October 22nd, 2009


one down....

Last night was the first of three days of black-belt promotion. Tonight was to go over the basics -- punches, kicks, blocks, combinations, stances, terminology. We all did fairly well. I messed up one bit of terminology -- my mind went totally blank on the translation of nukite (spear-hand), which I've known since I was a friggin' white belt *sigh* -- but aside from that, I did fine. (There was another bit of terminology I didn't know, but neither did anyone else, so I didn't sweat that so much.) My techniques were strong, and I was able to do the funky combinations that the Shihans threw at us right on the first try each time.

I took heart in the fact that everyone else messed up somewhere, too. We were all nervous, even the folks who've been through this before. But all five of us did well.

However, there was a sixth. An advanced brown belt from the Upper West Side dojo thought the promotion was at the Brooklyn dojo, not our dojo in the Bronx, and he schlepped all the way down there to a darkened dojo. He eventually realized his mistake and took a cab aaaaaaall the way from Brooklyn to our dojo -- not a cheap ride -- arriving just as the five of us were finished. We sat and waited while he went through his own review, which was only fair after his ordeal.

The best part was after I got home last night, having wolfed down two broiled lamb chops marinated in Worcestershire sauce, a salad, and a ton of ice cream, then got an e-mail from Shihan, sent to me, Gustavo, and Natasha (the three candidates from our dojo going up) telling us that we did very well and that he was proud of us.

I'm exhausted today -- while the physical exertion wasn't anything different from a particularly intense workout class, the mental exertion was magnified a thousandfold. I now understand why there's a day between each part......
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me on the Scapecast

The latest episode of the Parsec Award-winning podcast Scapecast: Your Guide to the Wonders of Farscape is out, and it includes interviews with me about the comics (conducted at Comic-Con in San Diego) and with A&E's Dan Kinney about the upcoming DVD release, plus other cool stuff. So check it out either on iTunes or at the Scapecast web site. You can comment on the forums at the site also...
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HG World

HG World Season 0 Episode 4: "Walk in Their Masquerade"

In this episode, we meet the Constables of HG World who have their quiet night interrupted by the announcement of a shocking decision. When Ronni falls ill, Hicks heads to town for supplies, only to run into an old friend with a sinister plan. Hicks and Dogberry find the last store in Wishwell under siege by Eaters, with looters trapped inside along with the staff. The fate of McInnes and his men looks grim as the United Nations force counts its dead and tries to decide which way to head next.

Starring Keith R.A. DeCandido as Todd Rage, Scott C. Wentworth as Keith, Dustin Shanafelter as David and Pimples, Lance Shoenberg as Krantz, D.T. Kelly as Jebediah, Michael L. Stokes as Jack and Captain Grant, Glen Bartram as Harris, Rebecca Rinas as Ronni, Ryan Smith as Hicks, Ayoub Khote as McInnes, Lee Sands as Dogberry, Dayton Ward and Scott Wentworth as the Robbers, Shane Harris as Auggie, Roy Winger as HEFTY, Cheryl Malcom as Shelly, Stacy Dooks as Gray, and Mark Zaricor as Reverend Dawkins.

The episode was written and directed and edited by Jay Smith, engineered by Michael Stokes.

HG World is produced by Jay Smith & Michael L. Stokes with production assistance by Martha Linbo-Terhaar and Carole Stokes and production logo and additional art by Adrianna Linbo-Terhaar.

You can get the episode at iTunes, or download it from GoodMorningSurvivors.com or at 3015 North Productions' podOmatic page. And feel free to comment at the message board.
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Schott's Miscellany 21 October 2009

Jack Kerouac died (1969)


The WISE MAN is temperate
The TEMPERATE is constant
The CONSTANT is unperturbed
The UNPERTURBED is free from sorrow
The wise man is HAPPY.


I've made it a rule never to drink by daylight and never to refuse a drink after dark.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
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