what’s the point?

recently a famous brazilian broadcast network aired footage of a group self-proclaimed the 299’s club. power rangers (or jaspions as we use to say here, in reference to an old japanese tv show (tokusatsu) aired in the 90’s) in their SS bikes on public roads with the sole purpose of reaching 299+ km/h in their speedometers and then be accepted as a legitimate member of the “club”.

my question is: why?

– what’s really the point?
– the thrill, the adrenaline!
– ah, ok. so… you made it. now what?
– err…

public roads are not meant for such a thing. it’s not only a matter crashing and having the bike totalled or in the worst scenario another casualty. the problem is the recklessness riding, the endangerment and the disastrous consequences these harmful behaviors can cause to other people.

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this is the kind of thing…

i really really like:

live music composing. the guy squarepushing the laptop does it so naturally it makes me get very frustrated heheh… because it takes a lot of time to reach that kind of ability with the logic and the language and the composition itself.

still, this reminds me i have to buy a sm57, a pedestal, and that i have to turn on the tb-3. let’s have phun and make some noize!

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there are things we must not forget…

… and one of them is celebrating small victories. for the last two and half weeks i was struggling with some stuffs related to my work.

a lot of things make the situation a little more complicated: i) many details i don’t know or am not completely aware of; ii) not having the full understanding of the solution and the applications it depends on; iii) not having passed through a competence development/transfer process, to name a few.

but then, even with all these things pushing me down, i made it work! yay! Es funktioniert! Und das war der Grund auf unsere Mitagessen bei Outback! 8) Manch mal muss man diese kleinen Siege feiern.

note to self: do it more times and record them. after all journals are not only about pain and misery. 8)

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today is the day…

after yesterday, and yesterday didn’t go so well… well.. at least for the song, because for me everything was ok. ;) there are times when things go like the song. i won’t say everything is looking that awesome or that i am far from having a hard time lately, be it my professional life or my personal life – which would be a enormous lie – but as Nicky Hayden uses to say in the press conference:

… it is what it is.

and time goes by and we get better day by day. but moving on. <ranting=”off”/>

many weeks ago i had supposedly an appointment with a rheumathologist and to my surprise it was an orthopedist who attended me – the stamp in the blood tests prescriptions revealed the truth.

and why am i going through this doctor thing again? well, i decided i will find a diagnostics – and eventually a cure – for my long and lasting injured right knee. yeah, it’s still here, bugging me every now and then. truth be told, it’s not as intense as it was back in 2010, when i was riding consistently – constant and sometimes intense use of the knee joint used to result in a swollen knee (behind the right lower part of the knee cap), and the sensation that the area was hotter than its “counterpart” (given the huge gap between the day i started to write this post and today i had the mri done as well as the blood tests. just need to set a new appointment to bring the results to the doctor). hope that now i can find a direction, because i wanna go back to my bicycle (i bought a new one and haven’t ridden her yet!) and do some exercises. getting old, slower metabolism, belly increasing… this kind of stuff i want to avoid, or at least minimize the damage.

well… in the last couple of weeks i took a big step in my motorcycling career – if I’m allowed to say that -: I sold my Daytona 675R 2013 and bought a Harley Davidson Night Rod Special 2014. the motivation behind this move? two, listed below:

– lower insurance
– its style is not a tease for theft, thus an enhanced sensation of safety.

there are problems of course, but it is for a greater good. the biggest issue now is her handling in slow speeds, be it on a straight or in tight turns. I’m no longer used to handlebars that can be easily turned, I mean, steering dampers are now an indispensable part of any motorcycle, and I’m terribly uncomfortable with its absence, specially when I’m stuck in a jammed traffic. slow turns also pose another awkward situation, because the bike is heavy and has a rear tire 240mm wide, making my life a bit more complicated. I know it’s a matter of time and mastering the technique, but I’m still struggling with this. let’s see in the next few days.

this paragraph above was written more or less two weeks after i had bought my vrscdx. six weeks later, which is today, i pretty much can say i got used to the bike and that i’m enjoying her and liking her and getting fond of her more and more every day. that 240mm-wide tire isn’t necessarily a threat; the big issue of the bike in my opinion is the limited leaning clearance – i peg dragged twice already. slow turns are and will always be a nuisance, no matter the bike you have – you just have to master the technique. anyway she’s gorgeous and sexy in her way and has plenty of torque, something i really liked after owning the Daytona.

and i finally got my mri results. some sort of lesion is in tha house. bring it on! now i have to set an appointment with the doc and see what awaits me. hope i can get back to the saddle.

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the fad of the moment is this “selfie” thing…

… here is mine. ;) my lady and i ready for our everyday commuting.

selfie :)

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misano ci dà una mano!

yeah, i know this update is two weeks delayed, but this is the way it is: procrastination is the always the word of the day.

this text is a small tribute to the superb victory to the most charismatic rider of all times: valentino rossi. since the fp1 we could see things were going to be different. then came fp4, where he was a total blast! (the meaning of the last and effectively a free practice, given the lap times charted there are not considered for grid formation: race simulation.) he was setting laps after laps, one faster than another. funny though that even that boring, yet fantastic, rider called mm93 could match vale’s pace. and that was the tune of the q2: lorenzo topped the high place at the grid, with iannone in second and vale in the front row for the very first time since his return to yamaha last year.

the guy rode superbly. fierce battles with marquez and lorenzo, until the latter dropped due to a poor tire choice and the crash of the former, due to his eagerness to win at any cost and end the championship at the next round (aragon). his crash proved his strategy was a miserable one. and like misano, the gates were opened and the crowd took the entire place, just to see *the goat*. from the podium the image is quite scary: thousands of people screaming “vale! vale! vale!”. if from the tv the scene looks awesome, at the track i think it will be something that gives you goose bumps.

funny though that last sunday vale totally blew it. his pace at fp1 and fp2 and fp3 was a complete shit. so that he couldn’t make it straight to q2: for the very first time since the new qualifying proceedings we saw rossi at the q1. he made it and in the end managed to grab the 6th place on the grid. interestingly however was his pace at sunday: he was like hunting the top 3 guys (pedro, lorenzo and mm) and when after a turn he went off-limits, hit the astro-turf which was still wet due to some raining in the morning and crashed. i was in the kitchen preparing my breakfast when i heard gregory haines saying loud: “oh no! rossi’s down!” i was like: “damn! the race is almost over!”

no, it wasn’t. au contraire! the fun started a few minutes after rossi went down. we saw dovizioso, and iannone. mm and pedrosa becoming “suzerains” of the motorland aragon. and just because they’ve missed the timeslot to enter the pits and replace the tires.

but for me the most funny part was mm’s statement at the pre-event press conference: “… now we have to focus on the championship” . and then we see the mistake he made, by choosing not to go the pit lane to switch bikes. well… now that’s history, because he made it in motegi last sunday. let’s see who’s gonna be the runner-up. avanti vale! misano ci dà una mano! :)

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there are times…

hallo! wie geht’s? so… on weekdays my routine is getting up, eat something, shower, go to work, spend some useful or useless hours there – that all depends on what i have to do; that is, if it’s pleasant or shitty – and then find my way back home – excellent song by the way: for me these guys really kicked ass in their first three albums (orchid, morningrise, my arms your hearse).

but there are two small fractions of this routine which were not described here intentionally. these two moments are the higher parts of the day, every weekday. it’s only 35-45 minutes round-trip in my usual commute (home/work), but these moments are so unique that only those who ride bikes will understand what they mean.

i mount on my ride and when we are about to arrive at the office at least twice or three times a week my will translate into not turning right to reach the parking lot but go straight ahead go check where road ends. sometimes because i’m not in the mood to fill silly spreadsheets or write office documents. other times because i just want to go ride along the tarmac. and while i was writing this small text, i found a very interesting article which reflects part of what i feel while i’m on the bike: yoga, death and motorcycles:

Each moment of my ride truly felt a like a rich, vibrant lifetime. As I rounded one of the more picturesque portions of this favorite road of mine, witnessing simple, yet luxurious and breathtaking beauty of my surroundings…

nice that due to small issue with wp i lost the original text…

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