i have not a clue as to why you posted a picture of a special needs Rastafarian wearing a helmet in a thread about a delicious way to cook pasta
"What I care about is being able to click into my skis for the rest of my life. I care about being on top of the mountains with my best friends. If I'm on my skis, I've got a big smile on my face. And I want to keep it that way." T-Hall http://vimeo.com/thenewsolution
Al dente pasta IS NOT soft. It is that subtle, hard-to-achieve, between soft and hard firmness that you can only get by removing your pasta from the water at just the right moment. A minute too soon or a minute too late, and you will miss al dente.
The point is that you want your pasta to still have some firmness instead of turning into slippery seal noodles.
Which is what many people want in a park ski... hence the name.