The Wheel of Time

I finished the second book of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series last night. Man, what a good series so far! That guy really knows how to write. The story is epic in scope, but manages not to get dry and dull like the final third of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. If you enjoy fantasy novels, you cannot miss this series.

Things I Hate

These two Things I Hate are related:

  • When people ride their bikes down a busy road in the middle of the city when there’s a bike path specifically created for them not more than two meters to their right. I know cyclists have a right to use the road, but the bike path is smoother, safer, and provides a more aesthetically pleasing ride!
  • When pedestrians use the street instead of the perfectly good sidewalk right beside it. I still remember you “senior-citizen-who-jogs-down-Nassau-at-five-in-the-morning -on-icy-roads-in-the-winter-even-when-the-sidewalk-has-been-cleared”!

These paths are for everyone’s safety, and we all pay taxes for their upkeep. I don’t want to run over you with my car. There is no reason to put yours or anyone else’s life in danger, and these paths — which run parallel to the road — are not really that inconvenient.

I Hate Vista!

I was forced to move to a Vista computer at work the other day.  Wow.  Off the top of my head I can’t really think of any improvements it has over Windows XP, besides a shiny new way of drawing windows (which I promptly turned off because it’s horridly slow).  Options and settings are strewn about in different windows and dialogs with inconsistent interfaces.  Many important options are completely missing, since Microsoft apparently knows what you want better than you do.  I am not impressed.

Would you like some cheese with your coffee?

Don’t you love it when you make a nice cup of coffee in the morning — with freshly ground, hazelnut cream flavored beans — and you pour in some cream, stir it around, and watch in horror as little curds float to the surface? It was bad enough the store only had half-and-half cream when I bought the carton; now I get shafted again by having it go bad three days before the ‘best before’ date!