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    Backup help?

    Thanks for the reply. Hmm, I guess I could pare it down to a couple of hundred gigs. I guess I'd be looking at somewhere around $100-200. However, I'm in Japan and what I can get for that is different from Australia, I'd imagine. Most of my stuff doesnt change, for example photos. So backing it up and then moving it to a safe place makes sense, and I suppose a bunch of DVDs would suffice. Would they be cheapest though? Say I get 100 single layer DVDs, compared to a dual HDD? Actually, I was thinking along the lines of something like a dual HDD, or NAS? I'm not sure if that's what it is called. I'm not quite sure about the whole NAS thing tbh. I've had a look at a number of online solutions but they're all too expensive. I'm not prepared to pay monthly or yearly fees, particularly as I wouldnt actually feel secure using solely online backups and would need to spend the money on my own thing anyway. When you say send a copy offsite, what kinds of places do people use? I can only think of work, and I wouldnt want to store anything there. Thanks again
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    Sorry for late reply. I dont look at these forums much anymore. It cost A) a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears. B) 1 million dollars. C) about $20. :) The answer is C btw :) Well, some from choice A too. Why do you ask btw? (I thought it was a strange question)
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    Weather instruments?

    So I'm thinking it would be interesting to measure, record, etc the weather where I live. What exciting options are there in the way of instrumentation and equipment? Anyone do this? Can you get devices that record and store daily data, such that I could put the data into my computer once every few days (instead of everyday)?
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    Update: Been doing Aikido now for about 6 months. It's huge amounts of fun - I really like it. I passed my first grading the other day.
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    Diablo III

    Yes, yes, I am. I'll be buggered, lower case DOES work. I'm sure the computer was being dodgy when I tried it earlier >_>
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    Diablo III

    I tried logging in with just lower case and it didnt work. I tried using both upper case and lower as per my actual password and it let me login.
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    Diablo III

    What's all this bullshit about hacking? Is it real, or just a bunch of trolls? If real, what is safe to do?
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    Turn based Strat games?

    I'm looking at playing a couple of turn-based strategy games, for some fun. PC based, although if you know of good iPad/iPhone ones too that would be good as well. Gimme your recommends, please! K, Go!
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    Diablo III

    What do you guys reckon the easiest class will be to play?
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    Turn based Strat games?

    How about The Battle for Wesnoth? or Heroes of Might & Magic V?
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    2012 - 50 Book challenge

    You know the deal - 2012, books read, Go. A Talent For War by Jack McDevitt - Enjoyed it. Got the next two in the series. War by Sebastian Junger - Very good read. Lots to think about in this one. Watched the doco called Restrepo afterwards too.
  12. How do I unblock ports 4000 & 4001, on my router, I presume? Actually I'm not sure they're even blocked, but I've been told they might be. How do I check? Thanks in advance.
  13. Say work decided they wanted to spy on their employees, and read the contents of the emails the employees wrote. Could this be done, and if so how? There are two possibilities for my specific case. First, employees are using an in-house email service, specifically for that company. I assume this type of email service would be simple to monitor, as the company effectively owns and runs it. Second, employees are using web based email services such as gmail or hotmail. Would those web based services be able to be monitored?
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    Reading other people's emails?

    Hey, thanks for replies. I'm not an employer seeking to monitor employee emails. I'm just a pleb, too, wondering if my email can be monitored. I live in Japan, and this week the mayor of Osaka (who is an ahole imo) has announced he's been monitoring his employees emails (government sector). So it got me thinking...
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    Do you love your job?

    Can I ask a slightly tangential question: How feasible is it to change jobs at 47/48? Or more generally, in Australia, is it easy to change jobs once you're beyond 45? How about 55?
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    Break the balance and use momentum/inertia against opponent seems to be one thing Aikido does well. I've only just begun, as mentioned many times already in this thread, and of course coming from my kickboxing/grappling background I'm skeptical at times. I dont know how to fall properly either, in terms of muscle memory from having trained a fall for an attack numerous times. The other night at training we were learning a type of iriminage. I was paired with one of the higher ranked guys, and he said to really try to attack him. I did. I got hammered. My attack was fully committed and he used my momentum against me, broke my balance then threw me. As I went arse up I grabbed at anything I could, coz I was so surprised, which ended up being his bicep, but he also caught me as I was going down. Nonetheless I still ended up on my butt. It was awesome. Trust me, there was nothing fake or choreographed about that. It wasnt any no touch throw or knockout though. I'm in agreement with Tick and Han Solo when it comes to The Force. That said, if we ignore the semantics of calling it a 'throw', and just describe it as breaking someone's balance when they commit to an attack and have them fall on their arse without touching them, I dont see what the big deal is. It happens in any MA. It isnt specifically an Aikido thing. Someone fakes, someone counters and overcommits, or w/e. Sometimes it's deliberate, other times it's not. I remember seeing UFC fights where it has happened (dont ask me to tell you which though as I dont watch UFC much and I cannot remember things from yesterday let alone fights I may have watched a couple of years back). I think we're arguing over two different things - fake shit like Dillman (which btw is comic gold), and times when it just works out nicely where your opponent commits to an attack and you get him/her to fall over without touching them through breaking their balance or w/e. The latter isnt such a big deal imho.
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    Neil Gaiman talks for an hour

    It stops playing at about 53 minutes :/ Until then it was great though. Thanks.
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    Excellent replies, chaps. Thanks. It's very interesting to hear/read how your comments closely mirror the things said by Miller in Meditations on Violence. I believe there is no way to stop the adrenaline dump, as it's physiological. But perhaps a state can be reached where you can work through it/with it, as Tick, Hung and Antraman point out. This is what Miller suggests too. It's probably difficult to train for this dump too, as Michael, Hung, and Juggs point out. You'd have to be a psychopath at every lesson, and as Juggs points out, you are training with people you respect (or will likely come to respect) and are probably friends with (or will be). So you cant try to kill each other. Certainly as Michael points out getting hit in training does help prepare somewhat. But as Miller points out, getting hit in training prepares you for getting hit in training. It's as Hung perspicaciously says, "the first rule of Surprise Bitch-Slap Club is.....?"; that is, if you know there will be surprise bitch slapping taking place at some point, even if it's an unknown point, then the point of the surprise is diluted and you're no longer really training to deal with REAL surprise. Kind of like the observer effect in science where observation itself changes the phenomenon being observed. But, you need some way, so getting hit in training is the best way chosen that doesnt result in fatalities constantly, I suppose. Personally, I agree that getting whacked while training does help, even if only a little. I've been hit hard plenty of times, and you slowly build up tolerances for it. And you always remember the good ones that get you...like the time I got hit out of nowhere by my sensei's sidekick I always used to ridicule for being too slow :) Going back to the differences between training and real life though, Miller points out several differences: as Juggs mentioned in training you often dont use full, lethal force whereas you get hit with that in real life; being hit with a glove is very, very different from being hit with a bare fist and he mentions that people often freeze when they get hit with a bare fist because it feels so different; the attitudes are very different; the sounds and smells are very different - he says that he'd prefer to fight the 500 pound gorilla any day over the spindly methed up woman who stank like rotten cheese and made him want to retch. I think, as has been pointed out by you guys, that while it may be difficult to train in some of these things, simply being consciously aware of them, and that there are differences between gym/dojo training and real life violence, means that you can be better prepared. The comments from Juggs and Antraman about not feeling pain are interesting too. Miller talks about it as well. He basically says the same thing, that the mass adrenaline causes you to feel alot less pain. He talks about the physiology of the body under stress and adrenaline, that the human body actually draws blood from extremities to the inner organs and the like, which helps to dull pain. Of course, he also points out that this is a two person system - your attacker is also under the same physiological system and wont feel much pain either when you defend. He gives an example where someone he is sparring with tells him that the punch they threw would have broken his nose and therefore the fight is over. But he replied that the last two times his nose was broken from a punch he kept on fighting straight through and the fight was definitely not over. Another thing he points out is drugs, particularly PCP. He gives a few examples of PCP freaks feeling no pain at all. He mentions one guy in a holding cell who used his bare fingers to pull out concrete nails holding a steel mirror to a wall, then snap the steel plate in two to use as a weapon...crazy. On the other hand, Miller points out that many criminals arent actually 500 pound PCP gorillas. Most of them are weak, skinny, have never really trained before, bodies ruined from drugs etc. He points out that people who continue to train in MA usually arent the guys who you'll be fighting on the street, because to continue in a MA requires many things such as dedication, perserverance, etc. Most of which qualities criminals dont possess in abundance. He gives one example many years ago of one of his first fights, where after getting over the initial shock of getting hit he thought that his wife can hit harder than that. Juggs points out probably the most important point though. Legality. It's very true that even though you may be fighting for your life, you may end up in jail because you kill the attacker or the like. It's a tough issue and Miller talks about it being something that you should think seriously about. For example (mine), maybe you could have taken that pasty dude with a kitchen knife who you gave your wallet to, but what if you killed him? Better to lose a few bucks, call the cops and let them do their job, and live life normally*, right? Miller repeatedly states "it's better to avoid than run; better to run than de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die." Anyway, awesome replies. Sorry if I sound like a shill for Miller's book, I'm not, but the book certainly has me ruminating (out loud). I do recommend reading it, even if it wont win any literature prizes. I like your Bruce Lee quote, Hung. Here's another I think pertinent: Don't let your attention be arrested! Transcend dualistic comprehension of a situation. - Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do. *Well I know none of us are 'normal', but you know what I mean :P
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    Non-fiction book list?

    So when you're looking for a new non-fiction book, where do you look to see what's good? I tend to look at the NY Times list for the year, or Amazon's list for the year. Any other good suggestions?
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    Does fighting with the wife count as a hobby? >_>
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    Certainly is Michael. But the context is the important factor here. The author talks about training being good for...training. That a real life attack is often nothing like training, including the physiological effects. For example, in the gym doing some sparring you dont get much adrenalin, even in a sports competition, compared to the mass adrenalin dump of a real attack. You dont get the mass adrenalin dump because you consciously or unconsciously realise that the situation isnt designed to kill you. This adrenalin dump from a real attack can really hamper moves, actions and the like. The freeze from the attack often comes due to surprise as well as taking damage; in fact the author makes the point a few times that often it's not the damage initially but the surprise. For example, someone comes up behind you and starts beating on your head; the freeze is what allows them to continue the attack and do enough damage to take you out. Whereas if you can break the freeze before taking too much damage then you can begin to defend and turn the tables (this is the point where MA training may help). Training in the gym, or in competition, there is no surprise (unless you're specifically doing that kind of training). So how do you add the element of surprise in training? How to get that mass adrenalin dump and try to practice with it?
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    Yeah, interesting. I am currently thinking about 'breaking the freeze' and how I'd deal with that/train for that. Also, the impact of mass adrenalin. I guess the latter there is just training, and alot of it. I guess the former, you'd have to do special training for, like really slapping/attacking each other at random points to slowly get used to overcoming the freeze. Although (and as he points out) if you're training for it, it is just largely training you're preparing your body for. Bit of a tough one.
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    Wow, I just finished reading Meditations on violence - A comparison of martial arts training and real world violence. Thanks for the recommend, Tick. I think everyone on this thread should try to get a copy to read. It was quite eye opening for me, and actually has me rethinking my assumptions behind my OP. My questions of what is good for self defence, and which martial art is effective, seem to be only a small part of things after reading the book. As the author, Miller, points out violence is always overwhelming and unfair. It's not two dudes squaring off for some sparring. It comes at you when you dont expect it, surprising you; it comes very close; it comes very hard; you freeze up; your adrenaline generally doesnt allow you to pull off fancy stuff. You've got to be able to get past the freezing stage, and taking damage, to when you can finally use your training to defend, and to defend hard and fast. It makes me think any martial art is probably okay, assuming you add some kind of reality training in every now and then, as the training in the gym is nothing like a real attack. There are also other points to consider too, such as legal issues, deciding what you will do beforehand (the Go buttons), talking or running rather than fighting, awareness, initiative, permission, etc. For me, in my situation in schools, the legal ramifications mean my best option is running or talking. In fact, I doubt I could get away with much at all, in terms of self defence when it comes to legality. The book itself was a thoroughly interesting read. I guess some of the stuff is kind of obvious after you've read it, but I at least hadnt given it much thought before. I'm putting it down as the most interesting book I've read this year (read about 40 thus far; fiction and non). That said, I think it could have done with a better editor. Miller does sometimes seem to blow his own horn a bit too hard and seems a bit hypocritical at times. But I guess the publishing house YMAA encourages that sort of writing. With a decent editor, I think those unnecessary bits could have been removed and the book would be better for it. This is a critique aimed more at his attitude portraying himself as it comes across in his writing though. Make no mistake, the content regarding real world violence is very good and he is definitely qualified to write about that. I started aikido classes fwiw, and am having a ball. The teacher is great, as are the members. It's quite a big membership too, which is nice. I'm glad I read the book above though, as it will allow me to think about training in its proper context.
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    Some interesting replies, thanks. Juggs, I'm not sure from your reply above, but I think maybe you thought I was being antagonistic when I suggested you spar with an aikidoka. I apologise if that's what you thought as I obviously wasnt being clear enough then. I really did mean, if it were something you were interested in trying, rather than ordering you to do it so you 'could feel the power of aikido' or something like that. I know above you state that you're not interested, as you dont see it as being 100% effective. But I think that maybe you are interested, at least somewhat, and maybe at more of a subconscious level. After all, you continue to check this thread and reply. Now, I'm not saying get out of this thread at all, so please dont think that. Quite the opposite. I'm glad you are continuing to post. My background is quite similar to yours, I imagine. I have TKD, kickboxing, and grappling, all under my belt; excuse the pun. So, I too, was quite skeptical about aikido. I've only literally begun training in it last week, so while the couple of classes I've attended have been thoroughly enjoyable, I'm still quite skeptical. I want to ask my teacher at some point for a 'bit of a spar' even though it's been years since I've done any training and am well out of shape. Anyway, having a similar background to yourself is why I'm glad you continue to post. As for the actual sparring, well I'm not sure. I suppose it's something that would have to be discussed. You could go to a aikido dojo, or have them come to your gym. I expect you'd want to make it a friendly exercise, after all you'd all be learning something from one another. So you'd have to make it such that you didnt cause grevious harm to one another. This, of course, takes it away from the reality of real violence, but I think there is still merit in this as a learning tool. Maybe, as an example, for a few rounds the kickboxing guys would have to go barefisted and slap open handed (open handed so that no grevious damage was done to either party, see below about hand injuries) so the aikido guys could grab properly unhindered by gloves, and maybe for a few rounds the gloves could be put one as a test for the aikido guys. You know, mix and match things up a bit. That's just one example, you'd have to make a few rules. To be honest, I'm being a little evil in asking you to do this, if you're interested. I'd like to be a little vicarious here. I doubt I'll stand much of a chance against my teacher, as I've done nothing for so long. But hearing how someone who is currently training goes would be interesting for me. Sorry about that :P I'm a complete novice at aikido but I think Antraman has done a fine job of explaining the need for rolling etc. I think it's similar in essence to wearing gloves and the like for boxing. @The Tick: I've just bought a copy of Meditations on violence - A comparison of martial arts training and real world violence and it looks very interesting. I will begin reading tomorrow. The Hung's comment about busted fists is quite an important one, I think. Thankfully I've never met any major real world violence, and I'd like to keep it that way. However, a few years ago I worked for a few years at a very troubled school where there were some very violent students. They were always doing damage to something, often themselves. I've seen several hands mutilated from punching objects, often the faces and heads of other students. I remember one kid had a couple of teeth stuck in his finger bones or knuckles, and another who busted his hand up so bad that he could not curl his fingers up much ever again, let alone make a fist... Lastly, let's keep the attacks for the ring or dojo, hey guys, this is an interesting discussion and I'm learning a thing or two from it.