Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox is the last of my beach reads. It was fine as a beach read, but I don’t feel a particular urge to read the second book of the duology. I liked the idea of the plot, but the world building felt kind of weak: a sort of England/European world but clearly not…until there were pop culture references (music) that jarred me out of the fantasy world.
As part of my partial season ticket plan (5 games), I received tickets to the two pre-tournament World Cup of Hockey games played in DC: USA-FIN today and EUR-SWE tomorrow. I can’t do back to back games during the work week, so I picked EUR-SWE and gave tonight’s tickets to a friend, who is having a great time. I picked tomorrow in part because there are more Penguins on SWE than are on USA and FIN in total (only Olli Maatta, who needs umlauts on those As), but also because I am not impressed with Team USA’s roster, its head coach, his team/game philosophy, or his stance on the anthem. (Which, lbr, is a non-issue in hockey, the whitest sport on Earth.) I’m not sure who I’m going to cheer for; the choices are RUS (Malkin), SWE (Hagelin, Hornqvist), North America (Murray) or FIN (Maatta).
Also on a cranky note: why, Apple? I want to come back to you, but I’m not giving up a universal, wired earbud jack for airpods or accepting the crappy work-around Apple has planned. First, I lose earbuds all the time; and I buy cheap ones for this reason. No wires means it will be easy to lose the airpods. Also, wired earbuds are a defense mechanism for me (and for many, many women); I’m not giving them up because Apple wants to sell more proprietary peripherals. Did Apple test these with women? Or just ignore the opinions of half the audience in their usual arrogance? Yeah, no, I’m not giving up my wired earbuds and if that means I’m not going back to iPhone, so be it.