Monday, April 02, 2007

What to do while Doc-ing

Today, I spent the majority of the day as documentarian for Opportunity. One of the team members has described this activity as like watching paint dry. I line it though - it really keeps me in touch with what is going on with the rover activities. Opportunity just finished some in-depth observations of a valley into Victoria Crater called the Valley Without Peril and now the team has to evaluate whether the valley lives up to its optimistic name! The capes and valleys as we circumnavigate Victoria are named after places Magellan visited on his circumnavigation of the globe.

But, being Doc means there's a lot of sort-of-dead time, when the engineering team is hard at work. That's when I catch up on my web surfing. A couple of weeks ago I visited my alma mater, Stony Brook and drove upstate to see my family. I used to love that drive, crossing Long Island, from the New Englandiness of Suffolk to the suburbs of Nassau and then coming up on the spectacular city vista with bridges and buildings all lit up. Then, the tree-lined parkways north to the Thruway and the wide open spaces of the Catsills and Hudson River Valley. Ahhhh, New York. What about you?

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The Inland North
North Central
The South
The West
The Midland
What American accent do you have?
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You rate 89% New Yorker!

For scores between 85% and 100%: Superb job! Outstanding! A true-blue New Yorker! Maybe you should consider running for governor. Excelsior, dude!

Are You a New Yorker?
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You are 92% native to New York State.

Not only are you native to the state of New York, you probably have been to Albany more often than to NYC. You must have aced your Regents exam or used GOOGLE. You have probably tried a Speidie, and Dinosaur BBQ. You know that there is way more to New York than the "city".

Are you A New Yorker?... not city.
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