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Interview with an Ariel

Got this from Ariel (thanks, Ariel!!).

The Rules

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions, I get to pick the questions
3. You will update your journal with the answers to the questions
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions

1. Humor me. What exactly do you do at Google and could you give a synopsis of what that is for us non-programmy types?

In the simplest possible terms, I make software that helps other people do their projects faster. I'm commonly called a "tools hacker" because I'm not really working on the next big search improvement, I generally work with a small team of other people who have an idea. I kinda make things like JournalScape, web and database applications that help team mates organize/access/record data. I'm HOPING to work on something a little sexier in the near future, however we can't talk about Fight Club. :)

2. Congratulations! What is your biggest fear about studying Oriental medicine?

Thanks!! Right now I'm worried that it'll consume so much of my time that I'll lose the drive. I want to be able to keep my full time job, be able to go to school, still go out dancing and have all the other fun in between. I'm worried that it'll all be too much for me and I either won't do well or I'll give up.

3. Which skill are you most looking forward to learning and honing and why?

Herbology! I never thought I would would be the case, but I was puttering around my apartment trying to figure out how I wanted to arrange my new furniture and compensate for the lack of furniture in places and I found myself thinking about the possibility of having a small cabinet of herbs. I've had some very minor experience with acupuncture and I love it, I've had some experience with cupping and I love it. I've never done anything with herbology before and I'm finding the concept of it intriguing! Wouldn't it be cool if you're hanging out at my place, you've kind of gotten an upset stomach or anything and I can go over to the cabinet and say, "No worries, I've got just the thing..." :)

4. It's possible that you run even more than I do. What do you think about? If you listen to music, who fuels the pace?

That's not possible! :) I generally think about friends or near future plans (like how to redecorate the apartment) or how to fix problems on JournalScape or the lyrics of the current song, etc. I'm not sure I could run without the music, that little iPod Shuffle is my best running partner. I find the music that helps me through the run is the fast-paced type, when I hit a slow song I tend to want to stop running. The important albums on my playlist include bands like Rage Against the Machine, The Offspring, Karmella's Game and Cruiserweight, but they receive some backup from the likes of Tupac and the Sugar Hill Gang.

5. What words of advice would you give to young people looking to start a life in martial arts?

When you are able to snatch the pebble from my hand... oh wait, sorry. Most important thing about martial arts is that you are comfortable at the school. Some schools have a traditional para-military feel while others have a more relaxed environment. Neither is the one true path, it just depends on who you are. Some people really benefit from the structure provided by a traditional school (Hwa Rang Do falls in this category) while others find the structure to be restricting (I fall into this category). This unfortunate conflict is why I have decided to switch from martial arts to Eastern Medicine, but I stayed with Hwa Rang Do for so long because of Do Joo Nim. He's an amazing person, and while gruff at times, he has heart of gold. You have to be comfortable, you have to like the people. I only had half of that, so make sure you find both.

The only other bit of advice I have is to not be arrogant. If you find yourself thinking that your martial art is the best in the world or better than some other art... you bes' check yourself. Every martial art has its benefits and detriments, there is no one best style. I'd say 99.99% of martial artists believe their style is the best style. As an example, most Hwa Rang Doists believe HRD is superior to Tae Kwon Do. They base this opinion on how much more complex Hwa Rang Do is to Tae Kwon Do (you can learn everything there is to know about Tae Kwon Do in 1-2 years, but Hwa Rang Do may take you 30-40 years). However, more techniques doesn't make it better, it makes it harder to learn. So, in one sense it isn't as good because of its steep learning curve. Remember Ockam's Razor, the simplest answer is often the best one. So... don't be arrogant. :)

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