Sunday, January 11, 2009

Being Trained for What Exactly?

The Feast of the Holy Family

A new toy called The Force Trainer uses a simplified EEG device to detect brain activity and then transmit wireless signals to a receiving device that makes a training sphere (i.e. ping-pong ball) rise and fall in a transparent tube.
Story here
Photo here

For my part I prefer a Grasshopper to a Padawan, something even a run-in with a condescending Mahayanan couldn't cure.

Master Po and His Grasshopper

Call me unenlightened, but I find myself in agreement with Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan the Elder) and Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan the Younger) who said that the Lucas stories are banal and the epitome of tedium.

Not that a tale of a half-Chinese Buddhist monk wandering the American wild west having Kung-Fu battles every week is the height of classicism. Even so, when was the last time you saw marketing for a kid's toy that involved
dodging spears or using his bare hands to lift a cauldron filled with hot coals?

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