Last night I attended a Workshop that was taught by Crazy Kujo and MegaMan at Goku’s dance studio. It was a huge honor to be in the same room with three of the pioneers of powermoves. I only seen Crazy Kujo on youtube and facebook until last night when I meet him in person. I learned some windmill prerequisites that I wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. I also learned how to 1990 properly. Goku and MegaMan were giving very specific and detailed pointers that I felt really helped me out. Crazy Kujo was teaching everyone how to strengthen up for bboying. He also showed us some very cool planche variations. Everything about the workshop was so awesome. Being around people that share the same love and passion. The things that Goku, Megaman, and Kujo were telling us was like gold to my ears. I felt that I gained a better understanding of bboying as well as life in a matter of hours. I remember one story that they shared was about how they went to Germany a number of years ago. They went over there for a competition and after it was over they were faced with the reality of how to get back. I remembered they said something like they stayed awake for several hours for a taxi ride, staying awake for another several hours for a plane ride, staying awake for another several hours to take the bus all the way home, all that without any food or drinks. I felt very hyped, pumped up, inspired, and motivated at the workshop. The room was filled with so much passion and energy, it was very awesome. I’m getting hyped up as I type this blog. Afterwards, I went to go eat at Dennys with some friends that attended the workshop. I came back home at around 2:00 am, and I had to wake up for a class tomorrow. The workshop was so worth being sleep deprived all week and having to wake up later on for a class with only a few hours of sleep. I remembered Goku, Kujo, and MegaMan were telling everyone to chase their dreams something that I would probably hear in a movie. But everything they said, I felt had very much legitimacy and validity, because they been there and done that, they traveled around the world facing so many adversities. Goku was telling everyone something like “chasing your dreams is going to take so much emotion from being very happy to being very sad. You’re going to have to use every ounce of your soul and energy, mentally and physically. It’s going to take time, patience, and endurance.” They were sharing with us about the realities of bboying such as people having very similar styles and how most people lack originality because of Youtube. Since people could have access to youtube then they can copy what they see - pause, rewind, and slow down. They said bboying use to have regional styles, but since Youtube is around, now most people have this international style. Overall, the workshop was very eye-opening and inspiring. After the lessons, we had an open circle.
-Brian Phetthavong (1/13/12)
I reunited with my Pikachu after 9 years. 9 years ago, I moved to California and my Pikachu didn’t even cross my mind once during those 9 years. Turns out my cousin from out of state kept it for all those years. While my family went on vacation this winter break, my cousin gave it to my sister to give it back to me, but I’m letting my sister have it. It’s like my Pikachu jumped to the future to meet an older me.
-Brian Phetthavong (12-30-11)
according to this http://homeworktips.about.com/library/maj/blmajorc.htm, I have an artistic personality and possible degree programs I got are: Art, Music, Writing, Literature, Drama, History, Interior Decorating, Fashion Design, Public Relations, Philosophy, Journalism, Graphic Design.
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs
"For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned."
"Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you."
"Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have - so spend it wisely."
"Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."
"Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable… attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It’s all about timing." - Stacey Charter
For as long as I’ve been Bboying, I have not come across a universal answer to what is “Biting” in Bboying. Most Bboys that have name-called another Bboy a “Biter” is either inconsistent with their accusation or not fully exact. For example, someone may accuse another person of biting a threading move from Bboy Kolobok then the accuser would do windmills which is contradicting because windmills was first done by either RSC or NYC breakers in the 80s so technically that person is also a biter. Matter of fact, most if not all bboy moves are not 100% original. The origins of bboy moves goes way back in history before Bboying even started, from Martial Arts, Yoga, Jazz, Gymnastics, Traditional African dances. etc. Therefore, in my viewpoint, the biter is in the eye of the beholder.
Skip to 0:58 and you will see in this 1978 movie, “Drunken Fist”, Jackie Chan doing a thread, half-windmill, and coffee-grinder, moves that has been used and innovated in Bboying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_HEACxZEyI
Kurt Thomas, originator of flares, which is popularly used in Bboying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMVXzytMe8g
Capoeira, some moves that has clearly been used in bboying and have been innovated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8xxgFpK-NM
-Brian Phetthavong, (9/4/11)
(PS: To any breakers reading this, next time you call someone a biter, think about the moves you do, they would probably say the same about you.)
One of the most enthralling aspects of Relativity is its new understanding of time. The term “time dilation” might evoke images of Salvadore Dali’s timepieces hanging on twigs, however, time dilation is all but surrealistic. As stated earlier, if the speed of light is constant, time cannot be constant. In fact, it doesn’t make sense to speak of time as being constant or absolute, when we think of it as one dimension of spacetime. Special Relativity states that time is measured according to the relative velocity of the reference frame it is measured in. Despite of the simplicity of this statement, the relativistic connection between time and space are hard to fathom. There are numerous ways to illustrate this:
The four dimensions of spacetime.
In Relativity the world has four dimensions: three space dimensions and one dimension that is not exactly time but related to time. In fact, it is time multiplied by the square root of -1. Say, you move through one space dimension from point A to point B. When you move to another space coordinate, you automatically cause your position on the time coordinate to change, even if you don’t notice. This causes time to elapse. Of course, you are always travelling through time, but when you travel through space you travel through time by less than you expect. Consider the following example:
Time dilation; the twin paradox.
There are two twin brothers. On their thirtieth birthday, one of the brothers goes on a space journey in a superfast rocket that travels at 99% of the speed of light. The space traveller stays on his journey for precisely one year, whereupon he returns to Earth on his 31st birthday. On Earth, however, seven years have elapsed, so his twin brother is 37 years old at the time of his arrival. This is due to the fact that time is stretched by factor 7 at approx. 99% of the speed of light, which means that in the space traveller’s reference frame, one year is equivalent to seven years on earth. Yet, time appears to have passed normally to both brothers, i.e. both still need five minutes to shave each morning in their respective reference frame.
What happens if an astronaut falls into a black hole?
The gravitational time dilation effect a black hole produces is equal to that of an object moving near the speed of light. For example, an observer far from a black hole would observe time passing extremely slowly for an astronaut falling through the hole’s boundary. In fact, the distant observer would never see the hapless victim actually fall in. His or her time, as measured by the observer, would appear to stand still.
From the perspective of the unlucky astronaut, things would, of course, look quite different. After having passed the black hole’s event horizon, the point in space from which nothing can escape its pull, there is no way back. While approaching the centre, the gravitational pull on the astronaut’s head and feet differs so strongly that the body would be stretched out “like spaghetti” (Stephen Hawking). Hence, it may be a good idea to stay away from black holes, should they actually exist.
Events within a given paradigm are bound by causality in such a way that any state of an object or event is determined by prior states. Every type of event, including human cognition (behaviour, decision and action) is causally determined by previous events.
Complex philosophical concepts as simple graphics by Genis Carreras.
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