September 6th, 2007 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Sep. 6th, 2007
11:52 am - The Proper Mindset for Combat
Via Mark D.
The Proper Mindset for Combat
When you are engaged in mortal combat, the mindset you adopt is the most
important element to your survival. Understand, that the mind controls the
body and that will supercedes skill. I bring this up because a prevalent
problem I see with many self-defense practitioners is that there is no
emotional content in their training. the majority of people are interested
in accumulating techniques and executing them by rote like robots. You can
have all the best techniques in the world; however, they will do you no good
if they are not backed with emotional commitment and pure savagery. It is
akin to having a gun with rubber bullets.
When I used to teach self-defense, I would tell my students about Arthur
Shawcross, the serial killer known as “The Monster of the Rivers.” I would
show them a picture of this scumbag and read a small excerpt of a letter he
wrote which in part stated, “I have been a god unto myself, I’ve been the
judge, the jury, and the executioner. I, dear people, have murdered,
butchered, and totally destroyed 53 human beings in my lifetime. I am like a
predator, able to hunt, able to wantonly destroy at any given time or
moment.” I would then graphically describe what he would do to his victims.
Subsequently, I’d ask them; how many of you could defend yourself against a
man like this? One, sometimes two, would raise their hands. The majority
would just keep their hands down and remain silent.
01:11 pm - Matrix goggles
Russian hackers Alexei Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev show off goggles that display the world through various filters, including infrared, reverse color, and even ASCII.
Also, did you know that real “X-ray” goggles (NSFW) apparently now exist? (Assuming the website is real–it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.). Also, the images aren’t that high in quality, and the goggles only work well with synthetic clothing. But who knows? With enhancements in image processing, all my boyhood perv fantasies could soon be made reality.
10:14 pm - I Think You’re Fat
This story is about something called Radical Honesty. It may change your life. (But honestly, we don’t really care.)
Here’s the truth about why I’m writing this article:
I want to fulfill my contract with my boss. I want to avoid getting fired. I want all the attractive women I knew in high school and college to read it. I want them to be amazed and impressed and feel a vague regret over their decision not to have sex with me, and maybe if I get divorced or become a widower, I can have sex with them someday at a reunion. I want Hollywood to buy my article and turn it into a movie, even though they kind of already made the movie ten years ago with Jim Carrey. I want to get congratulatory e-mails and job offers that I can politely decline. Or accept if they’re really good. Then get a generous counteroffer from my boss.
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