Quicken 2012 sucks

I haven't had much time to post, but this piece of software enrages me.  It can't even do reconciliation of accounts properly: in particular, it seems to have buggy end-date checking.  Waste of money.


I read the newest volume of Fables, and I must say that the series has jumped the shark for me.  The writing  has turned to parodying comics rather than good storytelling, and it is getting quite boring.  The resolution of the story with the Dark Man was highly unsatisfying: 10 issues or more to end with a quick resolution?  Argh.


I keep reading Stephen Brust's books like a habit: they come out every few years, I read them.  I can remember the fun I had reading the first one: the most recent almost seemed like a chore, because I couldn't remember anything from the previous books, given the interminable wait between books.  Oh well, this one a fun story, at least.  I read it some weeks ago, but forgot to blog it.

Downton Abbey

Netflix streaming is good, no matter what all of the people who dropped the service say.  Downton Abbey was worth the price of admission: a fantastic series set around the start of World War I about the fortunes of an aristocratic family.  Watch this show!

The Smartest Guys in the Room

This movie is worth watching, just to see the excesses of the 1990's and the bubble that popped in the early part of the 21st century.

Shu Swamp

At the Shu Swamp Nature Preserve, we were close enough to touch the swan! Almost.
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Lost in Austen

Haven't written anything in a while.  Just remembered while taking a break at work that I should post about this cute little TV series before I forget.  I liked it: a science-fiction-like take on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.  Surprisingly, Ming didn't like it: I think it spoiled the purity of the original novel for her.