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What’s up next? — one week later

Recently I read “You should go to law school where you intend to practice law“.  This has got me thinking differently about where I might go to school.  Duke, UNC and Bama are all still on the list, but maybe Louisville and UK should get more consideration.  Rankings of those schools are 12, 38, 32, 100 and 59, respectively.  Wake (42) isn’t totally out of consideration either.  UW (36), Marquette (95) and Northwestern (9) have also gotten more thought from me because of my current proximity.  Other than Duke, I don’t know how these schools stack up in intellectual property and environmental law, the two things in which I’m most interested.  Of course, The University of Hawaii (82) could be fun.

Still no idea when this might take place.

I’m still thinking UNC all the way for Business or PhD.

A lot of people have seemed confused by how someone that works in technology could have such different goals, so maybe I should spend some time discussing what I want to do.  I’d like to be a voice of reason in information, like Lessig or Doctorow, one of which is a lawyer and the other which is an author and activist.  I’d also like to see more FOSS in business, both using and developing for.  At some level, I don’t care if people want to buy proprietary Photoshop, but what I don’t like is that Adobe won’t produce a version for Linux.  If a version works on Mac, it shouldn’t be hard to make it work on Linux.  If people won’t use proprietary technologies like .NET then it would be easier to make things work in Linux…or Linux users could live with a version in WINE.  The more hooks into Windows the harder for WINE to work though.

There are plenty of places I could work where I could reach these goals; MindTouch, academia, Dell, Red Hat, Sun, IBM or any number of companies that support FOSS.  I’m doing some of this at my current job, but we are deeply engrained in the Windows world.  We are looking at MindTouch and Drupal as alternatives to Sharepoint and we’ve started a Linux laptop program.  However, after several months at the job, I realize it’s going to be a long, long time before I’m not frustrated by Windows at that job.  It’s a good job, but at some point I feel there will need to be change.  I’m also spending a lot of time with Open Madison Group (OMG!) outside of work time but I’d like to not feel like I’m leading a double life.

Basically, I want to change the world.  I think there are a lot of ways to go about doing that.  I just need to pick one.  I hope that helps clarify some things.

shortened epic blog post

I suppose this could be three (or four) posts, but I’m interested in all of these things right now, so why post later?

Punk and Openness

My punk “street cred” is arguable.  On one hand, I’m listening to music on Last.fm at current that has only been played 213 times.  Compare that to Bad Religion, which has been played 20,410,919 times or Justin Timberlake, which has been played 18,241,764.  (btw, how awesome is it that Bad Religion is more popular than JT?  Of course, BR has been at it quite a bit longer).  On the other hand, I drive a Saab 93 Convertible.  Not a new one, but new enough to be very unpunk.  Then again, I’ve been kicked out of a show.  That’s certainly cred worthy.  Ah, but there’s that whole works for “the man” thing.  I could go on with arguments for and against, but you can decide by looking at my Last.fm page.  I think it’s clear to say, either way, that I like punk music (and I’m considering hardcore as a sub-genre just to be clear).

In what ways are DIY punk and FOSS similar?  Well, both have been coopted by “the man” with people divided as to if this is good or bad.  Political punk gets a wider audience by selling out to corporate media.  I don’t like Anti-Flag’s latest album, but I don’t think their politics are necessarily hurt by being on a corporate label.  While I tend not to be a fan of corporate labels, the RIAA and DRM, I am very much a fan on Sun, Red Hat, IBM and other corporate players in the FOSS world.  Probably going to be posting about this more later…


I’m supposed to be going to the University of Wisconsin (Madison) Students for Free Culture meeting at 5:30, but I still haven’t heard from Chris Lay, their leader, about the location.  Chris is going to be helping with Open Everything Madison.  UPDATE: Alnisa Allgood informed me that it’s either at Sunlight or Sunroom Cafe.  Seems the e-mail on the list may have had a typo.  I’m not sure how I feel about eating at a place that uses Microsoft Office Live Small Business but at least they have a website.

Openness and Web Apps

Recently Richard Stallman called web apps stupid.  My gut reaction was this was ridiculous.  I’m currently writing on WordPress and streaming Last.fm.  I’ve also got Gmail going, online banking and travel planning.  I’ll have to post more about this later…

Other random things…

I will post a couple Drupal Camp Chicago pics to Flickr and facebook later.  My Intel webcam that we were going to throw out at work doesn’t seem to be picked up on Linux.  Maybe it is broken.  It certainly looks old.

Openness and waste

Looks like I’ll have to come back to this one.  Off to UWSFC meeting…