend. Seriously, if you load and play "Goat Simulator", I will wonder about you. But, you don't have to tell me your guilty pleasure. Just look at the list, and stop wondering why your battery is dying so soon.
Who needs the cavalry? US Army calls in the hoverbike - CNET. Forget about Amazon delivery quadcopters. The future for these vehicles is in Army activities. Resupply and logistics are the biggest problem in warfare. Many armies in history have failed because their supply lines are cut, or they outrun them, or weather prevents land based resupply. In the future, development of quadcopters that are remotely controlled would greatly reduce the problems faced by mobile forces. These are the cavalry of the future.
Blockchain 101 for Lawyers Part 1 - Law Technology Today. Reader Tom Kirkendall sent me this article on Blockchains, which are the backbone of the new cryptocurrencies, and which are likely to be used in many legal transactions in the future. Boiled down, they are unchangeable, secure, encrypted chains of documents, data, money, and other valuable information that is distributed over many computers, making tampering or changing after the fact practically impossible. This article does a good job of explaining the concepts, and how blockchains probably will be involved in areas of law practice in the future. When there are many secure copies of particular data all over the world, how could a bad actor change them all? The answer is he couldn't; and this bodes well for the confidential communications that lawyers use every day. But, you say, how can so many copies of confidential data be safe when distributed over such a large landscape. The answer is that the actual data and documents are not part of the blockchain itself. Only a digest is stored in the chain, and the data can only be accessed by decrypting and passing through security. As a real property lawyer, I see this as a secure way for States to maintain a secure property transfer database; and, it can be applied to many other legal specific practice areas. Brave new world.
Michael Wade, at Execupundit, Luddite in charge, waxes poetic today about his Moleskine notebook, which he carries everywhere to take notes with his trusty ball point pen. While you can get a Moleskine notebook printed with Livescribe active dot paper, I prefer to take notes with a Livescribe Echo pen and a similarly sized Folio, with detachable pages. I dedicate a page a day to a journal of my law practice activities, and use a separate page for notes on a specific matter or consultation. The difference is, that in the Twenty First century, the Echo pen attaches to my Windows computer via a USB cable, and automatically copies the pages to the computer, where they are stored as searchable image files. I can convert them to typed text if I wish, and store them in any folder I desire. I don't carry the Echo to football games, though. It is much too hot in Florida to take notes.