Monthly Archives: September 2012

Little Moves, Great Power: Lessons from the Cowardly Samurai

If I were to really be a samurai, I would probably be a samurai during the Tokugawa era, when the country was pretty much unified and most samurai were bureaucrats sitting around in the entertainment district trying to write haiku … Continue reading

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Samurai Swimming: The Importance of “Treading Water”

The other day I was minding my own business and paying attention to @ajatt’s twitter conversation when a rockin’ young ma twitterin’ man named @Mikeylovesrock asked, “Could someone create an @ajatt method for guitar fluency? :p I’d be much obliged.”  … Continue reading

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‘No Mind’ and All That Jazz

[Miles] Davis dropped out of Juilliard, after asking permission from his father. In his autobiography, Davis criticized the Juilliard classes for centering too much on the classical European and “white” repertoire. However, he also acknowledged that, while greatly improving his … Continue reading

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Samurai Online Learning: How I Use Japanese Pod 101

First of all, a disclaimer.   I have a sponsored link to Japanese Pod 101 on this website.  The occasional link to this service, if you think it fits your needs, might one day help me to pay my web-hosting fees … Continue reading

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Samurai “Speed Reading” Quickie

Summer, for me, is grinding to a halt as I prepare to teach.   I will still be posting but maybe not at my summer rate.  Please check old posts, add comments, and contribute to the conversation.  For today, I thought … Continue reading

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Read This Fast!: Samurai “Speed Reading”

Well, I finally finished reading, 情報が10倍になるNLP速読術 BY Naoya Matsushima.  (soy sauce translation: Get Ten Times More Information Through the NLP Speed Reading Method.)  Since the book is about speed reading, I had to read it fast.   I probably only understood … Continue reading

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