Love Wins!

No union is more pro­found than mar­riage, for it embod­ies the high­est ideals of love, fidelity, devo­tion, sac­ri­fice, and fam­ily. In form­ing a mar­i­tal union, two peo­ple become some­thing greater than once they were. As some of the peti­tion­ers in these cases demon­strate, mar­riage embod­ies a love that may endure even past death. It would mis­un­der­stand these men and women to say they dis­re­spect the idea of mar­riage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its ful­fill­ment for them­selves. Their hope is not to be con­demned to live in lone­li­ness, excluded from one of civilization’s old­est insti­tu­tions. They ask for equal dig­nity in the eyes of the law. The Con­sti­tu­tion grants them that right.

- Oberge­fell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. _​_​_​ (June 26, 2015) (Kennedy, J.).

Trivial Should Be Enough

Cory Doc­torow, in remark­ing on YouTube reach­ing the aston­ish­ing rate of 1 hour of video uploaded per sec­ond, shares this excerpt from a forth­com­ing book.  I thought it was really great:

A com­mon tac­tic in dis­cus­sions about the Inter­net as a free speech medium is to dis­count Inter­net dis­course as inher­ently triv­ial. Who cares about cute pic­tures of kit­tens, inar­tic­u­late YouTube trolling, and blog posts about what you had for lunch or what your tod­dler said on the way to day-care? Do we really want to trade all the plea­sure and eco­nomic activ­ity gen­er­ated by the enter­tain­ment indus­try for *that*? The usual rebut­tal is to point out all the “wor­thy” ways that we com­mu­ni­cate online: the schol­arly dis­cus­sions, the ter­mi­nally ill com­fort­ing one another, the dis­tance edu­ca­tion that lifts poor and excluded peo­ple out of their lim­ited straits, the dis­si­dents who post videos of secret police mur­der­ing street pro­test­ers.

All that stuff is impor­tant, but when it comes to inter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tions, triv­ial should be enough.

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Reviewing Google TV & Thoughts on the Internet+TV Space

Got mah Google TV box

My par­ents received a Google TV (the Sony ver­sion) for Christ­mas.  Being the vis­it­ing technophile, I was tasked with set­ting up the device and teach­ing my par­ents how to work it.  I had pre­vi­ously set up the exact same device for my room­mates over the sum­mer in San Fran­cisco, so I was famil­iar with the set-up and the device itself.  This post is a brief review of the set-up process, fol­lowed by my thoughts on the con­cept of Google TV and sim­i­lar sys­tems.

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Stop SOPA. Save the Web.

Today, the House Judi­ciary Com­mit­tee held a hear­ing about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  SOPA — along with its Sen­ate coun­ter­part, PROTECT-IP — is a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen.  Call­ing it a blunt instru­ment would be a com­pli­ment.  Essen­tially, it gives pri­vate actors the extra­ju­di­cial power to cut off traf­fic and adver­tis­ing money to sites that are 99.9% legit­i­mate, but hap­pen to have a few links or pages related to infring­ing mate­ri­als.  I’m not talk­ing about ran­dom web­sites, either:  Etsy.  Flickr.  Tum­blr.  All of them could face crip­pling lia­bil­ity that under­cuts the exist­ing DMCA notice-and-take­down sys­tem that — while most def­i­nitely imper­fect — has enabled the birth and flour­ish­ing some of the most inno­v­a­tive web­sites we have today.

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Insanely Great

????? ?????? Steve Jobs (???)

Your time is lim­ited, so don’t waste it liv­ing some­one else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is liv­ing with the results of other people’s think­ing. Don’t let the noise of other’s opin­ions drown out your own inner voice.

And most impor­tant, have the courage to fol­low your heart and intu­ition. They some­how already know what you truly want to become. Every­thing else is sec­ondary.”

Thank you, Steve Jobs, and rest in peace.

Image: cc-by-nc-sa /​ jmy­wuaco