September 29th, 2003

vague

It's a man's world...

Following the responses to my copy of the describe me in one word meme, it's made me wonder when I'll become a Man.

I don't really feel like one at the moment, and certainly a lot of you see me in ways which simply aren't.. well.. manly. I do manly things; I own a motorbike, fix computers and do DIY to name just the polite ones. Dare I say I'm even getting hairier (which is another matter altogether).

When I think of a Man, I think of say, my dad, or some of the more mature people in the office. Does that mean a man has to be older? I don't know. What about responsibilities, like children? Pass.

I know people who are older but they're still very much children - dylan, for example. I don't think he'd be offended by that either :)

kissycat1000 says that one day I'll wake up and realise I'm not as bouncy as I used to be, and I'll stop being all those things you people described me as. I'll cut off my hair, wear a shirt and tie to work, own conservative clothes. I won't be able to pinpoint a certain time when it happened - it will just have happened gradually.

In that case I don't think I want to grow up.

What about you lot? Do you think you are an adult? Do you want to become one, or do you consider yourself one already? What does being an adult mean to you?

UPDATE: Eeek! And now this, nicked timely from lark_ascending.. so perhaps I've put my finger on it - it's not just me?
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bike

Bikes are dangerous:

Okay, I've been curious about this for a while, because I keep hearing of accidents and fatalities on motorcycles through friends. Here are some very crude numbers for the UK taken from here for 1999.

The cross-modal table lists 123 fatalities per billion km travelled for mopeds + motorcycles, and 2.9 for cars. So, in order to work out my chances of dying over a lifetime of biking or driving:
  • Assume I travel an average of 20,000km a year
  • Assume I do this for 40 years
  • Distance travelled in my lifetime = 800,000km
That means my chances of dying are 123 * 800,000 / 1,000,000,000 = 9.84% if I ride that distance, or 2.9 * 800,000 / 1,000,000,000 = 0.23% by car.

Feel free to tell me my methods are flawed as I'm not certain myself, but otherwise:

That means my chances of dying if I choose to ride a motorcycle over a car are 42 times greater!

I hope I'm a safer rider than some, but even so. I think I may well be buying and using a car where possible too.

UPDATE: Thanks wechsler for pointing out an English billion is in fact a million million..

UPDATE2: Thanks growf and racinghippo for pointing out that the English billion has been depreciated.

UPDATE3: Thanks all, but I also wanted to know my likelihood of dying as a percentage over my lifetime. The difference was incidental :)

UPDATE4: This is getting ridiculous. Apologies to wechsler for spelling his name incorrectly!
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