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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General W + aikibunnies Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #64 New 05-13-2011 09:45 PM
W + aikibunnies
seeing double - is it a tiebar or is it a pencil? by keiko used with permission

Shock it
Work it
I am the magnificent, baby
Double-U oh oh oh oh

Phil and Ansel Collins, Double Barrel

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction. A double necessity then: to get on the move, and to know whither.
D H Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice. Where is the skilful swordsman who can give clean wounds, and not rip up his work with the other edge?
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

There are a lot of loan words in Japanese. Some are very interesting and clever. サボる - saboru - is sabotage with a Japanese verb ending. It means to cut class or work. フライング - furaingu - comes from flying start. It came from a false start in athletics but now it's used for anything that starts off too early.

And W. W is the letter double-U of course. So W is used as a very neat shorthand for double. Two. Or two times. You often see it in advertising copy. So on packaging W means double volume or double thickness.

The photo above is a tiebar that doubles as a mechanical pencil. Normally you wouldn't be able to see the pencil tip because it would be completely retracted and also it would be clipped behind the shirt. A mechanical pencil in Japanese is always called a sharp pen or sharp pencil シャーペン or シャープペンシル because one of Sharp's first products was the Ever-Ready Sharp mechanical pencil.

There are some cute bunnies on the tie in the photo. I like the anthropomorphic one covering its eyes like a human. So what is an aikibunny? Nobody has ever met one. It's a kind of urban myth - an aikidoka who cares more about organic food than martial effectiveness. Well I'm vegetarian. And the only real rabbit I knew well was tough and fearless. In fiction Br'er Rabbit and Peter Rabbit were resourceful and intelligent. This is the year of the rabbit. So have a carrot. They are good for your teeth and good for your body. W.


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RSS Feed 7 Responses to "W + aikibunnies"
#7 06-12-2011 08:58 AM
niall Says:
Coming back to W I saw in an electronics store last week a Digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera for sale with a W lens kit = two zoom lenses.
#6 05-16-2011 02:26 PM
mathewjgano Says:
Hi Niall, I agree completely. In a way it's coincidental that my Aikido instruction turns out to be (I believe) physically potent. I was just trying to express where my priorities are. The forearm comment was a play on words. I put more faith in mental acuity than physical acuity...if only I were more consistent at both! Work in progress, though. Also, I would love another game of chess!
#5 05-16-2011 11:16 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Matthew. Well forearm strength would not get you very far in any martial art. But good foresight could equate to a high level of martial effectiveness. Chess would be good for developing that. I look at martial effectiveness in aikido as inter-connected like function and good design. If something is designed well it works well. If you are doing true aikido it will work well whether or not that is one of your main concerns. Cheers, Niall - and let's have another game sometime.
#4 05-15-2011 02:48 PM
mathewjgano Says:
Well, I suppose I'm a bunny, although I'm not so interested in organic food, per se. Martial effectiveness isn't very high on my list of things to develop, though I wouldn't call it unimportant. It's just that in the 33 years I've been on this planet I haven't had much need for it. I rely more on strength of foresight than forearm strength. ...Wait, does this mean I'm a mythical being?! Sweet!
#3 05-15-2011 02:05 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. There is another good novel about rabbits in modern literature, Watership Down by Richard Adams. It is Penguin Books' best-selling novel ever.
#2 05-14-2011 05:07 PM
guest1234567 Says:
(continues)Looney Tunes series http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugs_Bunny and the White Rabbit,fictional character of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In popular culture one says : follow the white rabbit for example in Lost it is alluded to several times: Locke claims that Jack is chasing the White Rabbit in the form of his father http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rabbit
#1 05-14-2011 05:06 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall for this thoughts provoking post. I'd like to add that two persons of the UK Sampson Mordan and John Isaac Hawkins patented the first metal pencil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampson_Mordan The bunnies on the tie are really nice. I remember two rabbits : Bugs Bunny or happy rabbit, an anthropomorphic rabbit and a mascot of the (continues)

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