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.).

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.

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Tip of the Hat: Diaspora

There’s been a lot of con­cern about Face­book recently.  Beyond changes in aes­thetic design — which alone can cause mass protest from its users — Face­book has also imple­mented sig­nif­i­cant fea­ture changes that, to many, cause sig­nif­i­cant pri­vacy con­cerns.  I will only say that I am also con­cerned — not to the point of delet­ing my account (yet), but enough to make me think more care­fully about my expo­sure on that service.

The cloud” is a big buzz word nowa­days.  Like their phys­i­cal brethren, dig­i­tal clouds can take a vari­ety of shapes.  The form get­ting the most atten­tion is the Google and Face­book-type clouds.  You upload your infor­ma­tion to com­put­ers con­trolled by Google, and Google pro­vides the browser inter­face to inter­act with that infor­ma­tion.  You cre­ate a Face­book pro­file, write on the walls of your friends, make com­ments on pho­tos — all of this infor­ma­tion is stored on Face­book’s com­put­ers, and they pro­vide you with a web-based inter­face to manip­u­late it.

But really, the Inter­net itself is a cloud.  When­ever you visit any web­site, you are down­load­ing a copy of a file that is hosted on some­one else’s com­puter.  It may be a com­puter owned by a cor­po­ra­tion, it may be a com­puter rented by some­one in a dat­a­cen­ter, or it may be a com­puter sit­ting under a col­lege kid’s desk.  For this web­site, I pay about $80 a year to buy space from a com­puter host based some­where in Utah.  I uploaded the Word­Press blog­ging soft­ware to that space, and I access it remotely to cre­ate new posts and edit the blog design.  No com­pany owns my space, or my con­tent.  I do.

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Tip of the Hat: Mr. Mike Masnick

photo: Tech­Pol­i­cy­Sum­mit (via Flickr) /​ cc-by-nc

Those of you who fol­low me on Twit­ter have seen me retweet or oth­er­wise link to some posts from Techdirt.  The blog cov­ers the very topic I’m most pas­sion­ate about: the inter­sec­tion of law and tech­nol­ogy.  If you have any inter­est in copy­right, pri­vacy, or any­thing else as it relates to our dig­i­tal world, then you def­i­nitely should check it out.

Mike Mas­nick is the lead blog­ger for Techdirt, and he is a machine.  Quite lit­er­ally, I do not under­stand how he does what he does.  Since 1997, he has per­son­ally pub­lished over 30,000 indi­vid­ual posts.  He pub­lishes at least 10 posts a day (includ­ing today, and it’s only 2:30pm on a Fri­day).  Now while his posts are usu­ally very brief (no longer than a para­graph or two) and mostly edi­to­ri­al­ize around a third-party link, he is some­how able to very expertly sum­ma­rize and con­tex­tu­al­ize the points at hand.  He even man­ages to recall pre­vi­ous Techdirt posts on the same topic, link­ing them from the new post to give us the his­tory of his analysis.

Though reviled by some for his con­tentious views on copy­right and the indus­try it has spawned, Mike never fails to impress me with the rare com­bi­na­tion of vol­ume, qual­ity, and unique­ness that he brings to the table.  And that is why, on this day, I give him a tip of my hat.

You can fol­low Mike at Techdirt or on Twit­ter.

I hope to turn this “tip of the hat” idea into a recur­ring fea­ture here.  I’m not sure how fre­quently I’ll run it, but be on the look­out for more hat tip­ping in the future..