lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ponyo being pulled)
Finally, banking paper done. Wrote it through the week and Sunday. I had a good start but I think it petered out in the middle and limped to an undignified finish. And that was just the content. Then had a tiny freakout when the online system for uploading the paper did not work (realised whilst waiting for computer to re-start - I thought it was my computer acting up - that I could just email the prof). And so, emailed. Done.

So done, ready for next one? I was thinking that I'd like to do something with guarantors and guarantees because I'm passionate about the idiocy of guarantors, but today's topic on instruments of credit is pretty intriguing. Maybe only because the case I was reading is so hilarious.

It's this lovely case of Equitable Trust v Dawson Partners (1927), at a time when Jakarta was still known as Batavia, involving a load of what was to be quality vanilla beans (which turned out to have been stolen - what sweet-smelling theft, right?) but was really just a load of junk plus some beans to fake the buyers. Who were not faked, wanted their money back and hence the case. The nub of the matter concerned the mistranslation of a stipulation of a "certificate of quality to be issued by experts who are sworn brokers" into "...expert who is sworn broker" (mistranslation committed by HSBC). It's hilarious to read. Almost as good as the case where some airheads tried to argue that a jet-ski was a ship.

Next to work on is conflicts reading (and problem set), because another group is presenting on the problem. I'm pretty amused at how the prof intimidated everyone into not using Powerpoint slides by expressing distaste for them and subtly (?) jeering at those who require slides. Yay? I don't like slides that much myself because of what I consider to be blatant misuse of slides as some sort of vaudeville show. Though the biggest problem is the really, really irritatingly tiny font some people use, because isn't the point of Powerpoint to make things clear for your audience? Gah.

Also CLS midterm (I was this close to wanting to smack the prof with a goldfish). Also corporate law midterm. And conflicts midterm. (Latter two are next week, but best to start studying now.) And always, shipping cases. I try to get through a few each day.

for a laugh

Mar. 8th, 2012 12:05 pm
lloll4: ponyo stuck in a bottle (ponyo in bottle)
My law of biz organisation midterm question starts:

"Bilbo, Frodo, Merry, Pippin and Sam are partners of a business known as Merchants of the Shire..."

Hehehe.

Well, except for the part where Rosie is Frodo's wife.
lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ponyo hands and feet)
From Tesa Tape Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Wing Seng Logistics Pte Ltd [2006] 3 SLR 116, at [3]:

'...The defendent denied each of the claims, and in addition, pleaded the defence of "act of God". Some theists might not attribute such destructive phenomena to him (or her), and atheists might regard this as an inappropriately named defence. In dealing with this part of counsel's submissions I shall, therefore, be using the more neutral sounding term "force majeure" to denote the defence based on an uncontrollable event, instead of "act of God".'

Adorable or not?
lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (sleepy ponyo)
...when looking at the required reading for the class for constitutional law (the prof released the reading list a couple of days back). Like this intro/constitutionalism for dummies thing - doesn't exactly keep one on the edge of one's seat, does it? Probably it's because it's supposed to be a summary of some sort; judging by the bibliography, that is. And as a sidenote, it just seems to me that a bibliography that long for an article that's only 16 pages (printed) is indicative of either anally-inflicted pompousness or a rather weird form of academic insecurity.

I have acquired some doorstop-size books and there's a part of me that's afraid that the bookshelf will break if I place them on it, which is why they are on the floor, where a small stack has unwittingly become a foot stool.

Onward, anyway. Soon as I get more caffeine.
lloll4: erhu (erhu)
Once upon a time, it was an article of faith that the common law was not made but had always existed. Like Plato's Forms, the law was perfect and pre-existing; mortals only saw shadows on a wall. Once in a while, a judge [who functioned much like an oracle] would declare what he thought he discerned to be 'The Law'. This was subject to clarification by a higher court which presumably could see better...

- Walter Woon, "The Doctrine of Judicial Precedent", The Singapore Legal System.

ETA: As for why I posted that, I just thought it was rather adorable to be reminded of Plato's Forms at this junction, considering how painstakingly tedious the article is.

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I never thought I could say I've been doing too much reading, but I've been doing too much reading. (Undergrad experience not applicable as undergrads are generally believed - with good reason - to be at least slightly dotty.)

I really, really want to make a bracelet. This is not as crazy as it sounds. I passed by this shop earlier that was selling earrings cheap. I saw this long dangling pair that would look rather silly as earrings, but would look pretty if turned into a bracelet. Work of the moment to buy those earrings. But the bracelet...

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