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Room for debate: Life in the cloud — Cloudy complications

What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours. It seems like a pretty simple concept. But when we bring into the equation the factor of storage, of placement, or of location, then things get a little more complicated.

If I keep my hat at your house, is it really my hat? I own it, but you have access to it anytime you’d like.

Room for debate: Life in the cloud — The Internet as a failed state

Imagine a hostile wasteland where bands of thugs terrorize anyone they perceive as vulnerable. In this place, law enforcement is nominal at best, and the onus for self-protection is placed on the individual citizen. No, it’s not the setting of “Mad Max;” it’s the Internet we use every day.

Room for debate: Life in the cloud — Sometimes a quick peek may not be such a bad thing

The Declaration of Independence states that everyone is entitled to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This trifecta forms the foundation of many of the familiar privileges guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, such as a right to bear arms or a right to a fair trial. 

Yet, there is no explicit mention of a “right to privacy.”

Will’s Word of the week: Kook

Hello again, my fellow philologists! We’re already onto our first full week of the quarter, and also back into our regular rhythm of etymologies. I should thank my esteemed colleague, prolific surfer, and good friend, Miles Coleman for suggesting this week’s word: “kook.”

Oh, my, god. Becky, look at his butt.

The butt, short for buttocks, otherwise known as the “booty,” or just “dat ass,” is two rounded portions of the human anatomy located on the posterior pelvic region. 

Physiologically, the buttocks protrude because we walk upright, and the motion created by a leg moving back and forth — known as bipedal locomotion — calls for a more developed gluteal muscle. The buttocks also serve as a cushion for sitting to enable weight to be taken off the feet.

Fix the world in five minutes or less: Don't forget to smile

Corporate citizenship.

Those are two words that are rarely heard these days. Instead, most stories about corporations revolve around greed, fraud, and general douchebaggery. But one company is using its resources to actually give something back to society.

Last year, the Amazon Corporation began a program called AmazonSmile, where the company donates .05 percent of each sale to a charity of the customer’s choosing.

This is not about Ray Rice: Redirecting attention to the issue of domestic violence

Before you read this article, I’d like you to go watch the footage of Janay Rice being assaulted in an elevator by her now-husband, former Baltimore Ravens’ player Ray Rice. I want there to be no room for the argument that she is not the victim.

The sex appeals: A guide to naked pictures

Since the dawn of committing images to paper, canvas, or stone wall, people have loved naked pictures. And with good reason — they can be romantic, erotic, beautiful, and hilarious. In this age of dick pics, it’s often the latter. However, we’re not in the olden days anymore, when these pictures were one-of-a-kind, and difficult to replicate.

Sports are for everyone

Football is life. Football is love. Football is confusing. With all the penalties and flags and runs and punts and butt slaps, I’m lucky if I can keep up past the part where they all line up and grunt at each other. But that doesn’t mean I don’t bleed purple and gold. I wear the jerseys, I wave the signs, I bark with the best of them, even though I have no idea what is going on.

Miles to go before we sleep: Bringing LGBT homelessness into the spotlight

With the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2011, and 19 states now allowing same-sex marriage, there is much worth celebrating in the struggle for LGBT rights. The last three states to begin issuing same-sex marriage certificates (New Mexico, Oregon, and Pennsylvania) did so as a result of court decisions. In fact, every time same-sex marriage has gone to the courts, it has eventually been upheld.

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