Jeremy Felt

I’ve never had to report for jury duty

In near 20 years of eligibility, I’ve never had to report for jury duty. The only time I’ve ever been summoned (that I know of) was by Multnomah County shortly after we moved to Pullman. I was super bummed to check the box saying I had moved.

This is all probably because of how much I appreciate the idea of serving on a jury. 12 Angry Men has long held a place in my top 5 movies and I’ve often wondered if it could be required viewing for potential jurors as an example of the battle with and importance of reasonable doubt.

I was reminded of this when I saw Dave Winer’s (self-admittedly impractical) note about only allowing those who have served on juries to vote.

Anyhow. I expect a notice any day now that I’ve said it out loud. 🙂

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I’ve started using NetNewsWire as a partial alternative to Feedly. It’s weird to say this, but even though I’m reading web content, I kind of like having a separate app for it outside of the browser. I also really enjoy that it’s free and open-source software.

I reported for jury duty on Tuesday morning—my first time ever. It took over a year to get a proper invitation after I finally tempted the system with a blog post.

It was an interesting experience and very different from some of the assumptions I had built via Grisham novels and McConaughey movies. The thing I least expected was the narrowing down of a juror pool by asking all 30 of us questions at once. I had imagined a drawn out scene where each juror candidate was grilled individually by the judge and lawyers. Instead, it took about an hour and a half of basic group questions to build the jury.

And I was selected!

After jury selection was finished, we were sent to the juror room for a short recess. We ended up waiting about 45 minutes, which seemed a bit strange. After finally filing back into our seats to get started, we were informed that the trial was ending due to a mistrial and we had fulfilled our duties as jurors!

Super anti-climatic, but still an interesting process.

One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is that you can see a hawk almost any day by just looking up at the sky for a few minutes. It never gets old to watch their heads shift back and forth in an almost mechanical movement scanning the ground while they soar up and around thermals.

A downside of living in the Pacific Northwest is magpies.

I’ve had all traffic to Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else is associated with AS32934 blocked for over a week now and have experienced absolutely no issues. There were probably a couple Instagram links on Twitter I would have clicked if I knew they would have loaded, but I was also okay skipping on by.

This process did make me want to find other ranges of IP numbers that I could block for good. I may need to spend some time looking for predatory tracking companies and the IPs they use.

Adam, at Adam’s Apples, posted a reaction to the sudden increase of traffic to the site over the last week. In a comment below the new post, he says:

Funny thing is, I wasn’t trying to build anything, really, except my own knowledge.– Adam, on Adam’s Apples

Which is an excellent reason to have a website.

This is probably my dozenth attempt at a “what would it look like to track some notes over the week and schedule it to publish on Friday” post. We’ll see if it works. I even put little separators in between the notes. 😎

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