Network connectivity issues, a baby, and books

I have spent all day at work troubleshooting a network issue on my machine. Finally have it working, though my method of fixing it isn’t exactly the best.

So frustrating to lose an entire day to a problem like this.

And tomorrow, a large portion of my day will be spent moving to a new cubicle. Doh! Well, maybe next week I can get some things done here at work.

Regarding personal projects, they are at a standstill at a moment. The arrival of our little boy A has been wonderful. It also requires a lot of work! It’s a delight to be with him, and watch him observe more of the world around him. The pooey diapers are just a bonus.

I have been doing a little reading. I finally got around to reading “I, Robot” by Isaac Asminov, and I enjoyed it. Encourages me to work on my short stories, since that is mostly what that book is comprised of. Just because it’s short doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing!

Now I started “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. About 60 pages in, and it’s making me want to play Transport Tycoon. Also, there are portions of her philosophy that I can agree with.

Self-Representation Through Technology

Update 2011.07.15
I’ve reposted this from my archive. With all the debt level issues, it seems especially relevant I think.

Introduction

The system of representative government in the United States has run into a plateau. The politicians that are elected to represent their state or even district have too large a group of citizens to represent. Our population has simply grown too large for this to be an effective method of representation. If a citizen cannot meet his personal representative at least once a year, and talk to them in person to learn about their thoughts on topics, then how can they truly be represented? The result is that the majority of citizens feel like they are out of touch with their government, that our politicians are entirely different creatures than us, and they pretty much do as they please.

There are various ways to fix this. One is to massively increase the number of representatives, though it’s highly possible it will just add to the confusion and slow the process down even more. Another alternative is to fundamentally change the way in which citizens are represented. Utilizing the internets, it is possible to use technology to implement this change.

Simply defined, Self-Representation through Technology (SRT) is a system which allows citizens to either personally vote on every proposed law, bill or act (LBA) Continue reading “Self-Representation Through Technology”