Iwagakki

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  1. Iwagakki

    She is pretty. No?

    You say that like it's a bad thing.
  2. Iwagakki

    She is pretty. No?

    yes, but does she have plow experience?
  3. Iwagakki

    art makes classmates angry

    I had an assignment in an art class due today. It was an "identity collage", and it was supposed to be some sort of thing that showed "who I am", or whatever. I actually took it pretty seriously, and tried for some time to come up with something that I felt was really indicative of who I felt I was, but in the end, I just didn't know what to put on there. so here's what I did: I got one of those canvas boards, about a 16 by 20, and I cut a 3" high question mark out of the paper from a greeting card and glued it to the center of the white board. then I cut the little letters out of the postcard, and used them to "sign" the canvas board in the lower right corner---"Tabula Rasa". It looks kinda cool, like a "readymade" sort of thing by Marcel Duchamp, I suppose. Now, I figured the point about "tabula rasa" and my questioning of who I really am or who I want to be, was going to be lost on a bunch of 20 year olds, and they would just ignore it. But in fact, they got PISSED OFF. Several of the students really got carried away, saying all sorts of really nasty things. Even after the class, one other student waited in the hall, and told me he thought I was "full of shit" and that he didn't like me. A girl in the class kept hounding me about if I thought I was being funny, or if I even thought about what I was doing at all. One kid stood up and told me rather loudly that I missed the whole point of the project and that I was nobody to say things like that. It's not so much those things that they were on about, but they seemed to be genuinely disturbed by the whole idea. Really, they took it so personally. It wasn't so much a matter of that they thought I was "cheating" or that I didn't work at it, because that is never an issue for me, and they know it. It really seemed to provoke them though. It disturbed several of them enough that they actually stood up to confront me, and express their hostility. That can't be easy to do, considering that I must look like some sort of insane beastly ogre to most of them. My question is----"WHY?" Is that some sort of inflammatory symbolic thing that I don't know about? What would possess these people to react so? I think I will frame this thing and hang it on the wall. Must be something serious mojo, huh?
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    New Zealand

    New Zealand is a very interesting thing to me. I have no concept of what is there, except a couple of islands somewhere by Australia. One of my favorite movies, "Babe" was filmed on location in New Zealand. Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed there as well. Peter Jackson is a member of the New Zealand tribe. New Zealanders are big rivals in America's Cup sailing race. NZL-32 was a work of art. Michael Campbell is a golfer from NZ, who won the 2005 US Open. I think New Zealand must be a well kept secret. It seems like a fine place to be from.
  5. Iwagakki

    art makes classmates angry

    Your high school teacher called your brain "tabula rasa"? That's not very nice at all. Or maybe it is, in a sideways sort of way.
  6. Iwagakki

    art makes classmates angry

    I go to UMD, and as you know, the difference in the art departments at UMD and UWS is huge. I'd say the thought is a little less "technical" at UWS than it is at my school, and the focus is more on wider thought there. Maybe I really should be concerned about the water supply in the dorms...the whole scene was just strange. And to Kintamayama: Only one student in the class knew what that meant. When she "translated" it, the phrase "blank slate" provoked even more outrage. Isn't that bizarre? Fujisan, it really isn't that I care so deeply about what these young students think, or that I think it is some really negative thing. I don't actually care at all, because in reality, I am not really friendly with them, and we don't really think on the same levels. I just was wondering if I missed some "perspective" on the image, or if it was something that any reasonable human would react so strongly to? Thanks all.
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    another one

    The last drawing I posted ended with a good result. Here's another one. I am not so sure it turned out to look so much like the person I was thinking of, but maybe I don't see right. Who is it? p.s. anyone want it? Free, of course. This is my senshuraku drawing this basho. I will do some again next time, I guess.
  8. I'm only calling Mark names out of my genuine affection for him.
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    another one

    I agree with Ryukaze. I'm still waiting to see your impression of Iwakiyama. I believe you already mentioned he had an interesting face. Have you drawn him before? ( maybe I'm just exhibiting poor memory ) If not, why not? I have unopened packs of 1997 bbm-sha sumo cards if that's something that interests you. Thanks guys. uh, what is a 1997 bbm-sha sumo card? sounds interesting, if it's legal. I'm still kicking around about Iwakiyama. Isn't he strange looking? I just love his face. But I have figure out the time to do a drawing of him. Probably next basho, actually. I will do Iwakiyama, and Wakanoho for Nishi. I like to do them at like 2am when I watch sumo on tv.
  10. Iwagakki

    She is pretty. No?

    Wasn't she on the East German Swim Team?
  11. Ok, so let me get this straight. You used a couple of pictures that were taken by a couple of forumers, and you ripped a video file of some sumo action from the news? Or you took a video from Sumofanmag.com? And then you turned it into a little "Sumo News by Yamaneko" on youtube? OK wait. I remember you asked about the pictures. Where did the video come from? Is there even a video clip of some sumo match or something? So you "swiped" some video off the feed, or off the TVJ broadcast, or what? Banzuke.com? NHK? I'm just curious. Because I think you are pretty safe about the pictures. Even without a written contract, you do have some sort of consent. But what about the videos? The reason I ask, is that if they are clips off the TV, or clips of the Feed, what's the big deal? I mean, Dale has been "stealing" videos for years, without drawing the attention of anyone, including Mark. And now that I think of it, Ngozi made an awful lot of videos of the January matches. He seems to be associated in some way with Sumofanmag.com, or was. Why do we not report Dale or Ngozi to the authorities? Is it really even about the video's? I'm confused, really. I think everyone should just take a timeout. The story is getting rather convoluted and unclear. I also think your club president is completely spineless. Is such a cool thing for your club to be really a bunch of self interested babies, out to stab each other in the back, or turn tail and hide? Some friends you have. Really. I wouldn't be so keen to associate myself with such "fair-weather friends". Their loyalty to you crumbles at the first gust of wind, and you defend them? Something smells more rotten than Smeagol :-D Buckton here. Hell, I hated Mark's guts a few years ago, (remember the great smoking debacle?) but to be honest, he is at least constant. And he does contribute a lot to the sumo world. Perhaps he has some "authoritarian" issues, but he's all we got in the way of Sumo Magazines, and he deserves a certain amount of respect for it. (I'm sure that will go straight to his abnormally large head) :-P Anyway, I don't care to take sides. I would again just like to modestly suggest to Mark not to get into it, and take care with your PR. Bad PR comes back, even if you don't believe it will. And don't call people liars. Especially not core members of your readership, dumbass. As always, I admire the project, and hope it is working out well, but don't get all serious and turfish about it, that takes the real joy out of it. If you really did call this guys sumo club and get him booted, you suck, and you need to grow up. That is just plain childish, petty and mean. Besides, shouldn't you concentrate on making the best product you can, instead of acting like the Sumo Association's unofficial guard dog. Underhanded shit, and flagrant attacks on invented enemies doesn't make up for a second rate product. Typical running office ladies, if you ask me. Make it look like your doing something, instead of actually doing it. You have a tiny readership, and all previous attempts at a sumo magazine have failed. It is a knife edge. Perhaps the international audience is growing, in part due to your efforts, but you aren't making any friends like this, and you certainly don't seem to be wooing any potential subscribers. Hell, a lot of your potential readers already work for you, or did work for you and now don't, and they don't seem to be likely to be signing up to send you money for an issue in the box each month. Yamaneko, perhaps a pm to mark, and a good long talk with your club members is in order. Mark, talk to the guy like a man, and don't act like such a little passive aggressive bitch about it.
  12. Iwagakki

    Who watches Heroes?

    Hiro's the one that controls time, or something, right? I liked the episode in the subway car where he appeared from the future and said "save the cheerleader" And after he found out about it in "today" time, he was all dorky, and saying "Did you hear that? I had a SWORD!!!" That was funny. I like this show. It's just so outrageous, and over the top sci-fi. Really in the vein of classic escapist hero comics and such. Nice, really.
  13. Iwagakki

    another one

    I thought you didn't like "giving a man a fish". Perhaps you can teach me to draw instead? (I am not worthy...) Hey, it's all about supply and demand for libertarians like Iwagakki and me. And I suspect your demand for drawings by Iwagakki will be higher than your demand for drawings by Nishinoshima, even post-training. Different goods, you see, unlike fish caught by different people. (I am not worthy...) Sorry to drag up this old thing, but the libertarian comment got me thinking. I took a little online "test" and indeed, according to my answers I am a "law of the jungle" libertarian. Thanks for the nudge in the way of clarification. I have always wondered where I fit in, and why the whole right/left lib/con thing never made any sense to me. Edit: Sorry about the political propaganda....
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    Bodyfat percentage?

    I don't think you can make those calculations that easy. 30% body fat doesn't mean 70% muscle. You got bones, organs, water, height to consider if you want to calculate muscle mass. Calculating exact gains and losses is easy, but total lean muscle mass is harder: You are absolutely right. I did some rechecking of the numbers, and it appears that, according to my extremely complex, scientifical, double blind, triple caffeinated, peer reviewed calculations, Musashimaru actually had a lean body mass of 349.8 pounds on November 12th, 1998, at 7:37pm JST. Sorry for my previous vicious assault on scientific procedure.
  15. It seems "was accused..." would be a better choice of words, Or a more wishy-washy choice of words. I don't even really care whose right or wrong in this issue as my emotional involvement is close to nil, but can't anyone speak plainly anymore? What are we, lawyers? And, I just recieved an email saying , "Before reading on, please do so ONLY if you will agree to keep this mail to yourself and not post or refer to its contents on the Sumo Forum or with other members of the forum ", and I didn't read on, (honestly) because the whole thing seems so childish to me. Post the email. ;-) That's funny. People who send emails with tags like that deserve to be exposed. What is all this cloak and dagger seriousness. Fools, eh? I guess sumo needs it's honor defended, and people aren't allowed to express their opinions, or be fans of the sport unless it is "fully sanctioned" and approved by a certain few people who are "in the club" around here. Do we have some self appointed "protectors" who will say that "it's hard enough to be a 'gaijin' trying to gain some access to the sumo world without things like this happening"...? I think it's just plain turf-ism, and someone with an overly developed sense of importance. I'm not assuming it's Mark, but if it is...My friend, I say this with plenty of respect, and in the most supportive way I can. You are getting a little overzealous in your actions. You are not the NSK, and you don't speak on their behalf. You run the risk of alienating the already small international sumo audience with your actions. You might feel a certain sense of responsibility and feel some "importance" by doing these things, but in the end, if you continue to alienate the audience you seek to attract, (and it is a very, very small audience) Sumofanmag.com will never become the potentially great thing you hope it will. I think your intentions are decent, when you get into it with these people, but you are going too far. These people, including the French sumo people, and all of us at sumoforum are all you have to build on. The way I see it, when you start taking righteous shots at your base, you aren't doing yourself, or your site any favors. It is self destructive behavior. Sumofanmag.com will never become the magazine that we all wish it could be if you are so busy defending your turf and pissing on your corners. Please, please, PLEASE!!! Reconsider this attitude. I know you want to be all "legitimate" and so on. But if you approach this thing with even a shade of negative mojo, you are going to fail. You can only build this situation into something really great, if you do it from a point of positive energy. So far, the negative feelings you are sowing in the community that you seek as your audience are really taking a toll on how that audience is engaging with you and your project. I hate to think it's really going that way. I still believe you have a valuable service, and that it can become all the things we talked about with such enthusiasm not so long ago. But if you forget that you have to do it in a way that is pure and positive, you lose. Really. We all lose. Don't get into it. Please. Just let it be. You will get there with some patience, but 100% of nothing is still nothing....seriously. Todd
  16. Iwagakki

    A sketch

    Sounds great I love to trade art. It feels better that way. And yeah, I live a little north and west of Cloquet at FDL.
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    A sketch

    last night while I was watching sumo, I sketched this drawing of Asashoryu. I'm not much for drawing really. anyone want it? No charge. It's just a sketch on watercolor paper. If you'd like, you can donate something to the care and feeding of Sumoforum.
  18. Iwagakki

    Winter has arrived

    This morning when I woke up I went to check on the goats, and it was -28C/-18F air temp, with a wind chill reading of -45C/-48F. It will get colder from here. Warnings say -40C/-40F is not out of the question, but more likely only -35C/-31F. Goats are cozy and warm in a heated barn. Just in case certain former Minnesotans are homesick....
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    Bodyfat percentage?

    Is that you in the Tokitenku thread? If you are more than 12.8 I'd be surprised. The machine got it way off. Unless you got fat on nabe since then?
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    Bodyfat percentage?

    Judging by any pic's I've seen, I'd say the machine is busted...On both counts.... (Shaking head...)
  21. Iwagakki

    Turn everything off

    Haha (Shaking head...) That made my day. First it was rocks. Rocks were going to be the destruction of the human race. Cavemen sat around typing into their laptops about the ramifications of rocks, and what that mean to those who only had clubs. Then it was Nuclear Weapons. The end is nigh, repent.... Then it was aliens. And then it was Asteroids. Asteroids were crashing into the earth every 3 months or so on tv in the late 90's, wiping out humanity. Y2K was going to push the old "Snake Pliskin" button, and drag humanity back to the stone age. In the dark, helpless. Then Global Warming came along. Ice sheets gone, droughts, to much rain, Too little winter, too much sunshine. No food, beach houses destroyed. Humanity is sure to perish. Global cooling? I just love it. 20 years from now, humanity will be on the verge of what? Hypothermia? Then they will be saying, "all this energy efficiency and carbon limitations screwed up our climate, and now we all will freeze to death, and the Yeti's are going to take over." You know, I tire of global warming. It's already passe. It's such an easy "cause". We can yowl and impotently demonstrate all we want about it, and we are regarded as a "hero". But there is no expectation that you actually do something about it? It is such a big abstract thing, that all the "activists" wouldn't know what to do with the tiger once they caught it. The fact is, adapt, or die. It's too late to stop the effects in my lifetime, and even if I could, why bother? Is the military going to go with biodiesel hybrid tanks? Are those Chinese industial hellholes going to suddenly become stewards of a greener world, and start taking back all the junk they spew out? Is every government in the world going to switch its operations to greener technologies, because it's the right thing to do? Hardly. One stupid F-111 stealth jet pumps out more global warming crap in one day than I will in a lifetime, if you consider the overall carbon footprint of the building and maintaining and operating of it. I don't go in for idealistic crusades or things on "principle" or zeal. It sounds real trendy and hip and cool, to talk on your cellphone about global warming on your way to Whole Foods Market, in your Cadillac Escalade. But for the rest of us, not so much. Should I change for some abstract idealism? I think not. You think I will quit driving my car just because it will potentially reduce the climate change by some minimal, abstract amount after I die? I don't see the benefit. I mean, I see that it in theory is a benefit of sorts, but to me, the benefit of some people I will not meet and don't care about, at some point in the future, does not outweigh the benefit of my car being convenient to me now. Make "green" technologies make it more economical for me to use them, and I will use them. But if I have to pay a premium to use them, and they detract from my personal quality of life compared to the less "green" alternatives, then I won't. As long as gasoline is cheaper and easier than riding a horse, I will choose the car. As long as I can buy a car that gets 25 mpg for 12,000 and pay $2 or $3 or $5 a gallon for gasoline, it's still better for me ,personally ,than buying a Toyota Prius that gets 60mpg and costs $35,000. The $20k difference is a lot to me. And the difference in fuel usage will never offset the difference in cost. I will derive more satisfaction from spending that $20k on cd's and sunglasses than I would by saving the planet for a bunch of people I don't know. As long as solar and wind and other alternative electricity production costs are outrageous compared to the alternatives, they will fail. None of these things will change until there is absolutely no alternative. That is the nature of things. I am all about eco, enviro, and socially responsible living. But only in so far as it benefits me and my family. Beyond that, I think I share the opinion of most people in the world, who just want to live their lives. I grow organic gardens, and organic chickens/eggs and my goats eat mostly organic food, just because I don't like pesticides. Not because I care about everyone elses environment. I use bio soaps and shampoos, only because I don't like perfumes and chemicals in my clothes and on my skin. Not because I care about some lofty cause. Like Homer Simpson says, "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand."
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    Interview with Baruto

    "At that age"??? That's odd. I don't think that is such an "age" Just beginning, really. 20's are just for practice, and having fun. Perhaps he is thinking, (as young men should) that Sumo is an interesting opportunity for him to see the world and it's something to do in the meantime, until he decides what he wants to be when he grows up. It is a rarity for anyone to actually have a true "career" or any real sense of what they are about before that age anyway. So many people switch paths at around mid to late 30's and even 40's, it's normal. Perhaps not in sumo, or in Japan. But that isn't the whole world. I think Baruto will be like nearly all other pro athletes, and find some business to enter into after the short segment of life as a pro athlete. Maybe he will open a car dealership in Talinn. (Like John Elway in Denver) Which will make a lot of money for him over the rest of his life. Maybe he will just fade away, and become a bakery owner, and talk about old sumo days sometimes. Maybe he will be an interesting Oyakata. Whatever, I think he will have a very cool life, and do all sorts of unlikely things. Maybe K-1 or Pride. Maybe not. But what fun it can be, huh? Sumo and NSK isn't the only thing, and probably not the best thing for a spirited young man like Baruto to think is the only life he can have.
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    Bodyfat percentage?

    I did a little quick research, and came up with several interesting suggestions. One thing I found was that Musashimaru was said to have a body fat percentage of 30%, at around 500 pounds. WOW. Forget the fat percentage, because his absolute lean mass (0% BF) still leaves him at 350 pounds of "solid muscle" so to speak. That's incredible. Most sources seem to suggest that around 24% is average, but that it can be in the low teens (Chiyonofuji) to the 40's (Konishiki) Other interesting things are that rikishi have a suprisingly high VO2 max rating. It is much higher in absolute terms than most, but rated by bodyweight, it's low. Several sites contend that they are prone to type 2 diabetes, heart troubles, high blood pressure, and that they average lifespan of wrestlers is less than 60. These sites seem to be staffed by skinny blonde haired nordic skiing types. (kidding...) But they do seem to have some kind of hateful grudge against body fat. Other sites suggest that studies say the opposite, and find Sumo's to be very athletically capable, and apparently with lower instances of health problems that would be expected in "normal populations" of similar BMI's and fat content ratios. One site says that the average business man has a significantly higher fat percentage than the average sumo, because of a lack of exercise, and pitiful muscle mass. Personally, I think that a fair amount of BF is attractive, but only when it is on an otherwise healthy, athletic and muscular individual. Sumo is the new supermodel. My uneducated guess is that Asashoryu has a BF% of about 23-25%. Tochiazuma is sometimes less, and sometimes more. Lately about 28-29% Kaio is more. Maybe 34%. Kotooshu is lower, maybe 18%. Ama is the same area 18-20% There is some phrase that says that if you can't see abs at all, it's more than 28%, abs show a little=25-28%, 2-pack=22-25% 4 pack =18-22% 6pack below 18% Or something like that. I don't remember the exact numbers. Someone else might remember better. (in fact, I think those are a little bit high...)
  24. Iwagakki

    Turn everything off

    It's too late. All this is nice, and feel good. But the damage is done, so far. And there is little potential on the horizon for actual change. Nobody is going to give up their cars, and if oil were as expensive as it should be, and as scarce as it will be, it would and a global resource war. Nobody is going to give up their walmart, and it's goods produced Chinese industrial hell without regard to environmental or human concerns. The tipping point is rapidly approaching, if it isn't already crossed. I think adaptation to changing climate conditions, and a whole lot of suffering is to be expected. But the true climate and planetary health effects of global warming, if all human causes were ceased 100% today, would not stop for decades, even perhaps centuries. It's going to get ugly, and all the hemp shoes and organic shade-grown coffee in the world isn't going to change it.