Nov 08 2008

Oops, I forgot to be abstract

Published by at 4:40 am under Training in Japan

Well I was in a sensei class and I made a mistake.  When asked to explain what a technique felt like I explained what happened in a non abstract fashion.  I should have gotten a page out of the arts playbook and made my answer more nebulous.  I guess the problem with my answer was it would make sense to people with my background.  Mechanically it was correct and many people said from what I described to what they saw it made sense.  But for those who are not connected to a solid understanding of mechanical things, this would not clarify anything.

Next time I will talk about animals and the earth moving around the sun and random nobel laureates<spelling corrected>.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Oops, I forgot to be abstract”

  1. Scottyon 08 Nov 2008 at 4:10 pm

    If you need any help not being a robot ad pretending that you have something that could be described as a soul, please let me know. I will see if I can dig up some poetry and have it read by a mechanical voice so that you can interpret it in that cold void you call a cavity where most of us have a heart.

    Fudoshin sir, one day you may turn into a REAL boy.

  2. Brianon 09 Nov 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Scotty, we miss you….

  3. johnon 09 Nov 2008 at 4:34 pm

    well I just ruined a good pair of jeans……

  4. BRon 10 Nov 2008 at 4:18 am

    How about some insight on Nagato-sensei’s classes, now that you’re on it? ;) That’d be very nice! Did you get to hear some of his oft-interesting stories during the kyukei in his classes?

  5. Antonon 10 Nov 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Funny Scotty, I seem to have gotten the interpretation down using my mechanical understanding whereas the art were used to stroke ego and offer nothing worthwhile to the conversation. Nothing unexpected though.

  6. Antonon 10 Nov 2008 at 3:14 pm


    I can give my insight, the question is do you want it here or another post?

  7. Adam McCollon 10 Nov 2008 at 11:19 pm

    You obviously are not watching enough Discover Channel ;-)

  8. Someone who knowson 11 Nov 2008 at 12:50 am

    OBVIOUSLY, your description was wrong, as it didn’t incorporate a post-modernist deconstruction of how all descriptions are equally valid, followed by a hermaneutic analysis of how your upbringing in a post industrial/military complex inherently taints your knowing, thereby denying the equally valid ways of knowing a posteriori that others in the room derive from a more holistic gestalt…

    …wait a minute….

  9. Someone who knowson 11 Nov 2008 at 1:08 am

    …AND another thing! “nobel loriates”?

    It should be “Nobel laureates”.

    You sir, betray your pedigree, and are certainly no scholar! I now find myself questioning your status as a gentleman as well. Mayhap someone over there will give you a sound thrashing of their cane, or give you the what for in a round of fisticuffs, you carpetbagger!

    I bid you good day!

  10. Scottyon 11 Nov 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Wow, I have been outdone by someone who knows.

    I tip my hat to you.

  11. BRon 12 Nov 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Just getting back to this…….perhaps you, Anton, could e-mail it to me, or if you need to, share it here. (in that order)

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