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Archive for February, 2009

…On Constitutions – a Challenge and a Request.

Posted by Steve on February 23, 2009

In reading many politics, law, and policy-oriented blogs, I’ve encountered many variations on the theme of “we don’t amend our Constitution very often, and we shouldn’t amend it very often.” Personally, I disagree. Even the parts I like and agree with 100% (fewer than even my friends are aware of), I think just as a matter of routine maintenance should have been replaced with modernized language by now. As to the parts I disagree with and the parts I think are missing, well, if I were to draft a new Constitution for the United States of America, some things would be wildly different (“Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings and of the conduct of duels…”).

But then, why should I be the only one getting to specify what they think the Constitution should be? After all, many people have blogs devoted to matters of law, policy, and politics (whereas this blog is devoted to whatever can keep my attention long enough for me to finish a post), with an assortment of commenters, which to me indicates many people care about such things. So, to you people with your own blogs: your task, should you choose to accept it, is to draft a new Constitution for the United States. Write it, post it, let me know about it. I’m going to make a collection of people’s 2009 Constitutions for the United States of America. The only rules are that your Constitution be complete and that it reflect your vision of the ideal United States of America. Whether the rest of America will go along with it doesn’t matter.

I realize this could be time-consuming, but what better way to express your political values and ideals in the detail that will ensure they’re understood accurately?

I’ll be posting my own once I’m done with it. Hopefully, I’ll have many others to share.

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…On Coinage.

Posted by Steve on February 19, 2009

I have never been to Hungary.

Most people have never been to Hungary, but I have a reason for specifying that I’m one of them. See, I have in my posession a Hungarian “5 FORINT” coin minted in 1972 in the “MAGYAR NÉPKÖZTÁRSASÁG”. Apparently, that means it’s 5 forints, coined in the Hungarian People’s Republic. But again, I’ve never been to Hungary. However, I have paid for things in cash in the United States of America very recently. And strangely enough, while 5 forints are currently worth approximately 2 cents… a 1972 five forint coin is the same size and shape of a United States Quarter Dollar. Which means that this Hungarian coin slipped into circulation in the U.S. somehow, and kept up that way until I glanced at the quarters on my desk and wondered which state decided to put a big “5” on their state quarter. I’ve no doubts at all that if I’d spent this coin, instead of realizing what it was, then the coke machine or the parking meter or the convenience store clerk would’ve accepted it as a quarter and it would have continued masquerading successfully as American money.

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…On Writing.

Posted by Steve on February 8, 2009

I haven’t touched the blog in awhile, it seems, and I know that’s a bad way to gain readers, or keep the one or two I already have. I actually do have a lot of posts that were started and are semi-complete, but they’re none of them finished and ready for publication. It appears that I lose focus while writing fairly often, and accordingly fairly often don’t finish what I started.

Unfortunately, the same applies to my resume. I’ve had the file open in OpenOffice since Friday afternoon, and have barely made any progress updating it. Which, seeing as how I’m about to be unemployed due to lay-off, isn’t exactly a good thing for me. After all, I need another job.

The troubling thing about writing the resume is that I’ve had a job for a year and a half – so I don’t know if, and if yes then how much, I should still include education-related info in the resume, the way I did when applying for this job I’m now losing, as if I’m a fresh-out-of-college hire. After all, I do only have a year and a half’s experience at this one job, which even going into detail about all the stuff I did (and did well) leaves room for more.

Anyway, as to why I haven’t been posting for you, my practically non-existent regular readership, that’s it: failure to finish started posts, and having to do more important things than blog.

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