Before modern sanitation was invented a lot of people had worms. I learned this from the Lloyds Bank coprolite (viking turd) studied by Paleoscatologists.

Another common discovery in old faecal matter are trichuris nematodes – or whip worms – that can be found living in their hundreds inside the gut.  The biggest infestation Jones ever found was 3,000 worms.  These worms would have been an everyday part of people’s lives – children would pass them, people would cough them up and they’d be particularly prominent at the end of people’s lives.


My running list of words I’ve just learned, had forgotten or never really understood:

変革ーへんかく- Revolution
建材 – けんざい – Building Materials
更に – さらに  – Furthermore
とにかく- Anyways
瞑想ーめいそうーMeditation (無)。何も考えない
黙想ーもくそうーMeditation 練習の前するときに
皮膚科 (医)- ひふか(い) – Dermatology (Dermatologist)

孤独死 ーこどくし – Dying Alone

ご主人ーごしゅじん- Husband/master
ご出身地 ーごしゅっしんち – Birthplace

The Ghost of Our House

It is 7:22 AM on Sunday December 16th, 2018.  It is time to give the ghost of our house its own post.

I’ve always suspected that there is a friendly ghost in this house and have written about it in this blog (links to follow).  Well, this morning as I was feeding the fish a heard a small “pop” followed by a very soft fizzing sound.  It was one of those noises that seemed like it could have been a usual noise that houses sometimes make but was just loud enough to draw my attention and go inspect right away.

LTMD – My Philosophy

Update 11.4.2018

This subject continues to be on my mind.  This is important and something I want my descendants to understand so I thought it best to keep these thoughts in one post and perhaps one day bring them into one coherent essay.

The Universe

Everything as we know it began with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.  That’s it, that’s all we know and it doesn’t get more complicated than that.  Our reality, our consciousness, everything begins from that point, end of story (for now).



Karate words study list:

極真 ー きょくしん
松濤館 – しょうとうかん
師範 ー しはん
師傅 – Sifu – master
先生 ー せんせい
先輩 ー せんぱい
空手家 – からてか – karate practitioner

默想 ー もくそ ー meditation
正拳 ー せいけん ー punch (correct fist)
組手 ー くみて - attacking (Paired karate kata)
実戦 ー じっせん –  combat (Actual fighting)
型 ー かた – formal movement exercises
安座 ー あんざ – sit quietly, legs crossed


閉足立ち ー へいそだち – closed feet stance
結び立ち ー むすびだち – bound feet stance
平行立ち ー へいこだち – parallel stance
不動立ち ー ふどだち – immovable stance
外八の字立ち – そとはちのじ立ち – outside character 8 stance
双足立 – もろあしだち – twin stance
掛足立 – かけあしだち – hanging stance
組手の立ち ー くみてのたち ー attacking stance
三戦立ち – サンチンだち ー three battles stance
前屈立ち ー ぜんくつだち ー forward stance
猫足立ち ー ねこあしだち - cat foot stance
鶴足立ち ー つる足立 – crane foot stance
騎馬立ち ー きばだち – horseback stance
後屈立 ー こうくつだち – rear leaning stance
騎馬立ち – きばだち – horseback stance
四股立 – しこだち – sumo stance

構え – かまえ – posture
組手の構え ー くみてのかまえ ー fighting posture