Author Robert Jordan Passes Away

James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (a.k.a. Robert Jordan), author of the Wheel of Time series died on September 16, 2007 from cardiac amyloidosis. Robert Jordan was an amazing story teller, crafting one of the most memorable series I have had the privilege to read over the years.

The fact that Robert Jordan had not finished the twelfth and final book (A Memory of Light) before his death will give those that have been following the Wheel of Time series a sad realization that the series may not come to a close. One can only hope that his notes and unfinished works can be compiled and perhaps finished by another author that respects his work and knows the motivations of Rand al’Thor, Egwene al’Vere, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, et al.

But, of course, the unfinished book is secondary. Robert Jordan will be sorely missed in the Fantasy genre; his works have affected and inspired many. My condolences go out to his friends and family.

Kill Me Now

house-on-fire My office is 88 degrees (Fahreneit). My fan sucks. Air conditioning is broken. No windows. Someone kill me now.

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one complaining about the heat in ITS. Here’s Dee’s post on the topic.

Update: It has now reached 90 degrees. Oh god.

Update: It has now reached 91 degrees. Oh god.

Scary Tarsier Video

tarsier I’m a big fan of Tarsiers. Most of my love for these animals has come from images I have found online.

After countless minutes browsing Tarsier images over the past few years, I have finally found a video of one of these little critters! What I thought were cute little furballs turned out to be bloodthirsty monsters and are obviously extremely dangerous! If you value your life you’ll stay away from these “adorable” primates.

Given the choice between being in a cage with a starving lion or an average Tarsier…I’d choose the lion any day. Check out the video and be prepared to crap your pants from fear.

Tarsiers are threatened (a.k.a. Conservation Dependant) animals found in the Philippines, Sulawesi, Borneo, and Sumatra have been said to have the tail of a rat, legs of a frog, sticky fingers of a gecko, rotating head of an owl, ears of a bat and the face of the baby. These primates are blessed with the largest eye-to-head ratio over any other mammal. For those interested, here are some other stats:

They have long legs, short bodies, and rounded heads that can be rotated through 180º. Their faces are short, and the eyes, their most striking feature, are large and goggling. The ears are large, membranous, and almost constantly in motion. Tarsiers are about 9-16 cm (3.5-6 inches) long, excluding the tail, which is about twice that length. Their fur is thick, silky, and coloured gray to dark brown.