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Words Don’t Do It Justice: The Dr. is in…

“It really is a pleasure when I can give you guys a debut filled with fun. Obviously Reason, Kudo, Reign, and myself are great entertainment and thought provoking commentary, but I predict you will LOVE our new addition. I can neither confirm nor deny she has an oversized mallet. But you should probably read her intro and keep coming back anyway…just to make sure you’re on the safe side. And with that introduction out of the way…”

 

The Dr. is in…

Harley

Here’s the deal…

 

Three years ago, I made the decision to ruin my life. What does that mean? I decided to go to law school. Okay, okay, I know saying I ruined my life is really dramatic, so I’ll try this again. *ahem* Three years ago, I decided to channel all of my Type A personality traits into becoming a lawyer. But what I’ve learned is law school is not the place for anyone who remotely enjoys being different…which is something I enjoy very, very, VERY much. I’m the funny girl, that’s just what I do. I find ways to cloak just about anything in puns, funny movie quotes, sarcasm, and any joke that highlights my obsession and fascination with irony.

 

Basically, you can think of me as Chandler from “Friends” with boobs. Aside from that, I’m oddly bohemian while managing to be obsessed with my dream of having Donatella Versace offering me a tab at Versace stores worldwide because we’re best friends. Oh! Did I mention I’m an artist? I probably seem bipolar, but trust me, I’m the sanest person you’ll ever meet…depending on who you’ve met, I guess. Plus, aren’t we all just balls of contradictions trying to force ourselves into boxes? But that’s too freakin’ philosophical to discuss right now, kids.

 

So, what led me to believe these things about law school? Here’s a scenario for ya: To quote Sophia from “Golden Girls,” picture it, 2015 in a drafty and dull classroom with stadium seating. A practice final is being taken by 20 students. When each one completes the final, they slam their pencils down to let you know they just killed that thing in a way that takes a massive shit on your life!! Of course, from that statement, you can discern that the person who finishes last has just revealed they have IBS, thus the others have started judging them as weak and faulty on their poor timing alone. Now, picture the “speedy finishers” collectively finding passive-aggressive ways to tell the IBSers to get their colons together.

 

That, my friends, is law school. It’s the place where the intelligent come to work out their inferiority complexes through actively trying to make others feel inferior. After all, who the fuck wants to cry alone? Sharing is caring, yo! Now, imagine you’ve had three years of that judgment, scrutiny, and competition where only 10% of people leave feeling like Tony Montana is personally constructing “The World is Yours” statues in the mansions their GPA indicates they are bound to own? What are you once you leave such an environment? An attorney? No. A tired individual? Yes and no. Sallie Mae’s bitch? You (literally) bet your life you are! In other words, YOU’RE A FREAKIN’ PSYCHOTIC VILLAIN!!! *maniacal laugh, cough, eye roll, break to put on lipstick*

 

Since we live in a voyeuristic culture where we all want to know what makes everyone tick, feel free to keep up with me here as I chronicle what it’s like to be quirky, fabulously-weird, sarcastic, and (sadly) in law school…all while trying to fight becoming a complete villain.

 

If you just said to yourself, “Wow, this chick is actually saying she’s the personification of the villain version of the Kinsey scale?!”, I’ll have you know you’re correct and also my kinda person!

 

xoxo (but not really!),

 -Harls

Words Don’t Do It Justice: YOU are Forty Thousand Strong on our 2nd Anniversary

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Words Don’t Do It Justice

“It was all a dream.

I used read word up magazine.”

I could keep going with that, but really I don’t feel like quoting too much of anyone else today. So let me address this with the style most comforting.

When this all began it was an idea.

The thought that we could give the world something in this blog that would be read by our friends, maybe a few co-workers and classmates. And every once in a while I’d get to deal with the issues I have to face on a daily basis by just ranting into a text window for 30 minutes to an hour and let the world read. Certainly if we accomplished that I would have called this a successful idea and when the view dwindled I’d close it up and say I had a good time.

But that isn’t what you did. And I say that isn’t what YOU did, because it is true. You are the reason this fun time didn’t turn into just another thing I used to do. YOU made it worth it to find Rufus, Ronin, Roddo, Rebellionista, Realistic Royalty, Princess Devy, Reign, The Revanchist, The Radical Ref, Carl McPhail, Xion, Driving Misty, Rhapsodic, Reason, Kudo, Rhythmic Journey, Revolution In A Jar, causeandeffect88, Bami O, Render Verdicts, Ruminated Thoughts, Keith Labell, Smooth Phuzion, Bree the V, TEH Bobbo, and all the people who wanted to commit but just didn’t have the time to write, be on the podcast, contribute music, or be interviewed.

That wasn’t just me plodding through on my own. That was you reading. That was you sharing. That was YOU telling the world our little corner of the internet was worth checking out. in the first year we did 3500 views. In 2 years we have done 40,000! Because of all of you. And now things are possible that weren’t not long ago. YOU made this happen. People asked me when I started what I expected. They asked me what I wanted. I just wanted people to listen to my thoughts sometimes. It was so simple back then. Now? Now I want the sky and everything beyond. lol just kidding.

Now I want to give you more of what you come here for. So covering Gaming, and other topics, We’re proud to announce that Nine To Five Gamer will be joining us run by Bami O. Look for the official page as well as forums soon. You’re going to read pieces from many of our alumni writers. And that long-awaited revamp/update to the site. I can’t promise you we’ll turn into a Super Villain run Huffington Post by tomorrow. Heck I can’t even promise that by next year. But I can promise we will keep hitting these hot topics with our cold analysis. I can promise we are committed to giving you what you came here for. And I can promise you I WILL NEVER FORGET what drives Words Don’t Do It Justice. Because what drives us is YOU!

My humanity wants to cry by my Super Villainy is smiling too hard and is too excited. Thank you all. THANK YOU. Every super fan. Every random reader Every casual person who checked us out a few times or just once. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS FROM ALL OF US! We couldn’t have done all this without you. Words Do Not Do YOU Justice!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

The Justice League Covers: Gamergate Part 1

In order to get a proper handle on Gamergate we wanted to enlist someone who can put things into perspective, and who could explain some of the things even we at WDDIJ didn’t truly understand. To do this THE Ruthless Wonder is joined by TEH Bobbo from Bobbo’s block.

 

 

TJLCovers Gamergate Part 1 with Bobbo<-Right click and select save link or save as to download

Music Courtesy of Smooth Phuzion.

WDDIJ Presents The Justice League: Elite Law Schools Can Do What They Want

Elite Law Schools Can Do What They Want

It’s my final year of law school and I had just finished my last final exam for the fall semester. Four exams filled with utter misery, confusing hypotheticals and might I add, law- professor- created exams with typos (and they say how important exams are). It was Friday night and I felt like I just got paid but I didn’t. I was completely exhausted from studying and working and working and studying.

So naturally, after exams I went out for celebratory drinks with a fellow law student as we bitched and complained and drank whiskey until about 4 am on Saturday morning. I crashed and woke up at 11:00 am and looked over at the alarm clock and realized that I had missed the bus heading to the Justice for All March on Washington calling for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner and the countless other Black men who had been killed at the hands of police officers-of which has lead to zero indictments returned by State grand juries. As I opened my eyes, the first thought that came to my mind was: “ I really wish I would have gotten accepted to Harvard!”

For those of you who have been under a rock for the last several weeks, let me set the stage.
Columbia University Law School has allowed its students to reschedule their exams if they feel traumatized by the recent grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. According to the school’s interim dean, Robert E. Scott

“The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally,” Mr. Scott’s letter said. “For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

Once Harvard and Georgetown got a whiff of the news, they too, allowed their students to take exam extensions and the news sparked a rage among legal scholars, law students and legal social media went amok.

CONTROVERSIAL ALERT: THE ARGUMENTS PROCEED AS FOLLOWS!

Opponents of this policy say: Who do these students think they are by requesting an exam extension because they were so-called traumatized? I went to law school during heavy political tensions and I still took exams! And how does one measure “traumatization” in this matter? Is it based on race- Participation in protests? This is not fair!

Proponents say: Law School is (allegedly) designed to promote justice and create notions of fairness in grey areas of the law that are tainted with injustice. Law Schools have a duty to create social engineers and pioneers who have a primary goal of making the legal system operate more effectively and more efficiently. So why not?

So here is my humble opinion.

Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap. Cheers to Harvard and Columbia and Georgetown law schools who are attempting to make a legal education worth it again because 99% of law schools, like 99% of laws are not adjusting to the changing climate and people are getting pissed off!

Which Reminds Me.
***NewsFlash***
Law School Exams are No Longer Relevant

The hardest part about law school is getting in. The 2nd hardest part about law school is the first year. After that, law schools really need to relax the role of the final exam because it adds nothing greater to a law student’s life. It doesn’t make a better lawyer or even prepare students for the bar exam. It is set in place because law schools are not willing to transform their curriculum in a real and practical way so they continue to apply the same old traditional norms that are no longer applicable to modern day society.

Harvard and some of the other Elite schools have already taken a stance on the one exam grade issue and has eliminated grades altogether giving students a High Pass (HP); Pass (P); Low Pass (P) and Fail (F). Now, of course everyone wants the HP-but the message is clear that if you get into Harvard Law- Harvard Law has your back! Once a student is accepted to these Ivy League schools-there is a rebuttable presumption that the school’s name alone will carry them where they need to go-not how well they did on a Torts Exam.

Exams, arguably are for first year students and should be revisited after graduation but before the BAR exam. One does not NEED exam after exam to become an effective lawyer (or advocate or CEO or whatever other reasons people go to law school). But one NEEDS to advocate and stand for something-particularly justice.

Now, do I think that some students will totally exploit this opportunity arguing that they are apart of the so-called traumatized group, meanwhile are home buying more time to study? Of Course I do. But who cares-its Harvard-Its Columbia and-Its Georgetown! These are the students that will be the next Supreme Court Justices and heads of government anyway. They need to understand how the political climate changes the law and they need to be apart of the process. The future Obamas of the country will not remember exam questions when they are sitting in office but they will undoubtedly remember the day Darren Wilson was not indicted and the country proceeded in uproar. Exams, in such cases, are superfluous. They really don’t matter. I’m just jealous that I didn’t have that same opoportunity to postpone my exams but the applause remains. The Elite law schools just keep winning.

Words Don’t Do It Justice: Breaking News

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Over the weekend we were very close to an amazing achievement.

On Monday it was so tantalizingly close I was thinking of dropping a post just to help push it over after the Holidays Don’t Do It Justice post.

But Tuesday Night after Posts from Ruminated Thoughts and of course from THE Ruthless Wonder reacting to the decision by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury, we hit a milestone that if I’m honest I didn’t expect until 2015.

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On Behalf of the Weekends Don’t Do It Justice Writers Reason, Kudo, Xion, and Lucremo.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Guest Bloggers, The Justice League.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Alumni writers

On Behalf of the Keith Labell and Smooth Phuzion who provide music for The WDDIJcast and The WRATH of Ruthless.

On Behalf of Reign, The Revanchist, Ruminated thoughts, and Ronin

And on Behalf of 314 Publishing, Imperial Dreams Productions, and WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE

THE Ruthless Wonder is proud to announce that as of November 25th, 2014 Words Don’t Do It Justice has reached 9,200 views!

ALL Because of YOU!

ALL Because of YOU! Photo edit credit: JohnHenry Balsa

And we have you to thank.

Every one of you who shares us with you friends on facebook and your followers on twitter.

Every one of you who comes back even on days when no one has posted just to see if something is dropping.

Every one of you who has stuck by us since my very first post to this very day.

Thank you for being our superfans.

Thank you for believing in us.

Words do no do you justice.

 

I could say it a thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough. But I’ll say it one more time.

We love you all.

Thank you!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU! Photo Edit Credit: Steven Cockrell

– YOUR Ruthless Wonder

Words Don’t Do It Justice: An Apology from Ruthless

This has been a long time coming.

I want to tell you readers, you superfans, you darling reposters and resharers something I rarely feel it necessary to say. I’m sorry. I’m sorry to all of you, all of the WDDIJ staff members and guest blogger past and present, and indeed future. To all of our friends who link to our content and whose webpages we have linked here as well. And I want to make an apology to all of the people we work with like Otakast, Skeptical Minotaur, and many more it would take too much time to name.

And to be honest I have real true reason to say sorry to you all. Because I’ve let you down. And yes having seen the views dry up lately I’m well aware of your displeasure. I don’t know where it all went wrong entirely. I mean I remember getting that euphoria of our first anniversary, and passing the bar, and life seeming to be going right all over. And something just said, you can’t be like you have been. You need to change. And I did. I calmed down. I moved to lighter stories. I made myself more personable and more positive. And you all have finally gotten through to me.

You don’t come here for me to play nice and tell you about weird plane flights, how many books I read, or light-hearted tales about my FIFA14 career mode playthrough. You want me to take my two hands and take a hard entirely judgmental, absolutely ruthless look at a subject and then bask in the glory of the emails from people who hate my opinion while I make fun of them.

It is rather telling that I have not done a Note From Your Favorite Super Villain in some time. It is rather odd that someone who told you how much pride and honor he has in being referred to as Ruthless hasn’t taken aim at anything in quite some time. 1,134 times you read me taking a direct shot at one of my own professors. One I actually liked until he said what he said. And I hadn’t actually gone into complete ruthless prick mode. You’d think I would have seen the light then.

So some changes are coming. Sweeping though they may be I’m doing them so you don’t have to worry about me straying from the path. And that starts for me on Saturday Morning, but for you on Monday as you read this. Check out the other two pieces that accompany this blog post by me. And I promise more coming as well. And including the shakeups in the staff that are already happening, I promise much more controversy and polarizing opinion out of the entire WDDIJ staff that will go forward and a whole metric ton less of safe middle of the road material. Hot topics and cold analysis, no more lukewarm anything.

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So Allow me to reintroduce myself.

I am THE Ruthless Wonder not A Ruthless Wonder and you are on Words Don’t Do It Justice.

So I said I’m sorry. Now get to reading.

how Ruthless gives an apology

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Weddings, Reunions, Dental vists, and SHAKE UPS!

So you may have noticed someone has been missing a lot lately. You may have even noticed when he goes missing he doesn’t always explain why. Well…yeah no real explanation, sorry for that.

 

In other news I have been gone meeting old friends, getting massive dental work, and being best man in a wedding. Shout out to Superfans Chris and Ania Moncrief(aka Superman and Lois Lane) who celebrated their love in the classiest of weddings this past weekend.

 

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

But that Shakeup word is here again for good reason. 

 

Things are about to get interesting. Not only has WDDIJ been dealing with the …well Hilarious nature of advertising negotiations, but as you may have noticed we’ve lost a few authors. These things are not points to worry over. Trust me. In fact, the very way you view WDDIJ is about to change for the better.

 

In a short explanation, we’re doing an overhaul.

Why?

Because at 5500 views, we are little less than halfway to the year two viewership goal, and its only been 3 months.

In short, I’ve been short sighted.

 

To remedy that, I had to get to work.

And believe you me, the work is paying off.

Launching this fall is our interview series “Imperial Dreams”

Launching sooner rather than later this summer is a new format to the website

And Look for some shake ups in the staff as well.

Nothing drastic folks, but we want you to have a great experience.

And we want you to come to us for more of your daily content.

SO we need to be a place you want to come to.

And since I’ve been slacking on that. It is time to pick up the pace.

Of course I could tell you so much more, but as you know…

WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE Ruthless Wonder