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Escape your TV

To add to my end-of-year TV rant, I just found this link on the TV-B-Gone site...a guy blogging about his attempt to get off television. He's almost at the four-week mark : )

I like this idea of blogs that take you through a process with someone, as opposed to just rambling (like this one). I've seen journals of everything from weight loss attempts to the guy trying to get a job at Microsoft.

I've been toying with the idea of setting up a separate blog just to record the process that Bert and I are going through to train our new horses using the Parelli natural horsemanship system. It's a lesson in physical, mental, and emotional development for both the human and the horse (mostly the human), and because of the way the lessons are set-up, you have something new to accomplish almost every time you play with your horse.

One interesting thing about the program is that it's really an attempt to understand how the horse is thinking, and especially how the brain of a prey animal operates differently from the brain of a human (predator). It's a great way to understand humans as well, though, because one thing they make VERY clear--you can't be simultaneously terrified and still use your logical left-brain. Taking the time to think is all the time you need to die, so when instincts take over, left-brain shuts down. To make a horse less afraid, you need to give him logical puzzles to solve... you need to get him to think. Conversely, to make him (or a human) less logical, just give him a reason to be terrified. Terror and logical, rational thinking are almostly completely incompatible.

That reminds me of something... what is it... oh yeah. The recent election campaigns.

I suppose I could blog my attempt to learn to ollie, but that would consist of probably 42 entries of me landing on my ass, followed by the one successful attempt where I get so little air you'd need a nano-scale measuring device. So, I'll keep that to myself. I know it shouldn't be this hard, but considering that I didn't ride at all for the last, oh, 10 years... it's a Big Deal to me. I finally got a new board, now I just have to get on with it.

I'd love to hear what other people are doing in the temporary attempt-to-do-something blog world.

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No plans to blog anything as yet :-)

What is ollie ??

Posted by: Johannes de Jong | Jan 2, 2005 10:50:15 PM

An "ollie" is this:

: )

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Jan 2, 2005 10:59:39 PM

Whoow you want do that at your age, gee I'm impressed !!

and boy am I glad I'm way on the other side of the ocean :-)

Posted by: Johannes de Jong | Jan 2, 2005 11:14:59 PM

I printed out this thread and re read it in print, as I'm pretty much am a TV-addict. What you say makes sense, though I feel you miss one vital point here.

Replacing the TV with the computer.

It's is my experience that a lot of people that say they do not "do" TV, actually spend more time in front of the PC screen as my TV and PC time combined. Yeah one can argue that the PC is more interactive and as such better for the brain but heck all these games that people play surely can't be all good. I'm not trying to make a case for watching TV here, on the contrary I'm throwing the subject of to much TV on the table tonight, but I do say that replacing one screen with another ain't good either. TV is mostly watched by more than one family member at a time in our house and actually leads to discussions amongst us; whereas PC activity is mostly done alone. So we as a family "grow" very little from these individual moments in front of the PC screen but we do end up discussing certain moral issues that some of the TV programs "generate" and we do l learn from these moments i.e. how our son feels about drugs etc. So TV, at times can be a discussion "generator".

Posted by: Johannes de Jong | Jan 2, 2005 11:56:37 PM

Learn to do an ollie, such a cool 'goal' for new year. I used to skateboard when i was a kid, ollie-ing was about the one and only thing i mastererd. The trick is to slide your left foot (the right foot when your riding goofy = left handed) to the tip of the board while jumping! And to kick really hard!

Posted by: Jef Cumps | Jan 3, 2005 1:07:28 AM

Re Parelli training... I have to say I'm an amateur horseperson myself, but I've done a crapload of reading and tried a few things with my three miniature horses. I have Parelli books, Lyons books, "Dancing with Horses" and about 30 other books, but if I had to pick one book that I think could replace all the others, I'd pick "Understand the Ancient Secrets of the Horse's Mind" by Robert Miller. Get past the hokey title and you find a great little summary of horse ethology and practical psychology. I don't agree with all the imprinting stuff, since that's easily misused, but in general, it's great.

As a beginning horse-partner, I wanted to find a set of rules and procedures in a book, but I find that living with my horses and watching them a lot is proving more productive. Check out what Frederic Pignon, the Cavalia trainer, says in this interview: http://www.americanhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pa_film_profiles_cavalia

My sense is that it's Beyond Parelli.


PS: Love this blog and the Head First books.

Posted by: Nancy Lee | Jan 25, 2005 12:46:21 PM

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