The Geek Biker

Rambles of a geek that rides a bike

Monthly Archives: December 2007

X-mas vacation

So for some of us working people. It is time to take some leave just before x-mas.

In this few days of leave I see parties, PS, a lot of eating and then some more partying.

Woohooo.

So If I don’t get to a PC before new-years…

have a good one

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MK vs SC

Since Street Fighter came out the first time I was hooked. Blood, gore and then some… Then graphics got better and more fighting games appeared some of which are Mortal Kombat and Soul Caliber.


Now I’ve been playing MK from no.1 to 5 and all were great. I can complete the games eyes closed, then I bought Soul Caliber 3 for the Hell of it. I was impressed I must say. A story line was introduced between levels… and choice of where to go and different endings. Then there is character creation and all sorts of goodies… Now I heard that a later MK has got it as well. I do think both games got their strongs and shorts.

So I’ll just keep playing both of them…hey, just maybe I must test out Teken as well.

Candy teaching to load guns

First off…this is intended as a joke and should not be taken seriously.

I love looking at all the crap in a candy shop. You get a toy with crappy tasting candy included.
An example is a PEZ-candy-dispenser. Now the candy included is not that bad and as long as I can
remember these candy bars exists. Then one day the lady bought me one for the joke of it and I had
a closer look….As any man would.

Loading the candy into one of these dispensers are a lot like loading a magazine for a pistol.

Have a look :

This image I found at collectingpez.com

Notice how your pull the head (trigger)
back and it dispenses another candy “cartridge”?

Here is the second image I found on wikipedia.

Once again…spring loaded with a releasing mechanism…interesting is it not??? Or this could be like an ink blot..you only
see what you want to see. But a PEZ candy sweet in the mouth tastes a lot better than a lead bullet.

I later found out that what I thought was a little toy found in candy shops…there are a lot of people
actually collecting these PEZ dispensers and we only saw the very simple ones.


The PEZ collecting hobby has grown to the point where several conventions are held annually around the world. The oldest convention is PEZ-A-MANIA, which has been held in Ohio since 1991. Conventions are also annually held in Missouri, California, Minnesota, Connecticut, South Carolina, and Austria. PEZ conventions are a place where collectors and dealers can meet to buy and sell PEZ merchandise. There are also typically auctions for charity and games and contests with PEZ items as prizes.

There even exists a PEZ card game…yes….a card game. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEZ_Card_Game

And lastly there is the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia.

Medicals and X-rays

orig posted : December 3rd, 2007 by TvZ

So we did our “medical” today. And here follows the story. Since we heard we got to do an x-ray and get a medical examination, we couldn’t get an appointment in joburg. We stayed over in PTA to get it done there. Ariving there and sitting in crappy traffic, we were told we don’t need a doctor’s examination, just an exray…which we could have done in Fourways…a lot closer to home. But now it is done and the counter will start for 4 and a half weeks from now.

B-Certificates and Visa Apps

orig posted : November 21st, 2007 by TvZ

Once again thanks to Akasia Home Affairs for delivering on time with the Birth Certificates. Now we heard this morning that our Visa Applications are in and this process started…Hopefully there will be no hickups there.

Passports Ready!!

orig posted : November 20th, 2007 by TvZ

Our Passorts were ready a wile ago and we actually got it today. Now the Visa applications can continue. I must say. All praise to Akasia Home Affairs for delivering on their 6 week promise.

Limbo…

orig posted: October 22th, 2007 by TvZ

So here are a few things to do still…mmm…where to start…
The passport applications are in and we are waiting, apparently it will be ready the 13th of Nov. That would be a nice b-day gift, now wouldn’t it. Applications for birth certificates are in as well and the Visa application is lying in limbo waiting for the passports… Then there is the quotes from the moving companies…will see what they can take and how much it will cost. In a nutshell. But as time goes by, I’ll update on our progress as we get more news.

Why TvZ, Why??

orig posted: October 19th, 2007

The answer is quite simple…because we can. The biggest law firm in Australia came to SA to recruit. Since opportunities like this does not come to us everyday. I pushed M to apply and go through the interview. After a second interview…Boom….A job offer was made.

We thought long and hard about whether or not to go…well…I think it was 5 minutes. So the offer was signed and the process started.

So we got a lot of flack from a lot of people. Some of what was “Being unpatriotic”. Hahaha…Shame…That is all I had to say…Being young and open to new adventures…who are we to look such a gifted horse in the mouth??

O yeah…then there is the living quality, much more money, safety… But let us not be blinded by such materialistic things…

As part of the Tao

orig posted : October 28th, 2007

While reading the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu, I realised that many of the principles can be used
in Kung Fu training. I’m not a Taoist, not even close. So this is only an interpretation by yours
truly.

The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your workings remain
a mystery.
Just show people the results.

As in all martial arts, let soft movements overcome hard attacts.
Practice slowly to overcome fast attacs with precision.
Let what you do be unknown and not understood and the result will be evenmore overpowering.
The opponent will know the result without knowing or understanding what  happened.

When there is no desire,
All things are at peace

The desire to fight, is mostly all needed to break peace.

Therefore the Master concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface

with the fruit and not the flower.
He has no will of his own.
He dwells in reality,

and lets all illusions go.

The sience of fighting is not in attacking the surface, but the pressure points vital for movement
and life. This must not happen happend through thinking but by natural actions and reactions.

Without attacking what he thinks will work, but what he knows will let him survive.

Thus it is said:
The path into the light seems dark,
the path forward seems to go
back,
the direct path seems long,
true power seems weak,
true purity seems tarnished,

true steadfastness seems changeable,
true clarity seems obscure,
the greatest are seems
unsophisticated,
the greatest love seems indifferent,
the greatest wisdom seems childish.

When starting any martail art form, one feels like going back before any basics. Your cup is emptied.

A punch seems weak, the stances seems shaky and numbing. It seems like a long hard road. Like a child

learning to walk or learning to write.

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the Master makes use of it,

embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is one with the whole universe.

Meditate on that what you know and that you don’t understand. Meditate in your own way, the way
that works best for you-alone.

There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,

no greater misfortune than having an enemy.
Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.

Look for that which creates fear in your opponent and build on it. Use this illusion to put your opponent
in a constant state of defence.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by
interfering.

All movements require joints and muscles to work in harmony. Neutralise an opponent by simply
interfering in his movements and let the movement complete in such a way that it leaves the opponent
at a disadvantage.

The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,

and her has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.

He doesn’t think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;

therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.

“Forget” all things external from a fight. Give yourself over to the fight. Let that be all that flows from you.

Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,

untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.

All actions in a fight must be relaxed but with a certain purpose. Let go and let reaction take over your actions.

Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large

and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task

by a series of small acts.

Go for the small targets that will have the largest impact on the whole body. Do this while the opponent
is still not protecting it and before he realises your intentions.

What is rooted is easy to nourish.

Let your stance be the source of your energy.

The generals have a saying:
”Rather than make the first move

it is better to wait and see.
Rather than advance an inch
it is better to retreat a yard.”

This is called
going forward without advancing,
pushing back without using weapons.

There is no greater misfortune
than underestimating your enemy.
Underestimating your enemy

means thinking that he is evil.
Thus you destroy your three treasures
and become an enemy yourself.

When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go
to the one that knows how to yield.

Lightning

orig posted: November 2nd, 2007

I have always been amazed and amused by lightning. And yesterday I thought… Isn’t this the ultimate power changeover. A series of movements, building up energy. After enough has been built up, a massive release on the one weakest point. This is the exact same thing that should happen in all martial art forms. With minimum effort, build up unseen energy and release on unprotecte weak points. This will cause damage deeper than just a bruise or cut.