This post (which I found thanks to Phil Windley is a most excellent essay on the question of ownership of identity. I agree that Bob Blakley paints an accurate picture of the current state of the world. However, the question he does not explore is: how could we change the status quo?
I've been quiet for a while -- adjusting to a new role and set of issues to think about. Last night, Gina and I were invited to a dinner party, and the inevitable "so what do you do?" question came up. I haven't had a good answer to that question since the 80's. Maybe the 70's. Maybe ever. Last night, this is what I came up with:
Gina and I were registered to hear Malcolm Gladwell speak in New York. The evening didn't go according to plan.
Eric Raymond has popularized the Ghandi quote ("First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.") in the context of the open source movement. Danny O'Brien had a great keynote at OSCON on this topic.
When I was in junior high, I had a class called Problems of Civilization (today it would probably be called Social Studies). One of the things I learned was that the Roman Empire collapsed because of plumbing.
We're in the process of getting only three children off to college this month. (Our household style and usage guide requires the use of the modifier only in any phrase that enumerates children.) Consequently, the "growing up" meme has been circulating vigorously. Into that ferment, the monthly insurance statement arrived. ( It's a statement because the premium is transferred automatically from the checking account. ) Gina opened it. She noticed that males under 25 and unmarried females under 25 pay higher rates. And it was the inclusion of the word unmarried that sparked the train of thought which followed.
If I weren't working, it would be a vacation!
that is all
In Adobe Illustrator I type the word copyright into the search box in the Help Center. The page that results includes the following paragraph:
In 1996, when we bought the playset pictured in the background, it came as a pile of pine treated lumber, and some plastic bits. It took most of the summer to build the thing. (Yes, that's how Gina talks on the phone. It's a family habit.)
I got back from Boston, and there was a package from Apple.
It was (another) copy of Mathematica.
After three separate progressively less cordial conversations, I made (another) trip to Kinko's -- this time to send a return and await my refund.