Back when I was thinking about running for graduation speaker I asked the library archivist to pull some of previous speeches from the law school archives. I thought that this one, which was the first student address, was good. The UConn Law Facebook Page adds the following tidbit:
Did you know a student address was not always part of the Commencement ceremony? Dean Blumberg first proposed the idea of having a student speak in January of 1982 and the question was put to campus-wide vote. 45 people said they wanted a student speaker, 42 said no. With the vote that close the committee decided against having a student speaker for the class of 1982. A year later feelings changed and Willa Perlmutter gave the address posted below.
Convention season continued last night with the congressional district conventions. In some districts like the fifth these are competitive affairs. However here in the first district we already know and love Congressman John Larson so it’s more of a party. Political junkies from towns across the first district gathered to eat food, drink, and listen to the congressman lay the foundation for the upcoming campaign. The logo for this season is a star with an eagle and Larson spent much time talking about Pratt & Whitney and how his father would go to work to keep the eagle flying.
For readers that are not involved in the political process getting to go to a convention is not a terribly difficult process, especially if it is uncontested. The local town committee usually approves the slate of delegates that will be sent to the convention. So if you are involved and volunteer with the committee then you can ask to be put on the list, and even if you are not there are often last minute cancellations so you can go as a proxy. If you cannot register as a delegate you can also sometimes show-up as a guest. One town at the convention actually brought several republicans with them as guests. It was nice to see the spirit of bipartisanship is still alive in some places.
If you want to read accounts of the third and fifth district conventions I recommend reading Aldon Hynes’s blog.
With the end of school coming up I have been pretty busy. I took the morning Saturday to volunteer at the Connecticut Democratic State Convention. It was an early morning, I woke-up at 6 a.m. and started helping out around 7 a.m. However it was fun and I got to see some old friends. The lull of posting will probably continue over the next week as I hustle to finish up my remaining papers for school but I wanted to share this video of Chris Murphy taking the stage and the beginning of his victory speech at the Democratic State Convention. The convention hall was emptying out by the time he gave it but it was a good speech.
I was looking at buying a scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap. They come highly rated and my thought was that it might tame the large amount of paper accumulating on my desk. However I recently became aware of scanner applications for the iPhone and decided to test a couple. The first one I tried was JotNot. It worked decently but if there were too many folds or a document was crinkled then the text would get too light in parts. This made some of the scans unusable. After doing some research I saw people recommended TurboScan and so I gave that shot.
I must say that this is the new must have application for iPhone. It takes the pictures quickly (or has an option you can take three photos to maximize that sharpness of the scan) and then you have several post processing options to lighten or darken it, rotate it, and set the boundaries. In my experience TurboScan worked much better than JotNot with a crinkled receipt. For only $1.99 you turn your iPhone into a scanner and can e-mail the PDF of the document to any address from the phone or save it to the iPhone camera roll or print if you have an AirPrint enabled printer. If you have a large number of documents a copier might be better but this app is good in a pinch and certainly saved me a $300 purchase.
I’ve been a customer of ING Direct for a while. So I was really excited to discover that not only do they have an iPhone app but the app lets you deposit checks using the phone’s camera. It’s pretty simple, you just take a picture of the front and the back of the check using the application and it uploads them to the bank. You wait two days and then the money is in your account. Friends had told me about this service with their bank which made me jealous, now I can say that I too have joined the 21st century. My only complaint is that the phone does not yet print cash.