June 17th, 2005

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Who, me clumsy?

I just took a header off of the sidewalk in front of a convenience store, carrying a bunch of 12-packs of diet Coke with Lime. Luckily the cans broke my fall.

The good news is that the fluid that is covering my left side is mostly not blood. And I can still walk. And now I know just how many cans it takes to stop a marmot from hitting the ground.


Directly under the kneecap.

"But," you might say, "didn't that hurt?"

Yes, yes it did.

I was amused to discover that the can exploded. Well, amused might be the wrong word here, but imagine putting a can of soda on the ground and stomping on it as hard as you can. You would probably hurt your foot before you were ever able to make the can explode.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a talent. It was sheer happenstance, and I think that I'm lucky that my knee still appears to work and I didn't separate anything.

But it just seems like I'm having a bit of a bad day.

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You know, if the only documentation that you have about interfacing to your card is source code, it would really help if your source code actually had comments.

Where do coders who don't comment come from? I've seen this far, far too often in the last five years or so. Particularly at the driver level, where it is most severely needed.

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I currently have two computers in my cube that are fully operational. I had three for a while. One is my new system which I need to turn into a development system, and the other is the development system that I've been working on.
Once in a while I get confused as to which keyboard/mouse is which. The results are sometimes amusing.

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Not much on the moxie...

Harley 883 Sportster
You scored -2 moxie, 1 zeal, and -2 pomp!
You scored dead center average, lacking any of the personality quirks that normally drive people to motorcycling.

However, if you do ride, statistics would suggest that you are destined for a Harley-Davidson, probably something in the Softail line.

You might have noticed that's a lot of moolah for an (arguably) obsolete piece of machinery, and you're too rational and attitude-free to need the Biggest and Baddest that the marketeers tell you to buy. A far more reasonably priced taste of the Harley Kool-Aid is the 883 Sporty, a fun little beast that leaves you with plenty of cash to customize.

On the other hand, the only reason I'm bringing up the Harley-Davidson product line at all is due to the fact that Harley is the choice most people think of when they consider getting into motorcycling, and that's mostly because they don't know much about the alternatives.

Thought experiment: if you were the only person left on earth, and you could pick any motorcycle you wanted, what would you choose? Best looking or best engineered? Your test results don't really point in any direction strongly, so I'll try to nudge you towards substance over style.

Consider: a FXST Softail weighs 629lbs dry, the base version starts around $14k, and will make 75-80hp -- after you tweak it with pipes and a jet kit. A Buell XB12R weighs 395lbs dry, costs $10.5k and makes 103hp, stock. An Aprilia Tuono R weighs 417lbs, costs $12k, and makes 125hp, stock. (We won't even mention the bang for buck of the Japanese competitors.) Still a fan of retro-classic styling? Then at least consider Harley's V-Rod, which mixes in some modern engineering into the equation (596lbs, 125hp, $17k).

While the Sportster is a reasonable compromise, you may discover that you enjoy the added feedback provided by standard-style bikes such as the Suzuki SV or the Ducati Monster. (If you must hang with the Harley crowd, they'll be less likely to give you grief if you choose the Buell, though.)

You have the potential to be a great rider. Take the MSF class, and choose a bike that won't hold you back!

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 7% on moxie

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You scored higher than 9% on zeal

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You scored higher than 4% on pomp
Link: The Motorcycle Personality Test written by iocaine on Ok Cupid