Martial Development

Martial arts for personal development

Entries from May 2010

Kung Fu Bear Will Defeat Your Entire Clan!

May 26th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Kung Fu bear cubs


Claude the bear, from Hiroshima zoo
(Yes, it’s real)

Kung Fu Bear mashups [Read more →]

Feiyue Martial Arts Shoes: A Mixed Review

May 23rd, 2010 · 6 Comments

Cotton-sole slippers

I have always been a fan of cotton-sole kung fu slippers. They are very cheap, and very comfortable. With their soft and smooth bottoms, they don’t scuff hardwood floors, and they don’t tear vinyl or canvas mats.

Cotton shoes do have some weaknesses, though. They absorb water and dirt, so you can’t really wear them outside. And unfortunately, they tend to slip a bit during kicking, jumping, and tumbling exercises. It was for these reasons that I recently decided to upgrade my footwear. [Read more →]

Google’s False Confessions

May 20th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Inside the company’s daring plan to control the news

The greatest trick that Google Corporation ever pulled, was to convince the world it didn’t exist. Although its shareholders know it as a profitable advertising brokerage, the majority of Internet users believe it to be nothing more than a benevolent purveyor of web search, email, and other free online services.

Google is a fierce and formidable competitor. Its network of websites is the Internet’s single most popular destination; it processes more search queries than all its competitors combined, including stalwarts Microsoft and Yahoo; its annual revenues and profits are measured in billions. Through all its successful expansions, Google has worked to maintain an image of simplicity and altruism.

Google’s bungled launch of their Buzz platform illustrated the pervasiveness, and the deceptive nature of this public image. [Read more →]

Dating in the Dojo: Good or Bad Idea?

May 11th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Last week, I asked a random group of martial arts instructors and students the following question:

Do you think dating in the dojo is a good or bad idea? Why?

Here are their answers… [Read more →]

Relax With This Karate Porn Video

May 6th, 2010 · 9 Comments

New Pornographers Release Free Web Video

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Why Max Geiger Is The Deadliest Warrior

May 5th, 2010 · 17 Comments

The Deadliest Warrior, Max Geiger

Single combat is a wicked problem. It is a problem that resists a straightforward explanation. It can only be understood after it is solved, and only to the extent that it has been solved.

We tame a wicked problem by defining it clearly. Thus, in the field of software development, we often plan to “build one (solution) to throw away.” The product of this effort is not intended to be a final solution, but a restatement of the original problem in more concrete terms.

The benefit of such throwaway prototypes is that we do not become too invested in refining the right solution to the wrong problem. Solving the correct problem is the difference between a successful engineering project and a piece of abstract art.

To my eyes, The Deadliest Warrior TV series is a work of art [Read more →]