the Burghosphere rises

Just in case you missed it, not only are the happenings downtown the focus of this story in the New York Times today.. but where did they go for expert opinion: the Burghosphere. See the quote by Sean Cannon of the Carbolic Smoke Blog. Now I may be imagining this, but the already prolific writers over there seem to have gone into overdrive with content since the Times posted that article, not that I blame them.


5 Responses to "the Burghosphere rises"

Judge Rufus Peckham said... 9/09/2006 1:47 PM

Not overdrive, Chris. When the Times reporter called two of my writers, we figured we'd better pull out some "mainstream" content for a more global audience. See, that's the great advantage that making up stories has over reporting stories accurately -- it doesn't matter when you run them.

Mike Madison said... 9/09/2006 3:08 PM

Actually, now that I know that the Judge relies on law clerks to write some of his opinions, I'm going to start sending him resumes from some of my better law students.

Some federal judicial clerkships are known as pipelines to clerkships on the Supreme Court -- and then to signing bonuses with fancy law firms and ultimately appointments to professorships at Harvard and Yale -- so I'm thinking that a CSB clerkship should be a pipeline to a job at The Onion -- and then to a career with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Godless Sodomites, all of you.

Judge Rufus Peckham said... 9/09/2006 5:09 PM

The technical term for my clerks is unindicted co-conspirators, as Post-Gazette's Peter Leo called them. I had to fire one when I found out he had made up every story he ever wrote. And you are correct that they use me as a stepping stone to move on to more lucrative positions after I've taught them everything they know. I just lost one to L'Osservator Romano. People are sometimes surpised to learn that my first clerks were Prof. Stephen Hawking and David Letterman. Those two were a riot together. (P.S. Rarely does our site reach 1,000 views in a day but with the help of the NY York Times, we've already blown by that mark. Chris B. is correct -- this shows that the mainstream media is respecting the blogging world more and more. And your site, Professor, is the gold standard for blogs.)

C. Briem said... 9/10/2006 8:07 PM

before Mike invited me to pitch in, I liked to refer to Pittsblog as Pittsburgh's blog of record. I am sure that I have brought down the quality of content a notch since then however.

Judge Rufus Peckham said... 9/10/2006 10:31 PM

No, he needs you, Chris. Especially when he disappears on one of his month-long secret missions.

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