Guest Editing Five Useful Articles
This week, I co-edited the intellectual property newsletter Five Useful Articles (one of the six most popular email newsletters on Tiny Letter) with my friend, Parker Higgins.
Continuing my trend of linking out to cool things I’ve done, it’s available here. Once you’re done reading, you should subscribe - it’s great every week, even when I’m not co-editing.
Open Source Madness
I wrote a thing for the EFF Deeplinks blog! Cross-posting it here.
The Yorba Foundation, a non-profit group that produces open source Linux desktop software, reported last week that it was denied tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. The group had waited nearly five years for a decision. The IRS stated that, because the software Yorba develops can be used commercially, the organization has a substantial non-exempt purpose and is disqualified from tax-exempt status. We think the IRS’ decision rests on a fundamental misunderstanding of open source software.
2014 Book Tracking Summary
After last year’s book project, anything I do this year will pale in comparison. But I am keeping track of my reading on Goodreads, and have a spreadsheet with some information about the authors I’m reading.
(Picture of books I’ve read so far this year.)
My Day in San Francisco, in Snapchats (some sent, some not)
No, there are no sexts.
Walk to Bernal Heights from the Sunset (approximate time, 1 hour).
San Francisco for the Summer
A quick life update: I’m in San Francisco for next couple of months, working on coder’s rights and assorted other internety things at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (They have the coolest entrance.)
Not Only Filters: Some Suggestions for Dealing with Malware Protection in Libraries
Happy 4/04 Day!
Recently, I was at the Cambridge Public Library looking for divorce paperwork for Massachusetts (for more on why that happened, check out this post.) CPL doesn’t use filtering software on their computers (woo!) and has a clear and concise use policy as well as individual privacy screens. From that perspective, it was an ideal library computer experience.
However the short form financial statement (non-malware pdf at link), available from the MA court website and necessary for many court filings, was actually blocked by CPL’s anti-malware software. I tried a couple of different times to download it, including on different browsers, before eventually finding the form was available elsewhere on the Plymouth County Court website.
Filing for Divorce in MA: Doing Law School Right
Most law school assignments don’t make you reflect deeply on your relationship to your community or to the legal system. But I actually did something this semester that made me heavily consider how I as a law student relate to Cambridge, and how the law relates to everyday people. I tried to figure out how to file for divorce in Massachusetts.
To be clear, no, I’m not married, and no, I’m not getting divorced.
There are very few Internet services that I’m actively an evangelist for – Twitter is one, because I’ve met so many cool people through it. The other that I’m always trying to convert people to is Rdio, which is a music streaming service.
The Great Book Project of 2013: Now in Video Format
Last month, I gave a show and tell talk at the Quantified Self Boston meetup where I talked about quantifying my book reading habits from last year, and what I learned from setting diversity goals. It was a ton of fun - I did a 5-minute Ignite-style intro to the project, and then the audience asked some great questions.
Things that Make Me Happy
I wrote a long reflective post about my first semester of law school and how I feel that the legal educational system sets people up for failure by forcing them to give up things that are important to them.
But just writing it made me sad and a little annoyed, so posting it here would make me sadder. I’ll explain at some point. But for now, have a list of things that make me happy.