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Choosing sessions at Penguicon - The Autobiography of Russell
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zimzat
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Choosing sessions at Penguicon
I need a time repeat device, like in Harry Potter. Or a time machine like in Leo Frankowski's books.

At noon (an hour from now) there is a session for "Basic Swordsmanship Class" that runs for 2h 50m.
Or I can go to "Open Source Flash Game Engines" at noon for 50m, and "Scaling from Zero to Twenty Five Million Page Views -- in 6 Weeks" at 1pm for 50m, and "Open Source 3D Printer Demo" for 50m at 2pm.
Or I can skip one or several of them to see if I can get into a game of Dominion or any other game.

I'm definitely going to "Open Source 3D Printer Demo" at 2pm. No question there. It's an interesting technology I would like to see in action. It may be the closest thing we get to a matter replicator in this lifetime.

I'll be tempted to skip "Basic Swordsmanship Class" if it's being run by the same person that ran "Principles of Self Defense". I agree that it's good to know at least some self-defense, to be aware of the environment, and the psychological forces behind why predators choose their victims (to help lessen the chance of being the victim). On the other hand, what I disagree with is the way he used much of that same psychology on his class to instill fear in them of becoming a victim, that any random person out there is likely to randomly attack them, or essentially that they need his course to make it through the next year of your life. Yes, that is the impression he gave me of his teaching method, at least to that particular one basic introductory session.

Decisions, decisions.

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raist_ From: raist_ Date: May 2nd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who IS teaching the Basic Swordsmanship?

Otoh, having spent many years fighting, I completely concur that when you're out in your own, there is a certain "awareness" that comes in predicting attacks. If you can predict an attack, you can counter it. *Insert more psychological rambling herein that I don't have time for right now* I don't agree with plugging your own instruction though. :P
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 2nd, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The group doing all of the self-defense, swordsmanship, etc classes at Penguicon was called Aegis Consulting. I think this is their website, but it's not very informative and pretty badly designed to boot.

From what I understand the guy that did the self-defense wasn't actively involved in the swordmanship class but may have stopped by later (I left half way through the class since it was getting fairly close to the Open Source 3D Replication Demo).

I wasn't very impressed by the Basic Swordsmanship Class either. The main person that was doing the instruction was a instructor in training who obviously didn't do his homework or rehearse as he kept consulting or getting corrected by someone else (in their group). And the same thing happened with one of their other instructors (who wasn't in training). I wasn't impressed by their ability to teach.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: May 3rd, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's sad. I hate it when things turn out like that.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: May 3rd, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy shit. I am so not impressed. They're using boffers and what looks like no protective gear, for gods' sake.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: May 3rd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Yeah, I've already decided I wouldn't go through them for any self-defense or swordsmanship training. I want a group that is a bit more jovial (like the group that demonstrated sword styles at Anime Boston) than what I saw out of Aegis Consulting.

Do you think the fact that they have 'consulting' in their name leads to the same stereotypical bad results out of programming consultants? heh
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