Monday, January 25, 2010

It goes a little something like this

Turn left into front stance and low block
Step forward and middle punch
Turn 180 degrees and low block
Step forward and middle punch
Turn right and low block
Step forward and upper cover
Step forward and upper cover
Step forward, head punch and shout
Turn right into sparing stance and outside knife hand block
Step forward with knife hand block
Turn 180 degrees and outside knife block
Step forward with knife hand block
Turn left in sparing stance with outside block (not knife hand), then switch face for another outside block
Step back in sparing stance with outside block
Step back again with outside block
Step back one more time with outside block, then switch face for another outside block
Turn right into forward stance for upper cover
Step forward with head punch
Turn 180 degrees with upper cover
Step forward with head punch and shout
Return to rest


And that's my form I learned on the last day of Tae Kwon Do last year. It's the easiest one so far, but I still have to think about it.

Tonight is the first night back since then, and I've not done any training at all. I thought about the form while on holidays in Vanuatu so I wouldnt forget, and I even did a quick revision of all the forms I've learned so far the other night.

I hope I don't pull a hamstring.

I really ought to document the others, for my own reference more than anything. Apparently the club website is getting an update and will have YouTube videos of all the forms. I'd settle for a tarp that has foot steps and instructions, like those old dance instructions.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Return from Vanuatu

Annika and I returned from our New Years holiday in Vanuatu mid-last week. As far as holidays go, this one was very nice and relaxing.

The general travels were a couple of nights at the Le Meridian on Efate, three nights on Tanna and six nights at the Bakura Beach House back on Efate.

Highlights:
Visiting Mt Yasur, the active volcano on Tanna.
Snorkelling off Hideaway Island on Efate

Lowlights:
Almost escaping without getting an upset stomach. Alas, it hit me on the last night, and I finally got my hands on some Immodium by noon.

I highly recommend Vanuatu as a South Pacific holiday destination. If I go back again, I'll probably check out some of the other islands, or do a boat trip, and check out the snorkelling at Hideaway Island again.

Disappointed with Dante

I've been tracking the Developer Diaries of a game that is currently in development called Dante's Inferno.

It's due for release early this year, looks really good, and is just the type of single player distraction I'd like while WoW is down for maintenance.

I was having a look around to see what the rating would be like. Australia has rather limited classifications when it comes to games, and anything that requires a rating more than M15+ usually gets refused classification, and modifications are then usually required to dumb it down to the M15+ before it can be sold in Australia. Currently, it has a voluntary ESRB rating of M17+, which doesn't bode well for Australia.

But that's all became moot when I saw that it will only be getting released for PS3 and XBox360. That's really quite disappointing. I'm not much of a console gamer for a few reasons. There's my I.T. background which means I usually have a pretty grunty PC to start with. I like having dual monitors to I can see non gaming related things on the second screen. And I'm pretty crap with console controllers. I like my gaming with the keyboard and mouse. I don't like tying up the TV for games since other members of the house hold are not into that sort of thing.

If I were to get a serious gaming console, it would probably be the PS3. From what I've gathered, XBox users have to pay to access XBox Live, and the multiplayer features of PS3 are free.

As it stands, I have the Wii for my not so serious gaming console. It's nice for social gaming. Having said that, I did get Tenchu : Shadow Assassins for the Wii for my recent birthday. It's a nice single player game, though it got a little but frustrating in the sword play when my controller reactions weren't fast enough.

/sigh

I guess I'll be waiting for Diablo 3 to come out on PC to get my afterworld gaming story line action.

In the meantime, I've got off WoW a little bit, and having been playing Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 - Multiplayer. It's proving to be lots of fun with alot of the features I enjoyed from Counter-Strike and the added bonus of a persistent rank, challenges and achievements.