Finding God in Chess and the Appellate Brief

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  1. Simon says:

    I have nothing substantive to offer in reply, but I would like to say that I really liked that piece. The only thing I find disagreeable is that I really don’t think that Chess is, in any way, shape or conception posessed of a “drab and plodding exterior” – but then again, I like reading appellate briefs, too. ;)

  2. Stokie says:

    Having to slog through this post is really too much to bear. It a backhanded, transparent pronouncement that “I write great appellate briefs, indeed, I see the hand of God in them. Lesser pagans must improve to meet my godly standard.” Such self-flagellation seems more appropriate on a porn site. If you have a brief you’re proud of, post it here, ala SCOTUS, and we’ll tell you if it’s any good. Given the pedantic, long-winded, goofy nature of your posts, I’d be surprised to agree with your assesment.

  3. Bruce says:

    1 … d5

  4. Nate Oman says:

    Stokie: I get the accusation about covert bragging. (Alas, I don’t write great appellate briefs, as much as I would like to. Mainly, I do priv review, an area of the law where I have been unable to see the hand of God.) I am mystified, however, about the accusation of self-flaggelation and p*rn sites. Where are the whips and chains?!?

  5. Nate Oman says:

    2. resign

  6. Kaimi says:

    Nate,

    You don’t see the hand of God in priv review? Let’s see:

    -Asked to sacrifice son (and rest of family);

    -Liable to be zapped for a rule you didn’t know about, like steadying the Ark;

    -Don’t look back or you’ll be turned into a pillar of salt;

    -Priv guidelines that are as easily understood as the book of Isaiah;

    The parallels seem to be there . . .

  7. Miscellaneous posts

    A number of important miscellaneous things came around over the holiday period in the blogosphere. All of them are appellate-related – at least to some extent. They go below the fold, because I like to make people work.

  8. Bruce says:

    What the heck is priv review?

  9. Kierkegaard says:

    Great piece. Clearly this is something even the best of lawyers can improve upon (writing in general, appellate briefing in specific).

    I have posted a link to your piece, and also to a related post from another blog.

  10. Nate Oman says:

    Bruce: Prv review consists of reading through thousands and thousands of pages of documents provided by a corporate client to determine which documents are covered by the attorney-client privilege and thus don’t have to be produced in response to a discovery request, and which documents are not covered by the attorney-client privilege and thus must be produced.

    Essentially it is a gargantuan exercise in extremely high-stakes monotony. It is monotonous because the documents tend to not be especially exciting and there is a creat deal of time spent determingin if joe smoe is or is not an attorney. It is extremely high-stakes because if you inadvertantly produced even trivial privileged documents, then you can be deemed to have waived the privilege, which can have huge consequences.

    Hence, it is the practice of law at its worse: boring stress.

  11. Handfuls of Dust

    Nate Oman has a pair of posts about “Finding God” in the structural beauty of chess and appellate briefing here and here. Now, as a lover of structural beauty, I sympathize. I am also wowed by the structural beauty of…

  12. Stokie says:

    Comment removed at the request of the commenter.

  13. jimbino says:

    It sure seems from the posts that a bad day fishing or playing chess is a whole hell of a lot better than a good day lawyering.

  14. Legendary Super Saiyan says:

    this is a letter i wrote my father. its not the full theory, but its the basic thoughts for it. hope you enjoy!!!!

    hey…..dad…..i think i have a new way to present the

    story of jesus to you.

    i might have to use small points/ideas from the

    bible/christianity, sayings/thoughts from the past to help

    support my claim, but i promise im gonna be logical. i

    figured if i wrote it instead of saying it, you can read and

    read again this until you understand it. not to say you

    will nessicarily agree, and thats fine, but to understand

    it, thats what needs to be worked with first……

    remember what i told you about the idea about a soul?

    remember i said that the seemingly true difference

    between humans and everything else in our enviroment

    is the FACT that we have the ability to have thoughts

    and more importantly, convey those thoughts to others

    and build upon our knowledge with both internal and

    external ways. meaning, sometimes its our inviroment

    that is the influence that teaches us things, but also

    sometimes is by taking the moment to observe life that

    teaches us things. see….LOGIC! so far so good i hope!

    *love you, and even though you have your reasons for

    not believing this, please keep reading, cause after

    all….i am your son….YOUR PERSONAL

    REPRESENTATIVE AND FIRST DIRECT

    CONTRIBUTION TO THIS REALITY/UNIVERSE/WORLD.

    *<—-THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT IN

    THAT WAY! DONT JUST THINK OF ME AS YOUR SON,

    BUT AS YOUR FIRST DIRECT CREATION AND

    PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE!! I PROMISE YOU, IF

    YOU TRY TO THINK OF JESUS IN THAT WAY, THIS

    MIGHT JUST WORK! I LOVE YOU!!!!!*

    ok, to continue. here is a bit, just a bit of christianity in

    this, so bear with me sir! lol ok…..it says in the bible or at

    least is said in christianity that jesus was on the right

    hand of God *think of this certain god as “light God” /

    and it also is suggested that Lucifer was on the LEFT

    hand of this Light God….

    ok think about that, something thats been said for

    thousands of years now, and lets continue!

    ok…..imagine that lucifer isnt an angel at all. imagine

    that this piece of shit is the Dark God…..that means, he

    and the light God are like BROTHERS!

    want evidence you say? OK!!!!!!! it all starts with looking

    around at nature to begin…….BALENCE!!!! TO

    DESTROY A CREATION IS THE SAME AS CREATING

    DESTRUCTION!!!!! LOOK AT IT WITH NOT JUST YOUR

    HEART/EMOTIONS, BUT LOGICALLY!!!!!!!! YOU KNOW

    THAT SMALL POINT IS TRUE! LOVE YOU!

    ok, we have wondered the question “if god exist, then

    why do bad things happen to good people?” GREAT

    AND FAIR QUESTION….I THINK I FOUND THE ANSWER

    SIR! AND AGAIN, AS YOUR SON AND PERSONAL

    REPRESENTATIVE, PLEASE LISTEN.

    and i hope you like what im saying! im trying my

    damndest to satisfy your mind dad.

    anyway…imagine this thought jack……ok. so now we

    have an established IDEA and thats what i want you to

    see it as and see if it makes sense to you and please, if

    it does, let down your pride and admit it to yourself…i

    promise you it will make you feel better soon after. love

    you. maybe….just maybe this is why i was born as your

    son…..to be there for you in a way in which no other

    normal person has ever been.

    now, lets continue with the IMAGINATIVE

    THOUGHTS….for me, they are inspired by emotions, but

    i know this much is true…if there is logic and an

    acceptable truth in it…ILL FUCKIN FIND IT JACK!

    so, lets return just a bit to the bible….it says that man,

    THIS BEING THAT CONTAINS A SOUL/IS A SENTIENT

    BEING/ A CREATURE THAT IS ALONE IN THIS WORLD

    ABOUT ITS UNDERSTANDING THAT IT IS ALIVE

    BEYOND THE MERE INSTINCTS AND FUNCTIONS OF

    OTHER LIFEFORMS, it says that man was created on

    the 6th day. ok….well one idea is for sure, and you see

    this suggested in both the bible and evolution…..our

    enviroment evolved/changed/developed way before we

    got here. ok! so, lets say that, again, in the interests of

    balance, they often wonder about if God created man

    and angels, then who created God……what if! what if

    God, the complete essence, and in this idea, meaning

    both the light God and dark God, and the

    complete/perfect entities that people see here on this

    planet…what if God was a product of It’s enviroment!

    meaning, what if the consciousness of God was a

    product of evolution…meaning, in turn that the

    enviroment/ this spiritual realm has always existed but

    God was an entity that as the slow, natrual process of

    developing God’s consiousness…this was a product of

    evolution! and to back this up, ill use nature…you know

    that in your heart of hearts that the idea of things

    changing over time in accordance to their enviroment is

    very rational! PLEASE READ OVER AND OVER IF YOU

    HAVE TO, TO COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT

    THOUGHT. LOVE YOU.

    ok, so to go one more step further…imagine this….we

    wouldnt be able to understand, much less describe the

    nature of light without the NATURAL BALENCE of the

    nature of darkness. this is a concept that is truly

    universal…..look at the nature of the world……imagine

    that the reason it says in the bible that “God” created

    both day and night. now….if you imagine that this dark

    god was that force that subjected the world into

    temporary dark states known as night, and that this light

    god was the force that subjected the world to temporary

    states of light known as day. now, with the way our

    galaxy is, you have to admit that its an idea that does

    make sense. and more importantly, its evidence that you

    can see! you know that im right at the very least about

    night and day……

    read that as much as you like daddy.

    i hope you are seeing this in a new way so far….there is

    so much more to share! *as early cobler says…..DAMN

    IM GOOD!* lol

    ok, so, back to the bible and that point i made

    earlier…..they say that lucifer was on God’s left and that

    jesus, his son, was on his right….

    and, on another point……the light god seems to have a

    representative….this would be jesus *bear with me sir*

    ok…..in the interest of fairness, imagine this…if

    lucifer/dark god was on the light god’s left…..lets

    imagine that this “beast” this antichrist was on the left

    of lucifer/dark god! and again, its a view of

    balance…..now imagine that the dark god and the light

    god are like king pieces on a chess board, they are

    equal in power…..and lets say that jesus is the light

    god’s piece to his RIGHT! MEANING ITS LIKE SAYING

    THAT JESUS IS THE QUEEN PIECE OF THE

    BOARD….AND IMAGINE THAT THIS DARK

    GOD/LUCIFER, IMAGINE IT IN PRACTICAL TERMS

    RELATED TO A CHESS GAME….IF YOU HAVE THE

    DARK GOD ON THE LEFT OF THE LIGHT GOD….AND

    IF YOU HAVE OBAMA AS HIS

    SON/REPRESENTATIVE/VERY FIRST CREATION

    ……THEN YOU KNOW THAT IF THIS DARK GOD

    CALMLY WALKS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BOARD

    WITH HIS PERSONAL SON/FIRST

    CREATION/REPRESENTATIVE AT HIS LEFT SIDE,

    THEN WHEN THIS DARK GOD TURNS AROUND WITH

    HIS SON/OBAMA CONSTANTLY TO THE LEFT OF HIM,

    THATS WHERE THE KING AND QUEEN PIECE ARE AT

    ON THE BOARD WITH THEIR SOON TO BE DARK

    ARMY.

    MAKE ANY SENSE YET!!!!???? DOES TO ME. AND

    BEST PART IS, IM NOT USING THE BIBLE IN THIS. IM

    USING THE POWER OF THE IMAGINATION, BUT MAKE

    NO MISTAKE, IM NOT UNDERMINING THE BIBLE, IM

    JUST TRYING TO RELATE THIS INFO IN THE SENSE

    OF THE 21rst century…before we have a 21rst century

    breakdown!

    ok…there is a LOT more….if your interests are peaked,

    then ask me more…if not, i understand. but dad, i beg

    you to do your very best to understand this in the way

    that ive presented it. I LOVE YOU. maybe….just maybe….

    i find it funny that both the current jeruselum, the said

    to be holy land, the one that i now believe in to a great

    extent….it was reborn in modern times on MAY 14,

    1948…..and my birthday….MAY 14TH…..interesting.

    i hope you have enjoyed readin this. i promise you there

    is more but i respect if you dont want to hear more of

    these ideas.

    love you. more than you know.

    will.I.AM