Having a laptop blow up on you while you're up at midnight doing an install is dumb. I'm formatting the evil laptop now, and putting OpenBSD on it, as RedHat won't fit on it anymore.
What is it that motivates us? At work, so far, we've identified: 'flow' when we're coding, instant gratification when we pull a quick hack, and heroism when something blows up and we save the day. But is that all there is? These seem like the crack rocks of psychological motivation.
/usr/bin/dc's lack of support for non-integer exponents is dumb. I gave up on it and wrote my own arbitrary precision calculator in perl.