Strong opinions, weakly held

Links for August 5

  • Gabriel Arana explains why the findings of fact in the decision overturning California’s Proposition 8 (which prohibited same-sex couples from marrying) are a big deal.
  • Ryan McNeely argues convincingly that the hand wringing over whether it’s a good idea for same-sex couples to try to win the right to marry in court is misplaced. I believed that when it comes to implementing change, legislative action is always better than judicial decisions, but his post convinces me otherwise. The mechanism doesn’t matter. People who are for the change will be happy and people who are against it will be angry regardless.
  • Google killed Wave. I think it’s a sign of Google’s strength that they’d rather kill a hyped project than throw good money after bad.
  • Tim O’Reilly talks about his visit to The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. Sounds like an amazing place.
  • Tom Junod writes about ants in Esquire. The article is called “Invasion,” so let that be a warning to those freaked out by bugs.


  1. Rafe – Have you ever been to the Edison House (actually called the Edison Ford Winter Estates) in Fort Myers, FL? It’s an absolutely intriguing place, and is well worth the visit if you ever happen to be in SW FL. Be sure to allow about half a day to take the tour and explore both homes, gardens, lab, etc. http://www.efwefla.org/homes.asp

    I didn’t know there was a Ford Museum in Detroit, but it sure makes sense that there would be.

  2. I have not. It sounds great, though.

    On an unrelated note, I love the concept of your food blog.

  3. As a kid we went to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village several times. It was always a fun and enlightening experience. Highly recommended. Looks like they’ve expanded it quite a bit since then. We’ll have to do that with the kids at some point.

  4. Thanks for the compliment, Rafe! I do need to be more diligent in updating it though.

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