aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Friday, October 28, 2005
Gone for the weekend
It’s a beautiful weekend in Georgia, the perfect weekend, the “peak weekend” in fact, for leaf peeping in the North Georgia Mountains. So that’s where I’ll be, in a cabin with a fireplace and Doug and our dogs and some friends.
There’s no phone there, so I’ll be on forced leave from posting. I’m sure it will be good for me. If you’d like something fresh to read in the meantime, check out The Blog Interviews. Mine will be posted Saturday.
I’ll get around to Miers and Scooter and all the rest when I get back…
Praise for Microsoft
From Larry Lessig:
Last week, Microsoft made a major announcement that will benefit the ecology of free and open source software licenses significantly. As described here, Microsoft has abandoned a ton of licenses, focusing its efforts on just three core licenses. Two of these three licenses - the MS-Community License (MS-CL), and the MS-Permissive License (MS-PL) are technically “free” licenses under the FSF’s definition of free. The third MS-Reference License (MS-RL) is a view-only license, not quite free, but valuable nonetheless.
This is fantastic news, reinforcing an ecology of free licenses.
George Takei, Star Trek’s Sulu, on coming out:
“It’s not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through. It’s more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen.” In the interview, the 68-year-old actor also discusses his childhood in a Japanese-American internment camp, his 18-year relationship, his siblings’ inability to accept his homosexuality, and the upcoming Los Angeles production of Equus in which he stars.
On childhood in the camp:
I used to begin school every morning pledging allegiance to the flag, and I could see the barbed-wire fence out there, and the guard towers, saying, “With liberty and justice for all,” without being aware of the irony of those words. But when we came out of camp, that’s when I first realized that being in camp, that being Japanese-American, was something shameful.
Read the Frontiers interview.