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.
“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.”
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.
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.