Saturday, March 27, 2010

On Imanginarium...

Have you, guys, seen Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus?
The thing with Terry Gilliam (director) is that either you get it or not. And if you get it you can love or hate it. I kinda digg it. Loved 12 Monkeys, Brasil and his other flicks.
Imaginarium? Recommended ;-)

Friday, March 26, 2010

On new bikes

I still dunno what motorcycle I should get. Eventually I will come back to Europe and I would like to have some fun. Now, being a geek, I also would like a bike that not only gives fun but something that also is a statement.

So how about new KTM Supermoto? It's electric! And look how gentle and light it is - almost a cross between a bicycle and SM. OK, comments on the Web are not favourable, but we still have some time before the bike reaches the market in 2011. I guess we'll see what we'll see...

Read more here and here

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

On weekend in Mombasa

Just three days, including over 16h of driving, but well worth it.

From Kenya - Mombasa

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On a minor milestone

Of course I did not stick to their workout plan, followed my own ;-) And - in spite of what they think - I believe the aim is to make a hundred in one go, not in chunks of 10 or 20 pushups...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On my big mouth

Me and my big mouth.
Wanted affiliation and I got it. Now my dojo is part of Birankai. Makes all things more serious...

BTW - can I call it a dojo? Just a bunch of enthusiasts meeting once in a while to learn somewhat distorted concepts of Aikido...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On Nairobi Aikikai

See, this whole Aikido world is - for some reason - very... political. And I, having planted the seed here in Kenya, have been officially unaffiliated with any of the organizations out there. I know my roots, but it was not evident to others. Hence Piotr advised (yeah, another euphemism ;-) to set up a page and clearly state my lineage. Well, here it is... Nairobi Aikikai

Thursday, March 11, 2010

On an old story

But still fascinating...
I know, bigger, better and richer (yup, I am talking here at least Tesla-based supercomputing) than me have broken their teeth on this one. But it still is nice to see all of it online ;-)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

On Ninjas

Just watched Ninja Assassin. OMG, what a crap... Seriously, this pretty much as bad as it gets. Yeah, the other ninja movie of last year Ninja was not much better. Damn, is there really no way these douchebags in Hollywood can come up with something fresh? Seems like there's been nothing since Michael Dudikoff and Sho Kosugi. Well, the only notable exception being this, but this is not US production... Is Hollywood spiraling downwards? Or - more appropriately - dried out?

Friday, March 5, 2010

About time...

Politics is a bitch, but sometimes you have to put name to things.
Read here.
I do not see how Turkey can claim to be part of Europe...

Monday, March 1, 2010

On teaching Aikido

The interesting thing happens when you have to verbalize certain thoughts or impressions and ideas that you think you grasp. Now that I have started teaching sometimes I try to convey some concept to the students it forces me to verbalize things I feel through my skin, almost on subconscious level. And the process of formalizing these thoughts, ideas, impressions, sometimes feelings makes me understand them better. And this also gives me the chance to revisit them and dwell on them longer. And this changes perspective. So now I am going again through old Classics like Musashi Miyamoto, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Munenori Yagyu and so on. They say different things now. And all things are not as they seem, but they're not otherwise ;-)