Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — February 24, 2014

Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — February 24, 2014


Will ‘Tiny Law’ Replace Solos and Small Law Firms?

At the recent ReInvent Law NYC conference, one of the speakers, Abe Geiger, founder and CEO of Shake, used an apt term that I’d never heard before: “tiny law.” As I understood the phrase, “tiny law” refers to all of those day-to-day contractual arrangements consumers enter into every day – only through standardized forms or handshakes or oral agreements rather than formal written contracts. And that’s the raison d’être of Shake: to help formalize those millions of tiny law transactions in a simple but custom agreement generated on a mobile device.

In Love and War: The King of Chocolate and St. Valentine’s Day

The story of chocolate is vast and one that is both bitter and sweet.  Its use in love and war is one that is astounding.  My aim here is not to give you a comprehensive history; rather, I simply want to give you a taste of chocolate and its reach.

We Are All Barbie

She’s just turned 55—and this gal is finally fighting back! After being labeled for decades as the B-a-a-d Role Model for little girls, Barbie is telling the world where to stick it.

20 Years Later, Can We Find a Snickers Uptown After Hours?

Can you buy a Snickers bar in uptown Charlotte after 5:30 p.m.?  That was the simple question at the heart of a memorable column Observer business writer Doug Smith penned two decades ago.  The idea came to him by way of urban planner Michael Gallis, who had a snack attack late one afternoon and had to walk 10 blocks along Tryon Street to locate one of the world’s best-known and most common consumer products – a Snickers candy bar.

 A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

No one has addressed the eternal question of what begets happiness with more rigor and empirical dedication than Dr. Martin Seligman, founding father of Positive Psychology — a movement premised on countering the traditional “disease model” of psychology, which focuses on how to relieve suffering rather than how to amplify well-being.

Hoffman’s Will Ignores Hollywood

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s will left his entire estate to Mimi O’Donnell, his longtime partner and the mother of his three children.  Hoffman’s will was drawn up in 2004, back when he had only one son, Cooper.  His will requested that Cooper be raised in Manhattan so he would be surrounded by the arts and culture of the city.  If New York were to be impossible, he wanted Cooper raised in Chicago or San Francisco.  And if those two cities were impossible, Hoffman wanted his son to visit the this list of cities at least twice every year.  The will made no mention of Los Angeles, where Hoffman spent much of his time.

Wait Until the Courts Get Hold of this Vague, Stupid Facebook Law

It’s got to be annoying for judges when lawmakers write laws that are designed to be so freaking vague that courts will be forced to fix them once the inevitable lawsuits come around.  Florida lawmakers are trying to make your Facebook account safe from your boss who wants to get his or her Orwellian hands all up in your personal business. The legislation prohibits employers from demanding your social media passwords as a condition of employment.

Net Neutrality: FCC Will Not Appeal Recent Court Ruling, Plan to Rewrite Open Internet Rules Announced

The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it will rewrite sweeping broadband Internet rules known as net neutrality, ending a legal battle that has thrown into question the agency’s ability to protect consumers on the Web.  The FCC said new rules will ban Internet service providers such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable from blocking Web sites or charging a firm like Netflix more for faster and smoother delivery of content.

Poole Bill and Anti-Evolution Fervor

On February 19, 1925, the North Carolina House defeated the Poole anti-evolution resolution. The resolution, introduced by D. Scott Poole of Hoke County, proposed that it was harmful to the welfare of the citizens for “Darwinism or any other evolutionary hypotheses” to be taught in the schools.

Hacking School: One Teenager’a Path to Happiness

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  For Teenager Logan LaPlante, the answer is simple: “I want to continue to be happy.”  He asks the pointed question: “What if we based education on the practice of being happy and healthy? Are schools making this a priority? Much of education is more geared towards making a living than towards making a life.”  So he’s created his own model of a school based on things like community, time in nature, general happiness.



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