What’s all the Fuss about the new Euro Constitution?

What’s all the Fuss about the new Euro Constitution?

Posted by Alienboy on March 23, 2005 03:24 PM (See all posts by Alienboy)
Filed under: Books: Business, Books: Nonfiction, Books: Politics and Affairs, Politics, Politics: Law, Politics: World

A Constitution for the European Union (CESifo Seminar Series)
Dennis C. Mueller
Book from The MIT Press
Release date: 01 September, 2004

Many people have quite heated positions on the subject of the new European Constitution
but to my way of thinking, it’s such a simple no-brainer that at times it’s hard to remember what all the fuss is about.

The proposed reforms will strengthen my rights as a citizen of the New Europe, establish the European Union as a legal body, put an end to the ludicrous 6-month rotating presidency nonsense by creating a permanent post, address the current democratic deficit by strengthening somewhat the European Parliament, reduce the ability of selfish states to hold the EU to ransom by replacing veto rights with qualified majority voting, and creates an exit clause so states who really do want to go it alone can.

Doesn’t seem like a whole big deal to get fussed about really, but for a fuller consideration of the issues, the BBC have a fair and balanced report here

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How Herman Hesse Changed My Life Forever

Posted by Alienboy on March 20, 2005 09:33 PM (See all posts by Alienboy)
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The Glass Bead Game : (Magister Ludi) A Novel
Hermann Hesse
Book from Picador
Release date: 06 December, 2002

As a callow 16 year old virgin, forced by circumstances beyond my control to take premature control of my life, I had many romantic ideas about the world.

Herman Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game completely revolutionised the way I saw the world, showed me the limitations of fixed beliefs and committed me to a life of transcending the usual life options. Or so it seemed at the time, lol

This is a great, if lengthy, book which repays the persistent reader with a wonderful work of fiction, science fiction, a tantalising concept, the Glass Bead Game itself, and a profound understanding of human nature. Great stuff!

I can’t better the writeup at Amazon, so i’ll quote it

“The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).”

The really great thing is that Knecht (German for servant, I suspect), despite his intellectual brilliance, never forgets the importance of simple human life, indeed comes to value it more highly than intellectual perfection.

Many people are fascinated with the game itself and there many sites devoted to it, notably http://www.glassbeadgame.com/

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Search Engine notification

Well, just spent some time notifying Google and other search engines about the villa rental site, Antequera Villa Rental so here’s hoping all the hard work pays off.

It’s a six page site now, which I built with a free download of Web Studio 4. Being only the second time I’ve built a commercial site, it was quite a steep learning curve, but I managed to complete the design before the 30 day free trial expired! and I even wrote a page of the new site in Spanish! Hope there aren’t too many mistakes!

I did then go on to buy the software too, so it proves the wisdom of giving in order to receive… The original design was knocked up in 4 hours of brainache using Microsoft Publisher 2003 – yeah, I know, but fools rush in, you know. Unfortunately, MP wasn’t good enough to cope with my ignorance and the resulting site went up with a broken link, much to my annoyance, to say nothing of the frustrating visitor experience the site was offering. Hopefully the new layout and added functionality will improve the experience.

Alright! Just noticed I can stick photos in here, so once I’ve set up a Hello account and installed Picasa and uploaded some photos, that’s what I’ll do. Watch this space…