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Fort Mackenzie is a four-story interactive treehouse water fort offering 12 levels of super-soaking fun for the family. Younger kids can climb with their parents to reach the slides at the top. The older ones will love making their way over suspension bridges and cargo nets to spray stations and soaker buckets. (Watch out below!) The grand daddy of soaker buckets is the 1,000-gallon tipper that sits atop Fort Mackenzie. Every few minutes, the warning bell clangs, and the bucket begins to tip its contents over the roof and onto the giggling group below.
A few weeks ago I had the distinct privilege and pleasure of being asked to review Rory Miller's new book, Meditations on Violence. I was really looking forward to this book. It got fabulous hype from every reviewer; one even went so far as to call it "life changing." Let me tell you, there is probably nothing that stands a greater chance of making me skeptical than being told that a martial arts book is life changing. Ok, so maybe if the author's title is something like, "10th dan shihan-dai soke jedi master" - maybe then I'd be more skeptical, but telling me that a martial arts book is "life changing?" Come on...
This book is nothing short of remarkable, truly informed, and inspiring. This is easily the best martial arts book I've ever read. Period. You simply must read this book and think about these ideas that Rory presents if you want to claim to be a martial artist.
Meditations on Violence was really the right title for this book, it's abundantly clear on every page that Miller has put time, effort and thought behind his words. If you want to know why this is so important, and the rarity of such a book covering this subject so well, go read a few of the other streetwise, self-defense style publications on the market today. Rory never comes across as a self defense blowhard who can’t see past his own ego, his book sets a standard that the typical "martial arts for the street" category seldom attains. Meditations on Violence demands to be READ, not just scanned. It’s an honest, unrefined dose of the real world coupled with insightful training guides and advice. I could go on for pages touting the depth of knowledge in this book. Even the preface is an attention-grabber.
If you are a martial arts teacher, law enforcement officer, or just a concerned civilian interested in physical violence and the steps necessary to avoid it, this book is a crucial must-have.
The Use Of The Broadsword - T. Page - 1746
Self Defence The Art Of Boxing - Ned Donnelly - 1881
Physical Culture and Self Defense - Robert Fitzsimmons - 1901
Sabre And Bayonet - AC Cunningham - 1906
The Cane As A Weapon - AC Cunningham - 1912
Ju-Jitsu Self Defence - W Bruce Sutherland - 1913
Practical Self Defence - Jacomb - 1918
Tricks of Self-Defence - WH Collingridge - 1920
Jiu Jitsu Wrsetling Defence Against A Violent Attack - The Stillman Association - 1922
How To Become Handy With Your Fists - Percy Longhurst - 1922
Master At Arms Badge For Boy Scouts - Anon - 1925
Scout Wall Chart - “The Scout” - 1925?
Combat Sans Armes - Anon - 1941
Disarming and Hand to Hand Combat - Training Bulletin GT-10 - 1942
Shooting To Live - WE Fairnairn and EA Sykes - 1942
Unarmed Action - Micky Wood - 1942
Self Defense or Jiu Jitsu - Dewey Mitchell - 1942
Self Defence For Women - WE Fairbairn - 1942
Get Tough - WE Fairbairn - 1942
Stick Play - Yerkow - 1942
Combat Without Weapons - E Hartley Leather - 1942
Martell’s Simplified Ju Jutsu Offense and Defense - Jules Martell - 1942
Commando Jiu Jitsu - Irvin Cahn - 1943
Combat Conditioning Manual Jiu Jitsu - RE Hanley - 1943
American Art of Self Protection - Samuel B Cummings - 1943
Kill Or Get Killed - Rex Applegate - 1943
Combato - Bill Underwood - 1943
Do Or Die - AJD Biddle - 1944
How To Use Jiu Jitsu - IC King - 1944
American Combat Judo - Bernard J Cosneck - 1944
Judo 41 Lessons In The New Science of Jiu-Jitsu - T Shozo Kuwashima and Ashbel R Welch - 1944
Protect Yourself, The Secrets Of Unarmed Defense - Brooks Mendell - 1944
Abwehr Englischer Gangster-Methoden - Anon - 1945?
Your Hards…Secret Weapons! - Brooks Mendell - 1946
Ju-Jitsu And Other Methods Of Defence Simplified - Tommy Turner - 1948
How to Use The Yawara Stick - Prof. Matsuyama - 1948
Championship Fighting - Jack Dempsey - 1950
Marine Bowie - John Styers - 1950s?
Cold Steel - John Styers - 1952
Lightning Ju-Jitsu - Harry Lord - 1950s?
Modern Self Defense - RH Sigward - 1958
Canon Of Judo - K Mifune - 1958
Special Judo Self-Defense Course - Joe Weider - 1959
Handbook Of Self Defense In Pictures and Text - John Martone - 1962
Police Ju Jitsu - James M Moynahan - 1962
Pencak Silat - Alexander, Chambers & Draeger - 1972
Close Combat - US Marine Corps - 1999
Discussion on Fairbairn, Applegate and Knife Design - William Cassidy - 1999
Le Catch As Catch Can - Bontemps, Miquet and Arnaud - Unknown
The Fine Art Of JuJutsu - Unknown - Unknown
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* Modern Judo Volume 1 by Charles Yerkow (1942)
* Modern Judo Volume 2 by Charles Yerkow (1942)
* Higher Judo Groundwork by Moshe Feldenkrais (1952)
* Standing Judo by Mikonosuke Kawaishi
* Lethal Blows and Kuatsu from Kano Jiu Jitsu by Hancock (1905)
* Contest at the Dojo by Sumitomo Arima from Judo: Japanese Physical Culture (1908)
* Judo: A Modern Style of Japanese Jujutsu by Sasaki Kichisaburo (Hungarian)
Judo Used in Military, Combat, and Self Defense Training
* My Method of Self Defense by Mikonosuke Kawaishi
* American Combat Judo by Bernard J. Cosneck (1944)
* Combatives: US Army Field Manual (2002)
* Combatives: US Army Field Manual (1992)
* US Marine Corps Close Combat
* US Marine Martial Arts
* Kill or Get Killed by Lt. Col. Rex Applegate (1976)
* Vital Points for Medium Range Combatives
* Deal the First Deadly Blow
* Dirty Fighting by Lt. David Morrah Jr.
* Self Defense by Wesley Brown (1951)
* Get Tough by W.E. Fairbairn
* Cold Steel by Styers
* Secret Jujitsu by Capt. Allen Smith
* Shanghai Municipal Police Manual of Self-Defence by W.E. Fairbairn (1915)
* American Jiu Jitsu by Len Lanius (1922)
* Scientific Unarmed Combat by R.A. Vairamuttu
* Unarmed Combat by James Hipkiss (1941)
* Combato -- The Art of Self Defense by Bill Underwood
Probably the earliest videographic source for French saber fencing…
This clip was filmed off an original French flip-book (Fr.: folioscope or feuilletoscope) by TodaysFinancialNews.com videographer Andy Robinson. It constitutes one of the first short animated documentary sources on the sequence of movements actually used in 19th-century fencing.
Note the frequency of cuts to the leg and ankle, as well as the moulinet feints preceding actual cuts. This, as well as other images on this site, prove that modern target restrictions are a recent invention, not part of hallowed tradition. (Of course, I already beat that point to death ten years ago in The Secret History of the Sword.)
Of particular interest to me is the right-hand fencer’s cut to the inside belly, followed with a deliberate draw cut across the full front of his opponent.
The weapons used look too long, too light, and too straight to be proper period fencing sabers. (Especially the guard looks awkward.) My guess is that, for the sake of taking the 120 photographs that make up the sequence, the photographer was forced to chose oversized, light-painted wooden weapons to make their motion better visible against the dark background.
The speed of the sequence is an educated guess. Running through the flip-book itself inevitably provides a jerky and overly fast impression. Videographer Andy Robinson did some reconstructive math on the number of images per second. Right now, the speed is at about 10 images per second… and I think it looks about right.
This video is a first rough draft. We may actually be able to produce a less jerky sequence. Pay-per-view, here we come!
Today, we're announcing an initiative to help bring more magazine archives and current magazines online, partnering with publishers to begin digitizing millions of articles from titles as diverse as New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Ebony. Are you a baseball history fanatic? Try a search for [hank aaron pursuing babe ruth's record] on Google Book Search. You'll find a link to a 1973 Ebony article about Hank Aaron, written as he closed in on Babe Ruth's original record for career home runs. You can read the article in full color and in its original context, just as you would in the printed magazine. Scroll back a few pages, for example, and you'll find a two-page spread on 1973's fall fashions. If you'd like to read further, you can click on "Browse all issues" to view issues from across the decades.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it.
Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever. The so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC and then uses that computer to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. Computer scientists and security researchers acknowledge they cannot get ahead of the onslaught.
As more business and social life has moved onto the Web, criminals thriving on an underground economy of credit card thefts, bank fraud and other scams rob computer users of an estimated $100 billion a year, according to a conservative estimate by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. A Russian company that sells fake antivirus software that actually takes over a computer pays its illicit distributors as much as $5 million a year.
With vast resources from stolen credit card and other financial information, the cyberattackers are handily winning a technology arms race.
“Right now the bad guys are improving more quickly than the good guys,” said Patrick Lincoln, director of the computer science laboratory at SRI International, a science and technology research group.
A well-financed computer underground has built an advantage by working in countries that have global Internet connections but authorities with little appetite for prosecuting offenders who are bringing in significant amounts of foreign currency. That was driven home in late October when RSA FraudAction Research Lab, a security consulting group based in Bedford, Mass., discovered a cache of half a million credit card numbers and bank account log-ins that had been stolen by a network of so-called zombie computers remotely controlled by an online gang.
In October, researchers at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center reported that the percentage of online computers worldwide infected by botnets — networks of programs connected via the Internet that send spam or disrupt Internet-based services — is likely to increase to 15 percent by the end of this year, from 10 percent in 2007. That suggests a staggering number of infected computers, as many as 10 million, being used to distribute spam and malware over the Internet each day, according to research compiled by PandaLabs.
Security researchers concede that their efforts are largely an exercise in a game of whack-a-mole because botnets that distribute malware like worms, the programs that can move from computer to computer, are still relatively invisible to commercial antivirus software. A research report last month by Stuart Staniford, chief scientist of FireEye, a Silicon Valley computer security firm, indicated that in tests of 36 commercial antivirus products, fewer than half of the newest malicious software programs were identified.
There have been some recent successes, but they are short-lived. On Nov. 11, the volume of spam, which transports the malware, dropped by half around the globe after an Internet service provider disconnected the Mycolo Corporation, an American firm with Russian ties, from the Internet. But the respite is not expected to last long as cybercriminals regain control of their spam-generating computers.
“Modern worms are stealthier and they are professionally written,” said Bruce Schneier, chief security technology officer for British Telecom. “The criminals have gone upmarket, and they’re organized and international because there is real money to be made.”
The gangs keep improving their malware, and now programs can be written to hunt for a specific type of information stored on a personal computer. For example, some malware uses the operating system to look for recent documents created by a user, on the assumption they will be more valuable. Some routinely watch for and then steal log-in and password information, specifically consumer financial information.
The sophistication of the programs has in the last two years begun to give them almost lifelike capabilities. For example, malware programs now infect computers and then routinely use their own antivirus capabilities to not only disable antivirus software but also remove competing malware programs. Recently, Microsoft antimalware researchers disassembled an infecting program and were stunned to discover that it was programmed to turn on the Windows Update feature after it took over the user’s computer. The infection was ensuring that it was protected from other criminal attackers.
And there is more of it. Microsoft has monitored a 43 percent jump in malware removed from Windows computers just in the last half year.
The biggest problem may be that people cannot tell if their computers are infected because the malware often masks its presence from antivirus software. For now, Apple’s Macintosh computers are more or less exempt from the attacks, but researchers expect Apple machines to become a larger target as their market share grows.
The severity of the situation was driven home not long ago for Ed Amaroso, AT&T’s chief security official. “I was at home with my mother’s computer recently and I showed her it was attacking China,” he said. “ ‘Can you just make it run a little faster?’ she asked, and I told her ‘Ma, we have to reimage your hard disk.’ ”
Beyond the billions of dollars lost in theft of money and data is another, deeper impact. Many Internet executives fear that basic trust in what has become the foundation of 21st century commerce is rapidly eroding. “There’s an increasing trend to depend on the Internet for a wide range of applications, many of them having to deal with financial institutions,” said Vinton G. Cerf, one of the original designers of the Internet, who is now Google’s “chief Internet evangelist.”
“The more we depend on these types of systems, the more vulnerable we become,” he said.
The United States government has begun to recognize the extent of the problem. In January, President Bush signed National Security Presidential Directive 54, establishing a national cybersecurity initiative. The plan, which may cost more than $30 billion over seven years, is directed at securing the federal government’s own computers as well as the systems that run the nation’s critical infrastructure, like oil and gas networks and electric power and water systems.
That will do little, however, to help protect businesses and consumers who use the hundreds of millions of Internet-connected personal computers and cellphones, the criminals’ newest target.
Despite new technologies that are holding some attackers at bay, several computer security experts said they were worried that the economic downturn will make computer security the first casualty of corporate spending cuts. Security gets hit because it is hard to measure its effectiveness, said Eugene Spafford, a computer scientist at Purdue University.
He is pessimistic. “In many respects, we are probably worse off than we were 20 years ago,” he said, “because all of the money has been devoted to patching the current problem rather than investing in the redesign of our infrastructure.”
The cyber-criminals appear to be at least as technically advanced as the most sophisticated software companies. And they are faster and more flexible. As software companies have tightened the security of the basic operating systems like Windows and Macintosh, attackers have moved on to Web browsers and Internet-connected programs like Adobe Flash and Apple QuickTime.
This has led to an era of so-called “drive-by infections,” where users are induced to click on Web links that are contained in e-mail messages. Cyber-criminals have raised the ability to fool unsuspecting computer users into clicking on intriguing messages to a high art.
Researchers note that the global cycle of distributing security patches inevitably plays to the advantage of the attacker, who can continually hunt for and exploit new backdoors and weaknesses in systems. This year, computer security firms have begun shifting from traditional anti-virus program designs, which are regularly updated on subscribers’ personal computers, to Web-based services, which can be updated even faster.
Security researchers at SRI International are now collecting over 10,000 unique samples of malware daily from around the global. “To me it feels like job security,” said Phillip Porras, an SRI program director and the computer security expert who led the design of the company’s Bothunter program, available free at www.bothunter.net.
“This is always an arm race, as long as it gets into your machine faster than the update to detect it, the bad guys win,” said Mr. Schneier.
16 years ago today, Bapak Herman Suwanda, his wife and several students have died in a head on collision in Germany. Black Belt magaz...