Survey looks at road rage across nation
Miami tops rude drivers list; Minneapolis nicest
Stressed Miami drivers speed, tailgate and cut off other drivers so frequently that the city earned the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday.
AutoVantage, an automobile membership club offering travel services and roadside assistance, also listed Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles and Boston among the top five cities for rude driving.
Minneapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, Seattle and Atlanta were rated as the cities with the most courteous drivers, who were less likely to change lanes without signaling or swear at other motorists.
I wonder how you empirically measure something like that. It's not a surpise though. As annoying as Seattle drivers can be sometimes (a courteous driver is not necessarily the same thing as a good driver), I have to admit, they are awfully polite.
Well, one day I stumbled across this website, Ian's Shoelace Site. It has all sorts of interesting (OK, maybe not) info on different ways to lace and tie shoes. Well lo and behold, one of the pages is about laces that constantly come undone. Apparently, there is a very subtle difference between the standard knot everyone uses to tie their laces, and a slip knot, which is unsecure and can almost come undone by itself.
Secure "Reef" Knot
Well, I gave it a try, and what do you know, it worked. My laces hardly ever come undone anymore and I no longer need to spend 10 minutes to untie my shoes. So apparently, I've been tying my shoelaces the wrong way for years. I am a moron.
Scherzo in C minor (score)
This piece will be the second or third movement of four (I haven't decided which, yet). It's a scherzo emulating the late Classical style (like all my stuff). A scherzo (or its predecessor, the minuet) is typically the third (occasionally the second) movement of a piece. In the Classical era, they were pretty much always in 3/4 time, scherzos usually being fast enough to count in 1. The overall movement is in a ternary A B A form, with the scherzo being the A, and a contrasting section called the trio being the B.
In this movement of mine, the stormy C minor scherzo is followed by a calmer, somewhat rustic C major trio prominently featuring the horns and trumpets (in keeping with the era, the horns and trumpets used are valveless, meaning they can only play a few notes--in this key, C, D, E, F, and G).
Anyway, hope you like it!
So as of Friday, I've officially accepted a position with my old team in the Developer Division at Microsoft, working on the new Windows Presentation Foundation that will be shipped with Windows Vista. I start on Monday. Sorry to leave you hanging Dan, but I didn't have much choice. It's been fun, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.