I Will Be LiveBlogging the 2009 Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention Thursday-Saturday

I will be LiveBlogging the 2009 Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention. During the Convention, please visit http://JoshBlogs.wordpress.com for summaries of the events updated in real time, YouTube videos of convention discussions, interviews with some of the luminaries in attendance, and more. To receive updates during the Convention, please follow JoshBlogs on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshbtweets or subscribe to the RSS Feed at https://joshblogs.wordpress.com/feed/

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Deepest Condolences to Justice O’Connor on the Passing of Her Husband

From AP:

John J. O’Connor III, the husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has died.

The court said the 79-year-old O’Connor died Wednesday in Phoenix, Ariz., of complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease.

John O’Connor, himself a lawyer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s nearly two decades ago. His condition deteriorated markedly in mid-decade and when she announced her retirement in 2005, the justice cited the need to care her husband. The O’Connors were married in 1952 and became a leading couple on Washington’s social scene when they moved from Arizona in 1981 following her confirmation as the first woman on the Supreme Court.

Our thoughts are with you Justice O’Connor.

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Amazing 400ft Tall Spherical “Cloud” Structure Proposed for London Skyline for 2012 Olympics. Very cool.

This is very cool.

An international team of architects and designers has created this stunning center-piece for London’s 2012 summer Olympics village. Dubbed The Cloud, three 400ft towers would be joined by giant plastic spheres that serve as both observation decks and projection screens.

The giant bubbles would be structural, decorative, and be used to project weather info, spectator numbers, and race results. They’d be constructed from of a type of plastic called Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), the same stuff used to build the Beijing Aquatic Centre.

The Cloud has been shortlisted in the competition set-up by London’s Mayor, and has been called “a sculptural spectacle, and a celebration of technology” by the senior curator of
architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The designers intend to build The Cloud using micro-donations from millions of people. One of the architects, who’s from MIT, told the BBC: “We can build our Cloud with £5m or £50m. The flexibility of the structural system will allow us to tune the size of the Cloud to the level of funding that is reached.”

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