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I was playing World of Warcraft years ago, and as our small guild started raiding, we started to use voice communications to better be able to kill bad guys and take their stuff.  In one of our first big raids, one of the healers spoke up to say that she had an announcement to make.  She hesitantly explained that she was transgender, etc, much as you have here, and for the same reasons. Your post reminds me of the tone in which she broke the news.

As an officer in the guild privy to all the communications, I can tell you that the reaction of the guild was one of complete relief.  Not one person had a negative reaction, we were just happy she wasn't announcing that she was quitting and leaving us for another guild!  She went on to play with us for years.  I guess you could say the reaction was indeed apathetic. We just didn't care, and that's because we were focused on the game rather than such personal details.  So I hope that anecdote helps ease your fears, understandable as they are.

I admire your openness and bravery.  You are quite the woman IMO.  
I've spent many years playing online games, but I've never really got into the social, out-of-game side of things until recently: having found a very welcoming community in the Google+ Elite: Dangerous group, I've been more t...
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We don't do a lot of contact training with very new students.  They spend a lot of initial time doing forms and stances, and it's a very gradual thing to start doing any sort of contact training with them.  It's just as much to protect us as them; new students tend to hurt us more than the other way around.  I do try to do some light drills with them as soon as possible, since we're a striking art, but I'm not the sifu, just a senior student so it's not usually my call. If it were my school, I'd start them with some contact drills on the first day, just to get them used to light contact sooner.

When we start doing drills, I use a lot of reassurance with new students and communication to let them know what I'm going to do before I do it, and I make a special effort to keep contact light.  No matter the skill level, there is always a lot of communication.  This leads to some interesting sentences.  "Ok, I'm going to punch you with a right hook, and I want you to block it like I showed you, but even if you don't block it , it's not going to hurt, much." And then I show them the level of contact I'm going to use with a light punch to the shoulder or something.  I always do try to make some contact if they fail to do it right because I feel if I pull a strike completely I'm cheating them out of a lesson.  

One thing that you may find interesting/ amusing, I treat women the same as men, except that I don't strike to the chest.  It's out of respect and for their safety, but I admit I also just don't feel comfortable doing that!  I feel like a pervert when it accidentally happens.  Sometimes I wonder if I'm wrong for doing that, but I figure best to err on the side of safety and respect.  It makes doing chi sau with women much more difficult for me, since I use a lot of strikes to the chest to set up head shots.  I admit that I don't really know how the females feel about it, but they haven't complained either when I hit them there or when I completely avoid it.  We only have a few, and I don't get to train with them often due to schedules.  I do feel men training with women raises some special issues on both sides, mostly amplifying the trust issues.  I've seen more fear in men though, ironically, but  I think that's because we just have so many more men, and the few women we have are damn tough.  We're not focused on self defense, and so we don't get as many women as some other arts.

We also tend to give a quick salute before making contact to let our partners know we're going to engage so that people don't freak out.  I really couldn't imagine just punching or kicking someone out of the blue in my school, like I've heard some stories about.  You could really hurt or more likely get hurt that way, and even if no one is hurt I could see scaring people off.  Plus it's just rude.  You should always let people know when you're about to hit them. lol
There's a lot of discussion in the martial arts world about how to get more people in self defense training, especially women. The thing is, to study the martial arts, or to even attend a short self-defense course that has an...
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It's better than short-changing the training.

We would never hit each other without warning - especially with weapons.  :)
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Large (class 3) Gimballed Burst Lasers  I know these exist, I used to have some and would like to buy some more, but I'm having lots of trouble finding them.  Other than founder's world that I don't have access to yet, where have you seen them?  I know the usual advice of checking high tech systems, but checked no less than 15 systems last night and I'm a bit frustrated.  I also know sometimes I have to wait and just check again as stock changes, but I'd like to have a system that I know stocks them sometimes just so I can dock there and keep checking when I'm not actively playing.  Thanks!
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+Michael Birke Thanks, I can confirm that Millese has them right now.  Very thankful to end that shopping trip!
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#daredevil   #marvelcinematicuniverse   #netflix Seven episodes down, six to go.  The older teenager decided he was tired last night and wanted to get some sleep. Still can't keep up with me.  

So far, so great.  I have some nitpicks, but overall I'm really enjoying this series, so I'll leave my few minor negative comments unsaid for now and no spoilers of course.  With only a couple of exceptions IMO, great acting.  Also good action, and a good story.  

I like the look and feel of DD's fighting style.  boxing, capoeira, TKD, a touch of kung fu, FMA, and some stuff I don't quite recognize, plus the usual wushu type of movie-fu.  Crazy stuff with lots of acrobatics of course, but not such a huge range of things that he doesn't have some consistency and no obvious wire work or cgi that I can see.  I like that he gets hit a lot.  Reminds me of how I fight in that respect..take a lot of hits, outlast them, and then dish it out...I really need to work on my evasion.

Charlie Cox does a good job with the title role.  Vincent D'onofrio (Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin) and Scott Glenn (Stick) are especially fun to watch...you won't see them in episode #1, but both are worth the wait.  Definitely recommend.
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I'm pretty good at the trading game, completely uninitiated at exploring (so far), and I thought I was pretty good at bounty hunting in RES, until last night.  Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug.  Lost my clipper three times, that's about 6MCr including some bounties lost.  Huge rocks don't care about your shields. lol  Last week I made millions hunting down big ships in those fields, and not a scratch, but this week I'm having trouble finding an RES with larger ships, and I think that frustration is making me fly poorly.  
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Doing better today.  Must have just been one of those days!
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Abolitionists (or perhaps just simply pirates) tried to hijack my cargo today but failed.  Didn't take them long to get organized; by my 3rd run they were all over me.  36% hull left on my Clipper, but the wing of vultures and a fer de lance couldn't stop me.   Recommend a fast ship my friends.  Or lots of help with big guns.
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+Dave Eadie There are plenty of backwater places in the galaxy where a CMDR can run in Open with little fear for other CMDRs tearing him to shreds.
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In our school we try to teach all of our many forms the same way.  But inevitably, there is variation.  This used to stress me out.  I know three different ways of doing several different forms, and learning different methods from different people used to really bother me.  Which one was the RIGHT way, I always asked. Sometimes the variations are because of people teaching it differently due to the "telephone game" phenomenon.  Sometimes it's because sifu changes the form due to input from his teacher or just because he figures out a better way.  I believe there is a Chinese word for this that translates literally as  "Sifu woke up and remembered the form".

 It took a while, but I figured out that while there was technically only one correct way, the way sifu teaches it, that even that way was subject to change and all of the ways I was taught had merit.  So I stopped stressing about it, and learned to appreciate that I was getting to learn more than one version of each form and could pick whichever variation worked for me.  There were individual touches on each variation, and learning different ways was a gift, not a problem.

I've also since learned to make my forms my own.  Staying as true as possible to preserve the original art is noble, but it's also impossible.  A living martial art evolves and changes with every generation of students.  There is no way any of our forms were the same hundreds of years ago; they probably wouldn't be recognizable if I took a time machine and went back to watch the founder of our style.  Hopefully we improve on it, or at least not weaken it, but to be a perfectionist and keep everything exactly the same is not feasible.  We have to grow it, and build on it, just like those before us did.  So when I teach a form, I try to impress on the student that perfection is not the goal.  The goal is to do it as correctly as possible while remembering that your kung fu is unique, and that it will be different than others.  That's why it's called a martial art instead of a martial science.  
In Kobudo class, we've just been taught Shuji no Kon Sho, which is an Okinawan bo form.  It's the second form we've been taught, after our organization's Bo Ichi. Out of curiosity, I searched for other folks doing this form. ...
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+James Bullard I sure hope so.  If I can save enough and my vacation is approved, I'll be training there for 8 days.  Thanks!
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What a deal!
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Had an interesting weekend in Elite.  I love my Clipper, but decided to checkout the Python as I finally had enough money to do so.  I bought it with all D rated components and some decent weapons and did a small bit of trading and RES bounty hunting.  It's a great ship, more powerful than the Clipper, but it flies a bit like a bear.  I decided it's not for me, and since the Fer De Lance was on sale at Facece due to the recent CG, I checked it out since I've been doing more combat than trading lately.  Took it to some RES's and a conflict zone.  I didn't have enough cash for the big ass Plasma Accelerator, but settled on a huge cannon, and some medium pulse lasers.  Not an ideal loadout, but the rest of my components were pretty good, A to C rated.  I was very disappointed.  Pros:  It can take a beating from small ships,  and hits larger ships fairly hard.  It's also not that expensive to upgrade.  Cons:  It can't outmaneuver the smaller ships worth a damn and that cannon is useless against them of course. 

I feel that the fer de lance is like a bomber.  It's probably good against bigger ships especially with a better loadout than I had, but those medium guns just suck after playing a Clipper and Vulture.   I'm not great at combat, but I'm not terrible either, and feel like overall it's a one trick pony with that huge hardpoint.  If you can't utilize that gun effectively, it's sort of a waste.  Possibly great with the plasma accelerator that I didn't have enough cash for, but I can't help but think that bigger ships simply don't spawn enough to take advantage of it.  With a really good RES spawn (that I didn't get) it might well be great, but I don't get lucky enough to get those often, so that's fairly irrelevant.

Bought my Clipper back, and I'll stick with that for a long while I think.  The Python is a step up, but I feel like I need more cash to upgrade it to mostly A rated components and good weaponry before I'd be happy with it, as it felt sluggish.  It was fun trying out new ships though, and it quenched my curiosity, so even though I have about the same amount of money and upgrades as before, it wasn't a waste of time.  I'll probably max the Clipper out before I try another ship again though, and will continue to flip back and forth between trading and combat.  Plan to do the same with the Python  I need to save up for an explorer asp too.
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"Hi I'm Gary Gygax and I'm"  <rolls dice> "glad to meet you."
Over on the Realm of Chaos 80s blog, a posting from a couple years back was titled "D&D, WFRP and the birth of a fictional God: A (short) Interview with Phil Gallagher" here. Also, on g-design.us, check out the info on Bill...
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Watching all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies on Blu-ray, in (roughly) chronological order.  Next up, Thor the Dark World.  Rewatched Agents of Shield recently so I'm skipping it this time.  For some reason, I enjoyed Iron Man II a lot more this time.  Maybe I had to just give it some space from the first Iron Man movie, that one is one of my favorites.  
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And so now my Imperial rep grind is done, so I'm doing some trading to upgrade my beloved Clipper.  Really not sure what I'll do after I max it out.  Python?  Love the Clipper so much.

Made the rank of Earl yesterday; I'd guess it took about 12 hours since I made Count, played over the past three days or so.

My strategy for getting it done was to do a trading loop between five systems.  I would buy and sell commodities, but also pick up reputation missions that didn't take me out of my way.  By putting a High Tech and Agriculture systems in my loop, I was able to turn in a lot of non-lethal weapons and food for reputation; the others were Extraction, Refinery, and Industrial.   I also took some time out periodically from the trading to run missions in conflict zones, swapping out some cargo racks for bigger shields then back again.  So about 80% of my time trading commodities and completing rep and trade missions, 20% war zones.  The key is to increase your rep with four or five systems at a time with factions that are loyal to the Empire only.  The hard part is finding a route that is profitable on every single trip.  I think the Empire has an advantage here because Imperial Slaves can close that loop in some cases, giving you something worth buying on a system that otherwise wouldn't have anything that sells cheap, and likewise something that is in demand in a system that otherwise wouldn't have anything in high demand that is very profitable.  Still sometimes, you end up with a trip that just doesn't make a lot of money; it will never be as profitable as just finding a simple bidirectional trade route that makes over 2k per ton per round trip.  I suspect in Federation/Alliance space you might be able to keep things profitable by using a longer range, lower cargo space vessel and grinding rep with systems that sell rares, but it would take longer.

Shortly after I was allied with all of the systems in the loop I became Allied with the Empire, and shortly after that I hit Earl.  About the same time I made "Competent" combat rank and "Broker" rank in trading.  Here's a link with more strategy and detail about grinding rep.  I"ve posted it before, but it seems like someone always gets some use out of it.  https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php?t=102810

And some guides to rank:
http://www.fenris.co.uk/elite/pilot-military-ranks/
http://www.fenris.co.uk/elite/empire-ranks/
http://www.fenris.co.uk/elite/federal-ranks/

And for those that want to just do what I did rather than find your own, I traded the following loop:
Piorimudjar, Bauman Terminal [Extraction] (sell Imperial Slaves, Buy palladium)
Bridi, Harawi Vision [High Tech, Refinery] (sell Palladium, Buy Consumer Tech)
Ocairi, Marius Dock [Industrial] (Sell Consumer Tech, buy Imperial Slaves)

And then you can go back to Piorimudjar if you want for a very profitable triangle, but also, after Bridi you can go to Dimor, Aoki Terminal [Agricultural] for food, or go to Tsohochosi, Zenbai Terminal [Refinery/Extraction] for metals like Lithium and industrial materials like superconductors  that sometimes are requested in missions ,and then go on to Ocairi.

For the most profit and least rep, just go between Piorimudjar and Ocairi, buying and selling Imperial Slaves and Palladium. Then rinse and repeat with two other systems once you hit allied or so.  This is boring IMO though and much slower as far as the reputation gained.

While grinding all that rep I still managed to upgrade my FSD, Power Distributor and weapons.
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Congratulations on your advancement, my Lord.
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