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So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the occasion, we direct you to the above comic book cover, that of Donald Duck and the Valentine’s Day Hitch #1, published in 2013. Here’s the plot summary from the always reliable Comicvine website:

Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and Donald Duck is in trouble: he is having a hard time writing a romantic card to Daisy! For inspiration, Donald decides to use an old Valentine’s Day card that he wrote many years before…for someone else!

If that’s Donald’s plan, we suspect that hijinks will ensue.

By the way, in addition to Valentine’s Day Eve, it’s also Friday The 13th. This seems appropriate.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Hospitality Law Conference this past week in Houston, Texas. We were pleased to be there.

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As we previously mentioned, we here at Abnormal Use are in Las Vegas this week for the DRI Products Liability Conference. Accordingly, we present you with the cover of Godzilla #9, published way, way back in 1978. As you can see, Godzilla is not too please with Las Vegas, and you know the city is in trouble when the comic book storyline is titled “Last Gamble in Las Vegas.

By the way, you can read up on the Products Liability Conference by searching the #DRIProducts hashtag on Twitter.

Spoiler Alert: Next week, we will be at the Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. If you see us, say hello!

Well, I guess we’re going to have to watch “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel spin-off featuring Walter White’s infamous attorney, Saul Goodman. Let us know your thoughts, if any, when and if you watch it.

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Although we’ve previously written about Lou Reed’s Mistrial album, we were previously unfamiliar with this bootleg, Lou Reed On Trial . . . (which notes that it was “as recorded by his lawyer.”) You can read a bit more about this album over at Discogs (a valuable site for those obsessed with music and rare albums). It was recorded live in Philadelphia in 1989, apparently, and of course, he played the song “Mistrial” at the concert in question. Sadly, we here at Abnormal Use were never able to see Lou Reed live. Alas.

On a somewhat related music note, we missed the fortieth anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. A fantastic album, that. (Hat Tip: Ben Dungan).

Here’s an interesting article from Connectivity: “How to Live-Tweet a Conference.” As you’ll soon see, this may come in handy.

Well, since Google Fiber is apparently coming to North Carolina, we’ll have to start reading the Google Fiber Blog. (Hat Tip: Erik Mazzone).

Two weeks from today, on February 13, 2015, the Charlotte School of Law’s Law Review is sponsoring a symposium entitled “For Your Eyes Only: Where Privacy Ends and the Law Begins.” For more information on that event (including the ripped from the headlines program agenda), click here.

Our favorite tweet of the week is from our editor:

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What is happening on the cover of Action Comics Annual #3, published not so long ago in 1991? Apparently, Superman ran for President of the United States and won! (We wonder if he had any primary opponents.). Well, for more information on the plot of this fateful issue, we once again turn to ComicVine:

Waverider decides Superman is too powerful not to look into his future again. This time he sees a future where Superman has run for President and won. While in office, he is able to bring peace to the world. upon announcing to his superhero colleagues that the world is going to disarm all nuclear weapons, starting with America, Guy Gardner calls him a traitor and attacks him. During the battle, Superman is able to take control of Guy Gardner’s power ring, and after taking Gardner into custody, the other Green Lanterns from Earth offer to let Superman keep the ring. Waverider watches as Superman turns it down citing power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Seeing this makes Waverider realize Superman would never become the Monarch, so he decides to never bother Superman again.

Deciding never to bother Superman again sounds like a good idea. We wonder how Superman achieved disarmament and whether it was the same approach he took in the 1987 film, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. See here for that method:



Ah, 1987. Those were the days.

In case you missed it, the City of Charlotte, North Carolina may be loosening its food truck regulations. For more on that story, see here.

Since this is a products liability blog, we must ask: Are any of you, our dear readers, planning to attend the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas next month?

Finally, here’s our favorite tweet of late (authored by South Carolina lawyer Kirsten Small):

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If you’ve not seen the legal comedy, From The Hip, you need to do so immediately. A fun relic of the 1980’s, it was written, in part, by David E. Kelley, who would go on to create TV’s “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal.” Let’s just say that the protagonist, played by Judd Nelson, could not get away with most of his antics in a real courtroom.

Claims the writer Jesse Singal: “You’ll Be Less Stressed If You Check Your Email Less Frequently.” Is that supposed to be a good thing? How can one check email less frequently? Is that even possible? Why would one want to venture out into the world when one might risk missing an email?

Vinyl alert: If you’re in South Carolina tomorrow, you may want to visit the Greenville Record Fair.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t alert you to the fact that the Greenville County Bar Association has now joined Twitter. Behold:

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Well, we’ve got one more holiday themed comic book cover for you, and that’s Mickey Mouse Magazine #28 which, as you can see, celebrates the new year. How curious to think that this comic book is nearly 80 years old. We wonder what readers will think of this blog eight decades from now. Hopefully, there will be throngs of graduate students poring over our prose. We’ll wait see if that comes to be. Surely it will, right?

By the way, we ran our very first edition of “Friday Links” five years ago yesterday. See how far we’ve come by clicking here.

And back in 2013, we posted this list of songs related to the new year.

In case you missed it, here are the “Top 10 Legal Grounds Stories of 2014” as recounted by Daniel Taylor of Findlaw’s Legal Grounds blog.

FYI: Last week, the South Carolina Supreme Court published its annual order on Interest Rate on Money Decrees and Judgments. For the full order, please see here.

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Hey, it’s our first Friday Links of 2015! How about that?

As we previously mentioned, Back To The Future Part II is set, at least in part, in the year 2015. When that first was released way back in 1989, that future year seemed very distant. Now it’s upon us. So, now that we’re here, we feel we should direct you to “11 Predictions That Back to the Future Part II Got Wrong” and “11 Predictions That Back to the Future Part II Got Right.” Oh, and if you dig those, you’ve got to see this tweet. Enjoy.

Since this is a law blog, we had to share our favorite lines from Back To The Future Part II, those being:

Marty McFly: [Reading the newspaper from 2015] “Within two hours of his arrest, Martin McFly Jr. was tried, convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in the state penitentiary.”? Within two hours?

Doc: The justice system works swiftly in the future now that they’ve abolished all lawyers.

Ouch. I suppose it’s a good thing for us that such a thing never came to be.

Our favorite headline of late: “Lawsuit Blames DA’s Office for Failing to Supervise Investigators Accused of Stealing High-Priced Comic Books.” (Thanks for the link, Eric Nordstrom!).

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas yesterday. With that in mind, we’ve got time for one more Christmas themed comic book cover, so we direct your attention to that of The New Archies #21, published not so long ago in 1990. As you can see, the Archie gang is up to its usual set of tricks.

Last week, on December 17, we published a piece about the U.S. Navy’s new laser weapon. In so doing, we referenced – and included a picture of – Dr. Evil. Well, just three days later, on the final episode of “Saturday Night Live” of the year, Dr. Evil returned. How about that?

Speaking of which, this is our last edition of Friday Links of 2014.

Behold: “6 Predictions For Law Firm Marketing in 2015” from the LexisNexis Business of Law Blog.

Congratulations to GWB shareholder Ron Wray on his election as president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association. For more information, please see here.

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Since this is our last edition of Friday Links before Christmas, we thought we’d share the cover of Archie’s Giant Series Magazine #216. We’re not entirely certain when this particular issue was published, but it seems appropriate (especially with Archie’s looming 75th birthday). Enjoy.

Today is the last day you can vote for Abnormal Use in the ABA Journal‘s Blawg 100 poll! To do so, click here (and you can find us in the “Tort/Consumer” category). We would very much appreciate your support. The polls close at the end of the business day today.

Today, by the way, is our editor Jim Dedman’s birthday.

The Lawyerist site – a blog we’ve linked many times over the years – is starting a new podcast. For more information, click here.

Our favorite tweet of late simply has to be this one:

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So, now that we’re well into December, we can stray a bit from our mission to post legally themed comic book covers and instead focus on holiday themed comic book covers. Above, you’ll find the cover of Green Lantern #18, published way, way back in 1945. This is the original Green Lantern, of course, not the newer version you may have seen depicted more often in popular culture. And as for his sidekick, Doiby Dickles, we’ve written about him before here.

There is going to be a new narrative television series about the O.J. Simpson trial. Too soon, we say.

It’s Christmas, so we must direct you back to Stuart Mauney’s immortal 2011 post: “Lawsuit of the Day: Grandma’s Estate v. Santa and His Reindeer.” We can’t believe that it has been three years since we first posted it here at Abnormal Use. Don’t forget: You can follow Stuart on Twitter here.

You can still vote for Abnormal Use in the ABA Journal‘s Blawg 100 poll! To do so, click here (and you can find us in the “Tort/Consumer” category). We would very much appreciate your support.

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