SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Saturday, July 03, 2004

COOP NERDLY ADMISSION ITEM #6 -- I DRINK DIET COLA. Once upon a time, this was something I swore I would never do. It started with Pepsi One and Diet Doctor Pepper. Come to think of it, it actually ends there as well, since I don't drink any other diet colas besides those. But that in and of itself says it all.

On Thursday, I tried that new Coca Cola C2. Apparently, it has only half the calories and half the carbs, nicely following the low-carb rage that's sweeping the nation. Clearly, it's not as good as your regular Coke, but it does alright.

However, I am proud to say that I will not give in when it comes to light beer. No. Not ever.

(Everett, WA)

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

SENN THE NADERITE FOR AG? Seattle Times columnist Bruce Ramsey has a great editorial today discussing the prospect of having Deborah Senn as Washington State's new attorney general. She already did a nice number on the insurance industry in Washington State--receiving the accolades of Ralph Nader--and now she's gearing to go after all sorts of other industries. Just when you thought the business climate in the Evergreen State couldn't get any worse... Of course, even sensible Democrats are realizing that she would be bad news for the State.

Fortunately, we have a man in Rob McKenna who won't let the office become immersed in layer upon layer of mop-up operations (a la Christine Gregoire) nor will he hammer at the way of business in the name of the poor (and to the detriment of the poor).

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON NEW MUSIC.

Velvet Revolver. The new supergroup Velvet Revolve released their new CD, and I picked up a copy. Combining Stone Temple Pilots’ former front-man Scott Weiland plus the whole band of Guns ‘n Roses minus Axyl, the lineup proved too intriguing for me to pass it up. This is one loud, rockin’ album. One negative Amazon review I read described it as uninspiring. I don’t think that is the case, as on the whole I found it a good listen in my truck with the windows down when I’m on the go. I was never really a STP fan and didn’t listen to GNR all THAT much back in the day, so its not as if I had tremendous expectations here. Granted, the album isn’t as melodic as some of GNR’s stuff, but the opening tracks rock, the first single cooks, and there’s some good stuff throughout. I’ll admit that I tried locating the “clean” version of the album, but with little luck at the local Best Buy. Personally, I was trying to decide if my attempts to track it down expose me as a wimp. Then again, I simply like to avoid publicly blaring songs where the singer makes frequent recourse to the F-word. Of course, I didn’t notice all that much cursing anyhow.

Morrissey. The Moz’s big comeback album was one I couldn’t pass up (as opposed to his last two full-length album flops, which I avoided like the plague). The album’s alright. The main single, Irish Blood, English Heart, is good track. Needless to say, Morrissey’s politics are absurd, but then so is the man himself. It fits.

Jem. I mentioned I bought her album a while back. As I recall, “pleasant” is the word I used to describe it. Well, I’m not changing my mind, but I’ve since decided that it’s more of a girly album.

The Cure. If I’m not mistaken, their new album is now out. I should’ve picked it up this evening. I’m definitely going to do so by Thursday. I'll have more to say once I've given it a listen.

(Everett, WA)
SOLICITOR GENERAL OLSEN STEPS DOWN. As one of my Federalist Society colleagues pointed out to me in an e-mail, our most excellent U.S. Solicitor General, Theodore Olsen, will be stepping down next month.

Olsen is a man of great character and integrity, not to mention a highly skilled attorney. I still remember first seeing him at work in the election cases of the 2000 presidential election. Many of us will never forget his loss when his wife Barbara lost her life on 9/11 in the plane crash into the Pentagon, nor Olsen’s dignity and resolve in carrying on and urging us forward in the fight against terror. He now leaves an important position, but his service in the law will continue.

(Everett, WA)