Patterico's Pontifications


Banner for “The Jury Talks Back” Site

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 9:07 am

Kimsch at Musing Minds designed the following banner for the upcoming blog written by readers of this site:

Here is a button for the sidebar:

Very snazzy. I think the search for a banner is over. Thanks, kimsch!

There is a chance that the new site will be up and running by tomorrow.

Great news: Justin Levine, WLS, and JRM have agreed to post on the new site. Among the “jurors,” they will be the “foremen” — jurors with previous jury experience who will bring along the rest of the crowd to make the whole trial a success.

As for the other “jurors,” here is my current thinking.

I am still working my way through the applications — over two dozen so far. I think I will choose a core group of no more than 12 “jurors.” This may be a rotating bunch, and I expect that one or more will drop out of the core group as time goes on, either because they decide they’re not cut out for it, or because they just don’t fit the mix for whatever reason.

But everybody who applied will get a chance to post at some point. My vision is to take the people who are not initially chosen for regular spots, and offer them the chance to serve as “alternates.” Each week, we will choose one or two new “alternates” who will be allowed to post freely for one week, after which a new set of alternates will be chosen.

As time and energy permit, I will link some of the posts on the main page. Standout posts may be elevated to the main page.

I think this will be fun. It will give some core readers a chance to post; it will hopefully serve as a destination for people during my work day; and it should open the floor to more points of view. The downside will be that you people will figure out that anyone can do this, and that there’s nothing so special about me. I know that already, but it’s a secret. With this blog, it may get out.

It’s a small price to pay. Stay tuned.

22 Responses to “Banner for “The Jury Talks Back” Site”

  1. I keep hearing the phrase ‘hung jury’ in my mind. Along with a number of ways to interpret that. Should be wild and woolly. Looking forward to see what these selected few will dive into.

    Say what you will, but I find your posts quite special. That’s why you’re bookmarked. And this is from a lawyer and politics averse reader. What’s the saying…know thine enemies? Spoken in jest.

    allan (0d6e4a)

  2. Gonna be some good reading and enjoyable arguing. Can’t wait.

    Old Coot (8a493c)

  3. That’s “well-hung jury”.

    Icy Truth (aedb2f)

  4. Aplomb, could you e-mail me? You had expressed interest in the past in posting on the site, but you haven’t volunteered and I don’t have a valid e-mail for you. Are you still interested?

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  5. Alas! I missed the initial announcement! But is this a for-attorneys-only type of thing?

    The original Dana (556f76)

  6. Myles Berman for guest foreman!

    Kimsch, excellent header. Looks nice.

    Vermont Neighbor (5ea336)

  7. What?
    You didn’t invite me to join the jury after reviewing years of my insightful and succinct commentary?

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  8. Vermont Neighbor, thanks! I lived in Burlington and Essex Junction in the early nineties. Maybe we were neighbors, of a sort…

    kimsch (2ce939)

  9. I just realized that that was back when Bernie was mayor…

    kimsch (2ce939)

  10. I concur, hats off to Kimsch! What a great banner, nice retro look and feel with the different fonts and color tones. Original while also incorporating the original Patterico’s Pont. Love it.

    I’m very much looking forward to reading a variety of writing from intelligent contributors. What a great idea, Patterico.

    Dana (79a78b)

  11. Perfect Sense and the Original Dana,

    Send me an e-mail if you’re interested. The blog probably won’t be up until tomorrow night or Tuesday morning, and I’m still reviewing the mix of contributors. You’d certainly qualify as “alternates” and perhaps as “jurors”; I just have to see what I have going.

    And no, it’s not limited to lawyers!

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  12. excellent header. Looks nice.

    It promotes the feature nicely. The empty chairs are interesting. The first thing I thought of was OJ, but that’s just me.

    Vermont for me is more like Vermont and Normandie. Vermont near Sunset. It’s a handle that evolved from Howard Dean, of all things. Pre-scream. I love maple syrup though.

    Vermont Neighbor (5ea336)

  13. My cousin lives in Silver Lake… Howard Dean was the (D)Lt.Gov when the (R)Gov died and Dean got the job by default… I was in Vermont then.

    Fresh, hot maple syrup drizzled over snow to cool it quickly makes a really good candy…

    kimsch (2ce939)

  14. Why is it so blurry? :/

    AndrewGurn (891f6c)

  15. Why is it so blurry? :/
    Comment by AndrewGurn — 11/17/2008 @ 10:00 am

    Well, Justice is Blind, and “We, the Jury” will attempt to cut through the fog.

    Another Drew (a9bf4b)

  16. Nice banner…reminds me of my time as a juror on a murder trial in Joshua Tree, CA (same type of chairs in the courtroom)…

    fmfnavydoc (9846b2)

  17. Well done, Kimsch. It reminds me of great jury movies like Twelve Angry Men.

    DRJ (a50047)

  18. AndrewGurn, not blurry, just faded out somewhat… Like the LA skyline behind Patterico’s name in the header on this site.

    fmfnavydoc, thanks!

    DRJ, thanks! I had Twelve Angry Men in mind when I was designing this.

    kimsch (2ce939)

  19. ^ Time to watch 12 AM before the new feature. Btw, kimsch. Your dessert ideas are awesome, too.

    drizzled over snow to cool it quickly

    Vermont Neighbor (5ea336)

  20. The original Patterico banner has you listed as “Public Enemy #1!” in the Dog Trainer. Does that mean that selected jurors would be Public Enemies #2-13?

    Enquiring minds want to know! 🙂

    The Dana in Pennsylvania (556f76)

  21. I think I would like to be considered…what does one have to do…to be considered?

    cfbleachers (1f4df1)

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