Months and months after I gave up asking for it, it now appears that the Law School is going to give me, in addition to my MS-bound desktop, a Unix box inside our firewall to use as a 'sandbox' to test out various things I think we should be doing in the law school — blogging tools, collaborative drafting and the like. (This development is obviously unrelated to the impending arrival of an outside consultant who is going to evaluate the IT department's faculty and student support.)
So I get to pick a fourth-level name for it, to sit on top of law.miami.edu. The ordinary naming conventions for law school computers used to be fast cars (e.g. 'spitfire') without thought for any trademark issues, and then cities (e.g. 'Casablanca', 'Chicago') despite the possibilities for confusion with eponymous law schools. I never liked either of those conventions, and I'm told I don't have to adhere to them.
The ideal name might have at least several of the following not entirely consistent properties:
- Not too long (I type badly)
- Some connection to the law
- Not too serious, or maybe even funny
- Uses a naming convention that could be used for other machines if it catches on
- Not named after a living person
or, it might be so clever it doesn't have any of them.
My first thought was to pick a legal philosopher, like Fuller (but that's a bit serious). Or a legal concept, like “tort”, but that's potentially confusing since the machine won't be dedicated to that subject, and who'd want to get “bankruptcy” or “domesticviolence”?
Then, I was thinking I might call it “Soia” for Soia Mentschikoff, UM's late great Dean whose ghost is still invoked at faculty meetings, but I'd worry that some here might find that sacrilegious since I didn't know her. Then again, by all accounts Soia never worried about what anyone thought, and as a practicing Legal Realist never followed any rule she didn't like. Accounts differ as to whether she got building permits for the law buildings she built, and the extent to which she complied with them. It's generally agreed, though, that she never had a driver's license, although she drove a car.