January 11th, 2003

science, feynman

Uncivil engineering

Ottawa features an expressway, the Queensway, going right through the centre of town, east to. Most of my complaints about Ottawa drivers involve how they behave on the Queensway; some of my favourites include trying to merge without accelerating beyond 50 km/h; stopping on the on-ramp when unable to merge at 50 km/h; immediately changing into the middle lane, still going 60-70 km/h, to get out of the way of the other idiots trying to merge at 50 km/h; slowing to 20-30 km/h because the sun is in front of them, and so on.

Most of the argh comes from people unable to use on- and off-ramps, and to an extent I've determined that this is because about half the people on the expressway treat it like a city street, which isn't that wacky, because it is the city street you use to get from one part of town to another -- it just happens to be a controlled-access expressway.

But given that people are unable to merge onto the bloody highway, it bothers me that the majority of the really busy onramps and offramps are like this:

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Some random bits:

I finally got some bookshelves for the spare room. They're almost full already, but the books are now off the floor of the living room, bringing me closer and closer to the point at which I give all my furniture away. More importantly, though, I went out and bought furniture, which for some reason I have a really hard time bringing myself to do.

I'm listening to the first CD by The Weekend, a great band from St Catharines, ON which is starting to make a name for itself. But if you like fun, hard-edged grrl-pop seasoned with a little bit of punk and new wave mixed in -- and I know some on my friends list might just like that -- give 'em a listen and maybe even grab the teaser EP or debut CD.

(Of course, it doesn't hurt that they're all cute, either. I've managed to miss both of their shows here, but NEXT TIME, I TELL YOU...)

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