Phrases, Idioms, Sayings: You Can Lead a Horse…

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There is an old adage about leading a horse to water, but not being able to make the horse drink.

For some reason, this saying has stuck with me. For several years, it kept coming up. The explorer in me kept asking, “Why and why not?” So, I finally added a part to make it work, to make it complete. After using it in conversation dozens of times, I have not run across anyone who heard the add-on before. So, there ...

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Comparisons between Brain Science and Computer Science

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For the past three or four years, I have had strong fascination between brain science and computer science.

Roughly half my work time is spent writing about the significance of the largest and most current technology shifts in the world – big data, PaaS, open source, data science, mobile, social, local, agile methods, and distributed computing. Over 2-3 years, I’ve contributed to somewhere around 200 articles in the space for one of the most innovative “start-up” companies on the planet ...

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Lesson 9 – Context is Key

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Context is key for learning. You cannot truly learn by listening or watching or reading, you must do it to understand. The teacher also cannot fully teach unless you practice.

Describe an orange to me and assume I don’t know what the color orange is or what a fruit is or what a circle is.

Have five blind people describe an elephant after touching different parts.

An attack can be defended with a very restful block. Almost no energy is required if you ...

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Ving Tsun Lesson 7 and 8

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Practicing the form is about repetition, getting the muscles to do what you want, stretching the tendons, maintaining a focus on the centerline for efficiency, keeping proper balance in the stance, learning to deal with many things at once, and learning a feedback loop.

Exercises for punches and blocks focus on blocks first. These start off working to get the brain and eyes and hands to coordinate better. They turn into a mechanism for feeling. Using your antenna of touch over ...

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Happy 4th and to Your Freedom

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Dear American Revolutionaries,

Thank you for fighting for our personal and professional independence in a way that created one of the most innovative, happiest, and greatest countries on Earth.

We will continue to do our part in celebrating and promoting freedom. Blessings!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

One Love,
Adam

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The Definition of a Customer by Gandhi

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Gandhi_South-Africa“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by ...

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Ving Tsun Lessons 4 and 5

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There are some really interesting things about these two lessons.

Mainly, it is about repetition of form and learning good habits.

As the old adage goes, “perfect practice makes perfect.” We do not want to form bad habits. I am learning what the center means and how to send energy while staying relaxed.

Reminds me of learning to surf or play guitar.

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3rd Lesson: Balance, Timing, and Coordination

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In yesterday’s class, I learned more about the overall skills we are developing in our core exercises of form, punching, and blocking.

  • These are foundation exercises to help our brains learn to better manage balance, timing, and coordination. This image seemed to speak to all three.
  • While the movements seem so basic when you first watch them, there is a tremendous amount of depth and thought that has gone into the approach.
  • Interestingly, the force to apply with blocks and punches was compared to a ...
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Saturday’s lesson? Precision and Efficiency

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On Sat am, I had my second class in wing chun. Lots of repetition on throwing punches, blocking, then both at the same time. The key lesson I took away? Precision is required for efficiency. Very interesting to train the brain on block, block, block/throw. Probably blocking one punch every 2 seconds. Really cool, really hard on the neurons more than the body.

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Great Resource on Writing: Pyramid Principle

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The principles in this book, summed here by @ameet are really great.
https://medium.com/lessons-from-mckinsey/f0885dd3c5c7
H Khufu pyramid in Egypt
It comes down to three simple things that are very hard to do sometimes because writing has so many variables.
1. Begin with the answer.
2. Appropriately group and summarize the supporting points.
3. Apply ...

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