This week's This American Life story is really, really excellent. It's a free download this week, and free streaming on the web always, and if you have a spare hour, you should go listen to it.
After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.
I have been incredibly boneheaded lately, in ways that I'm normally not. I ran over Jeff's car creeper (a mechani's thing for getting under cars). I forgot to submit mid-term grades at Hippie College. I washed a contact down the sink this morning. I left my phone charger at work last night. Etc. I've also tripped in comical ways several times. Whatever is going on, I want it to be done with now, kkthx.