Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Combating the tax myth in the US about making slightly more money
Friday, October 03, 2014
Quick view of the Bible's anti-"pro-life" stand
Saturday, August 09, 2014
The Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Project
Trying to get into North Boston from the Highway 2 corridor using mass transit is impossible while the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line is shut down for maintenance until late November 2014. MBTA didn't even setup replacement bus service to replace the rail line. There was already 1 to 3 hour intervals between trains. Seriously, how hard would it be to have a limited bus service on a similar schedule to those stations?
Thank you to the MBTA for thinking about your riders؟
Thursday, June 12, 2014
reddit, the poorly organized and nearly unsearchable appendix of The Internet...but Yeah me!
The other day, I finally was able to do something amazing. A link that I posted actually made it to the "front page" and even the top spot of a major subreddit called /r/funny. I also made it all the way up to page two of the reddit home page with default categories. If you don't know what that means, don't worry about it. It's just something that is hard to do on reddit. The Holy Grail is to actually make it to the "front page" of reddit's home page with default categories. I missed that mark ever so slightly. Oh well. What does this matter? Well, you know, Internet points! Anyway, I'm just here chronicling this achievement in my journal.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Article 1 section 2 paragraph 3 of the U.S. Constitution and why you aren't being represented!
Another source states, "The Constitution says that the total number of representatives shall not be greater than one for every 30,000 citizens. During the ratification debates over the Constitution, opponents argued that such a ratio was inadequate to properly represent the country. But even using the original ratio in the Constitution, the House of Representatives would have consisted of about 9,400 members after the 2000 census. Faced with the ever increasing size of the House, Congress voted in 1929 to limit the number of representatives to 435."2
Can you imagine a House of Representatives with 9400 members? How would business get done? Well, maybe that's the point. There would be so many representatives, that votes would have to be made based on what the person feels is right for their 30,000 voters, rather than how much money they can collect from lobbyist for their next campaign. 9400 Representatives would make it a lot harder for lobbyist to sway the will of our elected officials. It would make pork barrel projects almost nonexistent because districts would be too small to gather enough support for the most silly of funding requests. It's a lot harder to buy off 9400 people than it is 435. Particularly if each of those 9400 people have to go back to talk directly to just 30,000 people several times a year. Representatives' support would really have to come from the local grassroots level. They might even vote per their constituents desires! Imagine that!
The one problem with a number of Representatives being so large is that bill introduction may become a bit unmanageable. If we keep to the current system of making huge bills with tons and tons of legal code, things would be unmanageable. However, that doesn't necessarily need to be a roadblock. Maybe we shouldn't keep the current system of bill introduction! Maybe our Representatives should really just submit succinct laws that apply to very specific things. We would still need a huge bill from time to time to address social and other national issues, and the national budget, but we would pretty much end riders that plague the current system. We can even use 21st Century technology to make such bills easier to process. (Anyone hear of this Wonder called The Internet?)
More meaningful and useful laws might actually get passed because they wouldn't be tied up so frequently in political maneuverings. Political Parties couldn't hold our government hostage with standoffs, because their members would be so easily replaced. We would actually be able to hold our Representatives accountable!
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
A great place to watch the lake for signs of the beast is at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, dinning outside on the deck of the Sunset Organic Bistro. I wasn't able to spot any lake monsters, but my waitress said with a sly grin that she did indeed have some recently recorded video of something in the water.
I only discovered that wineries are thing in this region after I arrived. Had I known ahead of time, I might have planned accordingly. Another winery I briefly visited was Volcanic Hills Estate Winery. For tasting, they only offered a few whites and unimpressive blended reds this early in the season. Had I planned on coming to Volcanic Hills ahead of time for the purpose of wine tasting, I would've been disappointed.
Kelowna has a relatively active downtown area with several restaurants and bars for the diners and revelers alike. It was here that I finally spotted the lake monster.
Wandering around downtown, I ran into this Futurama-esque robot looking machine, who appeared to be a silent sentry guarding a bygone time.
There is a rather nice resort here too.
To commemorate the trip, I got this T-shirt that is all kinds of awesome!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
When did the Fastlane on Highways start to be called the Passing Lane?
The problem is that highways in US weren't designed with passing lane concept in mind. Passing lane concept makes little sense in the context of driving on a highway or freeway within most larger cities with current infrastructure. If law enforcement and lawmakers want to create new driving rules that change our driving habits this drastically, they need to fund changes to road system to support those new rules. This would in line with HOV lanes, where current lanes are not converted HOV, but rather the highway is expanded to add a new lane for HOV.
The US actually does have some designed to be passing lanes. These are usually found when going up long or particularly steep hills. It usually involves a lane being added to the right side, rather than the left side of the road. This makes the most sense in the US. Slower traffic is supposed to move over to the right! That is how our road system was designed.
A slower driver who refuses to move over to the right is the problem, not everyone else trying to drive safely at a constant speed! How about instead of trying to magically change US driving habits in a way that just isn't supported by our infrastructure, let's enforce the rule that slower traffic move to the right!