My friend Birthe Taraldset recently started blogging at Birthes mening. Birthe is a lawyer who’s done important work on whistle-blowing, was on the recent government committee to suggest legislation on computer-based crime, and is an active debater in the Norwegian media. She recently took up a position as a teacher and researcher at the University of Bergen’s Faculty of Law, and has also become active in politics again, in Bergen H¯yre. Birthe and I disagree on many things, and I imagine we’ve never, ever voted for the same political party, but we’ve been friends for nearly twenty years, and I have great respect for her enthusiastic joy of living life to the fullest, and her determination and success at what she does. I’m really enjoying reading her blog, and am thrilled to see more Norwegian academics and politicians (she’s both!) exploring blogging. Go Birthe!