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Groklaw Doesn't Just Go to Law School - Updated
Tuesday, August 30 2005 @ 06:41 PM EDT

It was thrilling to hear from three more readers who have been inspired by reading Groklaw to go to law school. But Groklaw doesn't just go to law school. Kees Jan Koster sent me proof positive that Groklaw also likes to hear live music in the Netherlands.

: )

He sent me this email:

Dear PJ, I just wanted to let you know that Groklaw is not only read in spotless offices and to the background of quietly humming servers. Please find a few foto's attached of Groklaw sharing the screen with the audio analysis tools that I use on stage. I could have mailed you a screenshot, but that's not Rock 'n Roll. :-)

Aside from being a professional geek I am also a sound engineer. For last night's gig I was sitting backstage, doing the monitor mix for the musicians. In practise this means sitting to one side of the stage, right behind the main speakers. In that spot the guitars are loud enough to take a man's head off and the throb from the bass makes your whole body vibrate.

As I was sitting there with my PowerBook, I thought: "I wonder if Groklaw has anything interesting to read".

This made me wonder about what other unlikely places people read your site from. Do you have any idea?

Kees Jan

Not a clue, actually. But I'm guessing I'll be hearing from the rest of you now. I'd love that. Pictures welcome too.

Speaking of pictures. . .

That's the screen of his Powerbook, showing him goofing off, er, um, I mean, showing him masterfully multitasking at the concert.

And that is what he sees of the band from his perch backstage. The band is called Bradsnyder, by the way, and you can see what they look like from the front right here and read about them on this page, depending on your language skills. I can't read the words, but I recognize blues/rock.

One of Groklaw's readers who is in the process of applying to law school wrote this about what finally got him:

As you have so eloquently highlighted, there are many parallels between the legal system and open source software, particularly the freedom to 'open the hood' and examine underlying theory, design and application.

Your stalwart analysis brought to vivid life the incredibly interesting twists and turns of the centuries old practice of law and perked a realization that had been brewing in me since my first fight with GCC: the same core logic and reasoning skill that makes for excellent programmers often makes for even better lawyers. In my case, I've concluded that it'll be a lot more fun to fight other lawyers than to fight computers, even if those computers are running Linux. :)

So Groklaw has eclectic taste. Where do *you* read Groklaw? I would love to know.

UPDATE:

I have just now (Friday) read the responses. I can't tell you guys how much I enjoyed your comments. I wanted to tell you that I saw the suggestion for a static permanent page of photos and emails on where you read Groklaw. Hey, why not? If enough of you want it, I'll gladly do it. Just make sure that you get permission from any humanoids in your pictures to put them on Groklaw. I wouldn't want to get sued.

: )


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