March 19th, 2013


our ridiculous dog

First we have a photo of Scooter relaxing in the maroon chair:


And then an hour after that, I took him for a walk, and he got all excited and happy to galumph about in SNOW!!!!!!

Scooter loves him some snow....
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    "Nothing is Easy" by Jethro Tull

Enter the Dojo is a hilarious parody of the martial arts

My buddy, and fellow martial artist, T.J. Glenn turned me on to this web series: Enter the Dojo, a fake "reality" show about a dojo in New Mexico that teaches "Ameri-Do-Te," the supposedly most perfect martial art, taught by Master Ken, an 11th-degree black belt in this discipline that basically is him and a half dozen people. The characters are pretty much all caricatures, but the series is hilariously funny, especially if you're a martial artist. But even if you're not, it's still some funny-ass shit. Check out the first episode embedded below, and if you like it, check out the whole thing. (Also you can follow @AmeriDoTe on Twitter....)

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    "She Gotta Butt" by Michael McCloud
TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Firstborn"

GREETINGS FROM THE FUTURE! Adult Alexander travels back in time forty years to change his destiny or die (by killing his younger self) trying! Plus, bonus Quark, Lursa, and B'Etor! The TNG Rewatch has its "Firstborn."

An excerpt:
The biggest problem is that Alexander’s plan is dumb from the ground up and dumb from the roof on down the other side. To make matters worse, it’s badly executed. The detail of the extra character on the d’k tahg was an obvious problem, but it’s also obvious that Alexander never expected the sisters to be found. That, however, points up another problem: Alexander lived on the Enterprise. He knows exactly how resourceful this crew is. Why would he be surprised that they’d go after Lursa and B’Etor or that they’d be successful? And while seeing “K’mtar” aim his disruptor at himself makes for an impressive image, on what planet does killing his younger self make sense?

Then again, Alexander was a dumb kid, makes sense he’d be a dumb adult.
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    "Second Star to the Right" by James Taylor

my black belt essay from 2009

Part of the process for getting one's black belt is to write an essay about some aspect of one's karate experience. Since I'm going for my second-degree, I had to write a new essay -- and I also got to reread the one I wrote in 2009 for my first-degree. I thought folks might want to see what I wrote then when I was preparing to become a black belt.

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    "Ballad of Harry Bridges" by Sarah Lee Guthrie