Steve Andrews

Born in Guernsey, currently living in York.

Love tasty vegan food, League of Legends, weiqi, sci-fi and fantasy, exercise, calvados, caipirinhas and fine wine;)

Philosophy

“Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in ‘philosophical propositions’, but rather in the clarification of propositions.” ~ Wittgenstein

It's all in the reflexes

Did Kurt Russell actually read the script for Big Trouble in Little China?

We are all atheists

“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” ~ Stephen Roberts

Dark Ecology

Paul Kingsnorth from The Dark Mountain Project has written a bleak article about what I can only describe as post-environmental thinking.

Read it here.

Dungeon generation using a BSP Tree

Using a BSP Tree to generate a dungeon is surprisingly simple yet effective.

Start with a rectangle and split it recursively until each sub-rectangle is approximately the size you want your dungeon rooms to be. The splitting operation is:

BSP iterations

...and so on. What you are left with is a BSP tree whose leaf nodes you can use as room containers for your dungeon. This has numerous benefits – the leaf nodes are guaranteed not to overlap and you can guarantee that all rooms can be connected by recursively traversing the tree backwards and connecting sub-nodes with corridors.

Gentlemen Broncos

Better dead than smeg

When the church ruled..

“There once was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time was called the Dark Ages.” ~ Richard Lederer

Love is more thicker than forget

“love is more thicker than forget more thinner than recall more seldom than a wave is wet more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly and less it shall unbe than all the sea which only is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win less never than alive less bigger than the least begin less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly and more it cannot die than all the sky which only is higher than the sky”

~ E. E. Cummings

Beautiful

This is practically me after a couple of bottles of wine on the dancefloor...

N is for Neville

N is for Neville

Ukemi

Posted verbatim from the now defunct original JudoForum, a useful distinction of forward ukemi (mae/zenpo?):

You seem to be confusing the use of a roll to practice a vertical breakfall, and a true-rolling breakfall. For vertical breakfall practice returning to your feet is just kind of an extra bonus that speeds up practice a bit.

You want to fall with your body extended, not balled up. This is the way you typically fall with judo throws which deliver you straight down to the ground (try rolling out of a harai goshi sometime). In this type of fall, to get up you do not tuck your leg underneath or allow your body to curl up. Rather you land in a good, extended ukemi position and then tense up you body and leg and look behind yourself. Your whole body will lurch right up. This sounds a bit goofy, but it prevents the habit of tucking legs, etc. that can be very detrimental when you are taking a vertical fall.

A “true” rolling breakfall, or roll-out (i.e with the leg tucked under to roll up) is more applicable to techniques that project you outwards when thrown, rather than vertically down to the mat. Many (most?) Aikido throwing techniques project uke outwards rather than straight down, so roll-outs are very popular among the Aikido set, and are generally what you see them doing. If you ever work out with an Aikido person you also have to be careful throwing them, because some of them do not really know how to deal with the type of vertical fall that Judo techniques typically deliver. They may not realize the difference, so don’t throw them too hard the first time.

To break the rolling breakfall into its most basic component, we have our students squat with their butts only a few inches off the ground. Put one foot forward, put the hand of the same side as the foot on the mat (palm down) with your fingers facing towards your body. Now do a slow motion roll-drop to your front knee, then bend and touch your shoulder, once your shoulder touches push off with your back feet and roll across your shoulders. You should feel the mat from one shoulder to the other. As you roll over, allow your legs to extend out and land in the side ukemi position.

Neither one of these types of breakfall are absoloutely right or wrong. They are most applicable to different situations. The majority of Judo throws are going to require a vertical-type breakfall. However, on hard surfaces a rolling type breakfall is going to beway easier on your body. The best thing is to know how to do both types and when to do them.

Pity this busy monster..

“pity this busy monster, manunkind,

not. Progress is a comfortable disease: your victim (death and life safely beyond)

plays with the bigness of his littleness — electrons deify one razorblade into a mountainrange; lenses extend unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish returns on its unself.

A world of made is not a world of born — pity poor flesh

and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this fine specimen of hypermagical

ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

a hopeless case if — listen: there’s a hell of a good universe next door; let’s go”

~ E. E. Cummings

Super Sexualise Me

Interesting article about the sexualisation of advertising with regards to feminism.