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Re: The Chemestry of Ninjutsu
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Agreed.

Coherence is the currency for being effective.

Posted on: 2009/10/10 12:29
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Re: The Chemestry of Ninjutsu
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Coherent ideas are intrinsically beautiful but that doesn't make them intrinsically true or even useful.

Historically, progress in the arts and even the sciences seems to have resulted more from tinkering, having it fail, learning and improving the next rev. Flashes of coherent analytic brilliance have happened, But they're rare.

However, being pattern seekers, we humans often opt for the neat, tidy, coherent explanation that's brittle than the partial, malleable version that's intellectually ugly but tends to stand up better to chance.

Color me skeptic about the chemistry of ninjutsu idea. But that's more because I think these early versions aren't fully baked. Keep bashing the rocks together to make them smooth and more rounded.

Then I'll listen again

Posted on: 2009/10/10 11:45
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.....the boxing kangaroo....hell of a jab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=litThn11oMw

Posted on: 2009/10/10 6:21
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Re: The Chemestry of Ninjutsu
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Interesting article in today's NYT about how the brain tends to look outward for patterns in the face of the absurd.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/health/06mind.html?em

Feels a bit like the first time you try to follow what Soke is doing....ah, nothing like a proper WTF pause in your mind when you hear "PLAY!" barked at you.

Posted on: 2009/10/8 14:52
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Re: The Chemestry of Ninjutsu
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Sure, the godai patterns are intrinsically interesting. Who knows, there might even be some correlation between your ideas about chemistry and ninjutsu.

But if you're going to draw real value out of the patterns you're constructing (godai, chemistry, ninjutsu, whatever), you'd better be damned sure of the questions, dependencies, or goals to which you're targeting those patterns. And it's likely to be the simplest stuff that trips you up. Quick confirmation is one of the deadliest foes you will ever face.

I blew an ungodly amount of my own $ building a market research engine based on game design. I fell in love with the patterns, the concepts, the math, the customer base, and what I would provide them for a king's ransom---my own perfect world. Everywhere I looked, I found strong confirmation that gameplay was a new, unexploited method for conducting market research.

Everything went swimmingly until one of those thick-head VCs asked the obvious, "Love the idea, John. Game design for market research makes sense and can make money....but are you sure you've picked the right game?"

You could hear the sound of my forehead slap across multiple time zones.

Best of luck

Posted on: 2009/10/6 16:03
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Secrets of the Samurai Sword on PBS show NOVA
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Found this link today...hasn't aired yet but looks like it will be good.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/samurai/

there's a good interactive section showing how Tamahagane is made.

Enjoy!

Posted on: 2009/7/4 8:22
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Re: Dojo near University of Maryland College Park?
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Thanks...I need to know travel times from College Park. I've been stuck before in D.C. traffic.

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Dojo near University of Maryland College Park?
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Hello Buyu,

At the end of this month, I'm attending a week long seminar at the Univ. of Maryland College Park. I'm looking for training either Wed/Thur night May 27-28. Never trained around the area. Any suggestions for something decently close where I'll be either a bus or taxi guy?

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John D Gauntt
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Whidbey Island, WA
www.whidbey-budo.com

Posted on: 2009/5/11 12:21
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