Gay Marriage – Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Today a federal judge struck down Utah’s Amendment 3, which banned gay marriage in our state.

Shortly after, couples arrived at the Salt Lake City courthouse to receive their marriage license.  You can read the full story here.

Beth and I went down there a little after 7:00 p.m., to see the couples and just to be a part of this amazing day.  The courthouse usually closes at 5, but the line to the licensing office was over 200 people deep, officials said anyone in line at 5 would be allowed in.  When we got there at 7, there was a good 50+ people still waiting.

Here’s what Beth said about it on twitter:


It was great.  There were several news crews and photographers there, of course, and families of those getting married.  But it also appears there were people who just came down to the courthouse to, like us, just observe.  People were getting married in the hallway and spaced outside of the clerk’s office.  Several people officiating the marriages at once.  Everyone was so happy.

Who could be there, among all those lovely happy people, and say, “this is a bad thing.”  It was beautiful.

Eventually, they had to turn people away because it was past 7:30, but Senator Dabakis addressed the crowd and said they’d be trying to get the clerk’s office open tomorrow to process more marriage applications.


Here are some pics from the night.

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Senator Dabakis addresses the crowd after they closed the clerk’s office.


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A couple gets married outside the clerk’s office


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When we first arrived, the line of people waiting to go into the clerk’s office to make things official


Iceland is my favorite place I’ve never been to.  In another life I am living there in a tiny warm house with lots of snow outside.  In the summer there is a little stream that runs through my backyard, and I also have a goat named Molly.

One of my favorite things on the internet is a tumblr called ‘Iceland Wants to Be Your Friend.’

Here’s a descriptions from the front page:

Halló, I am Iceland and this is my Tumblr. I am an island and I want to be your friend.

Here is a post I stole from Iceland so I could introduce you:

aurora borealis over iceland



The Future of the Internet

To spice things up, ICANN (the non-profit organization in charge of internet domain names) has opened up new Top Level Domains (gTLD) for purchase.  Currently there are 22 gTLD, including .com, .net, .co etc.  But there are going to be a lot more domain endings (to replace .com) coming soon.

What sort of domains?

Well, to be honest, anything you want.

The Old gTLDs

Everybody knows .com: it’s the standard, the worn and rusty but solid gTLD that most people want when creating a website for themselves.  The com in .com stands for commercial, and was created in 1985.

.net, .org, .mil, .gov, soon followed.  Most countries have their own domain names (called country code top-level domains, or ccTLD), such as .de (for Germany), .fr (for France), and so on.

Things Are Changing

ICANN has opened up a new registration process where businesses or organization can apply for their own ccTLD, or word after the dot.

What does this mean?  Say you were a huge internet company… let’s say,  With this new registration system, you could apply for .amazon domain names, so that in the future, customers might buy music from the domain address:

instead of something like

You might find movies at, and so on.  The .amazon would replace the .com

Pretty interesting right?  Would you like one of your own?

Sorry, that’ll be $180,000 to sign up and $25,000 (or more) per year.


There were over 1,930 applications for this new TLD process.  At 185k a pop for the sign up process, ICANN brought in $357,000,000.


Google, which applied for the domains through a company called “Charleston Road Registry,” applied for over 100. applied for a similarly large amount.

Here is a list of the most interesting.  (By the way, want to know what the most lucrative search terms are according to some of the biggest internet companies?  This list should lay that out quite clearly).

A sample of domain names that google applied for:










A sample of domain names that Amazon applied for:










Other interesting domains applied for









(You can see the full list here).

The Future of the Internet

It remains to be seen what the outcome of all these new domain names will be like.  It seems like it could be a confusing time, trying to figure out if you should go to or or, but the reality is, no one cares in the end.  If you want to go somewhere on the internet, the average user just types the destination they want into the search bar and let Google show them the way.

This will have a big impact on advertising, for sure, and it will definitely have a big impact on SEO (search engine optimization).  Will give precedence to these new domain names?  If you are an ice cream shop, will chocolate.icecream outrank in the search results?  Probably.

You can bet that spammers and web squatters are not buying up these domain names to exploit at 180k per name.

There could also be some really cool outcomes.  The site is bidding on a ton of new names, but it has not been revealed why, only that they have received $100,000,000 (one hundred million) in funding.  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could buy a domain name to attach to one of their new TLDs?

Imagine if I could register for the name sean.awesome (if they owned .awesome) or sean.drummer (if they owned .drummer).  There are a lot of really cool possibilities I can think of, but since this is the internet, my prediction is that I couldn’t possibly imagine how all this will shake down, and all the coolness that will result.

Change Is Scary

Change is scary, but then you adapt.  Otherwise, you’re still listening to 8 Tracks in your Ford Pinto.  No one wants that (cept these guys, maybe).

If you want to read some more articles about this, check out one from the bbc, and one from readwriteweb.