“The biggest danger is to stop learning”

London Ki Aikido

At the recent childrens’ seminar in Germany, Sensei Raymond Scanlon taught a lesson explaining the importance of always adapting. Although this is a sentiment most people would agree with, many fail to follow it when they become adults. As we get older we seem to prefer what is comfortable than to what is true.

P1040623r All still learning even after decades of practise.

Martial Arts are the study of danger. This is a life long pursuit,  As with most discplines, the more we practise, the more humble we become as we start to appreciate the subtleties of the art. We come to realise that we are playing with pebbles on the beach whilst the “great ocean of truth lies undiscovered before us”

In Aikido, we also learn to apply and receive technique during practise. This practise of receiving technique, ukemi, gives just enough stress to your bodies to keep it supple and active whilst leaving it strong. In this way, your body learns, as…

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Hermann Zapf, the font designer behind Palatino and Zapf Dingbats, has died at 96

RIP Zapf

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Perfectly Grim

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How to use the Apple Watch font as the system font on OS X Yosemite

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Billederne på Facebook

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”Selviscenesættelse”, siger man om Facebookopdateringer og især deres billeder og mener det ofte negativt. Selviscenesættelse er et fænomen, der strækker sig tilbage til første gang en gorilla slog sig på brystet og er lige så normalt og selvfølgeligt som at opføre sig. Og vi opfører os alle sammen – mere eller mindre velopdragent – når vi er sammen med andre.

Jeg har set lidt på vores ”selviscenesættelse” og de klassiske motivgenre på verdens største sociale platform. Og det mest nærliggende er selvfølgelig at bruge mine egne facebookvenners billeder. Tak til jer alle for at lade mig bruge billederne.


Selviscenesættelsen begynder med profilbilledet. Jeg er mit profilbillede. Jeg er glad, grinende og lige til og har taget en selfie lige op i smasken på mig selv, så mit hoved er lidt deformt med stor næse og langstrakt ansigt. Jeg er forsigtig eller forfængelig, og en portrætfotograf har tegnet mig op…

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Lord Foul’s Bane, by Stephen R. Donaldson

Forgiveness would bring responsibility, and responsibility brings guilt and guilt brings pain. If Covenant can avoid responsibility, he can avoid pain. But this also connects to the idea of the dream world: in feeling responsible for the things in this world, Covenant would have to acknowledge their reality. Conversely, by denying their reality he can deny his own responsibility.

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I have a feeling that Lord Foul’s Bane may come as a surprise to many readers. It’s on the ‘fantasy’ shelf, and fantastical things do occur, but this isn’t meant to be how fantasy works. At least, not these days.

Some history is in order. Lord Foul’s Bane is one of the most important books in the history of the genre. It came out in the epochal year of 1977 – in October, I think. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons had been released in stages through the year, with the Monster Manual released sometime that autumn so far as I can make out. Tolkien fans would have been at fever-pitch with the long-awaited release of The Silmarillion in September. In January that year, Terry Brooks had released his own shameless rip-off loving homage to Tolkien. Up until then, fantasy was mostly the soft fringes of science fiction, itself already a niche…

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The Apple Watch Is Time, Saved


[tc_dropcap]Over the course of investigating the Apple Watch, I’ve spoken to several sources who have spent extended time with it. [/tc_dropcap]There are a lot of interesting details, some of which we’ll get into. But, by far, the biggest recurring theme is how little you use your iPhone once you have one.

After these discussions, it seems certain that the Apple Watch will shortly be the primary way you access your iPhone during the day.

People that have worn the Watch say that they take their phones out of their pockets far, far less than they used to. A simple tap to reply or glance on the wrist or dictation is a massively different interaction model than pulling out an iPhone, unlocking it and being pulled into its merciless vortex of attention suck.

One user told me that they nearly “stopped” using their phone during the day; they used to have it out…

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