Thursday, July 31, 2008

It is Finished

I finished the bar exam today. Yesterday, the first day, was the essay portion. 5 essays over 4 hours in the morning and the same thing in the afternoon. Overall I think it went pretty well. There were a few essays I thought I couldn't have answered better and the rest I thought were at least good.

Today was the part I was most scared of. The MBE (multistate bar exam). 200 multiple choice questions covering Constitutional Law, Torts, Criminal Law, Evidence, Contracts, and Property. After doing about 600 practice questions and getting tons of them wrong I was not looking forward to the real thing, but I was pleasantly surprised that they weren't as bad as I thought they'd be. There were a good 3 or 4 that I know I got right. So now it's just a waiting game. The results generally take 8 weeks to come back.

Yesterday when I got home Robyn had left me one of those candy bar cards on the bed before she left for Girl's camp. It was a very nice gesture.

Monday, July 28, 2008

One day to go!

Tomorrow is the first day of the bar exam. 8 hours of essays. The second day is about 6 and a half hours of multiple choice--200 in all. Your prayers are appreciated! Robyn leaves for girl's camp tomorrow and will be gone until Saturday. Busy week for the Steeners.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Answer to the Trivia Question

The answer is A. She can only be guilty of attempted murder if her actual intent was to kill a pedestrian. If the pedestrian had actually been killed, Lisa could have been convicted of murder because recklessness can satisfy the mental state required for murder. But recklessness is not enough to satisfy the mental state required for attempt. In order to be guilty of attempt, one must commit an act that is a "substantial step" in furtherance of the offense while at the same time intending to bring about the actual result. Driving the car through pedestrians is a "substantial step" toward committing a crime, but since Lisa did not intend to kill the pedestrian (she was just being careless), she cannot be guilty of attempted murder.

I've been studying all stinking day for the bore exam which is now less than two weeks away. The day was pretty boring aside from one bright spot. As I was about to return to studying at BYU's library, I stopped by a snack machine to get one of my new favorite cookies, a Craver's cookie. If you're able to try one, I recommend it. Part of my bar review was in a building with snack machines that featured these. Several times I'd get a Craver's cookie and a small fat free milk. It was an invigorating and healthful boost to my day on several occasions. Anyway, as I put my money into the machine I noticed the next cookie in line looked like it got chopped off on the assembly line or something because it was smaller than usual. Undeterred and desperate for the cookie, I got it anyway. It cost 80 cents. When I reached for my change, I found two extra dimes there (presumably from someone before me who forgot to collect his change). I was very happy because the 20 cents nicely made up for the deficiency in the cookie's size. Another incentive to live right.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Celebrating Two Years of Internet Celebrity!

The year was 2006. I had just finished my first year of law school and returned to Provo to pursue a meaningless internship at the Utah County District Attorney's office. Aside from a budding romance with Robyn it was an otherwise normal summer until my friend Mike sent me a link to a video. The video showed a couple of youths conducting a juvenile, yet fascinating and irresistible experiment with Diet Coke and mentos. The very afternoon I was introduced to what became the Coke Rocket phenomenon, I rushed right down to the local grocery store and purchased what would become in a few short weeks dozens of two liters of Diet Coke and hundreds of mentos.

For several weeks I tried mostly unsuccessfully to equal the incredible aerials featured on internet videos. What the videos don't show is how difficult it is to create the optimal conditions for a Coke Rocket. The toss has to be just so. The cap has to be loosened just the right amount to insure that the coke can shoot out with enough force to propel it upward, yet tight enough so it doesn't harmlessly fall off when the bottle hits the ground.

On July 11th, 2006, with my friend Mike manning the camera, we attempted yet another round of Coke Rockets. It just so happened that on the only occasion we had a camera we captured the most successful Coke Rocket ever seen on the world wide internets.

The following video, uploaded to YouTube soon after the launch, has been viewed nearly 1,700,000 times by people all over the world and garnered such praise (as seen on the comments page) as: "LOL," "ROTFLOL," and "LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fourth of July

The Steeners celebrated the Fourth of July in grand style this past weekend! First, we went up to the cabin in Franklin, Idaho. We were accompanied by Jess and Jon Shipley, Matt and Becky Shipley, their children, and legions of agitated mosquitoes. The mosquitoes notwithstanding, it was a great time, despite the fact that Robyn shredded a tire on the way up. I even managed to get a little studying in. Speaking of which, try your luck at the sample bar question to the right. The answer will be revealed the next time the Steeners post.

On Saturday, July 5th, Robyn and I went to Farmington to have a nice BBQ with all her Farmington friends. We stayed with Dick and Ann Cobb, whom I especially love visiting. A good time was had by all at the BBQ. The food was great and plentiful, and the company was pleasant. Several of us, including Robyn, played some basketball. The evening took a nearly deadly turn, however, after the sun went down.

Some people brought fireworks (the legal kind that don't shoot up, etc) and set them off to the delight of all, especially the children. I also brought my special illegal fireworks I purchased from an Indian (or, if you prefer, Native American) reservation outside of Las Vegas. I was counting down the days until I could try them out. After some deliberation, we decided to set off the rockets. So I set one in the grass as loosely as I could and lit the fuse. Unfortunately, the grass provided too much resistance and the rocket stayed in the ground and exploded at ground level with a deafening boom and a huge spray of deadly, yet beautiful sparks. Needless to say, I felt like an idiot. Many were prompted to ask who had invited me. So sorry to all of Robyn's friends and my apologies to your physically and emotionally scarred children.

A nameless and previously lovely child of one of Robyn's friends, who will ever associate the day of our nation's independence with terror and fear.