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From an early age I have had problems with my posture.  They were never severe, and stemmed more out of laziness than anything medical.  My mom was always trying to correct my posture and make me stand up straight.  You would have thought that at my short height, I would be all over extra centimetres by any means necessary.  Instead I continued to slouch through school, puberty, and my various jobs.  These days I’ll catch my profile in a reflection somewhere and think “wow, my back is getting a little humped”, and then straighten up.  Or I’ll be sitting at a desk and realize that I’ve curled up in order to bring my face closer an object, like a book, school work, or food.

The past few months I have been making a conscious effort to literally straighten myself out.  Part of this effort is assisted by the strength and conditioning program I use, and I’m thankful for the help.  It is slowly becoming an unconscious habit, but it still slips — especially when I’m tired, from physical exertion, or from lack of sleep.  There are times when I think back to an event and wonder what my posture was like.  I figure that if I have to ask myself, it probably wasn’t as good as it should have been.  My posture while sitting is the harder one to correct, I sit in many different chairs at differing heights with tables or desks of differing heights.  Right now I find it difficult to get postural adaptation to each sitting scenario.  Maybe I should concentrate on desk/chair at a time.

What are your thoughts?

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
Respect the Technique, Triangle Army

The Fruits of Summer

One of the perks of living in B.C. – especially around the Vancouver area – is the seasonal beer.  In Alberta, liquor stores tend to stick with the main labels and only bring in small amounts of other labels.  It is the downside to having stores open until 11PM on weekdays, and until 1AM or 2AM on weekends.

This summer I have been taking advantage of fruity beers.  I have tried eight or nine different beers – some at random, and others on recommendation – and have found varying degrees of success with my picks.

  • Shock Top.  They introduced a variety pack including a Belgian White, Raspberry White, and Lemon Shandy.  All three were great, but when compared to the Raspberry and Shandy, the Belgian was simple a palette cleanser in comparison.  On it’s own, the Belgian would stand up very well.  The Raspberry is great when poured into a mug, it really allows the scent to come out.  The Shandy is an amazingly light beer; in theory meant for hot summer days, but something that I could drink any time of the year.  They offer a 12-pack of the Shandy in cans, very handy.
    Overall Ratings: Delicious!
  • Rickards.  The Radler offers a light-tasting grapefruit beer out of a bottle, great for a quiet night in or on the patio.  This beer is offered in most liquor stores as Rickards is owned by Molson, which makes it easier to get, and so far has only been seen in a bottled 6-pack.
    Overall Rating: Very nice!
  • Parallel 49.  Why it’s named “Tricycle” I don’t know, but it’s damn delicious!  My first encounter with this beer was after a great open mat, and I drank voraciously.  This beer tastes like a grapefruit in liquid form with alcohol mixed in.  I always end up drinking the last half without pause.  It comes in a 6-pack of cans.
    Overall Rating: Damn Delicious!

I’ll certainly be trying other beers before the season is over, and hopefully stocking up on my favourites to keep us through the off-season.

Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?
Respect The Technique, Triangle Army

Random Enough 3: With a Vengeance

Is the Die Hard title motif played out on the internet?  I hope not, that’s my go to thing.

  • on my fifth bar of soap in six or seven months.  We chew through a lot
  • I drive my car a little more than the average (the average determined by AirCare), which makes sense as I’ve never once had it insured with the “school or work under 15km” option
  • my father’s family left England in October of 1957, and they still have their original travel paper from the S.S. Homeric, and a photo from the occasion
  • I haven’t decided which Doctor Who audio book to use my credit on and listen to
  • Summer semester starts up tomorrow for me
  • We have been watching several BBC shows on Netflix, and they are all waiting for the rest to be uploaded (looking at Downton Abbey, Top Gear 1-14, Sherlock)
  • Also waiting for Community season 5
  • I should start planning out my blog posts again, I had all of April set up far in advance

That’s all for now folks, see you next week!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?


Recipe: Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadillas are delicious and quite easy to make.  The method that we use has been asked for in the past, so I thought I’d post it here as well.


  • flour tortillas
  • 1 medium or large avocado
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 4-5 medium or large white mushrooms
  • 2-3 medium or large chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • cheese
  • cranberry sauce
  • 2 tsp. of Grapeseed oil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 176 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit since Canada can’t make up its mind on if we like Metric or Imperial).
  2. Coat baking dish in 1 tsp. of grapeseed oil, place chicken breasts in dish.
  3. Cook chicken breasts 20 minutes, flip over, cook for another 20 minutes.
  4. Coat large fry-pan with 1 tsp. of grapeseed oil, turn element on low.
  5. Slice mushrooms, dice onions, and add to pre-heated fry-pan.  Crush garlic over onions and mushrooms, stir with spatula.
  6. Halve avocado, remove pit.  Scoop each half with a spoon out of the skin.  Slice or chunk avocado.
  7. Grate cheese
  8. Dice or slice chicken when cooked
  9. Place large fry-pan on the same element you cooked the onions and mushrooms on
  10. Spread a tablespoon of cranberry sauce over the tortilla.
  11. Spread grated cheese over half of the surface area of tortilla.
  12. Add chicken slices/chunks to the half that contains the cheese.
  13. Add avocado slices/chunks on top of the chicken.
  14. Add mushroom/onions on top of the avocado.
  15. Spread grated cheese over the mushroom/onions.
  16. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over top.
  17. Place carefully into the fry-pan.
  18. Flip after 3-4 minutes.
  19. After each side is browned, remove from pan and place onto a plate.
  20. Cut quesadilla into thirds.

The recipe makes 4-5 quesadillas for us.  If your fry-pan has a large enough circumference, you can place two quesadillas in it to be browned.  The “flavour” of tortillas remains up to you, we generally stick to whole wheat.  You can also marinate your chicken breasts for added flavour.  The chicken can be sliced/diced and simply pan-fried if desired, but oven-cooking them allows them to remain juicier and more tender.  We also choose the whole cranberry sauce instead of the jellied version.

They are deceptively filling, and uber delicious!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

P.S. I’ll take suggestions on how to streamline my recipes (if required)



Hard Facts

I recently picked up a Polar Heart-rate monitor, for the express purpose of measuring my heart-rate during activities and rest.  I haven’t used it too much yet, but I have some good plans for it, some of them courtesy of my girl.

Let’s review what I have:
-Resting heart-rate: 52-58 bpm.
-Average work heart-rate: 75 bpm.
-Average stationary heart-rate: 62 bpm.
-Highest work heart-rate: 123 bpm.

It’s a bit difficult to measure my heart-rate during Jiu-Jitsu since the monitor straps to my chest and transmits to a watch.  Both would be difficult to wear while rolling.  Fortunately I have other activities I can wear it for.

An idea brought to my attention was pre- and post-match monitoring at a tournament.  It should help me fine-tune my breathing techniques.  Stemming from that, I had planned to wear it into a mid-term test, but completely forgot.  From what I could tell, my heart-rate didn’t increase massively, just a handful of beats.

More on this as it develops!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

A New Challenge

This seems rather early to think about, being as Halloween hasn’t even happened yet.
But, I like to try and finish it as early as possible, and I’ve been very hit-and-miss over the years.  Plus, there’s a new variable in the equation that I get to play around with.


All of my shopping in the years previous has been for family that live in another time zone, so storing their gifts – wrapped or unwrapped – has never presented a challenge.  But now with a girlfriend in the same time zone, things will get a bit more challenging.
The shopping will be fairly easy, no additional challenge there.  We really only manage to see each other on the weekends, and the free time I have between classes at college afford me a lot of time to get it done.  Even the wrapping won’t be difficult as it can be done between school and Jiu-Jitsu.

But the storing of the gifts … well, I don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies to utilize on the weekends she stays over at my place.  I have a decent amount of space occupied by half a dozen boxes full of kitchen stuff, and another half a dozen of junk that desperately needs sorting.  (On that note, I also have quite a lot of clothes that I should go through and donate)

I also have to come up with gift ideas for my brother and his family.  He and my sister-in-law, I might just return to my old stand-by, but my brother is always a gamble in my mind.  My nephew will be simple: books.
I’ll also need to check the ideas my mom sent me and see if they were for both her and my dad, or just one of them.

Ah, first-world problems eh?

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?


Happy Canada Day eh?!


Celebrating another birthday as the greatest country with the greatest people.  Here’s to you Canada!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

Suggestion: Easy-Mode Cosplay

Thanks to Stormland for the topic suggestion from last week’s post.

Cosplay.  Easy Cosplay.

I have no sewing abilities, nor have I tried to craft with Worbla, foam or pepakura.  Despite that, I have Cosplay plans flowing out of my ears.  A few of them are quite intricate and detailed, like Baird from the Gears of  War series, or a Spartan-II from the Halo series.

The easiest of cosplays to do may be Ryu or Ken from the Street Fighter series.  A gi with the arms cut off, a black belt, some basic Karate-style fists and you’re set.  Of course, it can be quite detailed, but you could assemble a basic costume for $50 or so.

Of course, there’s easy military cosplays you can do as well, anything from Call of Duty, Medal of Honour etc. etc. To make it look good you’ll need a molle tac vest, knee pads and thigh holster to accompany either an olive green or digi camo BDU.  Flag, unit and rank patches are optional, the same with molle pouches like ammo clip holders, dump bag, radio holder etc.  Even at a cheap military surplus store, you’re looking at at least $300 for a basic ensemble.

A problem that you might face when cosplaying something relatively simple and cheap is being unrecognized.  For example, you could go as Kiichi Miyazawa from “Tough” and only need a pair of black sweats with a red stripe down the outside of each leg and some hand wraps.  But it’s not well enough known or uniquely recognizable on it’s own, so you would be answering a lot potentially awkward questions.

Not quite as easy would be a few of the primary characters in Hajime no Ippo, since most of them have semi-custom shorts.  However, as old as the Ippo series is, there are some great fans who would instantly recognize a cosplay.

The more popular/common cosplays like Bleach, Naruto or even One Piece can be found online, a decent price for a decent-ish quality.  Of course sizing is always an issue when buying from online, so be prepared for technical difficulties.

If you have the talent and time to sew or craft, then the possibilities are endless, but those are a few examples of easy cosplays.  Please comment with any other topic suggestions you might have or other easy cosplays.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

Random enough?

Once again I’ve managed to mess up my own schedule and miss a posting day.  Part of this is because no topic is coming to mind that I really want to discuss.  So, I shall take any and all topic suggestions under advisement henceforth.

For now: RANDOM FACTS!  Because we all love those.

-I’ve lost 4.5 pounds since the beginning of April.  This, sadly, is unwanted.
-I was going to sign up for NAGA Seattle that’s happening on May 18th, but I’m apparently going to Montreal for work that weekend instead.
-My instructor Christiaan was awarded his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Many congratulations to him.
-I really need to get off my ass and earn my blue belt.
-I logged into XBox Live the other evening.  Sadly, everything I wanted to do required an update.
-Returning to playing video games isn’t quite like riding a bike.  I certainly died a few times as I re-familiarized myself with the controls.
-Some USB sticks don’t get along with PS3 Slims.
-I need to remember to grab my goggles for when I go swimming next.
-I may be trying to guilt my parents into visiting  in the early summer so I can see them again.  Also so they can “interrogate” my girlfriend in person.

Maybe I’ll be more prepared for next week … or maybe not.  But suggest topics!

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?