I know I do eff all on this blog but I just needed a quick place to jot a note about an idea. Go back to your homes, there’s nothing for you to see here. Sometimes I just have to write it out and put it out there, doesn’t mean I expect you to read it or agree with it. It’s just catharsis.
Anywho, don’t ask my why, but I just connected Constitutional Westminsterism with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs and had a brain explosion. Neurons everywhere, what a mess, Mr Hart, what can I do but pour the idea into this bucket.
I’m a BIG fan of the Westminster Parliamentary System because, at its core, it’s a system of government which has no leaders, all power rests in all people equally, and decisions are made by committees in the name of the people, advised by experts in the field of discussion, while those committees are chosen from the roster of elected representatives, each chosen by their local community. We, the people lead, the elected Parliamentarians, and the appointed civil employees in the bureaucracy which supports Parliament, are our servants. Lets NEVER forget that nor get too lazy to be the leaders, though.
Whoops, Australians in their droves have forgotten that. They are getting the government they deserve, and nobody is standing up to the usurpers who think we are the servants and they are the leaders. The Prime Minister is not our nation’s head of state, they are nothing more significant than the convenor of Government business in the House. The Head-of-State in Australia is our Governor General. The GG is not our leader, either, although a position extruded from the titular concept of monarchs of old Britain, the GG is the guardian of our constitution – one watchdog (and a staff of public servants) to check that every act of Parliament (handed down by our servants, remember) is legal within reasonable interpretation of our constitution and, hopefully, for the greater good of the Commonwealth of Australia and her people.
Now, Australia’s Constitution is a fairly boring document, compared to (say) the USA’s. It doesn’t guarantee us explicit freedoms, other than some very basic rights of free trade between the states and freedom from internal passport. Most of what our constitution does is give our public servants the rules for setting up Parliament and MANAGING the country. Remember, Westminsterism makes the “king” (our GG) our protector, not our leader, so all office in this country is charged with “managing” the country, not “running” it. These are my words, the Constitution is much more legalistic and generalised, but the difference is this, you “run” your own small business because it is your domain – you “manage” a public company because it belongs to the shareholders and investors.
So, getting to the Maslow Hierarchy stuff. What if the Governor General’s role included checking that legislation also met a justice test? Not a legalistic test, but a scientific one. Does the legislation unduly influence or imbalance community benefit in any or all of the following five criteria?
1. Health and fundamental needs of individuals and the community (health, food, water, reproductivity, waste disposal
2. Individual and Public safety and their access to making their own choices in this without affecting the safety and choices of others. (security of housing, income, health, property and choice)
3. Community and belonging (freedoms of association, movement, trade, expression, etc provided those freedoms don’t impinge on others’ similar freedoms and all such freedoms are respected within the commonwealth and all subset communities there in)
4. Opportunity for personal growth and belonging for all and for the one, but never at the expense of all or one.
5. That all individual positions are tolerated except where such positions are intolerant. That no legislation denies individuals or groups the right to live how they choose except in such cases where an individual, group or the whole commonwealth impinges on that right for others. (The same justice for an asylum seeker as for a citizen – access to the same legal frameworks as anybody else while within our borders.)
What if this were assessed by a panel of scientists and other legally recognised experts in the field in question, who then reported back to the Governor General? What if the panel were chosen like jurors are, at random, with few excusing reasons allowed? What if the panel were given access to any resources they needed to test legislation?
Now, my wording, based on Maslow, is a little rough, probably full of loopholes, but it illustrates the principle. The House makes Legislation, The GG checks that legislation for constitutional blunders, then empanels a committee to investigate social, justice, safety, freedom and personal effects of the legislation and rules whether one group are better off at the expense of others, or whether some will be left behind by the law.
In such an environment, politicians who favoured big industry, in order to get their law passed, would have to ensure the environment was balanced in the bill, too, or it would never pass. Now law could disadvantage the poor to the benefit of the wealthy, it would have to be balanced in order to pass the Maslow test before gaining Assent. In short, Tony Abbot could not make law which blamed the poor on social safety nets for economic woes of the Commonwealth, nor could Julia Gillard send single mothers back into the workforce without spending money on making sure their kids weren’t disadvantaged.
A heirarchy of human needs test on all legislation would put the politicians (and loby groups) back in their place, as our servants, not our leaders, because they were NEVER our leaders under modern Westminster and they have taken that mantle without authority.
…the band’s back into rehearsals on Tuesday, and auditioning/being auditioned by a new singer/guitarist/keyboardist the following tuesday. Can we replace Alex? I hope so, and the prospect we’re trying on the 19th is the best candidate so far.
Looks like The Collectables will run until the end of the year when the founder is leaving to start a family. Guess I’ve been lucky to be blessed with havng time in two really great bands, but this morning is a bit greyer for me than yesterday. Ah well, back to GarageBand. Maybe some live online solo performing. We’ll see.
Wow! I had my first proper play with the pedal board yesterday, and for simplicity, I used the Alesis drum machine’s bass sounds. Did I say, “Wow?” Wow! There, I said it.
OK, I’m going to need to practice, practice, practice, before I even consider using this thing live, guitarists are not natural users of of organ pedals. That said, when I can co-ordinate the chord changes with the bass notes, the sound is awesome, and that was with just an acoustic guitar, and the sounds run through the study stereo.
There are about 20 likable bass sounds on the SR18 and 5 or so REALLY cool ones, so this could add a real dimension to my sound. Did I say, “Wow?” Well, WOW!
It’s been a while since I last posted, my apologies. The band has been working like crazy, so I’ve been heavily focused on running that social media, rather than my own, plus gigs and rehearsal, the day job and life have occupied my time. So, here I am to do something of a catch-up…
The band has been working pretty solidly and I’ve now clocked a few career milestone gigs at hallowed venues, including The Espy’s Gershwin Room. I’ve been joking that I’m too big to go back to Tassy ’cause I’ve played the Gershwin Room My PA is nearly complete, except for a few cables, better EQ and some vocal processing. The US1800 audio interface has been useful for getting some good reference recordings to compare our growth to, and as a band archive. I bought a van to carry all the gear. Yes, I own a motor vehicle again, but it’s really not possible to take all my gear on the train now that we have double bass in some songs, a melodian in one and a dirty great bass amp.
I’ve also merged 2 old blogs from blogger, the older version of this one, and Circumcyclogation, so I’ll probably post here about the odd cycling thing, too.
Anyway, I’m back, I never really went away, in fact. More as it comes to hand.h, and I hope you like the new look. Yeh, I’m a Mac user, and I miss Classic Mac OS, especially since Lion.
Well, the audio interface arrived, my Tascam US-1800, and it’s a pretty fine piece of kit so far. On the downside, it requires a driver and won’t aggregate with other audio devices. On the up side, with 14 analogue inputs, 2 SPDIF digital channels and 4 analogue outputs, lack aggregation support isn’t really an problem.
Because it won’t work without the driver, it won’t work with iPad like some smaller models (ie, the US-800) but, provided you don’t connect the device to your Mac or PC before installing the driver, you won’t have a problem with the driver. If you have installed with the device connected, just uninstall, disconnect, restart, reinstall, restart and plug in.
Sound quality is great, no hiss whatsoever. The channel faders are a bit twitchy (and the peak lights, tend to charge up a bit) but, at 24 bit, you can afford to err slightly on the low side with record levels. I’ll have more details on recording quality after tonight, when I plan to record The Collectables’ rehearsal.
The US-1800 comes with two software disks, the driver installer and a copy of CubaseLE. I tend to multitrack in Audacity and export to raw tracks before importing to GarageBand for production and mixdown, but I’ll be giving Cubase a go.
My preference for DAW has always been GB even over Logic because the features get out of the way and let you focus on the sound, rather than routing, fx loops, groups and other analogue desk features that don’t really apply so much in a digital world. So, it will be interesting to see how Cubase stacks up.
- Posted on the go.
March 2 The Collectables play the Basement at St Kilda’s iconic Esplanade Hotel. For a late blooming yokel from double-headed Tasmania, playing the Espy (any room at the Espy!) is a 5 star bucket list item! That Scots waster from the previous band did me a favour because, if I’d stayed with them, there’s no way I’d ever be playing The Espy!
We’re playing The Espy! Whoot!
My long-time music friend and blues guitarist, Deadman Turner, has kindly offered to sell me his PK-5A pedal board, an offer I’d be a fool to pass up. This MIDI gadget by Roland is discontinued, and DT’s unit is one of the best kept models I’ve seen. So, in the next few months, expect this bassist to get all Sting on yo’ asses Thank’s DT, VERY much appreciated.
As for a sound module, I’ve ordered an iPad and NLog pro is my app of choice. Coupled with my MIDI-USB cable and the Camera Connection kit, the whole rig’s cheaper than a hardware synth and better sound quality and playability than even Virus hardware. Noice
The Collectables got a bit stuck on a song’s beat on Monday night. I could “hear” the perfect riddim in my head but was damned if I could materialise it as a beatbox exercise for Tony. Alex nearly had it, but we both lost it.
Then, last night at Festy Hall, as Papa V. Pretty (dreadfully downplayed support for Incubus, PVP’s mix was awful! Sack the sound guy!) played one of their tunes. (Wrecking Ball, the verse bit) Click, all of a sudden, all I could hear was my bassline over PVP’s beat. Immediate text to Alex
Kick Hat Kick Snare
Kick Hat Kick Snare and swing it.
Update: then Alex found a version of the old line up playing it. Problem solved. Rockin’ little number!