Celebrating the Martin Luther King Holiday

Longtime readers of this blog will know that I’ve written before (here and here) that the Martin Luther King Holiday is one of my favorites holidays of the year. It’s a perfect day to take some time to reflect in a way that the crunch of the end of the year holidays simply does not allow anymore.
I also enjoy monitoring Technorati for the posts about MLK, with Springsteen’s Land of Hope and Dreams (lyrics and a player here) as the soundtrack. Try it.
Lots of interesting posts to find today. Start with Bert Decker’s The Speaking Style of Martin Luther King and follow some blog posts to see where they lead you. As they say, “Make It a Day ON, Not a Day Off!”
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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I’ve Been Listening to So Many Podcasts that I Didn’t Realize that Podcasting Might Have Been Declared Dead

One of the amusing things about reading blogs, especially tech blogs, for many years is how quickly trends arise, blossom and get declared dead, sometimes, it seems, within a period of weeks or even days. There are times when a trend is declared dead even before many people have even heard of it.
Just pick a trend and do a Google search on “is [trend] dead?”] and you’ll be surprised by the number of hits.
However, it’s also true that the “is [trend] dead?” post or, more emphatically, “[trend] is dead” post, will definitely generate traffic to your post. (See linkbaiting – by the way, is linkbaiting dead?)
A lot of things have been declared dead by someone or another lately – email, Windows Vista, the billable hour, the horse and buggy, you name it.
I’ve always liked podcasts. Tom Mighell and I even talked about our favorite podcasts on our own podcast.
My biggest reservation about podcasts was that there would be so much great content that you would have such a backlog of podcasts that you could never hope to listen to them all. You can be a fast reader, but it’s much harder to be a fast listener.
I can confirm that my reservation was well-founded. There are lots of great podcasts. What NPR has done in the world of podcasting is simply amazing.
I’ve wanted to blog more about podcasts, but I find it difficult to blog about podcasts. In part, that’s because there is often a time lag from when the podcast was released and when you listen to it. That can make it harder to find the URL when you want to link to it in a blog post. Also, if you listen to podcasts on an iPod or other mp3 player, you probably aren’t at a computer and won’t blog about it contemporaneously.
I had reached the conclusion the other day that I was going to highlight podcasts and podcasting as a key legal tech trend for 2008.
Then, I realized that there is a big debate going on whether, surprise, podcasting might be dead. I like Dave Winer’s take on the topic, especially when he says, “My phone doesn’t have a business model. Neither does my porch.”
By the way, my Google search on “is podcasting dead?” tonight shows a total of 3.570 results.
So, I reconsidered my opinion about podcasts, for a few seconds, and went back to listening to podcasting and recommending it as a trend to watch in 2008. If you haven’t been introduced to the world of podcasts, I recommend that you take a listen. A good starting point is visiting the Apple iTunes store and checking out the wide variety of podcasts now available, on almost any topic that you can imagine.
Count me on the side of those who think that podcasts are alive.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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ABA TECHSHOW 2008: Early Bird Discount and My Sessions

I always recommend that lawyers interested in technology, especially lawyers within easy reach of Chicago in mid-March, try to attend ABA TECHSHOW. I might show a little favoritism for TECHSHOW because I used to be on the board, but it’s a great show if you are interested in educational programs about practical ways practicing lawyers can use technology for their benefit.
I see that February 1 is the deadline for a $100 early bird discount. The registration page also details other available discounts. I’ll also note that joining the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section was one of the best moves I made in my legal career, and it entitles you to another discount for TECHSHOW.
I’ll be speaking at two sessions this year, with two of my favorite co-presenters, Dan Pinnington and Tom Mighell.
First:

The Virtual Law Office: Is “Software-as-a-Service” Ready for Prime Time?
Friday, March 14, 2007
What if you could work from anywhere that you had Internet access? Our experts will help you decide whether it’s finally time to make a virtual law office your reality, and the online services that can help you make it happen. We’ll also cover the ethical and due diligence issues you must work through to keep your virtual office as safe as one made of bricks and mortar. Whether you want to practice from the beach, the mountains, or a treehouse, it’s time to start designing the virtual law office of your dreams.
Speakers: Dennis Kennedy, Dan Pinnington

Second:

Working Together from Wherever You Are: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaborating on the Internet
Friday, March 14, 2007
Collaboration is no longer an option. Online tools like WebEx, Sharepoint, Acrobat Connect, Basecamp, Zoho, wikis and others make it easy for lawyers to work instantaneously with clients and colleagues, whether they’re across the hall or on the other side of the world. Come join the authors of a soon-to-be published ABA book on collaborative technologies as they discuss the options available to lawyers, developing a collaboration strategy, and the ethical implications of working with others in an online environment.
Speakers: Tom Mighell, Dennis Kennedy

Hope to see you there. I always try to make myself available to meet with as many readers of this blog as I can while I’m in Chicago for TECHSHOW.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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52 Books in 52 Weeks

In the least couple of years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks.
With The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies due out this spring, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on book-reading for 2008.
I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. I experimented a bit with Shelfari, but didn’t stick with it.
So, for 2008, I’ve decided to do the 52 books in 52 weeks meme (and encourage others to do so).
My approach will be to update this post periodically throughout the year to keep the running tally in one place.
December
64. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Sanction, Eric Van Lustbader
63. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, John Bogle
62. Bumping into Geniuses, Danny Goldberg
61. Chain of Blame, Paul Muolo and Mathew Padilla

November
60. The John Boyd Roundtable, Mark Safranski
59. Looking for Trouble, Ralph Peters

October
58. The Medici Effect, Franz Johansson
57. The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, Charles Morris
56. Reinventing Collapse, Dmitry Orlov

September
55. The Integral Vision, Ken Wilber
54. First Daughter, Eric Van Lustbader
53. Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?, Thomas Kohnstamm
52. The Art of Cycling, Robert Hurst
51. The 2008 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, Sharon Nelson, John Simek and Michael Maschke

August
50. The Faithful Spy, Alex Berenson
49. The Third Coast, Ted McClelland
48.The Unthinkable, Amanda Ripley
47.A Simpler Way, Margaret Wheatley
46. Richistan, Robert Frank
45. Downsizing Your Home with Style, Lauri Ward
44. Seeing the Old Way, Jonathan Hale

July
43. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
42. The iPod Book, Scott Kelby
41. Kingdom of Shadows, Alan Furst
40. The Foreign Correspondent, Alan Furst
39. Sins of the Assassin, R. Ferrigno
38. The Orpheus Deception, David Stone
37. Terror and Consent, Philip Bobbitt

June
36. Flashback, Raymond Chandler
35. Pulp Stories, Raymond Chandler
34. Double Indemnity (script), Raymond Chandler
May
33. The Amateur Spy, by Dan Fesperman

32. Still Broken, by A.J. Rossmiller

31. The Big Switch, by Nicholas Carr

30. High Window, by Raymond Chandler

29. Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

April
28. The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler

27. The Rolling Stone Interviews, by Jann Wenner and Joe Levy

26. Bathroom, by Suzanne Ardley

25. Darkness Falls, Kyle Mills

24. Prince of Fire, by Dan Silva

23. Beyond Bullet Points (Second Edition), by Cliff Atkinson

March
22. Certain to WIn, by Chet Richards

21. Crashproof Your Kids, by Timothy Smith

20. The Physics of NASCAR, by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky

19. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

February
18. Absolute Power, by David Baldacci

17. Stone Cold, by David Baldacci

16. The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin

15. The Shell Game, by Steve Alten

14. Coltrane, by Ben Ratliff

13. The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle

12. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle

January.
11. How to Pick a Peach, by Russ Parsons

10. Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds

9. The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World’s Most Dangerous Secrets…And How We Could Have Stopped Him , by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

8. Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain

7. No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain

6. The United States of Arugala, David Kamp

5. Ronnie, Ronnie Wood

4. Dance with the Dragon, David Hagberg

3. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

1. Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville: Real Estate Development in America from George Washington to the Builders of the Twenty-first Century, and Why We Live in Houses Anyway, by Witold Rybczynski


[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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My Lexblog Q & A Interview

Thanks to Rob La Gatta and Lexblog for running a two-part interview with me as part of their excellent series of interviews with lawyer and law-related bloggers.
I enjoyed the interview greatly, as you probably will be able to tell. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.
I talk about the early history of blawgs, my own first steps to blogging, lessons learned and useful advice I wish I had gotten when I started. I tried to share some of my best information and thinking about blogging.
I also recommend the other interviews in the series – you can learn a ton of great things,, and not just about blawgs and blogging.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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