Archive for March, 2007

A Modest Proposal: How to Make Everyone Happy About Lesbian and Gay Marriage

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

The debate about lesbian/gay marriage has reached a stage of pure symbolism: many people are now comfortable with the idea of “civil union” laws, which grant all the privileges of marriage without calling it “marriage”. Some state governments have even passed such laws, and more will undoubtedly follow. Understandably, not everyone is happy with this. […]

“Beautiful Code” book soon to be released

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

The book Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think is about to be released, says Greg Wilson, one of its editors (the other is Andy Oram, who was my editor for Producing Open Source Software). I wrote a chapter for this new book: Subversion’s Delta Editor: Interface as Ontology, about the svn_delta_editor_t interface in […]

Immigration raids and the national conscience.

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

The letter below was sent by my friend Jim Blandy to the governor of Oregon, Jim’s state. In it, Jim asks what Oregon can do to avoid a disaster like the recent group deportation of immigrants in Massachusetts that resulted in children being abandoned, as described on National Public Radio and in the Boston Globe. […]