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18 May 2002 (updated 18 May 2002 at 20:18 UTC) »

Today I experienced my first kung fu class. It hurt like hell, but was loads of fun.

The instructor (Eo Omwake -- http://www.flowinghands.com/) apparently mixes a large base of Shaolin style with northern long-fist, southern praying mantis, kempo, and a bunch of other techniques. But today I just learned the basic stances, watched the first form in Qigong (chee-gong), and learned a couple self-defense techniques and a short-range upward kick with a name I forget. All with lots of repetition and movement.

"Practice big, apply small" is a Shaolin saying that expend more energy in grander motions than when you fight, so when you fight, you can explode. It makes sense, but my thighs are burning because of the very low, very very wide basic stance -- and the continuous getting up and going down into it. My vocabulary obviously isn't that descriptive, so here's the gist:

My sweat soaked all the way through my two shirts, through the band of my pants, and through my silk waist sash. My legs burned yet felt like noodles. And it was so much fun.

update
Next class is Monday evening. Hopefully I'll have recovered by then :)

I saw Attack of the Clones last night. I absolutely loved the last half (Yoda fighting was awesome) but the first half seemed rather stiff to me. On the whole I liked it much better than Episode One.

I'm having a lot of fun with festival lately. And today was my last AP test, psychology. Hopefully I did well enough on them not to repeat /too/ much stuff next year. I really don't fancy another US Government course like this year's..

I'll be looking into some cmu sphinx stuff soonish too. I don't think speech is going to be the next big interface, but i would like to have some sort of backup plan in case I go blind -- my eyesight is bad enough as it is. Besides, hearing MC Hawking (mchawking.com) esque vocalized chats in Gabber is really cool, too :)

julian: TCPTransmitter giving you problems again? ;)

I'm going to Carnegie Mellon next year.

May 6 is my first AP test of six. I may very well be so screwed.

It has been pointed out to me several times by several different people that $60 sushi meals are not the lunches, dinners, or midnight snacks of those in horrible horrible debt to a variety of lenders, as I may be were I to attend CMU.

Shut up, all of you. I can dream, can't I?

Those interested in contributing anywhere from a tuppence to around $25,000 for me to attend Carnegie Mellon University (http://www.cmu.edu/) next year, please contact me at mike@aspect.net (email) or mike@jabber.org (jabber) or boatpants (aim).

Leaving now to visit Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh on Friday. If they'd give me some money, I think I'd be able to survive there ... especially since I found out about Umi and a bunch of other supposedly really good sushi places. http://pittsburgh.citysearch.com/profile/11356750/

I want another vacation!

Oh, and I am really enjoying the feng shui job I did with my room. It's not necessarily great by any means but it is a vast, vast improvement. Working is a lot nicer.

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