The “Art” of Martial Arts by Ben Fuller

(This is a slightly revised version of my essay for my Black Belt/Instructor level examination from the early 90’s in Traditional Northern Style Chinese Martial Arts. The original version of this essay was published in the WuGong: Journal of Chinese Martial Arts, July-August 1998, Vol. 3, #16.)

Originally, in the ancient war torn Asian lands, the martial life was the only life, if indeed you wished to live at all. Over the years and millennia, over the accrued experience of generations, after war after war, the Asian people started turning their combat training into something more.

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Cabin In The Woods – Movie Review

(Originally posted on Republibot.com on 4-19-12 – and then immediately posted here, too, for some reason…) 

I have an approach to reviewing films that I rarely share called Perfect Film/Perfect Movie. Basically it posits that a Perfect Film is one that I can’t fault any of the choices made in the execution of the film – story, cast, plot, direction, etc. A Perfect Movie is one that I can tune into at any time and something cool or interesting is going on, regardless of the craft involved. Obviously Perfect Films are a much smaller group than Perfect Movies, but still overall, they are elite clubs with few members.

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#ComposerCondoms – July 2011 (Failed Meme Creation Attempt)

Every once in a while I try to tackle the big wide social world all on my own and create a meme. I have failed to have any kind of impact whatsoever. Every single time. Here is my personal favorite attempt that gained zero notice on Twitter, and only made a little blip on Facebook when I reposted it to a Fan Page I administrate there for a local weekly comedy show that I produce.

If you are inspired by this one, then I invite you to pile on in the comments. I mean, only if you want. I mean, I don’t care. I am good if you don’t want to. It’s no biggie… Honest…

I have arranged these back into the order in which they were originally tweeted:

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#FakeNaziQuotes and #DefinitionofU2 – May 2011 (Failed Meme Creation Attempts)

Every once in a while I try to tackle the big wide social world all on my own and create a meme. I have failed to have any kind of impact whatsoever. Every single time. Here are two of my attempts from May  2011.

I am not proud of any of them.

They are in the order in which they were originally tweeted…:

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#FarmvilleInHell – July 2010 (Failed Meme Creation Attempt)

Every once in a while I try to tackle the big wide social world all on my own and create a meme. I have failed to have any kind of impact whatsoever. Every single time. This is one of my early attempts, though not the earliest – the Twitter API only lets you recover the most recent 3200 tweets, so everything before those are effectively lost for now.

These tweets are in the order they were originally tweeted on July 11, 2010:

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A Series of Vaguely Movie Related Tweets (9-6-10 to 5-13-12)

I generally spend an inordinate amount of time inside of my head crafting reviews and opinion pieces that I then forget before writing them down. With the advent of Twitter and FB, I started sharing out random thoughts and ideas with the intention of writing something more indepth at a later date. That has rarely happened.

This series of vaguely movie related tweets span the period from September 6, 2010 to today – March 13, 2012. They are listed in the order in which they were originally tweeted. The Twitter API only returns back about 3200 Tweets – no idea why – so the ones before that are effectively lost for now. Also, I think I am still missing some that should be in this listing, but that is because I had to sort through all 3200 tweets and isolate each relevant one, so I suspect I deleted a bunch or missed them on accident.

And now, may I present to you… A Series of Vaguely Movie Related Tweets:

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My Twitter Reviews from 9-06-10 to 4-06-12

I have been tweeting short 140 character Movie Reviews since I got on Twitter. I have alternated between taking great pride in boiling down a complex opinion about something to a short, but thoughtful tweet and feeling lamely self-important about it.

These reviews span the period from September 6, 2010 to today – March 13, 2012. There are 103 of them and they are all in chronological order (rather, the order in which I tweeted them). The Twitter API only returns back about 3200 Tweets – no idea why – so the ones before that are effectively lost for now. Also, I think I am still missing some that should be in that 3200, but that is because I had to sort through all 3200 tweets and isolate each review, so I suspect I deleted a bunch or missed them on accident.

And now, may I present to you… A Bunch Of Twitter Movie Reviews:

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