The Chess Musical: One Night in Bangkok Video

Since chess is so much in the news lately due to The Queen’s Gambit, it’s a good time to post a video from the 1986 Broadway musical Chess. The only song from this show to hit the Top Forty song list was named “One Night in Bangkok. It’s pretty clever & worth a watch:

We’re Blushing

Glad to see Lexblog saying nice things about us:

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Nicholas Brothers & Doc Scantlin Orchestra

Sabrina Pacifici was kind enough to alert me to a great clip of the Nicholas Brothers dance team.

The Nicholas Brothers are also featured in one of my favorite classic movies, Sun Valley Serenade:

The full movie is available at YouTube. (Option to rent appears after trailer). The full movie also features Glenn Miller, Dorothy Dandridge and Sonya Heine, the Olympic skating champion. I saw it & the only other Glenn Miller movie, “Orchestra Wives” (also good) at the AFI theater when it was at the Kennedy Center.

Closer to home, the Doc Scantlin Orchestra tries to replicate the type of show you would see at a 1930s-40s supper club. No talents as big as the Nicholas Brothers & Cab Calloway, but they are super entertaining. I’ve seen them a couple of times & would gladly go again.

50 Things That Are Better Already

The Washington Post has a truly, truly wonderful list. Let’s count our blessings for now and hope for even better news in the future. Our country now has a chance to return to true greatness, not the phony type. Will it happen? I don’t know. I do know that now we have a fighting chance.

Things Are Looking Up

The nuts have finally gone too far. A sense of revulsion has overtaken many Americans. 

There is evidence supporting this: 

Most important, the 180 degree reversals by key Republican leaders, including McConnell, Pence and Graham. They are savvy politicians who know which way the wind is blowing and are moving rapidly to try to salvage their careers. 

A couple of years ago I talked privately with a friend of mine, a high-powered lobbyist who has the best political instincts I know. He works for [redacted], but I don’t want to mention his name. His firm represents both Democrats and Republicans, and he doesn’t like to talk publicly about his personal political views. 

I told him my sense was that most Republican senators despised Trump and I thought it was inevitable that they would turn against him eventually. He responded:

“They will be for him until a half hour before they are against him.”

Presentation Tip 15: Are “Pitches” Different?

Guy Kawasaki believes most slide shows used as a “pitch” have too many slides, last too long and use too small a font.

His 10/20/30 rule is that a “pitch” (i.e., one designed to reach an agreement, like make a sale or raise capita) should have 10 slides, last no more than 20 minutes, and use no slide smaller than 30 points. He explains further:

  • Ten slides. Ten is the optimal number of slides in a PowerPoint presentation because a normal human being cannot comprehend more than ten concepts in a meeting—and venture capitalists are very normal. (The only difference between you and venture capitalist is that he is getting paid to gamble with someone else’s money). If you must use more than ten slides to explain your business, you probably don’t have a business.
  • Twenty minutes. You should complete discussion of your ten slides in twenty minutes. Sure, you have an hour time slot, but you’re using a Windows laptop, so it will take forty minutes to make it work with the projector. Even if setup goes perfectly, people will arrive late and have to leave early. In a perfect world, you give your pitch in twenty minutes, and you have forty minutes left for discussion.
  • Thirty-point font. The majority of the presentations that I see have text in a ten point font. As much text as possible is jammed into the slide, and then the presenter reads it. However, as soon as the audience figures out that you’re reading the text, it reads ahead of you because it can read faster than you can speak. The result is that you and the audience are out of synch.

There is some wisdom here. “Pitch” presentations have unique needs. It’s most effective if you make your points quickly, and Kawasaki’s recommendations are great for this purpose.

Just don’t let them be a Procrustean bed that prevents you from being more flexible when another approach would work better, as when teaching a complex CL topic, for example.

Ann Walsh Long on Core Legal Research Skills

Prof. Ann Walsh Long shares her thoughts on the core legal research skills law students should master in a guest post at the RIPS Law Librarian Blog.

Ann is the author of a fine new book, A Short & Happy Guide to Advanced Legal Research. This book was originally written for academic audiences, but I have found it to be very useful in my own practice. I am working on a considered review, which should be published soon.