acc, alaska, architecture, arlington, art, atlantic coast conference, ayn rand, bar examination, basketball, bisexual, bisexuality, bisexuals, bowling, chaos, chaos theory, civil engineering, clemson, college baseball, college basketball, college football, construction
Copyright. An area of law under the broad umbrella of intellectual property. Currently, I'm interested in talking and learning more about the recent decision regarding the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. I'm generally interested in debating public interest versus intellectual property ownership.
District of Columbia (D.C.). (See Arlington above.) D.C. is a great town, not too big, not too small, and the seat of power for this democratic experiment we call the United States with all its accompanying pros and cons. The best things about this area: relatively mild weather, bike trails, museums, great people, professional opportunity. The worst things about this area: traffic, overpopulation, no beach, expensive housing.
Design. (See architecture and art above.) Design is broader than architecture, but narrower than art. In a colloquial and innate sense, we all know what design is. In academia, you attempt to study design, label it, categorize it, etc. I tend to prefer the functional, efficient, simple, and understated in design. I'd probably be very comfortable in Sweden.
Deutschland, East Prussia, Germany, Ostpreussen. My mother's home. East Prussia was turned over to Poland after World War II. I've never been. My mom has not returned since the war. My mother's family have lived in East Prussia at least since 1300. It is a rich history. My mother has learned a lot in her genealogical studies, and I look forward to catching up and learning more, especially recent history.
ENFP, ENFPs, (extraverted, intuitive, feeling, perceiving), Myers-Briggs. The Myers-Briggs is a personality type indicator. I haven't taken the full version of the test in a long time, so it's quite possible that I've shifted over the years. I'm in need of an update. Nonetheless, I'm probably still an ENFP or something close. Several of my friends have been ENFPs or the polar opposite, ISTJs (introverted, sensing, thinking, judging), or something close. Oddly, nearly all of my partners have been ISTJs or something close. As my friend says, the Myers-Briggs is the "thinking man's astrology." I think it's very useful, but I wouldn't base my whole life on it.
Fine art. (See art and architecture above.) My Fine Art minor was a combination of humanities, art and architectural history, design, english and speech courses. (I could have also taken music and theater, but I ran out of time.)
Gay, gays, homosexual, homosexuality, homosexuals. Where do I start? Being gay should be less of a big deal than it is. But, as we all know, modern Western religion and society set up a heterosexual norm. As a student of the law, I tend to see the issue through the eyes of the law. Since roughly the 1960s in the United States, at least, laws which discriminate against gays have been challenged. Today, about 12 states still consider "unnatural acts" to be criminal. Unfortunately, these statutes have been attached to a very old, very Biblical term, "sodomy." Some people immediately think sodomy means anal sex or sex with animals. Oddly enough, the word's meaning is much broader than that and technically includes many sexual acts enjoyed by heterosexuals. In states such as Virginia, the law is almost exclusively enforced against gays, though it could be enforced against heterosexuals. Anyway, because the word "sodomy" is often used with the laws that discriminate against gays, and because sodomy has such a negative connotation (being related in many people's minds to the Biblical story of Sodom and Gamorrah), these laws still remain. Fortunately, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a same-sex sodomy statute in Texas this spring. Why is this so important to gays and lesbians? Because the laws are used to justify and support other discriminatory practices in employment, housing, child custody, adoption, the education of our children, etc. Once sodomy statutes fall, and I think it's a matter of time, what's next? A hate crimes bill? I am extremely torn on this issue. On the one hand, I see that the people who killed Matthew Shepard were put in jail and punished for their crimes. Should these men have been given stiffer sentences? If a hate crimes bill were in effect in Wyoming, they might have. Are their crimes any worse than any other murder? Obviously, hate crimes bills add an additional societal disincentive to hate-related crime. Yes, gays probably need this protection, but, at the same time, gays such as myself simply want the same equal protection given to everyone else. I really don't want "special rights." As with anything, there are pros and cons to a hate crimes bill. Beyond hate crimes, there are a myriad of issues, many of which I know little about, but my goal is to get to know each of them better. In addition to sodomy statutes, there are other laws which affect employment, housing, child custody, adoption, the education of our children, etc., and many of these laws are probably ripe for review by a more tolerant societal eye. And I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of the more conservative states in the country. Alas, maybe the people of the Commonwealth need someone like me to help bring reform.
Remaining subjects: genealogy, george mason, germany, intellectual property, law, massachusetts, northern virginia, objectivism, objectivist, ostpreussen, patent, patent bar, patent law, patentability, patents, politics, prussia, queer, queers, relativity, running, sagittarius, science, softball, south carolina, summerville, trademark, trademarks, travel, virginia, washington