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· 2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback — Giant interior cargo space, that I didn't use. Small and nimble, but not too much acceleration. Easy to park, and in my case, purple. Also, Canadian, so reading an odometer/speedometer in km/h was a little odd. But I was in Canada at the time, so at least they matched! One interesting thing about the trim was the inclusion of the vehicle's color on portions of the seat fabric accents.

The rest of the cars I've driven
xoder: (Driving)
· 2009 Toyota Matrix — The previous Toyota Matrix I drove was the 2006, which was the first model year, I think. They certainly improved this vehicle. It's got a goodly amount of pickup, big interior space, and it handles very well. It was the first car [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying and I have driven in where she started asking me questions like, "How much do you think this car is?", and, "What are payments on that amount like?" The only problem I had with it was the same problem I always have with cars: I have to duck slightly to see stop lights if I'm at the line. One day I'll get a convertible, and this won't be a problem!



See the other cars I've driven.

New Zipcar!

Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:36 am
xoder: (Recursing Xoder)
· 2006 Toyota Matrix — Small in every way except for the cargo space. Slightly better acceleration than the xB, but only just. Handling is nothing special. The engine seemed particularly loud, but I can't say how much that was due to possible poor maintenance or design.


See the rest of cars I've driven list
xoder: (Rez)
For those of you who don't remember, I've been keeping track of cars I've driven, and what I think of them. This past weekend I drove a new (to me) Zipcar that I will be adding to the original list, once I've added it here.

· 2007 Honda Odyssey — Highly drivable. It rode very low to the ground which was nice (car-like handling), but also not so nice (I drove it in Gilboa, so a little higher undercarriage would have assuaged some fears). The electronic stability control system performed like a champ on the tiny piece of ice we found out there. But the most amazing thing was the depth of the trunk. Because the rear seats are designed to fold flat into the vehicle, behind the third row is absolutely cavernous. The most annoying things about the vehicle had to deal with internal documentation. Many cars' fuel gauges tell you which side has the port. This one didn't. It was also hard to find the levers for the fuel door and the hood (I had to add windshield washer fluid).

[I need a driving userpic, I think]
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Ok, so I got tagged something like five times over Facebook with this one. Sorry in advance. When it imports into Facebook, I might add some tags to it. If I remember.

The 25 things meme involves rattling off 25 "interesting" things about yourself and then tagging 25 people on Facebook to make them do the same. You're also supposed to tag back whoever tagged you, so hopefully this will act as an appropriate suicide function for it once it has reached saturation.

1) I am a Discordian, mostly because it's a funner branch of Zen.
2) I am an atheist. So, yes, that means I do not believe in the literal existence of Eris, or YHWH, or whatever.
3) Truth be told, I can't really understand why anyone would look at the questions of the world and come to the conclusion that there was a god or gods somewhere as the simplest explanation.
4) In case it's not obvious, I do believe in Occam's Razor.
5) I'm tall. I normally forget this except when I'm on the train and I notice someone's head pop up above the rest of the heads. Then I think he's tall, and then I realize that I'm taller (or sometimes shorter) than he is.
6) Speaking of, I was always the tallest kid in class, and the tallest kid in school until High School.
7) I hold a Third Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. The name of the particular style is Chung Do Kwan.
8) I'm still a klutz.
9) I've had a total of seven regular students in Tae Kwon Do. One quit after a week. Three made it to yellow belt and I never see them any more. One made it to green and I never see him any more. One made it to brown belt ([livejournal.com profile] faboo) and then moved out of town. And one semi-current student who is a yellow belt. I hope she continues.
10) I also taught Tae Kwon Do at the Seagate Beach Club for two summers. I even had a regular student or two there, but it was mostly kids just running in and out as they pleased.
11) To tell you the truth, I felt that giving the kids the freedom to go to class or not helped me immensely. If I was stuck in a gym or studio, I'd have to maintain their attention.
12) I used to swim all the time. But I didn't swim competitively until High School. I was the fastest Freshman for the first week of practice because I already had the technique down.
13) But physical quickness has never come easily to me. I don't know if it's because I'm so big, or because I really wasn't much of a sports person as a child.
14) I love living in New York City.
15) I work in Clifton, New Jersey for a defense contractor. I do not make bombs. I make digital communications systems. (And the one I'm working on now is annoying me, but work is work and it's not actually that annoying.) My commute isn't that bad, surprisingly.
16) Speaking of my commute, I use public transit, and it does me quite well. When everyone's out because of a few snowflakes, I'm chilling in the lab with my boots on. It does take an hour each way, though.
17) I've been growing to like driving, although spatially I sometimes have trouble with the edges of the car. That is to say, I often think the car is bigger than it is and handle accordingly.
18) I'm something of a grammar nazi. I'm willing to bend to convention on occasion, but even my text messages are complete sentences.
19) I often feel out of place in traditional male gatherings. So much time is spent in negativity. I appreciate the wordplay though, and can fake it pretty well for a while.
20) For that matter, I don't much like going to "normal" parties. The loud music, dark lights, and large amount of booze are annoying and make it hard to focus. I also just feel out of place.
21) Because, you see, I don't drink. Never have, and I don't intend to. Nor do I use any other psychoactives stronger than caffeine or kava kava.
22) Not that I have anything against those who do, within reason. For instance, I think marijuana should be legalized (and regulated and taxed). What bothers me is when people get too sloppy with any intoxicant.
23) I can't believe it took me this long to mention that I'm polyamorous. I'm currently engaged to [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying and kinda-sorta seeing two other ladies. I'd like to have a full-on girlfriend as well as Erin, but right now I just don't have the kind of energy for that kind of pursuit, especially if I have to work too hard for it (i.e., I'd like to be sought after). Now that I write that out, it sounds kind of bad, but you wanted honesty, right?
24) Yes, I ignored the Discordian holy numbers 5 and 23 above and put nothing particularly significant in it. A Discordian is Forbidden from Believing What He Reads. That said, every thing I have put down (and will put down) is the truth.
25) It took me three days of sporadic writing during work to get this damn thing written out. Some of the rest of you had better take it eventually!
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I do not recall the three cars I drove from my drivers' ed classes, so I cannot go over those. I'll try to keep this current as I add new cars to my experience.

My family's:
· 1992 Toyota Camry Station Wagon — The V6 gave this old little buggy some serious pickup, although it was still a wagon, and a creaky one before it was donated to my brother and then driven into the ground.
· 2007 Toyota Avalon &mdash Poor man's Lexus, indeed. Smooth ride, excellent handling, and some fun when you hit the pedal.
· 2001? Subaru Outback — The driver's seat has excellent support. Not excellent acceleration, but it did the job. I didn't have the chance to try out the All-Wheel Drive, and I'm OK with that.

[livejournal.com profile] erin_trying's family's:
· 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan — Decent all around car. Killer amounts of storage space, though. Doesn't feel too vanny, but it's no car.
· 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer — Utterly unremarkable, although the environment where I drove it (Mesa, AZ) was a true drivers' heaven: flat, straight, dry, bright.

Zipcars:
· Scion xA — Itty bitty, but surprising amounts of storage space if you put down the back seats. Decent pickup.
· Scion xB — Small on the outside, huge on the inside. Absolutely no acceleration. Absolutely none.
· Toyota Tacoma — It's a pickup truck. It drives like a truck. Could have used a few more tiedown points in the bed, in my opinion.
· 2007 Honda Odyssey — Highly drivable. It rode very low to the ground which was nice (car-like handling), but also not so nice (I drove it in Gilboa, so a little higher undercarriage would have assuaged some fears). The electronic stability control system performed like a champ on the tiny piece of ice we found out there. But the most amazing thing was the depth of the trunk. Because the rear seats are designed to fold flat into the vehicle, behind the third row is absolutely cavernous. The most annoying things about the vehicle had to deal with internal documentation. Many cars' fuel gauges tell you which side has the port. This one didn't. It was also hard to find the levers for the fuel door and the hood (I had to add windshield washer fluid). [added Feb. 16, 2009]
· 2006 Toyota Matrix — Small in every way except for the cargo space. Slightly better acceleration than the xB, but only just. Handling is nothing special. The engine seemed particularly loud, but I can't say how much that was due to possible poor maintenance or design. [added Mar. 2, 2009]
· 2009 Toyota Matrix — The previous Toyota Matrix I drove was the 2006, which was the first model year, I think. They certainly improved this vehicle. It's got a goodly amount of pickup, big interior space, and it handles very well. It was the first car [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying and I have driven in where she started asking me questions like, "How much do you think this car is?", and, "What are payments on that amount like?" The only problem I had with it was the same problem I always have with cars: I have to duck slightly to see stop lights if I'm at the line. One day I'll get a convertible, and this won't be a problem! [added Jun. 1, 2009]
· 2008 Honda Civic — The cockpit looks like a spaceship! It's surprisingly roomy inside with a nice amount of acceleration and handling. I didn't have it for long or use it for much, so I cannot really comment on it too much. [added Jun. 15, 2009]
· 2008 BMW 328i — So much fun! From the push-button start to the three different shifting modes (Drive, Sport Drive, clutchless manual), this car was all about a good time. The inline 6 rode smoothly and powerfully and [livejournal.com profile] erin_trying and I had a great time opening it up once or twice. Being a 3-series, the backseat was a little small, but the trunk is surprisingly large for such a small car. The only problem I had with it was the steering was a little tight at low speeds, making it slightly harder to park. As a geek, I really appreciated the MPG meter right below the tachometer. [added Jun. 15, 2009]
· 200? Toyota Prius — If it looks like a small car, sounds like a small car, it is one, regardless of hybridness. The car had a very strange shifting method, where I had to hold the shifter into the selection and then release. There was also a separate button to put it in park. The rear view glass was hard to see through and annoying to use. And I found the idling creep a little slow to engage. But it handled well, and it had OK acceleration. The killer-app was the incredible cheapness ($8/hr on a weekend!) and being at the right place (Herald Square) at the right time (when Erin and I had tons of shopping we didn't want to lug on the train). [added Jul. 8, 2009]
· 2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback — Giant interior cargo space, that I didn't use. Small and nimble, but not too much acceleration. Easy to park, and in my case, purple. Also, Canadian, so reading an odometer/speedometer in km/h was a little odd. But I was in Canada at the time, so at least they matched! One interesting thing about the trim was the inclusion of the vehicle's color on portions of the seat fabric accents. [added Jul. 14, 2009]

Other:
· Ford 15-passenger Van — Huuuuge! Very floaty on the road, almost feels like you're driving a boat. Handles decently down steep dirt roads in low gear. I couldn't park it to save my life, however.
xoder: (Burning Man)
Apparently it's dangerous to talk to me after:
  • coming home to an unmade bed
    • which I didn't make myself because I'm too lazy
  • having to be buzzed into my own apartment
    • which, just the night before cut the sole of my foot with its shitty unsealed grout
      • which didn't bother me too much until after practice tonight
        • after which point putting any weight on it bare is agony
  • with a MATLAB midterm due tomorrow that I've done precisely diddly and squat for
  • having to spend 2 minutes washing the cheese out of a single bowl so I could have cereal in the morning
as I am rather yelly right now and short with people for no good reason.

Goodnight
xoder: (Default)
So, I feel good. It's excellent.

I accomplished all the goals I set for myself for today:
  • Get my "graduation present" money (money that has been sitting in a relatively low-yield savings account for me to pick up when I graduated). (It will be put in my much higher yield savings account, worry not.)
  • Go to Tae Kwon Do class. Always a pleasure, but today was especially good for some reason.
  • Accomplished my sekrit mizzion
  • Listened to tasty music
Thought I'd post this to bring the tone of my LJ up a touch. I rarely post when things are going right. This journal paints such a bleak picture of me and my life. Good thing that I remembered to post this.

Checklist

Mar. 27th, 2006 10:56 pm
xoder: (Embrace the Penguin!)
  • Fail to make a complete fool of yourself—check
  • Have a good time—check
  • Hug—check
  • Have chocolate—check
  • Make noises about wanting to do such again—check
    • actually make plans—uncheck :-(
  • Snuggle—uncheck
All in all, rather successful, I believe. I also believe that it may have been wiser to come up with this checklist before the actual event.

Ah well.

5-3-3

Mar. 25th, 2006 03:32 pm
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So I read about this idea from a strange little group that I randomly found through a rather roundabout series of connections. The point is, I'm going to try this as an extension to the list of five positive things.

Five good things from the past week:
  1. There were some downtimes in work this week, so I was able to get some email done.
  2. I got to see [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet for lunch a lot more than usual.
  3. I got to see [livejournal.com profile] s00j play music...
  4. ... at [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy's place.
  5. I figured out how I've been front-kicking wrong for the past 11 years, which will likely save much wear and tear on my back.
Three things I found challenging:
  1. I swear that this week the callers were really, really dumb.
  2. I got stuck on more 10+ minute long calls than ever (although Delwin got longer calls, I had more long ones).
  3. My back is still not better.
Three things I'm looking forward to next week:
  1. Date with [livejournal.com profile] rosefox
  2. End of March (ergo, payday!)
  3. Maybe getting up the gumption to talk to my boss about what's coming up for me
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Five good things about me or that have been happening to me:
1. I'm excited about going in for Jury Duty on Monday.
2. I'm just finishing up a tasty meal with Erin.
3. Erin just asked faboo to buy her beer in the most amusing way.
4. I feel like I've finally got my shit together.
5. I've finally started to think about The Rest of My Life. And not panic.
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01. Comment with your name and I will write something about you.
02. I will then tell what song/movie remind me of you.
03. If I were to apply an o'clock to you, it would be...
04. I will try to name a single word that best describes you.
05. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
06. I will tell you what animal you remind me of.
07. I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.
08. Put this in your journal.
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  • Floors start counting at "0", or, less often, "RC". As it makes sense, subterranean floors have negative numbers.
  • SVP looks funny. But I like it.
I keep forgetting what I was intending to write when I write these
xoder: (PCG Barcode)
  • Eat their pizza with a knife and fork. Which makes actual sense seeing as how they pies do not come pre-cut.
    • At least they make thin-crust pizza, like a sane bunch.
  • Change their passwords on Wednesdays (this door code I was told, before I could shoulder-surf)
  • Believe that Quebecois are both more French (the accent) and less French (the way of life) than the French.
I had a longer list in my head...
xoder: (Tao)
  • Eat their French Fries with a fork
  • Be willing to pay 3€ for a Big Mac
  • Shake everyone's hand upon entrance to the office every morning
  • Be extremely frank (is that where that word came from?) about racial/sexual prejudices
  • I'd estimate that about 50% of men are casual smokers, and about 15% are full-on addicted, although that's using an extremely small sample size
  • Are as likely to ogle as teenage boys (I can only speak for the men, as there are no women in tech support back here)
  • Are incredibly inattentive about physical security. I was able to shoulder-surf the passkey to get into the office. As a matter of fact, no one has told me what it is, nor have I asked. I guess they just assume I ring the bell or something.
  • Seem to treat Country music with the same disregard as most Americans North of the Mason-Dixon do
  • Are much more multi-lingual than your average American. There are two full-time tech support guys and they provide service in French, English, German, Danish, and Spanish. (Granted, that's together, separately they each only have three languages.
So there
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