Wednesday, April 27, 2005


I played Monopoly with some friends today. We used the newish version of the game, which has updated property names. The best part was that no-one cheated- making this the first time I ever participated in a clean game.

The only thing I dislike about the new version is that it takes time to get used to all the additional zeroes on the banknotes, and there were a few mix-ups during the game, as 50000 notes were confused with 5000 notes. I don't get why the values were inflated- they are still unrealistically low, and they just make the game more difficult to play

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Poor traffic enforcement

Minibus taxi drivers seem to be able to get away with dangerous driving without much being done to stop them.

Taxi drivers are not the only inconsiderate and reckless road users; the following dangerous habits also need to be cracked down on:
  • People who, seeing a line of cars in the right-lane of a two-lane highway, passing a truck, decide to use the left-lane to overtake these cars. They then try to force their way back into the right-lane when they reach the truck, causing the other vehicles in the right lane to have to brake suddenly.
  • Truck drivers who violate lane restrictions and minimum speed rules.
  • Morons who don't treat broken robots as four-way stops (from what I've seen, Durbanites, in particular, ignore this rule)
  • Idiots who do u-turns on highways by crossing the median island
  • Pedestrians who run across highways.
  • People who drive in the emergency lane.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

That old time religion

I would like to congratulate Roman Catholics on the election of their new pope.

According to reports, he is conservative, which is exactly what is required from a religious leader.

Religion needs to call people back to the straight and narrow, and not follow them into debauchery. I also believe that many people have a poorly developed sense of right and wrong, and that the fear of eternal damnation is an excellent way to curb whatever criminal predilections they might have. Therefore, the election of a pope not given to wishy-washy moral relativism is a good thing.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Most useful computer stuff

Like many people, I install or use lots of different websites and programs, looking for stuff that makes life easier and computing more enjoyable. The following are my top websites and applications:

  1. Google. Still the best search engine

  2. Gmail. The Google approach to email.

  3. Wikipedia. An open encyclopedia.

  4. Mozilla Firefox. A free web browser.

  5. eMule. Filesharing client, similar to eDonkey.

  6. Blogger. Quick and easy personal website creation.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Royal wedding

I can't believe I'm writing about this, but after hearing cruel remarks the whole week about the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, especially on 94.7 Highveld Stereo (the low-point was when a DJ played a horse sound-effect while discussing the woman), it was refreshing to see a sensible article on the topic.