Zero cardio. Zero strength. Zero flex.

Zero cardio. Zero strength. Zero flex.

The state of affairs on day zero. Let's move forward to square one.

I should've chosen to run a marathon just like everyone else when they hit midlife. Or perhaps get into videogames: pickup The Legend of Zelda where I left it in 1990 and finish the entire series (Wikipedia lists 17 games as of 2016). But instead I'm choosing the most grueling training camp in the world.

To go from ground zero to square one... and then to square one hundred.

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Can a 40-year-old average guy complete Kokoro Camp?

Can a 40-year-old average guy complete Kokoro Camp?

Well, this is just the beginning and I will be posting frequently about my preparation (mental, physical, nutrition & supplementation, etc.) as a way to leave a record of progress, challenges, commitment levels. Also to see if this experiment yields any positive results in a 40-year-old... I've always been delusional and I want to believe that I have a shot at the June 2017 event. It is now September 2016. The 10,000-hour rule to master anything can be shortcut with ultra focused deliberate practice, I know it.

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Life's not fair and Murakami and games

Life's not fair and Murakami and games

I failed to gamify the situation. I should have viewed my endeavors as little games, each with its own set of ways and rules and avoid trying to apply a single template of fairness to everything. In school, the more I studied before a test, the higher my score. This rule doesn't apply proportionately in the real world.

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The Crusades: so much devotion and so little understanding

The Crusades: so much devotion and so little understanding

I never liked history. How was I to make sense of the humongous data dump that we were subjected to during so many years in the classroom? Monarchs, battlefields, martyrs, saints, kingdoms, inventions, conquests, everything presented in discrete bits disconnected from each other... Then one day not long ago, I purchased the three volumes of A History of The Crusades, by Steven Runciman. The edition was so beautifully put together by Folio Society that I began reading immediately. And I didn't stop until I finished the third volume.

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Cats of Bubastis

... And whenever a fire breaks out, some divine seizure comes over the cats. The Egyptians stand at intervals and try to keep the cats safe, but if they fail to extinguish the fire, the cats slip between or leap over them and rush into the flames...

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On Composition: Symmetry

 
 

In the preface to his book Why Beauty Is Truth, Ian Stewart provides a glance at the importance of symmetry:

"Symmetry [...] plays a central role at the frontiers of physics, in the quantum world of the very small and the relativistic world of the very large. It may even provide a route to the long-sought Theory of Everything.

These concepts [those of quantum physics and relativity] , and more recent ones at the frontiers of today's physics, could not have been discovered without a deep mathematical understanding of symmetry."

Well, it seems that one famous and talented (indeed, our favorite) movie director had an innate understanding of it. Today, we stumbled upon this simple yet exquisite video about symmetry in Wes Anderson's films. Thanks @kogonada for sharing it with the world.