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Sunday morning me and my pal went out for a blast around Paphos hillsides on our quads.....it helped to clear the cobwebs after having spent all afternoon and night at another pals 40th birthday BBQ the day before.
However, the low point was when we were heading up a track and nipping on, but nothing too extreme, and went up over a bump on the track and to spot that the other side had been dug out by a digger, and the quad and me end up on our sides in the hole. I think instinct to avoid when I saw the hole kicked in, as I cannot remember turning, and its the only reason I can see for it to land on its side and not having ploughed straight into the opposite side of the hole face.
I don't know how, but I never had a single mark on me. My pal couldn't believe it either, he said I went up over the bump and then just vanished as he watched the quad topple over.
I remember the split second thoughts that went through my mind from "OH F>>>" to "This is going to hurt" to "I hope I don't land on thorns or a cactus". Once the bike had come to rest on its side, I remember pulling myself out and just think I hope there is no snakes as I was lying on dried out vegetation.
I then notices the fuel running out of the tank cap and then just had image of it catching fire! The way it was lying in the hole I did think at one point we were going to have to leave it and go and get a digger or crane to recover it!
We then took at least 30 minutes trying to get the bike out, even with the 4wd and diff lock engaged, it just dug down and bottomed, the angles were all wrong for the winches and there was nothing to secure to. We just kept having to bounce it onto different spots and try different angles, but there was really very little room to move and front was against the square edge face of the hole and the rear was a really steep slope. Brute force and adrenaline worked though and we got it out. Then took a few minutes to cool down, drink water, reflect and get the buzz to calm down. Checked over the bike there was a several scratches in front and left side, but no real body damage and didn't see any buckled steering arms or suspension parts. Of we went, then it didn't feel right, it wasn't steering properly, pulling funny etc. Then my pal mentioned the 4WD and diff lock and sure enough it was still on. It didn't even cross my mind to check it after everything that had just happened!
One tyre needs to be taken off and re-seated as there is vegetation and a stone wedged in between the tyre wall and the wheel rim, but other than that...its a miracle!
I went onto google maps today to have a look at where it happened, and it looks like the track is an old back entrance up onto a shooting range, so maybe that why the hole had been dug to close the track, but think it would have been easier and safer to the close the opening in the fence across the track as it was fenced at both sides!
Oh well, just put it down to a learning opportunity on quad recovery! And hope it is along time before something like that happens again or preferably not at all! As for the water I am definitely doing that again
This always fascinates me. I have some old French and German currency from when we visited there shortly before their transitions to the euro and they had Planck on one bill and Gauss on another and I thought that was very cool. In the US all of the bills have various presidents on them and that's kind of boring except for Benjamin Franklin on the 100 who is a notable exception. Why some of those were chosen is beyond me like Jackson on the 20. Why? He really wasn't that notable as a president. I think it is much better to have prominent inventors on them so Nikolas Tesla should be on one although they would probably choose Edison instead.
Anyway, Turing is a great choice. Maybe they can have Steven Hawking on one someday.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
So I'm working on a WCF project for a SOAP 1.2 application
Having done nothing but .NET Core for over a year .NET feels a bit... Clunky?
It makes me appreciate how .NET Core handles configuration and dependency injection and integrates with Azure seamlessly.
Maybe I'm just a bit rusty
We are working a new spin of a widget that has been around for a long time. We cannot make bit A anymore as it is a headache to get it certified, qualified & passed for it's purpose so a third party not in the country has taken on the build of bit A. All is good, come to build the next bit of A, a party phone call between me and one of the builders in which I happen to ask 'how are you doing the xyz management' to which the answer was 'oh, I don't think we are, better get on that, cheers' they have appeared to correct a serious issue by using a hand wound coil to improve the issue, it gets one factor we are testing nearly perfect (power factor) but raises another (power consumption) to stupid levels.
I don't have any of 'em - even Cortana is voice disabled* on my devices - but if I did, I'd be tempted to unplug it. Friends have 'em, I never felt the need, or the want.
You got one? Did you ever think about how much info you are giving the vendor about your daily routine? Did you care? Given that most of these things can be turned into spy devices pretty easily does it matter that - in theory - you can be broadcasting when your home is empty for anyone to listen to?
* This is mostly because dictation systems generally dislike my voice and I spend more time correctly them than using them.
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