November 17, 2005

Shintaido Encyclopedia Project

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by a note David Franklin made on the European Shintaido College weblog where he presented his idea for a Shintaido Lexicon. I was very excited by David's idea and I thought it might become more powerful if we could have something similar to the free, online, encyclopedia Wikipedia.

Shintaido of America has allowed me to install the Wikipedia software on the Shintaido of America website and I would encourage people to login and experiment with the system by writing new entries or editing existing entries. Please do whatever you feel is necessary to decide whether or not the system might be useful for you.

One of the easiest ways to get started is to look at a few English definitions such as, Ageoroshi and Boh. Once there, you can click on links in the lower left corner to see the same definition in Czech, French, or Japanese.

As you get familiar with the system, you may want to visit the "Main Page" by clicking it's link on the left side. You can also read more about the current system in my proposal.

These experimental wiki's will remain running until March 1, 2006. By that time I hope that people in the global Shintaido community will be able to decide if they want to have a Shintaido encyclopedia and how best to support it.

If you have any questions or comments:

I look forward to seeing how this works out!

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November 12, 2005

Congratulations Robin!

A good friend of mine, Robin Hathaway, who I met through Shintaido is an actress and model. She appears on the cover of the November/December issue of CHOW magazine.

Congratulations Robin!

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November 03, 2005

Technology and Keiko

The 2nd European Shintaido College just finished. A group photo of the participants has been posted on the ESCblog.

Although I did not attend the workshop, I was very intrigued by the use of technology leading up to the event. The blog was used to create an Offers and Demands service where people made offers of things that they could teach and people also posted demands (more like requests, I think) of things that they would like to study/practice.

Sadly, it seems that all of the Offers and Demands seem to have been deleted now that the event is past. I think it would have been very interesting to compare the requests and demands to the actually keiko's that transpired at the event.

Still, it was great to see technology used to help complement the keiko experience!

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