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Jan. 8th, 2013

09:51 am - This post was developed by Navy Seals

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Yesterday, weeweekittie posted a link to this: TRX training. It reminds me a little of the silly things we do when mucking about up at The Cliff, playing at ground-based tissu. However, it's a fitness programme, and the question posed by weeweekittie was "Why do all these exercise programmes claim a connection to the Navy Seals?"


"Navy Seals are what we all aspire to be like! In NZ it's the All Blacks.

I think the seals are supposed to be the epitome of hardcore fit because they might have to swim naked through shark infested waters with a dagger in their teeth and then scale cliffs using only their hands because they are using their feet to assemble an assault rifle as they climb. And then when they get to the top they infiltrate an enemy base using only a conch shell they found (still naked) and then they have to to run up a mountain and base jump off it while tapping the secrets they've gleaned into an implanted communication device. Then back through the shark-infested waters to their boat.

The All Blacks don't do any of this. So clearly I should buy all the seal products too."


Her reply was that someone with a resume like that probably doesn't have many post-service career options except designing workouts or being trainers. Naked ones. Which made me laugh enough to require an explanation..

Anyway, Dr Wheel and I have decided that anything hardcore is no longer to be compared with Chuck Norris (who's apparently revealed himself as a bit of a wanker and also going senile), but instead has been developed by Navy Seals.


Developed by Navy Seals.


Developed by Navy Seals.


Developed by Navy Seals.

And from weeweekittie this morning:


Totally developed by Navy Seals.


(why does every damn picture of curry have fucking coriander on it?)


Meanwhile, I have a question for the Japanese speakers among you. I've always been given to understand that in Japanese, the stress is commonly on the first syllable of a word - like I was told that the Japanese word for banana is banana, but they say it BAnana rather than baNAna. Right?

There's a show we've been watching that has a Japanese character called Takeda. Now it just so happens that the man who was the top-ranked in the style of aikido I used to practice was also called Takeda, and his name was pronounced TAkeda. But on this show, they pronounce it taKEda, according to the Western style of pronunciation. It grates on my ears.

So how do you pronounce this? Or are there no hard and fast rules about names? Enquiring minds want to know!

Oh yeah, this has been mooted as a possible destination for our adventures this year. Dancing like a maniac for a couple of weeks on the shores of the sea my ancestors passed by on their way to England 12,000 years ago? Yes please!

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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)

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That would be the most hardcore gay porn ever.

Uh..
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From:pombagira
Date:January 7th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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ohhh... that place where you will go dancing.. looks just like something you will enjoy.. in a HUGE way.. hooray!!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
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I have some trepidation because it's a bit scary going to Ukraine for a party, but hey, we went to South Africa and that was scary too right?
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From:crsg
Date:January 7th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a Japanese speaker as such but in 3-syllable words, the emphasis is indeed pretty much always on the first syllable. However in 4-syllable words, the emphasis tends to fall on the second syllable, e.g. hiROshima.
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From:bekitty
Date:January 7th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I'd pronounce Takeda as TAK'da, where the apostrophe is a schwa or maybe a glottal stop.

Also, I've heard rumours that Slackware (the CLI-only version of Linux) was developed by the Navy Seals. Though how they managed to do all that programming with just flippers beats me. Totally hardcore.

*makes seal barking noises*
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From:blue_eye
Date:January 8th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
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You're icon is cracking me up.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
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I totally feel like that icon some days. ;-)
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From:didotwite
Date:January 8th, 2013 06:36 am (UTC)
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we have to talk. cilantro, i mean, coriander, is the hardest core of spices and the BEST one to have around (i will thumb wrestle over it...)

mmmm curry.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 8th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
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You can have mine, no wrestling necessary. I'd rather lick soap.

Coriander was most definitely not developed by navy seals. Unless it was for torture, I guess that would work..
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From:goffburd
Date:January 8th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Coriander should be banned - it seems impossible for any chef to do anything without involving bloody coriander - hate the stuff!

Your post had me scurrying to the internet to look up a Japanese programme I used to watch in the 70s (why? A very tenuous link - you mentioned a Japanese show, and it reminded me - but I couldn't remember the name!) However, I tracked it down - The Water Margin! Thanks for reminding me of it (indirectly!) - I loved that show!
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