iTaser: Shockingly Good Sound Quality

ktadmin Posted in Self-Defense, Weapons
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Finally a Consumer Product that keeps you safe and happy at the same time! Turns out that Music is not only good for the soul but it makes good protection too! Well this product may not protect you with music but you can listen to your favorite tracks while you are Tasing an attacker. It will almost make the experience like going to the movies! Perhaps “Danger Zone” would make a good track?

Red Taser C2All joking aside this is a great idea and a great product. While it is NOT called the iTaser this is a name that seems to be becoming a popular unofficial nickname for the device. The device is actually called the Taser® C2 and you need the combination Taser® C2 Holster to complete the self-defense, 1GB MP3 playing electronic control device. Taser International Inc, which makes stun guns, unveiled a natty range of MP3-playing holsters that can hold up to one gigabyte worth of songs and comes with iPod-style headphones. Both the holders and the 50,000 volt electric charge-delivering guns come in stylish designs such as leopard print, “Fashion Pink” and “Hot Red“. With a price tag of just over $400.00 this device is a real attention getter.

The American’s Creed

ktadmin Posted in Articles of Interest, Events & Holidays, Quotes
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In celebration of President’s Day I thought this would be an appropriate quote to reflect on.

Written by William Tyler Page and adopted by the House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

The American’s Creed

I believe in the United States of America
as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
a democracy in a Republic,
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States;
a perfect Union one and inseparable;
established upon those principles of freedom; equality,
justice and humanity for which American patriots
sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it,
to support its Constitution,
to obey its laws,
to respect its flag,
and to defend if against all enemies.

“Referring to the Creed, Page said: It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders. His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln”s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster”s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.”

President’s Day

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President’s DayToday, the third Monday of February, America celebrates President’s Day. President’s Day is a tribute and a memorial to the office of President of the United States. Traditionally the holiday was observed in memory of George Washington (2/22) and Abraham Lincoln (2/12), both of whom were born in February. Today the national holiday recognizes the tremendous contribution of all 43 presidents who have shaped the history and destiny of our nation.

Meditation Point #111

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing
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ice melts into waterWhen it’s cold, water freezes into ice;
when it’s warm, ice melts into water.
Similarly, when you’re confused, essence freezes into mind;
when you are enlightened, mind melts into essence.

– – Muso Kokushi

This is an interesting quote and one that can be read many different ways. Being a regular guy with a regular life I’m not going to delve into a lot of mumbo jumbo about our connection with the cosmos or how when we block that connection we enter an impure state. No, not going to go there. Instead I am going to quote my favorite movie, “The Replacements” starring Keanu Reeves. Yes really! There is a discussion in the movie about fear. The topic is quicksand, that state where you find yourself in over your head and you can find a way out no matter how hard you try…quicksand. What this quote and that scene were indirectly talking about was perfection. Those moments in our life when everything is so clear and feels so perfect that the feeling stays with us. Many times we experience that feeling just before we fall (fail). From my perspective we fall because of that feeling, we recognize our perfection and in recognizing it, ruin it. Perfection is a state of being without realization, it just happens. Parents will understand this quicker because we get to witness our children realize their moments of perfection.

This doesn’t mean that we can never attain perfection, to the contrary realizing we have and falling because of that realization is part of the learning process. The next time you won’t notice your perfection as much and will stay in that state for a longer period of time. Physical activities lend themselves to states of perfection with enough practice. But a state of perfection requires something more then just practice and that something is the mind. The mind needs to be quiet. Not quiet as in not thinking but quiet as in focused and trusting in the moment. Thinking outside the moment is folly though we all do it. So when you practice your Kata or Kumite, breath, relax and let perfection flow. When it happens you will know it and want to latch onto it. It will not return until you again relax and let it flow freely. Perfection isn’t yours to possess and control any more then you can control whether you take your next breath.

Yummy Cherry Pie

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, Recipes and Health Facts
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In preparation for President’s Day I thought I’d share this Cherry Pie recipe:

First you need a Pie Crust:

Standard Pie Pastry
For a 9-inch single-crust pie:
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 tablespoons ice water
1/2 cup Crisco© or other good shortening
For a 9-inch double- or lattice-crust, just double this recipe.

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Note: Glass (Pyrex©) pie plates generally make better pie shells than those made of metal.

Put the Crisco in a medium bowl. Over it, pour 1 cup of the flour and the salt, reserving 1/4 cup flour. With your pastry blender (some old timers use a fork), cut the flour and salt into the Crisco until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine the reserved 1/4 cup of flour with the 2-1/2 tablespoons ice water (estimate, or, if you must be exact, a half tablespoon equals 1-1/2 teaspoons) in a cup to make a smooth paste. Pour the paste over the pastry mixture and continue cutting in with the pastry blender until incorporated. Remember, the less you work the dough, the lighter and flakier the pastry. Form the pastry into a ball, flatten and roll between sheets of waxed paper (you may see little veins of Crisco here and there, but that’s okay) to a thickness of about 1/8 inch and 1-1/2 to 2 inches wider than the pie plate.

Peel off the top piece of waxed paper, invert a 9-inch pie plate on dough surface, and turn the sheet of dough and the pie plate over. Center the dough on pie plate, if necessary, and peel off the second sheet of waxed paper (tear off in pieces, if you like). Fit the dough into the pie plate without stretching it. If the dough tears a little, just pinch it back together.) Trim the dough to overhang the edge of the pie plate by about 1-1/4 inches, then turn under to make an edge. You can put a fancy crimp in the edge at this point, if you wish.

Pre-Baked Pie Shells:
For a pre-baked pie shell, prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork to avoid bubbles developing, and bake in a 425°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.

Cherry Pie

Now make the filling!

Grandmas Cherry Pie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/3 tablespoons butter (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 14.5-ounce can of pie cherries, NOT cherry pie filling (look for Pitted Red Tart Pie Cherries in water)
  • Pastry for double-crust pie

Preheat oven to 425°F.

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and undrained cherries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils (about 6 or 7 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Pour mixture into a 9-inch unbaked pie shell. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal edges and crimp. If a lattice crust is not used, put one or several vents in the crust. Bake at 425°F for 30 to 35 minutes until crust is brown.

YUM! Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Source

Priates versus Ninjas

ktadmin Posted in Entertainment, Fun Stuff
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This has been floating around the Internet for some time now regardless I thought I’d include it here.


Unfortunately they have not continued with this series, to bad it could have been a big success.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day

 

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The Story of Valentine’s Day

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The holiday of Valentine’s Day probably derives its origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. In the early days of Rome, fierce wolves roamed the woods nearby. The Romans called upon one of their gods, Lupercus, to keep the wolves away. A festival held in honor of Lupercus was celebrated February 15th. The festival was celebrated as a spring festival. Their calender was different at that time, with February falling in early springtime.

One of the customs of the young people was name-drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew a slip. The girl whose name was chosen was to be his his sweetheart for the year.

Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine’s Day after a priest named Valentine. Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time Christianity was a new religion. The Emperor at that time, Claudius II, Happy Valentine’s Dayordered the Roman soldiers NOT to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine defied the Emperor’s decree and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death.

Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, the eve of the Roman holiday Lupercalia. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday from the 15th of February to the 14th – Valentine’s Day.

Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine instead of Lupercus.

Chinese New Year: Day 7

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays
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Today is day 7 in the 15 day celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Today is the day for farmers to display their produce. These farmers make a drink from seven types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion.  In many ways this is a celebration of prosperity and life, a day of thanks giving and a day to pray for a bountiful year to come.

The most interesting thing about this day (for me) the the fact that the seventh day is also considered the birthday of human beings.  It seems interesting to me that like Genesis, the Chinese New Year recognizes the 7th day as the creation or birth of Man.  Noodles are eaten to promote longevity and raw fish for success.  I’m going to have some Noodles but think I’ll take my chances with success!

Sanchin – Three Battles

ktadmin Posted in Training notes
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Sanchin (????) is a kata of Southern Chinese origin that is considered to be the core of several styles. Many styles claim it for their own with slight variations. The version of Sanchin used by most styles of Karate was developed by Goju Ryu founder Ch?jun Miyagi. The video depicts the Kyokushin version of Sanchin which is taken from Goju Ryu. The name Sanchin, meaning three battles, is sometimes interpreted as the battle to unify the mind, body, and spirit.

Sanchin is the central principle of form in the Martial Arts. Despite it’s almost amusing simplicity this is a beginner’s kata in movement only. Comprised of just three body movements one can derive extraordinary strength from Sanchin. But in a lifetime of study it can never be fully mastered. The true history and meaning of Sanchin is lost to a past of verbal history but be sure that no one has ever discovered all the mysteries in Sanchin.

Sanchin is more than a kata (form), it is an ideal, representing the unattainable perfection every artist seeks. Sanchin also serves as a reminder of the real strength comes from simplicity.