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Daily Archives: December 12, 2018

The 75 Best Book Covers of 2018 According to Book Cover Designers

Literary Hub: “2018 has been many things, but it certainly has not been lacking in great book cover design. Here at Lit Hub, we unpacked the biggest book cover trend of the yearcompared US covers to their UK counterparts, and remembered the best and worst covers of Lolita as well as Edward Gorey’s own cover designs. We gave you a brief visual history of Virginia Woolf’s book covers and treated you to 100 covers for One Hundred Years of Solitude.

We also featured great essays from designers themselves, reflecting on their work: Janet Hansen on Nico Walker’s CherryCharlotte Strick on Rachel Cusk’s Outline series, Sarah Wood on Joseph Cassara’s The House of Impossible Beauties, Kimberly Glyder on Gone With the Wind, Roman Muradov on Norah Lange’s People in the Room, and many more.

But it is December, and therefore I am inclined to ask: which book covers were the best? As I did last year and the year before that, I asked the experts: book designers. This year, I asked 27 designers to share their favorite book covers of the year, with a bit about why—and they came back with a whopping 75 different covers of note. But of course, some of them had similar ideas about the best of the best. Here are the stats…”

Please Vote for BeSpacific – Best Legal Tech Blog 2019

Greetings friends, colleagues: my blog BeSpacific has been nominated (4 years in a row) in the category Best Legal Legal Tech Blog. Please take a minute – before the December 16, 2018 deadline – and vote for BeSpacific here – https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/legal-blog/bespacific/ and share this request with your friends and colleagues as well. There are no… Continue Reading

Incoming New York attorney general plans wide-ranging investigations of Trump and family

NBCNews: “New York Attorney Gen.-elect Letitia James says she plans to launch sweeping investigations into President Donald Trump, his family and “anyone” in his circle who may have violated the law once she settles into her new job next month. “We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business… Continue Reading

Federal Prosecution Levels Remain at Historic Highs

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during October 2018 the government reported 18,135 new prosecutions, an increase of 6.7 percent over the previous month, and 57.3 percent over this period last year. The increase in federal criminal prosecutions is largely driven by a rise in immigration-related prosecutions… Continue Reading

Law As Source: How the Legal System Facilitates Investigative Journalism

Shapira, Roy, Law As Source: How the Legal System Facilitates Investigative Journalism (November 9, 2018). Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 37 (2018, Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3281573 “Legal scholars have long recognized that the media plays a key role in assuring the proper functioning of political and business markets. Yet we have understudied the… Continue Reading

EPA proposes stripping protections from 50 percent of streams and 110 million acres of wetlands

Science: “U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says it doesn’t know how many streams it is proposing to exclude from Clean Water Act jurisdiction today. But a 2017 slideshow prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers staff shows that at least 18% of streams and 51% of wetlands nationwide would not be protected… Continue Reading

Europe not the US or China publishes the most AI research papers

Quartz: “The popular narrative around artificial intelligence research is that it’s mainly a war between China and the United States. Not so fast, says Europe. New data released today (Dec. 12) by the AI Index, a project to track the advancement of artificial intelligence, shows a trend of Europe releasing more papers than either the… Continue Reading

Federal Agencies take a beating in 2018 Best Places to Work report

FCW.com: “Amid leadership ineffectiveness and turnover plus a strained relationship with labor unions, the federal government generally looks like a less enjoyable place to work than it did a year ago. That’s according to the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government ranking, jointly produced by Partnership for Public Service and Boston Consulting Group… Continue Reading

Facebook Filed A Patent To Calculate Your Future Location

BussFeedNews: The methods described in three Facebook patent applications use your historical location data — and others’ — to figure out where you’ll go next. “Facebook has filed several patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict where you’re going and when you’re going to… Continue Reading

Empirical Legal Research in Europe: Prevalence, Obstacles and Interventions

van Dijck, Gijs and Sverdlov, Shahar and Buck, Gabriela, Empirical Legal Research in Europe: Prevalence, Obstacles and Interventions (November 19, 2018). Erasmus Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3286874 “Empirical legal research (ELR) has become well established in the United States, whereas its popularity in Europe is debatable. This article explores the popularity of ELR… Continue Reading

Ajit Pai’s FCC gives carriers the option to block text messages

Cnet: The agency approves new rules to help phone companies combat spam texts. But opponents have censorship concerns. “The one Democrat on the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel disagrees. She warned that the FCC is misleading the public about what the new classification will actually do. “Today’s decision offers consumers no new ability to prevent robotexts,” she… Continue Reading

Library of Congress pushing digitization over next 5 years

Federal News Network: “The Library of Congress — which dates to Thomas Jefferson — is marching resolutely into the digital age. Recently it released a new, five-year digital plan. Kate Zwaard, the library’s director of digital strategy joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to provide more information.” Continue Reading