4 May 2000 xiphmont   » (Master)

Good lord is it late.

Not late today. Or this week. Not particularly late this month either. I'm nearly halfway through 2000 and no Vorbis 1.0 yet. September last year, Jack asked me about how far off 1.0 was, and I replied a month till demo, another to production.

Sometimes my deadpan sense of humor just kills me. Much more often it just conspires to keep me from sleeping.

That I'm posting my first diary entry in about a month is a good sign though. Things are finally in better shape than they were three weeks ago. Everything's reassembled. A little tuning, and hopefully some codebooks...

This morning I solved a small algorithm hassle that had been bugging me the past three days. I realized that I'd had a variant of the exact same problem in Grad Skool as an optional part of a final project, and that at the time I'd failed to solve in linear time (as was required for credit). Having come up with a solution this time makes me feel better.

So much has happened since last entry. I've finished my motorcycle training and now am the proud ownder of a Honda Shadow ACE1100cc cruiser. Mmm. Nice, reliable, vaguely unhip bike that's damned fun to ride. I'm still working up to regularly having days without any minor embarrassing mishaps.

Ever forgot to turn your fuel valve on? I did that day 3. Hit the horn instead of the turn signal cancel? Repeatedly? Day 4.

...or duckwalk the bike backward into the garage, tip just a little too far (it weighs 700 lbs) and nearly drop it while looking over your shoulder? Yeah, day 12.

Almost every day I manage to shift into neutral instead of first at least once.

Today I was in the parking lot, stopped in first gear (and knew it) and before starting off developed an itch on my nose. I reached up to scratch it... with my left hand. Thank god a V-twin has no idle torque!

So many ways to look like an idiot on a motorcycle, so little time ;-)

Monty

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