The Sunday morning club is quickly becoming a comfortable habit. Unfortunately, it seems to be too short, like we never get a chance to really gel. Currently, Kevin has to bail at 9:30 to get to work at 10am. Maybe people would be up for meeting at 8am, or maybe meeting on Saturday morning?
In my readings around Philly yesterday, I came across the Constitution Center, and since I've not ever seriously read our Constitution, I sat down and read it.
They talk about our Constitution being a living document, changing as the people of the United States change. This is true, but it glosses over the fact that it logs our changes over time. So that we may sit back on a lazy Sunday morning and see the span of our concerns, our debates, our follies. To rewrite it from scratch would be such a tremendous loss.
But perhaps an inventorying of laws on the books and a proactive cleaning every 100 years or so would be good (does Massachussetts need a law allowing me to shoot someone for pilfering my lobster pots?) Currently, US law has false laziness, dealing only with issues as they arise. We should be dealing with issues before they arise, constantly evaluating our legal codebase, looking for improvements.
After reading our Constitution, it's funny to see that there seems to be an inverse relationship between cultural importance and the length of an entry. Civil rights for slaves, women, income taxation, prohibition, and un-prohibition were all one or two liners. But Presidential succession and the electoral voting process (both not inconsequential, cf. Roman Empire ;) have much less social weight, but constitute a considerable bulk of our Constitution.
It's interesting to see income tax rates change over time since their inception. Back in 1913, if you made less than $20,000 (app. $600,000 nowadays) you paid 1%. Since our budget is online, we can figure out where all our money is actually going (well, if the site wasn't being slashdotted).
And in other news, I was washing up this morning when I realized that my skin cleanser, Cetaphil, can be construed as anglicized Greek for whale-lover. Their site makes no mention of this, so I'm wondering if someone (maybe in marketing) is having a good laugh.
Yesterday on NPR, they were talking about the loss of the Columbia, and they mentioned fault tree analysis as a method of determining what exactly happened. Basically, you brain-storm all the faults that can happen to a system (you probably won't get them all), and for each fault you enumerate the conditions that can cause them, as in this chart.
Book club is tonight, and we're discussing Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. I've been slacking, I didn't even take notes when reading this book. Time to rehash the book in my mind.
Peter Drucker's Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices is a
suprisingly fun read for a management tome. Notes: