As best as I can tell the group is receiving passing grades in most of their KMUTT classes and are beginning to focus on their research projects. As in the past, there will be subsequent follow up reports on the creative activities of our UNC-JGSEE students, as this will be included as part of the student’s UNC- KMUTT record. We remind the students may use cite these reports as needed, when applying to graduate school or professional positions.
Today was day 4 of Muay Thai. It’s at least 2x harder than boxing, since you can kick, use elbows, knees, and grapple during the fight. You practice barefoot, including running, jumping rope, and kicking on bags. The whole idea for kicking is to make contact with your shins while having a complete hip rotation, which is difficult for me to muster right now. But I have learned how to get better and that every day, you improve. I started kicking well yesterday, and an old man came up and got excited about it with me, yelling “Dee mak!” (very good!) every time I would kick. It energized me completely, and I felt phenomenal. I will do inclined abs and every time I approach the bench, a kid will grab two pairs of gloves. I put on one pair to punch a 1,2 combo at the top of the curl while he uses the other two to grasp in his hands and hit me in the stomach with every time I’m declined. It’s really fun and they just giggle the whole time. Then today Josh taught me how beneficial breathing is, and I’ve found that I naturally make a “tskk” sound when punching and kicking. My punching combos were doing a lot better with the breathing giving me strength, literally and mentally. I can’t wait to learn a bit of grappling too, which I hope will come tomorrow! Also everyone teaches me for free and gives me any advice they can, usually via charades. Then the main trainer asked Josh and I if we wanted shots of whiskey and invited us to weekend fights! What a completely great decision.
I just wanted to take the time to welcome you to my small slice of thought in this massive world. Like really, Isn’t it just amazing that you’re here? No, I don’t mean like alive at this point in time sitting on your ass exactly where you are right now; I mean mentally, in my blog. A conscious choice you made to visit this place that oftentimes, I enjoy pretending no one reads. In my personal thoughts and stories. “It’s just a blog”, you thought. “Might as well check it out to avoid this homework”, you thought. Well ok, you’re right. That’s exactly what this is. But isn’t it just fantastic how you’re here over anywhere else in the world? In this moment, using your precious time to read my words. I could never thank you enough for sacrificing a slice of your life for me, right now. It’s wild how much the people you know can influence and inspire you so simply. I find it fascinating to think about how frequently I could be somewhere else, reading someone else’s thoughts or meeting different people or smelling different things. But you’re right here because you chose to be, regardless of the logistical reason. Now think about all the other places you have yet to see, read, or inhabit. I almost feel bad for taking up this time of yours now, shit. But even if you read no posts below this about my not-so-mundane current predicament I’ve begun calling my youth, hopefully you’ll get one thing out of this blog. A way of thinking. A choice. A conscience. Not necessarily to be better or even to be good, but to be. Be in the lecture, be in the book. Be on the grass, be in the shower. Be in the moment with whoever you’re with, especially if it’s yourself. Think of all the small pieces you could remember from your life if only you had drawn some meaning out of them or use them as a mirror. Life continues and you find yourself in different places, within different time zones and emotional realms, with different intellectual stimuli. No moment can affect you the same way twice, but you should let them all try at least once. Acknowledge the moment and let it continue, for a moment would be a terrible place to stay. And remember that you’re where you are because of a choice you once made that led you to a path you then took.
and now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good
Murphy’s Law stating that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. People interpret it to mean that everything will go wrong all the time, but that would be absurd. The real meaning is that if you repeat the same process over a long enough time span, anything that can go wrong with that process eventually will. It’s relevant to engineering and software development, as a reminder never to assume anything that can go wrong won’t, because eventually it will.