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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The problem with translations

Before embarking on the next set of essays, we need to consider something.

Much of what I am going to be writing about is translated from languages with little to no relationship to English, such as Arabic, classical Persian and Turkish. Because of this, confusion can ensue if we are not careful.

When looking at the meanings of words it is very important to understand the cultural context of their use.

for instance, I have been translating Patanjali's Yoga Sutras for a while now and I often have to do a lot more study to understand the context in which a word or phrase was used than to understand the "base meaning".

As an example, in English the words "marvelous", "fantastic", and "amazing" have very different meanings in context today than they did a hundred years ago. If this is not taken into consideration, the meaning of a sentence can get quite skewed.

To give another example, most people here are familiar with the aphorism of Jesus (as) "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven".

Today, when we read this it most often invokes an image of a large, gangly-legged beast fully laden with packs trying to squeeze its head through a Nicholson #12 sewing needle. But is this what a fisherman 2000 ago in Galilee would have thought of? The answer is no, most likely not.

As most of us know, if we give it any thought, Kleenex is a brand name for a paper tissue used for wiping your nose, but the word has entered common usage as ANY tissue paper used for this purpose regardless of brand. It is so common an understanding that my spell checker didn't even blink when I typed out the word here.

So, 2000 years ago, sailors in the Middle-East used a lot of rope and cord. One kind of heavy cord was made out of, you guessed it, camel hair. It became common to refer to this kind of cord as "camel" ("Hey! Ben Yeshua, cut me five cubits of 'camel'")

Furthermore, a fisherman in the Galilee area 2000 years ago, when you say to him "needle", is not going to think of a thin, delicate, sewing needle of today but of the huge, wide-eyed things that they used to mend nets and repair sails.

So the metaphor is going to have a very different feel to its original, intended audience than it will for a reader today. So much so that the meaning could be totally different for them than it would be for an uninformed reader of today.

Please bear this in mind when we talk about things like "Chi, Ki, Prana, Ruh, Nafs and such-like. While we have one cultural understanding of these terms today, the original meanings of the words will be found to be quite a bit different.

One example of what I am talking about here is the word "guru" which has a strong connotation of the mystical in its western usage that was not, and is not found in other places. In some places guru is the proper form of address today instructor, such as an elementary school teacher.

So it is not marvelous to imagine that even when we read the same words exactly as spoken several centuries ago, we may not come up with the meaning that the speaker intended.

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Oh, and while we're at it

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So y'all go check them out, you'll be happy you did.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Breath Play

I have been thinking about what I want to do with this blog over the next year.

While I will continue to speak out against the stupidity and fascism of the Right and the stupidity and cowardice of the Left, and the tyranny of fundamentalist religion of every flavor, that has never been the first purpose of this blog, just something done out of necessity.

I have decided to focus on the things that are most important to me for the next couple of months to see what people do with what I have to say.

What I find most important is Human evolution, both general and personal, and movement disciplines, especially martial arts as a tool for this.

In part I want to focus here because no one else is doing this (that I know of) from a Sufi perspective.

This is unfortunate because it used to be that Sufis had a good grasp of this subject.

I am also going to address the enneagram as a tool.

I am not talking about the bullshit pop psychology "personality profiling" crap that has flooded the more gullible areas of the so called New Age movement, but the process mapping tool as it has been used for quite a while by those who actually have a clue about what they are using.

As a matter of fact, let's start with giving you, my dear readers, access to two documents that will prove useful for gaining a basic understanding of what an enneagram is and how it works.

These are two essays written by your humble servant at different times for different audiences, but which have proved to have some general use.

The first offers some history of the enneagram traced from its earliest sources to its introduction at the beginning of the twentieth century by G. I. Gurdjieff.


The second document is more of an introduction as to how to use the enneagram as a map making tool for process. While it was written quite some time ago it is, I think, still useful.



With that out of the way (though we will revisit this information again and again) let's start by talking about breathing.

Every spiritual path starts with breath. Some do so overtly, some not, but nothing is more foundational, so here are a few thoughts.

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I have noticed over the years that many people tend to think of the respiratory system as analogous with the digestive system, that is to say, some people are under the impression that we breath in to get the food (O2) and breath out to expel the waste (CO2). This leads to the assumption, O2 = good, CO2 = bad. Sadly for those that see it this way, nothing could be further from the truth. The function of the respiratory system is really nothing like that of the digestive system, and trying to view them as the same leads to dysfunction.

I remember years ago reading a book by a Norwegian Olympic athlete by the name of Thorleif Schjelderup, (not to be confused with Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebb who is another interesting person) who suggested that if things continued to progress as they had been in the Industrial World, that one day we would have to attend classes where we could learn to walk and breath. (Or something very close to this).

Well, that day came quite some time ago and we just didn't notice.

One of the things that I watch as I travel around the world is how people breath, it is a professional interest, being as I am a martial arts instructor.

Outside of sports and music there is very little attention paid to breathing, and even in these areas there is a lot of misunderstanding.

What I have seen is a substantial increase in pathological breathing over the years world wide. I am not sure of all of the reasons for this, but the effects are quite obvious.

A good number of the maladies that the "First World" countries suffer from can be linked directly to pathological breathing patterns. Interestingly, a good number of problems health-wise found in the Third World can also be traced back to other pathological breathing patterns.

As long as we as a species are willing to live at the level of Darwinism this is not too much of a problem, enough of us will breed before we die to keep the species going.

The problem comes when we want a little bit more than the continuance of humanity for its own sake. Allah has set up things so that the species will continue, and evolve according to environmental pressures, but if the individual wants to evolve it is a different game entirely.

It only takes about fourteen years for a member of our species to pass on his or her genetic inheritance, but it takes several decades at least for the individual to do the work necessary to evolve.

The Sufis of Central Asia were well known for their longevity and good health. The all attributed this to Breath Work. Breath work is also essential for bringing the Nafs (mechanical ego) under control and bringing the individual to a state of true consciousness.

The problem here is that by and large, the true understanding of Sufi Breath disciplines have been lost or hidden away from public scrutiny. I suspect that this was mostly done as a defense against the rising tide of fundamentalism, which makes any spiritual practice dangerous.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this message, the "digestive" model does not work well for breathing. Let me give you a different view on the process of breathing and you will understand why.

Unless you have a medical background you most likely have never heard of the "Bohr Effect", but it is essential to the understanding of proper breathing.

Stated very simply, Oxygen does not transfer from hemoglobin to tissues except in the presences of CO2.

When we breathe normally (Reflexively) hemoglobin, the principle carrier of oxygen in the body, remains about 98% oxygen (O2) saturated. When we breathe more, we increase O2 saturation negligibly but lose the CO2 that is essential for O2 utilization. If the level of CO2 in the body decreases our hemoglobin does not release O2 to the tissues, which in turn causes O2 starvation. As a result, the more you breathe the less oxygen the tissues of your body might receive! This explains the light-headedness associated with many breathing practices such as "re-birthing", it is oxygen starvation.

So breathing is much more about maintaining the correct balance of blood gases than it is about taking in a "nutrient" and expelling a "waste by-product".

To read more about this, check out counter-conditioning dysfunctional breathing
by Scott Sonnon

Here is an interesting thought for you.

A person who has been correctly trained can tell a great deal about the state of a person's Nafs just by watching them move and breath. This is of course because the Nafs is directly connected with every aspect of a person's physicality.

The patterns of tension held throughout the body, and the pattern of breath that a person habitually falls into are the "matrix" that "grows" the "mechanical nature"

If there are any questions about this material please feel free to use the comments area.

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

A Very Merry Muslim Christmas

During this time, which has been one of the Holy days for most peoples, for most of the history of the human race, it is good to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.



For a few centuries now we have used the winter solstice time to remember the birth of Isa ibn Maryam, Ruh Allah, al Masha, as he is called in Arabic by Muslims everywhere (That would be translated as "Jesus, Son of Mary, Spirit of God, the Messiah, in English).

This year, more than any other I have been troubled by the hate and divisiveness that the so called "Christian" far Right has spread while attempting to connect it to this day of remembrance.

I feel that this happens because so many have become disconnected from the teachings of Jesus (as), and instead focus on the speech of men who would have you believe that they have God in their pocket.

During the Christmas season it is good to reflect on what Jesus (as) actually said, to contemplate how he told his followers to live.

I know that many Christians no longer consider the words of Jesus (as) to be important, being happier to put their faith in Paul rather than Jesus (as), but somehow I could never come to think that the instructions he left us should be cast aside.

So on Christmas I read the words of Jesus (as) in the book of Matthew, chapters five through seven, and think about how far we all are from following his teachings.

And I remember his answer in the Book of Matthew when the Pharisees ask Jesus (as)

22:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?"

22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'

22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

22:39 A second likewise is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

22:40 The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Then I read the accounts of Jesus (as) in the Quran, starting with Sura al Maryam

Sura 19:16, The Chapter of Mary:

In the Name of Allah, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful.

16. Relate in the Book the story of Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East.

17. She placed a screen to screen herself from them; then We sent her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.

18. She said; "I seek refuge from thee in Allah Most Compassionate. Come not near if thou dost fear Allah."

19. He said: "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, to announce to thee the gift of a holy son.

20. She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?"

21. He said: "So it will be. Thy Lord saith, 'that is easy for Me; and We wish to appoint him as a Sign unto men and as a Mercy from Us, It is a matter so decreed."

When I read these things I see that the only conflict is to be found in the hearts of men who have fallen away from the message that God has been giving to us for the entire history of mankind.

So this Christmas is is my hope that people will take the time to hold their lives up against the instructions about how to live that Jesus (as) gave us and ask (where do we fall short and how can we follow these words and teachings.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessings of the solstice, Happy Holidays and Salaam Alaykum to everyone who follows this blog.

Friday, December 16, 2005

PodCast December

The latest Podcast from Chuck and Mushtaq's Martial Musings is up.

Check it out by going to Innovative Martial Arts and clicking the "Podcast" button.



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Saturday, December 10, 2005

San Shou Review Part Two

There are some advantages to being a graphics geek.

That is how I make a good part of my income, doing all manner of computer graphics including video and 3D composing. So I have the software to take a video clip and slow it WAY down (considerably slower than you can with most video viewers).

So, That is exactly what I did with Scott Sonnon's fight clip in order to bring out some things that happened too fast to see clearly. I wanted to use these to make a couple of points about mastery in the martial arts. I have talked at length on the subject in my "Slicing Time" entries but this is a good opportunity to show you what I am talking about rather than just using words.

If you have read those entries you will remember that I have talked about good fighters fighting heuristically and masterful fighters transcending the heuristics of a style and operating from flow.

One of the things I have found useful for developing and entering into flow is a model Scott developed called "Flow State Performance Spiral". This model, at least in my mind, bears some similarity to some of the older "internal boxing" texts of China (like the Tai Chi Classics) and some of the old Yogic texts of India (such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras) but there are important differences as well.

Probably, the most important difference is, though these texts are attempting to describe the same set of experiences, when they are translated into another language and taken out of the cultural milieu that creates a natural understanding of the metaphors used, all manner of confusion and misunderstanding can become attached. This is why we get the sometimes weird "metaphysical" explanations of "Chi" and "Prana" that in fact have no basis in reality.

While the original writers probably had a first person experience of what they were talking about that conformed to the basic laws of physics, all the baggage that has been attached because of misunderstanding has obscured the real knowledge to the point of fantasy.

Scott's work on "Flow State Performance Spiral" produces exactly the same observable phenomena as are described in the texts mentioned, but without the cultural and pseudo-metaphysical baggage that has become attached to the older traditions.

So Scott's explanation of how to enter "flow" does not contain anything like "the light of creation must be drawn from the center of the lotus and rooted firmly in the kwa".

In other words, us poor English speakers can actually understand, and more importantly model and duplicate what he is talking about and demonstrating.

So I would like you, my dear readers to view these clips I have prepared for your edification with the idea that what you are seeing is "internal martial art" in action.

Let me direct your attention to the first clip

Download by right clicking Clip 1

There are two things I would like to draw your attention to here. What the clip shows is Scott's opponent delivering two low line round house kicks to Scott's thigh.

Now we have all seen the standard way to deal with this kind of kick. The heuristic is to raise the leg and take the strike on the shin so that the force is partially dissipated by the hinge of the knee. What we see here is a bit different. It follows the axiom from the Tai Chi Classics "The yielding overcomes the forceful and the soft overcomes the hard".

Scott raises his leg as if to take the kick on his shin, but as the kick comes in he times his own movement to absorb the energy of the kick by yielding along the line of force. You will notice that Scott maintains his balance throughout this maneuver. This is because he is using the energy of his opponent's kick to help "root" him, transferring it through his pelvic girdle and out the opposite leg.

The second kick is even more interesting. Pay careful attention to the timing on this one. Scott has to feel the commitment of the kick at a level deeper than conscious thought in order to time his move correctly. You will notice that as his opponent's kick comes in Scott rolls his leg over it using the point of contact as a pivot. Then from behind, he then adds a little energy and direction to his opponent's blow, completely breaking his structure and turning him so that his back is to Scott. This is just about the worst possible place to be when dealing with a grappler. It looks like Scott swarms him only to remember at the last moment that chokes are not allowed, and then switches to a throw.

This second leg maneuver is a great example of what the Tai Chi Classics call "Using four ounces to move one thousand pounds".

So let's look at the second clip

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Clip 2

What I would like you to look at here first is Scott's kick. You will notice that it is delivered while his opponent is braced. You can see the energy of it deforming the guy's structure because he has nowhere to shed the force of the kick.

Scott's opponent then tries to return a kick, but he has not completely regained his equilibrium. Pay careful attention to Scott's right hand here. You will see him check the kick, then "throw the guy's foot to the mat.

If you have ever had this done to your foot you know that it completely mucks up your balance. The guy has to be getting signals from his body that things are not as they should be. His heuristic in this case seems to be to attempt to overwhelm Scott with a barrage of punches, I suspect to drive him back so that the guy can get his structure back.

Take a good look at his back as he does this. His butt is sticking out and his back is arched. He has no platform from which to generate any real power, so he is hitting with arm muscle only (or mostly) Scott sheds the force of the punches using shock absorption through his neck, moves in and takes the guy down. Hard.

If you look you will see that Scott controls the throw in such a way that his opponent hits the mat then Scott hits him full force in the chest, sandwiching him. I suspect that he was not able to breathe for a moment there, which may be what put his frustration level over the top.

You will also notice in this clip that Scott has almost no "micro-movements". These are the small adjustments that most of us make as we move and think. If this were a poker game they would be called "tells".

What we have here is an example of the "zone", the place within yourself where flow happens, and the vortex, the place where flow becomes bound.

Patanjali describes this in the first four lines of the Yoga Sutras;

1. These are the teachings of unifying the Essential Self.

2. Unity of the Essential Self is brought about by the stilling of the twisting and turning of habitual cognitive thought.

3. When habitual cognitive thought is still, the Essential Self is in its true function as presuppositionless observer of that which is experienced.

4. Otherwise the Essential Self is fixated and identified with the turning and twisting of habitual cognitive thought.
In this clip Scott is demonstrating line three and his opponent is demonstrating line four.

So let's take a look at the last clip.

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Clip 3

This is the last moment of the fight, the knockout.

As I mentioned in my last entry, Scott uses a kind of "whipping" action (for lack of a better description) in his punching. Each joint moves in a tight line to "cast" the fist to the target. This recruits more joints and produced a great deal of force over even a short distance.

As the Tai Chi boxing Chronicle states;

Peng Jing is the power of resilience and flexibility. It is born in the thighs and called Chi Kung. Chi Kung is concealed throughout the whole body. Then the body becomes the wheel's rubber band and you can gain the achievement of defense. But this is not the striking aspect. When you have reaction force, you then have the ability to strike by returning the strike to its originator. This is the energy of defensive attack. It is used to evade and also to adhere.

When moving, receiving, collecting and striking Peng Jing is always used. It is not easy to complete consecutive movements and string them together without flexibility. Peng Jing is Tai Chi boxing's essential energy. The body becomes like a spring; when pressed it recoils immediately.

So there you have it, a look into a modern expression of "internal martial art" without any of the "mystical" trappings that have become associated with it.

What I hope you come away from this with is that this sort of fighting is highly effective and allows one to adapt to changing conditions more quickly than one might think possible, and that one can learn to respond to an attack with a sensitivity and flow that can be mistaken for something paranormal by those who do not know what they are looking at.

If you find this of interest you can learn more at RMAX and the RMAX Forum.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

San Shou Review

My friend Scott Sonnon just fought in an International San Shou Championship that was put on to raise money for hurricane relief.

This is interesting for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that he had never fought San Shou before.

You can read a little about the tournament here.

For those of you who are not familiar with the sport, San Shou is a full contact contest that includes punching, kicking and take-downs, but not ground grappling. It is fought in three rounds, and can be won on points or with a knock-out, the matches go three rounds and are quite fast paced. Usually the matches are fought without much protection but in this case the fighters used head gear, chest protectors, shin guards and amateur style boxing gloves. (The kind with a lot of padding and usually a white rectangle over the legal striking area). I think the reason behind this was because the tournament was for charity, so the promoters wanted less damage in the ring, but this is just a guess on my part.

Now here are some of the interesting things.

  • Scott had never fought San Shou, as I had mentioned.
  • He had six weeks to train for the match.
  • He had to work in whatever training he could around a full teaching schedule.
  • He had to work in his training around his movie filming schedule.
  • He won the fight by knock-out (It is very difficult to knock out someone who is wearing headgear with you are wearing over-padded gloves) .
  • His opponent was ten pounds heavier, eight years younger and a professional San Shou fighter with twelve pro fights to his credit.
There are other things I want to mention about this fight as well, but before I do you should really see what I am talking about. Fortunately we have access to a "highlights" video of the fight. It is a fairly big file at just over 40 megs, but worth the bandwidth.

Download the video by right-clicking here.

Now the win would be enough for me to make mention of the fight here, but there is more to it than just this.

Ever since Scott started teaching his methods publicly he has had his detractors. (Can you imagine that happening in the martial arts world?)

For the most part, these detractors have fallen into two camps. The first being those who are trying to make a name for themselves by marketing their own thing. The criticism here has always devolved into "don't listen to him, my stuff is better!" without ever bothering to objectively demonstrate how this is true.

The second camp is in some ways more irritating. They are the "Hey, that will never work" gang, and when you inquire as to why this is not the case they will give you a variant of "because my sensei/sifu/guru/coach says it won't" or "because we do it differently" or something equally as lame.

Now to give them credit, the first group will often test out Scott's material. You can tell because parts of the Rmax corpus has appeared under different names in what they sell after Scott has published the material.

It reminds me of the way scientific discoveries evolve, from
"Everyone knows it's poppycock!"
to
"Well, it is true but it is not worth anything."
to
"Yes, it is correct, but you know, I discovered it first!"


The second group just never bothers to test the material in any meaningful way, which allows them to make fun of it.

Well, now we have a way to examine what really happens when you put Scott's material into practice.

So let's take a look at the tape.

One of the first things I notice is that there is a real difference between the way Scott is dealing with impact and the way his opponent does.

Look at the first few kicks that are delivered to Scott's legs. You will notice that he sheds the energy of the kicks through shock absorbing while his opponent allows Scott to deliver the full amount of energy to his leg. You will also notice something very cool on about the third low line kick to Scott's leg.

Scott not only sheds the force, but using subtle pressure redirects it to break his opponent's structure and turn him. You may have to run the clip in slow motion to see what I am talking about clearly because it happens pretty quickly. It's sweet though so take a close look.

Now one of the criticisms I have heard over and over again is that this kind of shock absorbing will not work in a "real fight". Obviously the people who think this are mistaken.

You will also notice that Scott's strikes are interesting. You may have to slow the clip way down to see this clearly as well, but you will notice that his kicks and punches both shoot out with a sort of loose "whipping" motion where each joint is entrained sequentially along a very tight line, almost as if he were "casting his hand or foot. This is another area where some people insist that what we are seeing is not a useful way to hit or kick.

What we see is that it is a VERY effective way to deliver energy to ones opponent and that it is not very easy to block or counter.

The third thing we see in the clip is that one closes to grappling range with Scott at their peril. I suspect that Scott's opponent was feeling a lot like a basket ball being dribbled at some points in the fight. Scott's Sambo skills really came into play here. You will notice that he not only throws his opponent, but does so in such a way that he is always in an advantageous and dominant position. I suspect that the psychological effect here was substantial.

Scott has very lucid ideas of how to remain in "flow state" while driving your opponent out of flow. We see this clearly demonstrated in this match. Every time Scott's opponent gets up from the mat he looks to be more frustrated. At one point near the end of the match, after a particularly sweet throw he can't contain himself any longer and strikes the mat in frustration/anger with both fists. At this point the guy has lost the fight in his own mind I suspect.

The crowning moment of the fight is the point where Scott lands one of those "whipping" punches on his opponent at his moment of greatest "density", and there is no place for the energy of it to shed. It looks almost as if the punch sticks to his face for a moment to unload all of its force. The guy goes down for the count.

Another thing to notice here is that Scott is quite fresh at the end of the bout. I attribute at least part of this to his Clubbell work. Using Clubbells in a "ballistic" way really helps endurance.

So here is a person going up against a very competent fighter and taking the gold at his first San Shou tournament, pretty kewl.

The thing is, those of us who have taken the time to work Scott's material knew that he would do well because we have seen the results with ourselves and our students, but it IS just a little nice to be able to point this out to the people who have disrespected the work that Scott has done with RMAX.

I should mention here that Scott was not a fluke. His team mate Joe Wilson also took a gold in his division, it was also his first San Shou tournament, he fought an opponent fifty pounds heavier than him.

Coach Scott Sonnon and Coach Joe Wilson taking home the gold for team RMAX!

I have been privileged to know and learn from a number of people who have reached a level of mastery in their art, Scott Sonnon is one of them and has brought something important to the table.

He is an American, he speaks perfect English and can express all of his ideas in my native language (which is more important than you might think) He speaks in contemporary scientific terms and uses the metaphors of this culture. This means it is easier to learn from him and model what he does than most anyone I know of who is operating at his level, and that is priceless. He is also willing to share everything he knows, unlike so many who try to make their students jump through hoops for years to prove that they are worthy (as long as they remain under the control of the "teacher") It is really a breath of fresh air to me.

Most importantly, he walks his talk and is willing to test his insights in the arena that really matters.

I have to say that I wish more teachers of all types would do this.

So what should you do?

Well, if you are a friend, you should head over to RMAX and get some of Scott's material and start applying it to your art. You might want to look into getting the Intu-Flow and Xtention Package, it is a great, low cost introduction to Scott's work. You will also want to check out the RMAX Forum. It is one of the most information rich, troll free places on the 'net. You can gain whole bodies of knowledge just from reading the material there.

If on the other hand you are one of those people who spends his time bad mouthing people behind their backs you won't like the CST material very much and should probably go become a certified SCARS instructor or some such.

The really fun thing is that you will still have your art you will just end up with more insight and skill. I have been applying Scott's models to my Silat for almost six years now, and it is still exactly the same Silat only entirely different. Go Figure.


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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Entries of note

From the blogs of a couple of friends.

This Entry by Sume from Ethnically Incorrect is well worth reading.

It reminded me a bit of my own childhood, being the only light skinned, blue eyed kid in my area, then moving to the Great White World (tm) and discovering I was just as much an oddity there.

On the other hand, Jeff from My 142857 Work has this perspective to offer on being in the world. Who knows, if enough people think about this it just might become a potent meme.

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Yet another wacky test

For your enjoyment

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You are Form 3, Unicorn: The Innocent.

"And The Unicorn knew she wasn't meant to
go into the Dark Wood. Disregarding the advice
given to her by the spirits, Unicorn went
inside and bled silver blood.. For her
misdeed, the world knew evil."


Some examples of the Unicorn Form are Eve
(Christian) and Pandora (Greek).
The Unicorn is associated with the concept of
innocence, the number 3, and the element of
water.
Her sign is the twilight sun.

As a member of Form 3, you are a curious
individual. You are drawn to new things and
become fascinated with ideas you've never come
in contact with before. Some people may say
you are too nosey, but it's only because you
like getting to the bottom of things and
solving them. Unicorns are the best friends to
have because they are inquisitive.


Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Thursday, December 01, 2005

An epiphany from class tonight

Good Silat is very much like Calvin Ball.

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