Cafe racers

Triumph Thruxton 900

2009 Triumph Thruxton 900 — from the very last batch of the carbureted models before they switched to EFI (in 2009.5)

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Leavenworth (mid april 2012)

Climbing in Leavenworth over the weekend with Johnny and Cole … still going at it 10+ years! Camping in the Land Cruiser on top of mountain home road.

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Mestre Xuxo “Enjoy Yourself” capoeira event in Linz, Austria

My brother and I went to Linz Austria to train with the best capoerista in the World … Mestre Xuxo.

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Check out this stunning view of Alps!!!

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Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

I am extremely fortunate to be a proud owner of the only Moto Guzzi V7 racer exported to US … #5 from production line in Mandello del Lario, Italy.

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Private training session with Sifu Taky Kimura (Bruce Lee’s best friend and his first student)

attachmentBruce Lee has been an inspiration to me since I was a little kid … and last night I’ve had the privilege and honor of training JKD with Sifu Taky Kimura (Bruce Lee’s best friend and his very first student) with a handful of senior students who moved across the country to train with him at his private residence. It is all still slowly sinking in … I am so grateful for the experience!!!

Playing at the beach

Went to the beach with Luciana and Christian, played Capoeira and enjoyed one of the last days of the summer.

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Took my Mom for a ride today

Took my Mom on a bike ride — on a beautiful (and rare) sunny day in Seattle.

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Dmitry Kalashnikov Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic

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Got a track bike: Triumph 675

This bike has amazing unique 3 cylinder motor — its kind of like the best of v-twin torque and inline-4 smooth power delivery. The sound is intoxicating when you open it up on a freeway — sounds like Formula 1 with a turbo. You hear a whistle and intake noise, and 2 tones from exhaust. Each 1000 rpm increment is the next key (like on a piano). So, if you’re a musician you can know exactly what rpm you’re in without looking at the tach. Super stable at higher speeds with telepathic steering. I am pretty psyched!

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Ran into my parents as I was leaving the climbing gym.

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Microsoft Award

Today is a special day — I was awarded for my work (related to NIC Teaming) and I am enjoying this day thoroughly :)
Some thoughts: the people I work with are … scary smart, and at the same time very kind (a rare combination).
I am very fortunate to have both: opportunity and means to contribute.

Thank you!

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Perfect Day Of Training (Get uber-ripped)

Part 1: Perfect Training Schedule

Morning

Start your day right with a surge of energy:

  • Literally jump out of bed as soon as you wake up … don’t hit snooze button and allow yourself to be lazy :)
  • As you finish showering, gradually turn the water to coldest and try to stay there for about 3 minutes.
    Cold shower will clear your mind. It also trains “Fudoshin” (willpower, determination) and has amazing health benefits, such as flushing toxins and improving circulation.

Do a quick workout: push-ups till failure, 100 bicycle crunches, stretch for 20 min, do another 100 crunches.

Eat a full breakfast. If you had a hard workout a day before, eat lots of protein (eggs, meat). Otherwise have fruit, oatmeal, and yogurt but never skip breakfast. This best knife sharpener will also help stabilize your energy levels and reduce stress throughout the day.

Eat snack: water, nuts (organic, raw, unsalted, non-roasted) or fruit (fresh, organic, preferably locally grown).

Afternoon

Go for a run before lunch. This will boost your metabolism, and help reduce stress at work. It will also pump oxygen into your brain and your thinking will greatly improve :)

Complex Carbs Lunch: For lunch you want to eat good carbs (complex), and salad (for digestion of it). Unless you’ve had a super hard training session a night before (sore muscles) you should skip on eating meat for lunch, as it is not the most efficient energy source. Good complex carbs examples are brown rice, any whole grain (quinoa, barley, oat, rye). Don’t eat bread (and never ever eat white bread). Drink water.

A little secret: take a 5 minute walk after lunch — the vibration from walking/jogging helps to settle and digest food.

Have a snack: water, freshly squeezed juice, fruit, and nuts.
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Sieve (of Eratosthenes) algorithm for generating prime numbers

A prime number is divisible by 1 or by itself. To generate prime numbers to 20 we’ll use Sieve (of Eratosthenes) algorithm, which is really simple to explain:

Strike out all multiples of 2′s:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Strike out all multiples of 3′s:

2 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19

And so on. Here is a C# code that does exactly that:

      
private static void PrintPrimesTo(int num) {
            var primes = new bool[num + 1];

            // init candidates
            for (int i = 2; i <= num; i++) { primes[i] = true; }

            // cross-out 2's:
            //   2, 4, 6, 8, 10...
            // cross-out 3's:
            //   9, 12, 15...
            for (int i = 2; (i * i) <= num; i++ ) {
                Console.WriteLine("Crossing out {0}'s to {1}:", i, num);

                for (int j = i * i; j <= num; j = j + i) {
                    Console.WriteLine(" * crossing-out: {0}", j);
                    primes[j] = false;
                }
            }

            Console.WriteLine("Results: prime numbers between 2 and {0}:", num);
            for (int i = 2; i <= num; i++) {
                if (primes[i]) Console.WriteLine(" * {0} ", i);
            }
        }

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Thirteen Virtues of Benjamin Franklin

As I was studying, I came across this list of virtues that Benjamin Franklin tried to arrive at. He would focus on one each week.

  1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”
  2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”
  3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”
  4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”
  5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”
  6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”
  7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”
  8. JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”
  9. MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”
  10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.”
  11. TRANQUILITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”
  12. CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”
  13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

Franklin wrote: “… [it is a ] bold and arduous Project of arriving at moral Perfection”.

How to display song lyrics on iPhone/iPod

Did you know your iPhone/iPod software can display lyrics for songs?

Adding lyrics to your songs

You just need to make sure your mp3 files have “lyrics property” populated.

On your computer, open iTunes, right click on a song and choose “Get Info”. You should see this dialog:


Now click on “Lyrics” tab and add your text.

You can copy and paste lyrics text from websites, such as:

(Also, if you look around you’ll find jailbreak iPhone 5 software that will automatically add lyrics to all of your songs)

How to view lyrics on iPhone:

Once you’ve added lyrics to your songs and synced your phone, here is how you view it: when the song is playing, simply tab the screen once and it will overlay lyrics over album art!


Heart over mind

Never forget that people are emotional beings. All of our reasoning, and even most technical facts and logic stems from emotions. People have a never-ending desire for significance, a feeling of importance.

The desire for significance can be manifested in so many different ways:

  • You’re trying to switch lanes in traffic, but another person speeds up (by being in front of you, they forced you to acknowledge their presence).
  • It is the fuel behind any career. (Ambition, desire to be great fulfills this need for significance).
  • It is also why people become pastors, missionaries and other types of religious workers. (they get this feeling of significance through serving God and people).
  • It is also why we bother to document human history! (Historians were typically employed by wealthy people that wanted to be remembered).
  • It’s the reason for crime. (By taking something valuable away from you by force, I make you acknowledge my significance in your life).

The desire to feel significant, important, to be connected to others, to be a part of something … is the drive behind reason.

People can channel this desire in a positive or negative way … but they will certainly channel it!

For example, you’re at the DMV.

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Asking Questions

There are no bad answers … there are only bad questions

The Quality of your questions literally creates your World. It determines the state of all areas of your life: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relationships, Work, Fun and so on.

We experience the World with our thoughts. Our perception of Reality it skewed by many things. We never see things as they really are. I’ll go so far as to say nothing in the World even comes into existence until you observe it.

Thinking is nothing more than a process of asking a question and coming up with an answer. Questions are interesting because they impose a frame within which you attempt to answer them. Questions are like railroads tracks — they have presuppositions. Questions guide our awareness and thinking process.

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Best Life

Intro

Let me backtrack a bit a give you an overview of what this post is all about. My whole life I’ve been asking myself questions like:

  • what is success?
  • what makes people successful?
  • what is my purpose here?
  • how can I go after things I desire and at the same time bring good to others?
  • what is the very best thing I can do with my life and my time?
  • and so forth.

I realized that questions themselves define the frame. By frame I mean your mindstate, the frame of mind through which you look at the word. Just by asking questions you essentially placing your mind in a box, a “framework” within which you’re attempting to answer them. Most important questions are outside of reason and logic. I’ll type this really fast, in one shot, so bare with me if you find typos :).

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Track Day at Bremerton Motorsports Park

Today was so much fun! My friend Kevin and I drove to Bremerton Motorsports Park for a full track day with Porsche Club to practice slalom, skidpad, accident avoidance, figure 8, autocross and open events.

Getting ready for autocross event.


Safety first

Kevin’s white Carrera 4, and my Evolution MR.


It started to rain! AWD is so much fun on a slippery road.

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Morihei Ueshiba: True Victory is Self-victory. Right here, Right Now!

Masakatsu, “True Victory”.

Agatsu, “Self-Victory”.

Katsuhayabi “Victory right here, right now”.

“If your thoughts are antagonistic toward the cosmos, those thoughts will destroy you and wreck havoc on the environment. I know not how to defeat others I only know how to win over myself!” (Morihei Ueshiba, Creator of Aikido)

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8).

Morihei maintained that the real and most dangerous opponents we face are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within we can attain a “True Victory”.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31)