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RED ALERT - PHO in PEI!
11/20/2013 12:33:00 PM
I know you are dying to hear about my pho chronicles. I've been loving Vietnamese Beef Noodle soup for over a decade now. Longing for it weekly. There was a time when I lived in Calgary, I could go and get it anytime the urge struck. Then while living in Toronto, I got to know all of the places on Spadina, and delighted that restaurants not only served pho but had built their business around this staple food.
Living in PEI, (this is a summary for those of you who don't know) there isn't a place to get pho anywhere. That's right not even an acceptable substitution. That is, until now.
Thai Express opened this week on Belvedere and University. They don't call this soup pho so you would never know that hidden within is this wonderous soup. In fact it's called Thai soup. But if you order it without knowing about pho you might do something crazy like get fried onions or carrots in your soup. Stay away from that. In fact, the broth is chicken broth not double boiled beef broth, but the rest is the same. Beef, rice noodle, sprouts, cilantro, basil, raw onion and sirracha sauce. (Hoisen sauce if you like it...I don't.)
After customizing my order, I sat down to have a bowl of pho that was the best bowl of pho I've had in years. It's possible that I alone will help to keep that restaurant thriving for years here. I've been waiting for over a decade, finally one of my dreams has come true.
While attending my second segment of training at Anat Baniel Method training center, I realized that as complicated as the brain is, there's some very simple logical principles. Anat discussed how "correction kills variation". I've been thinking about this ever since.
Variation is a fantastic technique to provide your brain with information to perceive differences. The more varied the information the more your brain (you) will figure out the best way to move.
Ideal movement is effortless and given enough variation you will choose the easiest way. You can often improve your own movement by giving yourself more variation. Even contrasting doing something badly with a movement that is more ideal will do this.
Learning is about understanding and perceiving differences. So parents and teachers take note, correcting only provides the student or child with a chance to feel what's it's like in that moment. They often can't get back there on their own without a chance to try a bunch of variations so they will feel which movement is effortless and more ideal.
I recall when learning karate I would naturally try the blocks a bunch of different ways. In time, the efficiency of my movement improved to find the best trajectory with the least amount of effort. Only then can you go fast, (after a lot of slow training) and start to feel powerful.
Even after I learned to effectively use a block I enjoyed the training classes where we slowed down a kata and moved very very very slow. I didn't realize at the time that this was providing my brain with a chance to find that ideal movement. Anat says "you can only do that which you already know fast." Rushing, at least in karate often proves unwise. As fast as a technique is, you only realize that it's messy at the point of impact. That's when you see that your power is lost on sloppy technique that didn't have the correct trajectory to support the skeleton and properly transfer the weight to the ground upon impact.
To illustrate a movement that is less than ideal: I recall a kick once where I stubbed my toe and limped around for days.
When a child suffers a brain injury the amount of variation that naturally occurs is lessened. This is why Anat's work and training is so powerful. Based on one of her essential principles, variation, you can help children feel these variations of movement so that they can start to perceive differences and naturally choose the most effortless ideal movement.
Wow! 12 more segments to go and already I've learned so much. As with karate only after years of training and understanding do you reach black belt. At that point you have a foundation to continue to learn. We used to say that black belt was only the beginning. Such is true with karate and life learning.
I was integrating some existing code that caches the window you are browsing so that when you refresh you land at the same section that you were browsing. This is especially relevant when designing one of those long sectional pages, that scroll down, down, down to serve information in a relevant one stop infographic type of way. Because I repeated the same code block a number of times on the page, my text disappeared when it was rendered for all other times except the initial one.
Sure enough today I was able to prove my dream problem solving efforts, which led me down the path of finding a solution. There's nothing like getting everything working to get a good night's sleep either. Now I can dream about flying instead or something a little more amusing than web pages!
I read an interesting article about how important sleep is to retain what you just learned. "There seems to be some type of memory processing that's creative that starts to take pieces of information that we've learned recently and starts trying to test the connections between that recent information and all of the information you've got stored in your brain," he says. "So it's almost like memory pinball — you're bouncing that information around, you're testing which connections to build."
"Our brains are less effective at absorbing new information without sleep. Plus, our ability to retain recently learned information is impaired and you lose the chance to essentially hit the save button on that information."
The more I sleep the smarter I get. Well you get the idea.
I'm participating in an art show opening tomorrow 7-9pm at the Arts Guild and running for the month of August.
It's called Arthole, an exhibition of interesting artwork by interesting Islanders.
From the show description: Please join us for the opening of an exhibition of interesting artwork by interesting Islanders. Please note: Some content may offend.
Featuring artwork from: Sandy Carruthers, Laura Chapin, April Condon, John Dohe, Donald Moses, Donnalee Downe, Darrin Dunsford, Kelly Caseley, Chöle Cork, Fox Henderson, Lorrie Jollimore, Troy Little, Luke Luenes, Michelle MacCallum, Rob MacDonald, Carly Martin, Matt McCarron, Laura O’Brien, Michael Stanley, D.A. Stewart, Russell Stewart, Christine Trainor, Hans Wendt, and Jenni Zelin.
Yes, it's true some of the content I've created may offend. Hee hee. My piece is titled "A Flock of Cocks."
Yet it's just a bunch of roosters, nothing obscene. My artwork is consists of 19 roosters, aptly named, based on my past relationships. I plan to release the show in it's original intended digital format here on shizamo.com.
Psst. If you are an ex, you can see your piece here soon.
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