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Violence series: introduction

This will be a 4 part mini-series including this post – may get all the posts out by the end of the weekend, hopefully but will see. Just wanted to add briefly by way of an introduction that in addition

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Cyberaggression and bloodless violence

Several years ago I tried to reflect on some martial arts I have done in How violent am I – parts 1, 2, 3 and various other posts. I have experienced different levels of violence too as in beyond a 1:1

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Quantified Self meetup in London

The meetup was led by a nice lady, Adriana Lukas. It was at Google Campus – they have some seats where we could sit before the meetup officially started. It felt a bit like and not-like the hub, certainly some

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Posted in experiments, HealthyLiving, learning, physicaltherapy, random learning

Surgeons’ Hall Museum Edinburgh

We visited yesterday morning for an hour. Incidentally, I’m not using the bite clicker now to relieve bites as don’t want to get attuned to a click. Am using TCP liquid antiseptic and the smell enough is something else –

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hypothesis update – not there yet – part 1

Can’t do experiment at the moment due to insect bites from Scotland (forgot to take the clicker with me) so want to wait until my arm is interference-free. Still struggling to work out if experiment is not left open-ended, what

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Markku Parviainen: Taekwondo & children: problem in the future

Coach Markku Parviainen has an interesting post and blog comment about how childrens’ fitness has changed in the last ten years and how/where/what training needs to be adapted to take account of this: Children today are not in good shape

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new experiment – details to follow soon

If I am scientist then I am a fairly terrible one. I have tried one experiment in a learning network before and it produced some very strange side-effects but then if you try and link things to your physiology in

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White Crane

“Stand with the heels together, a forty-five degree angle between the feet. The knees are only slightly bent. The body is tall and open like a great pine tree. The eyes gaze long into the distance. Throughout the Crane, the

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Its more important to be a better human being than a better martial artist

Said Master Mark after seeing my twitter page – he has just joined @elcaptainegonzo. So I asked him at training today for more information i.e I have been trying to do both for the last three years and don’t seem

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Consciousness and being connected through technologies

Went off on a temporary exploration via Kate Shrewsday’s winter solstice post on the Longest Dark Night. It sparked something with the mention of Jung and Freud. For anyone unfamiliar with my previous blogs, my mother found some obituaries last

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Brain plasticity, strokes and connectivism

I was at work today chatting with a colleague who is somewhere in his forties and has recently completed a run for the Stroke Association. He suffered a massive stroke about five years ago but following rehabilitation, he returned to

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“I hope you are able to find something helpful, but it will not be here”

Was the interesting last statement on a letter back from a physiotherapist that I recently contacted about possibility of doing a physio assistant type roles. Over the past couple of months I have contacted about 20 local physiotherapists and 3

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various quick things

Managed to do back in again slightly yesterday (having now attempted to take laptop in trolley case, had to manoeuver several train bridges and steps, also weird twisting at workshop was running on Monday and wasn’t sufficiently careful) didn’t sleep

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Time to dust off the self-discipline

My back has been improving – have survived the last two weeks at work – just – managed one overnight trip and presentations/workshops too. Standing is painful still but improving. I’ve been doing the Qigong exercises since June 18th with

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Quick update connecting and massage

Just spent at a few hours at a local Surrey  healthcare open day at a vineyard that I didn’t know existed before Thursday, fairly near my home town. It was an opportunity to chat to anyone interested in volunteering in

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trying to figure out what I’m doing about a personal learning network

Waffle alert. At the moment I have this in relation to health: Well that’s not a network, its a bunch of words and letters.  I did have locations on it but have scrapped them because I couldn’t see the point

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Anatomy and Physiology PLE

Still working on this but starting to grow as follows using these body systems (there are others): Breathing (respiratory) accessing new information, connecting with new ideas:- Google & Yahoo Groups, Physio Forum, New Media Forum, Youtube Physio playlist. Have not connected with any anatomy

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QiGong exercises for lower back muscles

As follow up to yesterday – hope to by the end of the weekend to begin some gentle stretches.  Have looked at advice on the Eight Section Silk Brocade set from CloudHandsblog, also known as Ba Duan Jin: “Most people

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Be your own visual aid – back injury, diagnosis and recovery

Long post alert now and if you have a limited interested in muscles I wouldn’t hang around. Several weeks ago when I was learning about respiratory systems I conveniently caught a cold which was a great way to think about

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Meditation is not medication 2 – non-doing and rehabilitation

Nellie Deutsch as previously mentioned, has been a source of inspiration for a number of years. She is currently doing very exciting stuff with Integrating Technology – if a suitable path opens up, I would love to connect everything that

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