Friday, July 29, 2011

Physical Therapy

Just a little shout out to the guys and gals at the Gahanna, Ohio office of Cornerstone Physical Therapy who have been doing a super job in helping me get back flexibility and strength in the repaired knee. I'm making great progress and am now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. If you ever need to know, I can recommend them highly.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Little Late News

Therapy is going pretty well. It only hurts when they force flex it.

One of the old "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episodes entitled "Shaq" is about tripping Shaquille O'Neil in a Lakers game causing him a torn quadriceps tendon. How I can now empathize with that! Doc says walking is not especially good for my quad. Just biking and swimming, which I would rather anyhow. Hoping that next visit at the end of August is my last.

After that, we maybe will be doing a little fall traveling in Morty.

Big anticipatory delight about a big new 27 inch iMac computer that we ordered yesterday.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Court Innings

Some thoughts generated by the verdicts in the Casey Anthony and O J Simpson trials: Marathon presentations of arguments, evidence and courtroom frictions do not sit well with sequestered juries. They must sit through long days, weeks and months of this with no opportunity to discuss the merits until the drama is ended.

By that time they are so emotionally beaten-up that there is no desire to do prolong the proceedings further and so they end it preemptively and return to their families. Few other areas of human endeavor are so primitive and failure prone.

Changes are needed. There need to be timing restrictions and opportunities to evaluate the evidence and potential verdict much before the end. Every other contest has a scoring protocol that allows the participants and spectators to know who is winning and who is losing.

The baseball innings model might work. Limit each side's daily direct, cross, and arguments to three hours. Give the jury one hour daily to evaluate the presented evidence/arguments and one hour to present their convictions and leanings to the judge. Then, assuming no unanimity, the judge, conferring with the attorneys decides whether to go another day or inning. And so it goes until there is either a unanimous or blocked decision. Seems like it reduces the chance of the big surprise gotcha and keeps the jury involved and committed. It can also keep the jury on track and focused on the evidence. I'm jes sayin'.