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Greetings professor Falken


A strange game.

The only winning move is not to play.

How about a nice game of chess?

How to write


Life is ironic. I always thought i was good at expressing myself in the written form.

My stories always made school displays and my weekly stories written during lunchtimes always had friends interested.

I guess the writing was on the wall (sic) when my uni proffesor remarked 'you have an interesting style. Very colloquial.' i took it as a compliment.

My brother, bless him, saw otherwise. Since my very first email to him in 92 he wrote 'be clear formal and precise on your emails'.

Again i took no notice. I liked my style it was a representation of how i spoke and felt.

Then more recently i read the stories you all wrote. Crucifer blew me away. What prose!

Now i find myself frustrated and struggling - more likely struggling and hence frustrated.

My job requires me to write high level docs.

The simple truth is it is doing my head in.

I have been on two report writing courses. Love the funnel technique. Love mind maps to define the flow. But can i do this under pressure? No.

My ultimate boss is a super achiever. He writes beautifully. He hates those who dont.


I went so far as downloading online courses.

Nothing is helping.

I need help.

How can i businessify my style? Aargh the pain.

Books, techniques and inspiration welcome.

In frustrationato,



Martial arts on a hard school assembly floor, without mats.

Two words: good, bad.

Good, thats what the world is like. Bad, the day after.


The God Delusion


I'm reading the god delusion, bought whilst at perth airport. It is very
good indeed.

Here are some snippets that made me laugh:

Ambrose Bierce defines to pray: to ask that the laws of the universe be
annulled in behalf of a single petitioner, confessedly unworthy.

boom boom

Check out PZ Meyers pharyngula blog for others.

Ninpo Num Num

Guidelines For Participation In The Bujinkan

1. The Bujinkan shall be open to only those who agree with and uphold the guidelines of the Bujinkan Dojo. Those not doing so shall not be
allowed to join. Specifically: Only those who have read and agreed with these guidelines shall be allowed to participate.

2. Only those able to exercise true patience, self-control, and dedication shall be allowed to participate. A physician's examination report shall be required. Specifically, individuals with mental illness, drug addiction, or mental instability shall be barred from joining. The necessity of such a report concerns individuals who may present a danger to others, for example, those with infectious diseases or illnesses, individuals with clinically abnormal personalities or physiology, and individuals lacking self-control.

3. Individuals with criminal records shall be turned away. Trouble makers, those who commit crimes, and those living in Japan who break domestic laws shall be turned away.

4. Those not upholding the guidelines of the Bujinkan, either as practitioners or as members of society, by committing disgraceful or reproachable acts shall be expelled. Until now, the Bujinkan was open to large numbers of people who came to Japan. Among them, unfortunately, were those committing violent drunken acts, the mentally ill, and trouble makers who thought only of themselves and failed to see how their actions might adversely affect others. Through their actions, such people were discarding the traditional righteous heart of the Bujinkan. From this day forward, all such people shall be expelled.

5. Regarding accidents occurring during training (both inside and outside the dojo), one should not cause trouble to the Bujinkan. This is an extremely important point. Those unwilling to take personal responsibility for accidents occurring during Bujinkan training shall not be admitted. Reiterating for clarity, the Bujinkan shall not take responsibility for any accidents happening in the course of training, regardless of the location.

6. All those joining the Bujinkan must get an annual membership card. This card not only preserves the honor of the Bujinkan members, it indicates you are part of a larger whole--one whose members come together with warrior hearts to better themselves through training and friendship. It evinces the glory of warrior virtue, and embodies both loyalty and brotherly love.

7. The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:
•"The secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace.
•To study is the path to the immovable heart (fudoshin)."

Recently, the Bujinkan has become truly international. Just as there are various time zones, so exist various taboos among the world's peoples and nations. We must respect each other, striving to avoid such taboos. We must put the heart of the warrior first, working together for self-improvement and for the betterment of the Bujinkan.

Those not upholding the above-mentioned guidelines shall be forced out of the Bujinkan.

Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke

Had a great time in Oz

Back again, after a protracted period away from the on-line bloggingsphere.

Spent two weeks on holiday, in Singapore and Perth. We were on our way
to a wedding in Perth, courtesy of an invitation from a friend.

Aim to update things more often, now that I have my GPRS and mobile
email sorted. I've also set up a twitter.com account, though its private
right now. Will try to figure out if I can twitter directly into
blogger. If anyone knows, do drop us a line.

Howdy to all those who still read this, I promise I shall be frequenting
your establishments soon!


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