Tactical Hand Signals – Save This Essential Shit to your Phone

Tactical Hand Signals – Save This Essential Shit to your Phone

You're in line at the grocery store, losing your mind while the fool three down for you argues about the Bratwurst expiration date.  Hurry the line up by referring to this chart on your phone.  Tactical Hand Signals.

To hurry up the queue, start practicing in line with the Hand Gestures.  Might one to avoid the ‘you' one to another person but still.  You get practice – and hopefully the line moves  faster.

Essential Knowledge – Samurai

Essential Knowledge – Samurai


I love Samurai movies because they are so unique culturally, allowing me to see inside an amazing era of Japan’s  rHistory.  I remember seeing the ”Lone Wolf and Cub” series at the Fox Venice theater in West Los Angeles a long time ago.   Recently, I saw the Mandalorian and noted the similarity to my son and his friends.  And lo and behold, here was proof that I was on the right track.

Samurai are the fierce warriors of the Japanese feudal era.   I looked up Samurai on Wikipedia and the entry is quite excellent.  The entry provides not only solid historical and cultural references but warfare references too on the martial arts criteria and battle formations.

Samurai (/ˈsæmʊraɪ/) were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan from the 12th century to their abolition in the 1870s. They were the well-paid retainers of the daimyo (the great feudal landholders). They had high prestige and special privileges such as wearing two swords. They cultivated the bushido codes of martial virtues, indifference to pain, and unflinching loyalty, engaging in many local battles. During the peaceful Edo era (1603 to 1868) they became the stewards and chamberlains of the daimyo estates, gaining managerial experience and education. In the 1870s samurai families comprised 5% of the population. The Meiji Revolution ended their feudal roles, and they moved into professional and entrepreneurial roles. Their memory and weaponry remain prominent in Japanese popular culture.

The greatest Samurai Films ranked according to IMDB are:


Torpedo Dive Bombing in WW2

I am a WW2 history junkie, reading all aspects of this world shattering and changing event.  Recently, I have been reading the Samuel Eliot Morison books on the Pacific War.  Dive Bombing is diving from 20,000 feet to 1,500 feet to aim your bomb at a ship which appears like a speck on a vast ocean.  Check out this video.

Great Film Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi

Great Film Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi

Great Film Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi. He was a highly influential Japanese director admired by Welles, Kurosawa, Godard and more. I remembering seeing his two part film “47 Ronin” (1941) in the old Fox Venice Theater in West Los Angeles. This great Japanese story is an iconic resonant cultural touchstone in Japan and has been remade more than a few times.

Kenji Mizoguchi (溝口 健二Mizoguchi Kenji, May 16, 1898 – August 24, 1956) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter.

Mizoguchi's work is renowned for its long takes and mise-en-scène.[1] According to writer Mark Le Fanu, “His films have an extraordinary force and purity. They shake and move the viewer by the power, refinement and compassion with which they confront human suffering.”[2]

His film Ugetsu (1953) brought him international attention and appeared in the Sight & Sound Critics' Top Ten Poll in 1962 and 1972. Other acclaimed films of his include The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939), The Life of Oharu (1952), Sansho the Bailiff (1954), and The Crucified Lovers (1954). Today, Mizoguchi is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in cinema history.