Ducati Diavel 1 year Review

So I have had this Italian muscle machine for a little over a year now, and I am pleased to announce that I am still absolutely in love with it.

Why? Well I grew up riding dirt bikes which is hands down the most intimate you can get with a motorcycle in my opinion. On the road you are very limited in terms of ‘having fun’. The Bugati Veyron, touted as one of the fastest production cars in the world knows the same rush from 0-60 as this machine, yet the Diavel costs less than installing a new set of rubber on the Veyron. So……

1 year later the things I like most about my Ducati Diavel:

  • The twisting power at the rear wheel makes my heart flutter every ride.
  • With after market exhaust it has a DEEP rumble that says I am the big boy on the block (at least in sport bike gatherings)
  • The attention,  a guy rubber necking me totaled a car 10 feet from me. No lie.
  • It is respected in the sportbike community as having an almost comical acceleration factor
  • Comfort, no wrist issues like I get on sportbikes, but its no couch like a typical cruiser either.

1 year later things I don’t like about it:

  • POWER – I cannot contain myself, I only have 1 reckless ticket so far, good luck trying to contain yourself. (just as all superbike owners know)
  • Key Fob, it is nice not to have to fumble for your keys but it could use better range, I found it works better in my jacket pocket than in my pants.
  • I still wish it looked better at night, I purchased the accent leds but it will never sparkle at night like a chromed out cruiser does.
  • I spend about $500 every 3k miles for new rubber, so if you ride as much as I do (10k miles in a year) you need to add around $2300 to your annual motorcycle budget. ($approx $800 every 7500 for valve maintenance)

Again if you are either A: A motorcycle nut like myself or B: have some money and want the very best.. this is your choice HANDS DOWN.  It sounds DEEP and muscle like, and it rips faster than 99% of the cruisers on the market.

To each their own, some people love this bike, I mean absolutely LOVE this bike, and then some people are like ‘EWW that thing is ugly’. You will get a lot of attention, mostly from sport bike riders and non-American cruiser riders , Harley riders only respect Harley riders, I have a feeling even the V-Rod with same big ass 240 rear tire isn’t that commonly accepted even though its blood. Id say 1 percent of the Harley community has stopped to ask about my bike, and about 40% of sport bikers are goo goo over it.  This bike is race bred, its not a lead sled, it is a powerful lightweight land missile and should be respected as such.

Out of my 20 plus bikes I have owned this one keeps me smiling! I look back every time I get off it. It does not stop getting looks EVERY SINGLE PLACE I GO. Just like Ferrari owners, you will get a little jealousy, but its worth it baby! I get the ‘male nod’ every single time I ride whether its from a cage passing me or fellow rider. Be prepared to know how much it weighs and how much power it puts out at the rear fatty if you buy one, because I guarantee you will get a lot of questions. :) Big Grin

*Diavel Photo Credit belongs to none other than William – Yeah Somehow I made it look pro by using ‘light painting’

Putt Putt Golf – Go Carts – Raquetball – Bungee Jumping

Cody after going bungee jumping. over a 200 foot drop. “easy”

So much has happened since my last post. Mainly because I put stuff on facebook regularly and it is secure.

But here is a quick update.

2008 cadila  cts interior
Cody happy to get out of the house.

Jungle Golf
Us at Shipwreck Golf

2008 black cadilac cts
my new Executive Car Cadillac CTS

No place hops like Sonic in Chesapeake
Us eating at Sonic

Raquet Ball One Life Fitness
me playing raquetball

Trying on hats at Kohls in Chesapeake Virginia
trying on some new hats at Kohls

I am an Uncle!!!

Victor James Chenoweth was born this morning before noon. 3/28/2010

He is exactly 7 lbs and mommy decided to have him all natural!

Isnt he a little stud? I thought I would get these up quick since Chris and Stacey are busy caring for their new family member.

CONGRATULATIONS Chris and Stacey!!!

Its a boy! Victor James Chenoweth

Chris and Stacey Tired
Got sleep?

Victor Chenoweth
Wow what a beautiful baby!

I already have my eyes open! (these photos were taken before he was cleaned up)

chris and victor
Chris and his new baby boy!

Congrats Chris and Stacey!

3d Camera Manipulation – Sure Target 2

Film producers spend a good deal of time and money making getting a fluent shot. Whether it is panning to a new scene or zooming in at the right time. After Effects has a limited 3d world but it is absolutely amazing what you can do with it in terms of placing your virtual video camera where you want it.

I found a free plug-in from video copilot called sure target (sure target plug-in download) that makes it even easier to control the view or your world while still using null objects. Especially since the view of the world you are creating is constantly changing. Also check out wordle.com . Very neat site that allows you to create a word collage from a block of text or rss feed. The video below makes use of the sure target plug-in with a vectorized willslife wordle collage.

Microsoft PDC 2009

We exhibited in November at Microsoft’s 2009 PDC event in Los Angeles. (Professional Developers Conference)

 VIDEO – is shaky but is a nice visual of what it was like on a slow day at Microsofts Professional Developers Conference in 2009. I did all the whistling myself, let me know if you want an autograph.

Memorable events…  Free laptops and iFlip videos from Microsoft (video here was taken with the iFlip)




Here is a looping sequence of flipping tiles or squares made with after effects that we displayed on our netbook pcs we were giving away at our booth.

Here is the CDYNE PDC 2009 crew.

Our PDC 2009 booth was extremely busy

Chris came up with this idea of flashing blinky glasses with our logo.. they were a big hit especially during drinking time


http://www.cumulux.com/ PDC 2009 Exhibitor Booth

http://www.jnbridge.com/ PDC 2009 Exhibitor Booth


























































me playing with Microsoft Surface http://www.microsoft.com/surface



Quadro FX 4500 vs Geforce 8800 GTS

There is absolutely no information or results performed on the quadro vs gaming cards so I went through the trouble.

I purchased 2 quadro fx 4500 video cards off of ebay for these tests.

Obviously the GTX 260 beats the evga 8800 GTS but the 8800 does the trick! The Quadro enhances nothing for my computing needs and bottle necks performance because of its dated components. ( Graphics workstation, mainly photoshop and after effects for now)

$200 for a used 4500 Quadro and $130 for a new 8800 GTS


Test results ran from:
RAM:12 Gig DDR3
Display = 2 monitors at 1920×1080
Power Supply: More than capable

Windows Experience Index (Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit)

Quadro 4500-
Graphics- 5.1
Gaming Graphics- 4.9

Geforce 8800 GTS –
Graphics – 6.7
Gaming Graphics – 6.7

and here are the results that mattaer in my opinion:

Photoshop CS4 64 bit (time to run filter ‘render clouds’ at 20,000 x 20,000 72pi)
both cards enabled seamless zooming and panning features

15.6 seconds / 8800
15.9 seconds / 4500

After Effects CS4 (1st 40 frames of logo swirl from aetuts lossless avi render)
62.4 seconds / 8800
61.4 seconds / 4500

2d game Continuum (Windowed 1920×1080)
120-240 avg fps – 300 max fps / 8800
80-130 avg fps – 160 max fps / 4500

Breakdown of what I learned:

The main price increase for the quadro reflects driver support and compatibility.  You will have a hard time getting photoshop support from a gaming card. But who needs it these days? Plus the quadro is made to render ‘perfect’ pixels vs speed and compression like the gaming cards are optimized for.  So quadros might push dual or triple monitors a bit better without artifacts.  THERE ARE NO MAJOR DIFFERENCES. Save your money and purchase the latest game performing video card.  One other thought is that the quadros have cuda.. and if you have a ‘SPECIAL’ application that is programmed to utilize this feature it is worthless for ever day uses.



A video Card only helps panning and zooming in photoshop, if you want quicker filters, get a better cpu, more ram (64 bit supports more than 4gb or ram)

PS I have the GTX 260 at home and it only slightly out performs the 8800 GTS so SAVE your money and just keep getting the latest and greatest every 2-3 years (cheapest high performing CPU, RAM, Video Card available at the time) and you will always have one of the quickest graphics machines.

San Francisco – Filemaker DevCon

Spent last weekend in San Francisco with beezwax and fmnexus.. Filemaker plugin software and consulting.

Also got to see Randy Hill, an old PenSoft co-worker. He is doing great since moving there 3 years ago. We had some drinks and he showed me around as much as he could for the 5 hours i had.

Me and Randy (Can you tell who the tourist is?)

Another interesting thing happened as soon as I got to the hotel. Right outside the hotel Local 2 was holding a strike for Hotel Workers. Police escorted mob chanting ‘Local 2′  ‘Local 2′

San Francisco Hotel Strike 2009

Thank god I am home. I packed waaay too much stuff in for 3 days.