Thread: What is "IT"?
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:24 PM   #17
Erick Mead
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Re: What is "IT"?

Well, since we are using esoteric terms...

IT is a combination of deeply interrelated mechanical and perceptual manipulations illustrated by a number of traditional images or concepts (juuji, asagao, ki, kokyu, etc.) that in practice form a seamless action. In purely Western terms, IT involves:

1) Asymmetrical, orthogonal & inverse stresses
2) Cusp stability behavior
3) Torsional shear strain conversion/dynamic precession
4) Complex harmonic motion
5) Remote tactile structural sense
6) Ambiguously perceived load paths
7) Resonant oscillatory buckling
8) Induced flexor/extensor reflexes

Or -- IT's the [spoiler]Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

(Not as much of a joke as you may think, or so says Monsieur Poisson)[/spoiler]


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