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Postby yat_chum » Tue Oct 17, 2006 1:54 am

I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. The transfer is not paying off. Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse.

Brian Eno, Wired 1/99, p. 176
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:22 am

"The fool who knows he is a fool is for that very reason wise.
The fool who thinks himself wise is the greatest fool of all."
Shakyamuni
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:10 pm

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him."
Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
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Postby Inga » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:45 pm

"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards"

- Soren Kierkegaard
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:22 pm

"Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can."
Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Oct 21, 2006 1:17 am

"Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit."
McCallister Dodds
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:21 pm

"I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile."
Goldie Hawn (1945 - )
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:47 pm

"Before you can defend against a knife,
you must learn to fight with a knife"

Pilipino proverb
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:45 am

"One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things."
Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:40 pm

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:32 am

"The secret of being a good carpenter, isn’t not making mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. The secret of being a good carpenter is being able to make your mistakes good." Jim
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Postby yat_chum » Fri Oct 27, 2006 3:28 pm

"Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:16 am

"Too little liberty brings stagnation and too much brings chaos."
Bertrand Russell
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Oct 29, 2006 2:22 am

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others."
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Postby yat_chum » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:36 pm

"The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp."
John Berry, Flight of White Crows
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Oct 31, 2006 2:10 am

"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy."
Sarah Ban Breathnach
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Postby yat_chum » Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:55 pm

"If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price."
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Postby yat_chum » Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:53 pm

The word "bu" of budo (martial arts) is written with the Chinese character for "stop" within a character signifying two crossed halberds meaning to stop conflict. Since karate is a budo, this meaning should be deeply considered, and the fists should not be used heedlessly.
Youth is justice and vigor. Vigor is stimulated by bu (martial arts) and it overflows into good or sometimes bad actions. Thus if Karate-do is followed correctly, it will polish the character, and one will uphold justice, but if used for evil purposes, it will corrupt society and be contrary to humanity.

Master Gichin Funakoshi
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Postby yat_chum » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:31 pm

Use soft words and hard arguments.
English Proverb
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Postby yat_chum » Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:49 am

"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall."
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
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